By Matt Sieger
Vanden High School has been chomping at the bit to honor its student-athletes who have signed letters of intent to play in college and have received athletic scholarships.
But, like so many other events, a signing ceremony had to be put on hold due to COVID-19. Finally, the school planned to hold the event for its ten student-athletes in the Vanden parking lot on Saturday. But that became unviable because of the number of guests that would have attended.
So the high school, wanting to wait no longer, prepared a video to send out to students, parents and staff on Saturday. You can watch the video at https://youtu.be/n_WHgafSryw.
Source: Vanden High School honors ten student-athletes – The Reporter
Dixon Unified School District is close to finalizing its plans for the upcoming school year, with the first day of classes expected to start on Aug. 10.
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District plans to open the new school year on Aug. 19. The district is still finalizing its plans. Updates can be found here.
Travis Unified School District has approved a plan for reopening schools on Aug. 13 using a full distance learning model. View the district’s full reopening plan here.
Source: Return to School: Here Are Bay Area Districts’ Plans for Students to Resume Classes – NBC Bay Area
By Todd R. Hansen
Students in the Travis School District will start the new school year being “home-schooled” due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“Throughout this unprecedented crisis,” Superintendent Pam Conklin said in a statement, “our guiding principle has been to deliver the most effective instruction possible while protecting the health of our students, staff and their families. I believe the board’s decision to initially open our 2020-21 school year with distance learning accomplishes this goal.”
The Board of Trustees made the decision Tuesday during a Zoom meeting.
Source: Travis schools to start new year Aug. 13 with online classes
By Richard Bammer
Citing “the alarming increased virus activity in Solano County and statewide,” Travis Unified leaders on Tuesday OK’d a plan to use the distance-learning model when classes resume Aug. 13 for the district’s 5,400 students.
The decision, a choice among five proposed learning models being considered, came during a special governing board meeting Tuesday in the Travis Education Center on De Ronde Drive in Fairfield and mirror recent decisions by two of the largest school districts in California: Los Angeles and San Diego.
The return to distance, or all-online, learning, in effect from mid-March to the end of the 2019-20 academic year, was made based on guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, state and county public health advice and the widely publicized reports of a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in California, Annie Arthur, an administrative assistant to Superintendent Pamela Conklin, said in a press release Wednesday.
Source: TUSD leaders OK return to distance learning when school year begins – The Reporter
Travis School District trustees will discuss opening the schools in August when they meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Part of the discussion is “to determine in which stage schools will reopen, staff will use information about local Covid-19 activity rates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (and Prevention) and other public health officials,” the agenda states.
The item follows a closed session during which the board will be updated on labor negotiations.
Source: Reopening schools in August topic of Travis school board meeting
By Todd R. Hansen
Longtime Vacaville resident Jeanette Wylie has been holding what she calls “listening on the lawn” sessions as part of her campaign for the City Council.
Wylie, 65, is seeking the District 6 seat. Appointed Councilman Raymond Beaty, who is serving as vice mayor, is the incumbent living in the district. The election is for a two-year term, with four-year terms beginning in 2022.
Wylie, a retired teacher, likes the new format that increased the council from five members to seven, including six members who represent specific districts, and the mayor’s post, which is elected on a citywide vote.
Source: Retired teacher throws hat into Vacaville’s District 6 ring
By Paul Fournier
While the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the spring sports season, Vanden High began fall sports conditioning workouts Monday – with safety of the student-athletes as part of every step of the plan.
“It’s not like before with conditioning where you walk out an hour ahead of time because you’ve done it so many years before,” said Matthew Bidou, Vanden athletic director. “That’s not the case. We didn’t have coaches meetings, we had coaches training, doctors training, Zoom training sessions. We think we did things 100 percent right. I think we can have the safest environment. And the turnout’s been overwhelming.
”According to Vikings coach Sean Murphy, “Out of the 90, 95 kids signed up, we had 87 (show up). Long day, loooong day.”
Source: Vanden football begins summer conditioning – with an abundance of caution
By Daily Republic Staff
The Travis School District plans to offer an expanded home-based independent study program in the 2020-21 school year that will allow children and teens from kindergarten through 12th grades to learn the curriculum outside of the classroom.
The program will have students work with a credentialed advisory instructor who will help create a plan that reaches state standards, district officials said in a statement. Educational materials will be provided to parents, along with additional support as necessary.
District officials said as restrictions on gatherings are lifted, families will be offered optional participation in field trips, parent workshops and other family support activities.
Source: Travis school district to offer expanded independent study
By Bill Hicks
A number of positive developments will need to fall into place before area students can return to campuses after the shutdown of campus activities during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Travis School District trustees took initial steps Tuesday to examine how that process might work, depending on guidelines laid out by state and local health officials.
A presentation before the district’s Board of Trustees outlined five potential possibilities, each considering a different level of population on campuses depending on state guidelines.
Source: Travis trustees approve framework of plans for potential return to campus
By Bill Hicks
Travis School District trustees met Tuesday just a few hours after the final funeral services for George Floyd, who died May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
His death sparked nearly two full weeks of protests around the world. Those emotions spilled over into the Travis board meeting Tuesday night.
Board President Ivery Hood, one of three African American board members, the others being Trustee Janet Jackson Forbes and Student Board Member Isaish Carter, called for a 4 minute, 46 second period of silence to start the meeting, which represented the period of time in a video depicting Floyd’s fatal encounter with the Minneapolis police where Floyd stopped moving.
