FSUSD to host free COVID vaccine clinics for students 12 and older – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

With Solano Public Health and Solano Emergency Medical Services, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District will host a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students age 12 and older in the coming days and weeks.

Those Interested should meet at Grange Middle School, at 1975 Blossom Ave., in Fairfield.

Students age 12 and older will receive only the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to their appointment, Angie Avlonitis, executive director of the district’s administrative services, noted in a prepared statement.

Source: FSUSD to host free COVID vaccine clinics for students 12 and older – The Reporter

Dixon USD selects Care Solace for enhanced mental healthcare services – The Reporter

Dixon Unified School District is pleased to announce that it has selected Care Solace, an organization determined to streamline mental health care to support behavioral and mental health referrals for our nearly 3,000 students, families and staff members.

Care Solace equips school districts with a web based tools making it easier for students, families and staff to connect with resources and providers in their communities.

“School is more than a place to learn, it’s a place where students come to feel safe and supported. Even with the resources and support provided by our district mental health staff, we see that there’s an unmet need,” Superintendent of Dixon Unified School District Brian Dolan said in a press statement.

Source: Dixon USD selects Care Solace for enhanced mental healthcare services – The Reporter

Medical science students assist with mass vaccination clinic at Vacaville High School – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Vacaville High School’s medical science program has been around for more than a decade, providing students opportunities to witness the work of medical professionals firsthand to bring their lessons to life.

On Wednesday, they had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Solano Public Health hosted a mass vaccination clinic on their campus, and students volunteered to assist with check-ins, direct them to the vaccination area, fill out cards for next appointments and observe patients for 15 minutes following their shots, which were administered by medical professionals.

The clinic came two weeks after Solano County expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older. Benjamin Gammon, the county’s Emergency Medical Services coordinator, said previously, the only people as young as 16 who could get vaccinated were those with chronic conditions.

Source: Coronavirus: Medical science students assist with mass vaccination clinic at Vacaville High School – The Reporter

Solano’s weekend Covid numbers improve, but county still in purple – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The number of novel coronavirus cases over the weekend was slightly lower than at the same time last week, but Solano County will still have to experience even fewer cases over the next four days to get into the less restrictive red tier.

The Public Health Division reported Monday there were 91 new cases since Friday’s update, a three-day average of 30.33.

It took the total since the pandemic started to 30,115.

Source: Solano’s weekend Covid numbers improve, but county still in purple

Local educators start receiving vaccinations – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

Year after year, educators hope to have multiple pens, sheets of paper, erasers, rulers and calculators to help them get through a class. Now most of them are thankful to add COVID-19 vaccination shots to that same list.

Nearly 1,000 of the 2,000 educators and teachers from throughout Solano County took advantage of vaccine invitations and made appointments for their shots, according to Lisette Estrella-Henderson, the county’s superintendent of schools. Many had attended a vaccine clinic last week at the Solano County Office of Education.

In Napa County, 950 doses were made available to Napa district and county office of education teachers. The county has released 1,000 more doses to be administered to all Napa County school staff Monday and Tuesday, according to American Canyon High principal Crystal Lopez.

Source: Local educators start receiving vaccinations – Times-Herald

Solano County partners with VUSD for first Vacaville vaccination clinic – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

As Solano County Public Health continues to host more COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the county, one finally came to Vacaville Monday. The agency partnered with Vacaville Unified School District to host one at Markham Elementary School.

Benjamin Gammon, Solano County’s Emergency Medical Services coordinator, said 1,500 people were scheduled to receive the first of two doses of the Moderna vaccine, with the recipients again consisting of individuals in vulnerable populations such as seniors ages 65 or older or with chronic illnesses, first responders and health care workers.

Additionally, there was a doctor in the parking lot where people lined up to sign in. The doctor also worked with the Solano County Office of Emergency Services and Solano County Sheriff’s Office to assist people with mobility issues.

Source: Coronavirus: Solano County partners with VUSD for first Vacaville vaccination clinic – The Reporter

Solano vaccine event gets 1,000 in the door, more in coming days – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

There seemed to be a little turnabout is fair play going on Friday at the headquarters of the Solano County Office of Education.

