By Thomas Gase
As hundreds of kids ran around laughing and shrieking at Loma Vista Farms Saturday, Julia Allen looked around her and could only smile.
“I feel so great to be out here today and see all of the people,” the current President of Friends of Loma Vista Farms said. “We have such a loyal following with the families that come here over and over, but I’m always also looking forward to meeting new people. I have no idea how many times I’ve heard people say, “Oh my God this place is great and I never knew it was here this whole time.”
Loma Vista Farms held a Spring Open House on Saturday and the event served the community in an educational way as well as a form of entertainment.
Source: Vallejo’s Loma Vista Farms opens up to kids, families – Times-Herald
The Vallejo City Unified School District will host an in-person job fair on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the district offices at 665 Walnut Ave.
Currently, open positions include teachers, substitutes, support staff, and managers.
Attendees will be able to interview for positions and, if qualified, be offered a job on the spot.
“We are very excited to be able to provide job offers that day,” Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Gigi Patrick said in a news release. “If we find the right fit for one of our vacancies, we want to hire them. We have all types of positions available, and we are hoping that this event will attract candidates who could thrive at VCUSD.”
Source: Vallejo City Unified School District to host job fair – Times-Herald
The Glen Cove Community Association donated $900 of equipment to Glen Cove Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon as part of its yearly donation to its local neighborhood school.
The President of the Glen Cove Community Association (GCCA) Joseph Hayden and Vallejo City Unified School District (VCUSD) Board of Trustees and GCCA Board Member John Fox presented the items to Glen Cove Elementary Principal Christine Lucero.
“We are very thankful to the Glen Cove Community Association for reaching out and supporting our school,” Lucero said in a news release. “We hope to maintain a strong partnership with our community and neighbors. The items that the GCCA donated are already in use and will continue to support programming at Glen Cove Elementary for years to come. Thank you again to the GCCA!”
Source: Glen Cove Community Association donates supplies to local elementary school – Times-Herald
Twelve fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from across Solano County will compete Tuesday in the final round of the Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee.
The event will start at 6 p.m. at Journey Downtown Coffee, 308 Main St. in Vacaville. The top two spellers will advance to the state competition May 14 in Stockton.
The initial round of the county competition was held March 27 with the top 12 moving on to the final round. There were 79 participants in the preliminary competition.
Source: Final round of Solano County Spelling Bee is Tuesday
By Thomas Gase
It’s been 55 years since Dr. Latyna Young graduated from Vallejo High, but her goals and focus remain the same.
At a recent 50th anniversary party for the VHS Class of 1967, a friend came up to Young and showed her the yearbook.
“She’s going through the pages and says, ‘Latyna, you’re the only one who knew your vision and your way.” I told her, ‘You bet, I had it all lined up,’” Young said.
Source: Dr. Latyna Young named Marguerite P. LaMotte School Board Member of the Year – Times-Herald
Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi announced on Thursday that Solano County schools will receive $3,944,431 from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF).
This includes $2,013,524 to the Vallejo City Unified School District and $657,375 to the Benicia Unified School District.
The ECF program, which was created as part of the American Rescue Plan, helps schools and libraries ensure that students can connect to the internet at home, allowing them to take advantage of online learning and do their homework. Known as the “homework gap,” students who lack access to the internet at home often fall behind their peers as curriculums and educational opportunities rely more and more on the ability to conduct online research and connect to the web.
Source: Thompson, Garamendi announce nearly $4 million for Solano County schools – Times-Herald
During a public auction last month, the Vallejo school board agreed to sell four unused little league fields to a residential developer for $8.2 million.
The little league fields are one of two properties the school board sought to sell after opening bidding during its Feb. 16 meeting.
The highest bid came from KB Home North Bay, LLC, which offered nearly $4 million more than the district’s asking price of $4.8 million for the 17.71 acres of land located along Rollingwood Drive and Benicia Road. The fields were once home for East Vallejo Little League baseball.