Source: Travis School Board honors George Floyd, decries racism
By Todd R. Hansen
A public hearing on facility needs for the Travis School District and a proposed Level 2 fee on new residential construction will be conducted Tuesday when the Board of Trustees meet during a virtual session.
Board members also will take public comment on the proposed 2020-21 budget, and will later in the meeting consider adoption of the budget, which also includes financial projections for 2021-22 and 2022-23.
“The Proposed Adopted Budget for 2020-21 demonstrates that the district will be able to meet its financial obligations for (2020-21) with the use of ending fund balance reserves. However, the district will not be able to meet its obligations in the subsequent years without substantial reductions to expenditures,” the budget document states.
Source: Travis school trustees to consider budget, new construction impact fees
The Fairfield Suisun Rotary Club today announced its selections for their 2020 Assist-A-Grad scholarships.Six students received the awards: Sidney Binns (Vanden High School), Eric Cortez (Rodriguez High School), Adamari Delgado Reynaga (Armijo High School), Yenessa Huckom (Fairfield High School), Sierra Lewis (Fairfield High School) and Aurora Markham (Armijo High School).The students were chosen based upon their written applications and oral interviews with members from the Rotary Club.“Our Club has always believed in helping our community’s youth. We believe that they should dream big and continue to even in the middle of a pandemic,” said President Kelly Rhoads Poston.
Source: Press Release: Fairfield Suisun Rotary Club Awards Assist-a-Grad Scholarships
By Daily Republic Staff
Travis School District officials announced various administrative changes Monday to help the district cover an expected budget deficit for the 2020-21 school year.
The changes were announced in a press release from the district and were described as a first step to help close a multimillion-dollar budget gap caused by the current health crisis.
Matt Smith, current superintendent of MIT Academy in Vallejo, will begin July 1 as Director of Student Services at the district office.
Current Director Vince Ruiz will begin as the new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources as a result of the retirement of Clay McAllester.
Source: Travis School District announces staff changes in initial step to close $4M budget gap
By Peter Fournier
The stadium sat empty. The parking lot not anywhere near capacity. Pomp and Circumstance was playing, but graduates weren’t walking toward a stage, they were driving to a station set up on asphalt for photos.
However, what remained at Vanden High School on a sunny and breezy Thursday morning were positive attitudes, excitement and an up-close experience for families as high school for Vikings seniors comes to a celebratory, if somewhat altered, end.
Graduates on Thursday rolled and will continue to roll Friday through the student and staff parking lots to receive their diplomas at the campus located just outside of Travis Air Force Base.
Source: Vanden High begins drive-thru graduation ceremony
By Peter Fournier
The biggest challenge on day two of Vanden High School’s drive-thru graduation ceremony wasn’t keeping the cars full of graduates and their families flowing in the parking lots, but rather battling the wind that was howling through the campus.
Grads were seen trying to keep the caps – which they were allowed to decorate for the first time in school history – on their heads for their graduation pictures, as streamers and balloons blew in the wind.
Source: Vanden High wraps up drive-thru graduation ceremonies
By Joel Rosenbaum
In addition to the familiar notes of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the sounds of engine noise filled the air Friday at Vanden High on the second day of its mobile graduation ceremony celebrating the 380 members of the Class of 2020.
The plans for the unique celebration began several weeks ago. The staff was starting to plan a day for seniors to pick up diplomas when they received ideas from parents and devised a mobile graduation ceremony, according to principal, Kristin Shields.
“It came together over a couple of weeks as we started adding piece by piece (flags, banners, and flowers) to make it as detailed as we could to give each student their time in the spotlight,” Sheilds said Friday as she observed the festivities in the student parking lot on campus.
Source: Coronavirus: Vanden High School salutes the Class of 2020 with unique ceremony – The Reporter
Travis School District board member Adrian Saiz has resigned after being deployed by the U.S. Army, Board Superintendent Pam Conklin announced during Tuesday’s meeting.
Saiz was first appointed to the seat in November 2018. Running unopposed, Saiz was “appointed” to the board seat and resided on Travis Air Force Base.
Source: Travis School Board member resigns after Army deployment
By Peter Fornier
There’s one thing Travis School District officials may miss most at the end of year: their lunch money.
The district’s cafeteria fund was among several discussed during Tuesday night’s virtual school board meeting, which saw a review of the district’s third interim budget report. The report includes projections, as of April 30, for the current school year.
Source: Travis School District cafeteria fund nears zero amid school shutdowns
By Glen Faison
Travis School District trustees on Tuesday will review the state of the district’s various budget categories, some of which show tens of thousands of dollars in red ink and others that improved dramatically over the course of the academic year.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. All board members will attend via teleconference.
Trustees are expected to review the district’s third interim budget report, which shows end-of-the projections of various funds as of April 30. Those projections show increased reductions in various fund balances for the current year and for the next two years, the staff report states.
Source: Travis schools trustees to review budget projections
By Todd R. Hansen
Susana Perez had just been announced as the Classified School Employee of the Year for the Dixon School District when it also was announced that she was the 2020-21 Solano County Classified School Employee of the Year as well.
Perez has been a paraprofessional and bilingual parent liaison for Maine Prairie High School for 18 years.
Source: Dixon schools paraprofessional earns Solano’s top classified employee honor