Teachers were told to follow the yellow “ribbon,” and later were sent to sit down quietly for 15 minutes before being allowed to go.

It was all part of a vaccination clinic at which 1,000 teachers and other school staff received their first of two Covid-19 vaccinations. They will be back in three weeks to get the second.

Source: Solano vaccine event gets 1,000 in the door, more in coming days

SCOE hosts mass vaccination clinic for educators – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

It has not been an easy 12 months since Solano County schools closed to stop the spread of COVID-19. But as the county moves through the first phase of the vaccination rollout, a little bit of hope arrived Friday.

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) hosted a vaccination clinic for employees in schools throughout the county that have already opened or registered with the California Department of Public Health’s Safe Schools for All website. Approximately 1,800 employees from throughout Solano were invited to sign up for vaccines and 1,000 made appointments to receive them, according to Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano’s superintendent of schools.

She was thrilled with the turnout.

Source: Coronavirus: SCOE hosts mass vaccination clinic for educators – The Reporter

Health officials say Solano not lagging behind in Covid-19 vaccinations – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Solano’s top health official said those concerned, or complaining, that the county is trailing others in the Bay Area with vaccinations simply do not understand the realities of the situation.

Dr. Bela Matyas said vaccinations are not something that can be easily compared county to county.

The county as of Monday had vaccinated about 55,000 people, although the state also has private contracts with the hospitals, pharmacies, Travis Air Force Base and the Vacaville prisons, and the county does not receive reports on the number of people vaccinated through those contracts.

Source: Health officials say Solano not lagging behind in Covid-19 vaccinations

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Offer Free Stress Management Classes for FSUSD Classified Staff – Daily Republic

By Kris Corey

It’s a simple fact: we are better able to support children’s well-being once we take time to nourish our own physical, social, and emotional health. Though change and uncertainty can magnify stress, knowing simple ways to mitigate these feelings can go a long way in fostering our own personal well-being.

On November 18th, 2020, classified staff in the Fairfield-Suiusn Unified School District will have the opportunity to participate in a stress management workshop. This training, facilitated through our partnership with Kaiser Permanente’s Resilience In School Environment (RISE) and Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is focused on supporting staff wellness.

Source: Press Release: Alliance for a Healthier Generation Offer Free Stress Management Classes for FSUSD Classified Staff

Webinar on Public Health Guidance – Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond hosted a special webinar today for thousands of school leaders, parents, and educational partners to answer questions and assist schools in their understanding of state public health guidance as they continue to ensure the health and safety of students and staff during the pandemic.

The State Superintendent was joined by Ben Chida, Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the Governor’s Office, and Dr. Erica Pan, Acting State Health Officer at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

“I want to acknowledge how proud I am of California’s entire education community, and I just have to commend everyone for doing your part,” Thurmond said. “This is not easy, but I am inspired by our students, educators, administrators, families, and partners leaning in under unimaginable circumstances. Thank you to our partners in the Governor’s Office and CDPH for helping school leaders plan for the weeks and months ahead. We are grateful for all efforts to help schools navigate these complicated decisions in their communities.”

Source: Webinar on Public Health Guidance – Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)

With schools starting online, vaccinations head for recess – Daily Republic

By Tribune Content Agency

Dr. Chris Kjolhede is focused on the children of central New York.

As co-director of school-based health centers at Bassett Healthcare Network, the pediatrician oversees about 21 school-based health clinics across the region – a poor, rural area known for manufacturing and crippled by the opioid epidemic.

From ankles sprained during recess to birth control questions, the clinics serve as the primary care provider for many children both in and out of the classroom. High on the to-do list is making sure kids are up to date on required vaccinations, said Kjolhede.

Source: With schools starting online, vaccinations head for recess

Free Tdap Immunization Clinic – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

The California Department of Public Health is closely following the rate of immunization during the pandemic and immunization requirements for admission to school in California for the 2020-2021 school year. The Law requiring students to have a Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster prior to entering 7th grade remains in place during Distance Learning.

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is holding a Tdap immunization clinic on Tuesday, September 15th from 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM at Grange Middle School, 1975 Blossom Ave., Fairfield to provide students this required immunization free of charge.