Source: Vallejo school board to sell unused little league fields to home builder for $8M
By Thomas Gase
Once denied, Caliber Public Schools is still attempting to open a high school in Vallejo to accompany its current kindergarten to eighth grade campus in the city — Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy.
Earlier this week a public hearing was held in front of the Solano County Office of Education for the Caliber High School petition. In December, the Vallejo City Unified School District (VCUSD) denied the petition on the basis of fiscal impact.
Caliber’s high school petition was originally submitted in September of 2021.
Source: Caliber Public Schools appealing VCUSD denial – Times-Herald
About two weeks after California said it will end its statewide face mask requirement in K-12 schools at the stroke of midnight March 12, the Vallejo City Unified School District announced it will do the same.
On Feb. 28, VCUSD Communications Officer Stephen Nichols said, “We will collaborate with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, and our employees to evaluate how to safely move forward in the best interest of our students and staff. As we learn more details we will respond with our next steps.”
On Wednesday, VCUSD made those next steps, as it released a statement saying, “After consulting with the California Department of Public Health, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control guidelines, and our employee group leadership, (the district) has decided to end the face mask requirement in grades K-12 starting Monday, March 14.”
Source: Vallejo City Unified School District to end face mask requirement – Times-Herald
By Matt Miller
The Solano County Board of Education held a spirited public hearing Wednesday at City Hall concerning a petition from Caliber Public Schools to start a high school in Vallejo.
Caliber Public Schools filed a petition in January to appeal the decision in December of the Vallejo City School District governing board. The Vallejo board unanimously denied Caliber’s petition to establish a new high school because of the district’s ongoing fiscal troubles.
The Solano Board of Education held the first public hearing Wednesday to consider the level of support for the petition by teachers employed by the school district, other employees of the school district, and parents.
Source: Board of Education holds hearing for proposed Caliber High School in Vallejo
Vallejo City Unified School District is opening its school site to the Touro Cares Mobile Vaccination Program for its 100th Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cooper Elementary School.
“We are proud to share this will be its 100th clinic offered to the community,” William Spalding, superintendent of VCUSD, said in a news release. “We are so grateful to make this partnership possible with Touro University California Cares Mobile Vaccination Program, which is funded by Kaiser Permanente.”
Cooper Elementary School is at 612 Del Mar Ave., Vallejo, CA. 94589.
Source: Touro Cares Mobile vaccination program hosts 100th vaccine clinic at VCUSD on Wednesday – Times-Herald
By Tony Campbell
As the surging Omicron variant raises the number of COVID-19 cases in Solano County, local parents are increasingly concerned about keeping their kids in the classroom.
The rapid growth has been on the mind of Vallejo and Benicia school districts as they wrestle with the question of halting in-person instruction.
“As has been the experience of school districts throughout the region and across the state of California, the Vallejo City Unified School District has seen a steady uptick of positive COVID-19 cases among its staff and students,” district spokesperson Stephen Nichols said in an email to the Times-Herald on Thursday afternoon. “In alliance with the state and county public health agencies, the district continues to provide multiple and robust safeguards within its schools, offices, and classrooms to prevent the spread of the virus. At this time, absentee rates in the district average 20-25 percent overall, but it should be noted this includes all categories — not just COVID case absences, which is a fraction of the total absences.”
By Matt O’Donnell
High school and college sports continue to be on hold for many programs in the area.
With the omicron variant wave on the rise in January, most teams in the Tri-County Athletic League have postponed events for the week. Vallejo, Jesse Bethel and St. Patrick-St. Vincent high schools are all part of the league.
Many schools in the TCAL are from the West Contra Costa Unified School District, which closed its schools for two days due to a surge in staff absences and student COVID-19 cases. Those campuses re-opened Tuesday with new masking requirements in place, according to Bay Area News Group.
