Solano Office of Education honors top educators – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education on Wednesday celebrated all the certificated and classified employees nominated as part of the Educators of the Year program.

“The video highlights that honor each nominee in this year’s virtual celebration are truly heartwarming. Solano County’s certificated and classified employees of the year nominees are all passionate and committed people who have put their colleagues and students first. We are so proud to recognize each honoree with a video celebration of their dedication and hard work,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Source: Solano Office of Education honors top educators

SCOE honors employee of the year nominees – The Reporter

BY Richard Bammer

Solano schools’ common mission to support, educate and graduate students was in high relief Wednesday when the Solano County Office of Education held an online celebration for a select group of school-support employees and teachers.

Every year, school districts countywide nominate one teacher and one classified employee to be recognized as an Educator of the Year.

The prerecorded celebration, which got underway at 3 p.m. and made necessary because of the ongoing pandemic, was a salute to six classified employees and seven teachers and paraeducators.

Source: SCOE honors employee of the year nominees – The Reporter

Solano ECE virtual conference draws 150 participants – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Nearly 150 early care and education professionals experienced a day of learning in a virtual format Saturday during the annual Quality Counts Solano, Early Childhood Education Conference.

Solano County Office of Education partnered with First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission, Child Start Inc., Solano Community College and Solano Family and Children’s Service to sponsor this year’s conference aimed at furthering the educational experiences of Solano County’s youngest students.

Source: Solano ECE virtual conference draws 150 participants

Solano County Office of Education “watching and waiting” – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

The Solano County Office of Education said officials are in the “watch and wait” mode as the county shifts into a less stringent level on the state’s COVID-19 framework.

The downgrade from purple to red tier was announced Tuesday by the state Department of Public Health.

Should the county maintain red status for 14 consecutive days, Solano schools could return to in-person instruction.Currently, local schools must operate via distance learning.

Source: Coronavirus: Solano County Office of Education “watching and waiting” – The Reporter

County Elementary Schools Can Now Apply for In-Person Waivers – CBS San Francisco

Elementary schools in Sonoma County can now apply for waivers allowing them to bring students back into the classroom, but county Superintendent of Schools Steve Herrington is urging school leaders and parents to proceed with caution.

“Everyone needs to know that children are a protected class, and so when you look at a store operation versus a school operation, it has a higher standard protocol,” Herrington said. “You cannot compare a school to Home Depot or Raley’s or Safeway.”

Source: Sonoma County Elementary Schools Can Now Apply for In-Person Waivers – CBS San Francisco

Vacaville teachers endorse local, county education candidates – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The 800-member Vacaville Teachers Association on Thursday announced its endorsements for four seats on the Vacaville Unified governing board, two for the Solano County Office of Education board and a City Council candidate who currently serves as a district trustee.

By occupation, the seven candidates range from an incumbent and an administrator at Travis Federal Credit Union to an attorney and a physician, among others.

In a press release, union president Todd Blanset, an English teacher at Will C. Wood High, said the ratification vote was held Tuesday, with final selections coming after “a long and exhaustive process.”

Source: Vacaville teachers endorse local, county education candidates – The Reporter

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

Wildfires set school plans ablaze for more than 70k students | CalMatters

By Richardo Cano

Kristie Summerrill immediately began texting her kindergartners’ parents to check if they were safe as the CZU Lightning Complex fires forced mass evacuations in Bonny Doon, the rural community northwest of Santa Cruz where the elementary school had just recently begun online instruction.

Many of her kindergartners’ families, some who’d lost their homes to wildfire, were sheltering at the Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz, a mom told Summerrill. So the teacher and her husband drove their van to the hotel armed with seven bags filled with snacks, water, food, games and supplies, unsure if it would even be of any help or comfort to families without homes.

Source: Wildfires set school plans ablaze for more than 70k students | CalMatters

Solano transfers I-80 right of way to state for interchange project – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Solano County supervisors on Tuesday handed over 1.16 acres of right of way to the state for an easement on the Interstate 80/Interstate 680/Highway 12 Interchange Project – an exchange of property that should have been done in 1967.

“This project enhances the capacity, safety and traffic operations of the interchange with each phase that gets constructed. For the latest project phase, Caltrans acquired right of way from the end of Solano County’s West Cordelia Road,” the staff report states. “In addition, Caltrans determined that there was also right of way still owned by Solano County within the Interstate 80 corridor. The property, approximately 1.159 acres of right of way, should have been transferred to the state with improvements done to the interchange in about 1967.”

Source: Solano transfers I-80 right of way to state for interchange project

Bay Area fires: Here’s what’s closed due to unhealthy air, wildfires – ABC7

The Solano County School District announced Wednesday the following will remain closed for the rest of the week.

  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
  • Travis Unified School District
  • Vacaville Unified School District
  • SCOE-operated programs

This is in response to widespread evacuations, power outages and unhealthy air quality.

The districts said they will also be providing meals for students to the extent possible and will communicate with families about the availability of school meal service, but it may change throughout the week due to unforeseen circumstance. According to its press release, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District will be providing boxes of food with several meals for the week. Families will be notified of locations.

Source: Bay Area fires: Here’s what’s closed due to unhealthy air, wildfires – ABC7 San Francisco

LNU Lightning Complex Fire Updates:  7 Percent Containment – CBS Sacramento

Cal Fire’s latest numbers on the wildfire were released on Friday morning, showing that the flames have continued to spread – but, for the first time, firefighters are reporting some containment.