Source: Press Release: Free Tdap Immunization Clinic

Solano Office of Education to distribute PPE to schools – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education will be distributing personal protection equipment to area public schools.

The program is in conjunction with the California Office of Emergency Services.

The supplies provided by the state include N95 masks for school medical staff; more than 58,000 cloth masks (sizes 7 to 12); more than 76,000 cloth masks (sizes K-6); more than 58,000 disposable masks (sizes 7 to 12); more than 76,000 disposable masks (sizes K-6); more than 25,000 disposable masks (sized for adults); more than 12,000 disposable face shields; 540 touchless thermometers; and more than 1,600 gallons of hand sanitizer.

Source: Solano Office of Education to distribute PPE to schools

Air pollution warnings extend through Wednesday – Daily Republic

By Glen Faison

Smoke from a massive wildfire that’s blanketed the area for the better part of the week prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Saturday to extend an air pollution alert through Wednesday.

The action bans burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors, across the greater Bay Area region.

Air quality is expected to be unhealthy with the heaviest pollution in the East Bay, which includes Solano County, and Santa Clara Valley, the air district reports.

Source: Air pollution warnings extend through Wednesday

Free Tdap Immunization Clinic – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

The California Department of Public Health is closely following the rate of immunization during the pandemic and immunization requirements for admission to school in California for the 2020-2021 school year. The Law requiring students to have a Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster prior to entering 7th grade remains in place during Distance Learning.

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is holding a Tdap immunization clinic on Wednesday, August 19th from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM at Grange Middle School, 1975 Blossom Ave., Fairfield to provide students this required immunization free of charge.

Students that need the Tdap booster and are unable to attend the above clinic should contact their doctor or health clinic as soon as possible. All students must have proof of immunization on file before advancing to 7th grade.

Source: Press Release: Free Tdap Immunization Clinic

FSUSD to host pair of free Tdap immunization clinics next week – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Fairfield-Suisun Unified, teaming up with the Solano County Public Health Department, is hosting two free Tdap immunization clinics next week for incoming seventh-graders.

State law requires incoming seventh-graders to have two doses of varicella and a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) booster given after age 7 and prior to entering seventh grade.

In a press release, Tim Goree, director of administrative services and community engagement for the sprawling Solano County school district, said the free clinics are an opportunity for children to receive these immunizations at no cost, regardless of medical insurance coverage.

Source: FSUSD to host pair of free Tdap immunization clinics next week – The Reporter

Required Tdap Immunizations Provided Free of Charge – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, in partnership with the Solano County Public Health Department, is hosting two Tdap immunization clinics next week. California Health Laws require that students entering the 7th grade must have two doses of Varicella and a Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster given after age 7 and prior to entering 7th grade. These clinics are an opportunity for children to receive these immunizations, free of charge, regardless of medical insurance coverage. Children who will not take part in these clinics should schedule Tdap immunizations with their doctor as soon as possible.

The first clinic will be held at Grange Middle School on Wednesday, July 29th from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM. The second clinic will be held at Crystal Middle School on Thursday, July 30th from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Only one clinic needs to be attended to receive the required immunization.

Source: Press Release: Required Tdap Immunizations Provided Free of Charge

CDC Will Provide Virus-Testing Guidance for Schools as Pressure to Reopen Grows – Education Week

By Andrew Ujifusa

Schools may be out for the summer, but the heat is on for them to reopen in less than two months.

That was one big takeaway from a congressional hearing Tuesday, in which several senators as well as federal health officials agreed that getting children back into classrooms next fall is vital for students, their parents, and for the nation at large.

The Senate education committee hearing took place as public pressure mounts on schools to resume some form of normal operations in the upcoming academic year, due in part to concerns about a weakened economy and the long-term welfare of children and families.

Source: CDC Will Provide Virus-Testing Guidance for Schools as Pressure to Reopen Grows – Politics K-12 – Education Week

Supervisors recognize National Nurses Week in Solano County/Grant for Wellness to SCOE – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

The Board of Supervisors this week adopted a resolution recognizing May 6-12 as National Nurses Week in Solano County.

“Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities in a variety of settings, and includes the promotion of health, the prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people,” the resolution states.

Source: Supervisors recognize National Nurses Week in Solano County