Source: COVID: More postponements for Vallejo-area sports this week – Times-Herald
By Kayla Jimenez and Thomas Gase
In the midst of a tumultuous back-to-school week underscored by numerous COVID-19 cases that have led to half-empty classrooms, administrators filling in for absent teachers and long testing lines, at least one large school district and some private and charter schools are closing temporarily, and others around the Bay Area are scrambling to keep classrooms open.
West Contra Costa Unified School District announced that it is closing its 54 schools Friday and Monday after almost a fourth of the district’s students missed class this week. The district is also closing its three COVID testing sites on Monday. The district does not plan to offer online instruction during the temporary closure.
Caliber ChangeMakers Academy, a charter school system with two campuses located in Vallejo and Richmond, is closing those schools Friday, Monday and Tuesday. And officials at Bentley School, a private school in Oakland, announced they are closing indefinitely starting Thursday and making a full return to online learning.
Source: COVID: Bay Area schools close due to staff shortages, high case rates – Times-Herald
By Matt O’Donnell
While some school districts have established deadlines for students to be vaccinated, the Vallejo City Unified School District continues to track state timelines, according to district spokesperson Stephen Nichols.
“We are aligning our timelines with the state’s timeline on student vaccine requirements that will be put into place once the FDA has given full (not emergency use) authorization for the vaccines,” Nichols wrote in an email.
Nichols said the district does not have data to share regarding the status of the student vaccination goal.
Source: No vaccination deadline yet for Vallejo City Unified School District – Times-Herald
By Matt O’Donnell
California has gone through some cold temperatures lately but a number of athletic programs are in the deep freeze this week.
The rise in COVID-19 cases across California and in Solano County continues to have an impact — as some high school and college sporting events were recently postponed.
Jesse Bethel, Vallejo and St. Patrick-St. Vincent high schools, all part of the Tri-County Athletic League, are on pause.
Source: Some local schools on pause this week for winter sports – Times-Herald
By Richard Freedman
The votes have been counted and eight of 11 applicants will get a chunk of the Participatory Budgeting’s Cycle 7 $547,000 set aside by the city.
Basic Need Resources and Services for Homeless, with partner Fighting Back Partnership, received the most votes — 545 — and is set to receive $75,000. No Child Goes Hungry, with Fighting Back again involved, this time with Faith Food Fridays and the Vallejo City Unified School District, totaled 535 votes and is earmarked for $74,800.
The third vote-getter with 480 was Animals Matter Project by the Humane Society of The North Bay, another $75,000 recipient. Also at $75,000 is the fourth place vote-getter with 474, Foster Youth Support Services and First Place for Youth.
Source: Participatory Budgeting votes are in for Vallejo – Times-Herald
By Matt O’Donnell
The Vallejo City Unified School District, in an email sent to students and their families across the district Wednesday, says it will comply with a state mandate that students and staff must be vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend school in person.
The district will host two upcoming vaccination clinics for students and staff: Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Vallejo High School and Thursday, Oct. 14 at the same time at Hogan Middle School.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that students and staff would need to be vaccinated to attend school in person.
Source: Vallejo City Unified School District plans to follow vaccine mandate for students, staff – Times-Herald
By Matt O’Donnell
The fall football season for Jesse Bethel High hasn’t yet been determined by wins, losses or even ties.
The Jaguars’ biggest obstacle hasn’t been a lack of depth or beefy defensive linemen on the other side of the ball. It’s been uncertainty.
Bethel’s season opener against Fairfield last Friday was cancelled due to positive COVID-19 tests. The players were tested again on Monday and the team was cleared to practice Wednesday afternoon.
Source: Jesse Bethel High School football team expected to begin season this week – Times-Herald
By Matt O’Donnell
The Jesse Bethel High School football team, which played just one game in the spring, has had at least one game canceled in the fall.
Principal Kirsten Wollenwever announced on Tuesday that all football players — varsity and junior varsity — must not come to campus for instruction or practice for the remainder of the week due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Source: Jesse Bethel High football program on pause due to positive COVID tests – Times-Herald