The fire is now 219,067 acres with 480 structures destroyed and another 125 damaged.

Source: LNU Lightning Complex Fire Updates: Cal Fire Reports 7 Percent Containment – CBS Sacramento

Solano school, college district nomination period ends, mostly, for Nov. 3 election – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Judi Honeychurch did not face a challenger in her last election and will have no need to campaign this fall, either.

Judi Honeychurch“I look forward to the challenges of the future and working with the superintendent and the teachers and staff,” said Honeychurch, who will enter her third term on the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees.

She is the only incumbent who does not have a challenger.

Clifford Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Music & Sound in downtown Fairfield, pulled and filed candidacy papers Thursday for the Trustee Area 1 seat held by Bethany Smith. Trustee Area 2 incumbent Joan Gaut will run against Leslie Unverferth, and Area 6 incumbent John Silva faces Ana Petero.

Source: Solano school, college district nomination period ends, mostly, for Nov. 3 election

Solano County’s Estrella-Henderson Named Superintendent Of Year | Benicia, CA Patch

By Maggie Fusek

The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators recently named Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson its 2020 superintendent of the year for Region 1, which encompasses the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Each year, the CALSA recognizes educators through its “Honoring Our Own” Regional Award Program. The professional organization looks to honor school administrators who have made significant contributions to eliminating the Latina/o/x student achievement gap and acknowledge their distinguished leadership and excellence in education.

Source: Solano County’s Estrella-Henderson Named Superintendent Of Year | Benicia, CA Patch

Latino group honors Solano superintendent of schools – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson was recently named the 2020 Superintendent of the Year for Region 1 of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators.

The award recognizes Estrella-Henderson’s work to enhance education for all students.

“I’m humbled to be recognized among this group of distinguished individuals dedicated to addressing the needs of Latina/o/x students,” Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

Source: Latino group honors Solano superintendent of schools

County superintendent of schools honored for ‘equity’ efforts – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Honored for her equity efforts, Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson has been named Superintendent of the Year by a state Latino educators group.

Each year the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, or CALSA, recognizes educators through the “Honoring Our Own” regional award program.

The professional organization looks to honor school administrators who have made “significant contributions to eliminating the Latina/o/x student achievement gap and acknowledge their distinguished leadership and excellence in education,” Jennifer Leonard, a spokeswoman for the Solano County Office of Education, noted in a press release issued Friday.

Source: County superintendent of schools honored for ‘equity’ efforts – The Reporter

Solano County Students To Start New School Year Online | Benicia, CA Patch

By Maggie Fusek

As California Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out back-to-school guidelines for K-12 students across the state Friday, saying that students in counties on the state’s coronavirus monitoring list must start the school year online, the Solano County Office of Education confirmed all K-12 students in Solano County will start the school year with distance learning.

“Previously, some Solano County school districts and charter schools made plans to reopen school campuses with varying models of social distancing, modified schedules, and distance learning options for students,” SCOE Spokeswoman Jennifer Leonard said Friday in a news release.

Source: Solano County Students To Start New School Year Online | Benicia, CA Patch

Seeking guidance for reopening schools? | EdSource

Across California, school districts, county offices of education and the state are planning how to reopen schools in the fall to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff. Scroll down to view guidance documents issued by the California Dept of Education, county offices of education and other agencies and organizations. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

Source: Seeking guidance for reopening schools? | EdSource

Vacaville district, county schools office, UC Davis team for virtual GIRL camp – Daily Republic

An effort to teach young girls about robotics shifted gears last week when a group of middle schoolers took part in a virtual camp that aims in part to close the gender gap in science-based career fields.

The Solano County Office of Education, in partnership with Vacaville School District and UC Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, piloted a five-day virtual Girls in Robotics Leadership Camp for middle school girls.

In-person GIRL Camps, offered in previous years, were paused this year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Vacaville district, county schools office, UC Davis team for virtual GIRL camp

SCOE’s Student Art Faire Moves Online | Benicia, CA Patch

The Solano County Office of Education’s (SCOE) Annual Student Art Faire is going virtual this year. In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Art Faire is getting a new look, but will continue to showcase student artists from across Solano County.

Artistic expression is a healthy coping strategy and is beneficial to physical and mental development in children and youth. The Solano County Art Faire encourages youth to express themselves and the emotions they are feeling. Anxiety and stress may be increased for students due to the current social and global conditions, so providing students with a healthy coping mechanism and outlet is important.

Source: SCOE’s Student Art Faire Moves Online | Benicia, CA Patch

Golden Hills seniors parade on to next chapter – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

Golden Hills was alive Thursday with the sound of music: upbeat dance music intended to pump up graduates as they drove through to pick up their diplomas.

Like all schools throughout the county, Golden Hills Community School’s Fairfield campus has been closed since mid-March to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Thursday was a chance for students to not only pick up their diplomas but also see their former teachers again for the school’s first graduation parade.

Seniors drove up, received their diplomas from Principal Chris Morris; received cheers from teachers, staff, administrators and family members from the sidelines; and even got out of their cars to have their pictures taken in front of a backdrop.

Source: Golden Hills seniors parade on to next chapter – The Reporter