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Moving Forward From the Masking Mandate

Dear community member, Today represents a major milestone for our schools, as the statewide masking mandate is set to expire at midnight. When students and …

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Masking to Shift to Strong Recommendation After March 11

Dear community members, As many of you know, the statewide mandate requiring masking in schools is ending after March 11 as COVID-19 cases continue to …

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Hoax Threats, Winter Break Safety Tips & Clinic Schedule

Dear Santa Cruz County families, We are aware of messages trending nationwide on social media that encourage students to call in false threats to schools …

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Update on guidance for indoor sports and extracurricular activities

Dear Parents, Educators and Athletics Directors, Please be advised of recent updates from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding masking requirements for indoor …

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COVID-19 vaccination available for students age 5+

Children ages 5 and up are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. In partnership with Inspire Diagnostics, we are offering vaccination clinics at schools and …

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Catch Up on the COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls

As we prepare for the anticipated expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 5-11 year olds, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education hosted bilingual town …

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COVID-19 Vaccines & Schools Town Halls

As we prepare for the anticipated expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 5-11 year olds, we want to invite you to attend upcoming town halls, …

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Cautious optimism & Our COVID-19 Response

READ LETTER / LEE EN ESPAÑOL Dear Families of Santa Cruz County, Our cautious optimism continues to build. COVID-19 case rates in schools are trending …

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COVID-19 mitigation strategies, dashboards, preparing for additional vaccinations

READ LETTER / LEE EN ESPAÑOL Dear Families of Santa Cruz County, COVID-19 transmission numbers are continuing to trend downward in our community. However, as …

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Dashboard details COVID-19 testing results from Santa Cruz County schools

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education this week launched a dashboard summarizing COVID-19 testing results across schools countywide, in partnership with school districts, Inspire …

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Sports and Extracurricular Activity Requirements

READ LETTER / LEE EN ESPAÑOL Dear Families of Santa Cruz County, The schools of Santa Cruz County will be implementing the guidelines recently published …

Surveillance testing available for all school staff

Our districts, the Santa Cruz COE, charter schools, private schools and our public health partners are all working diligently to expand the availability of staff surveillance testing for COVID-19.

Last week, the COE launched a central testing location available to all Santa Cruz County school staff at our office on Encinal Street in Santa Cruz. Several additional sites are up and running at local districts, and through our phased-in plan we soon will be able offer on-site testing for teachers and support staff at most schools throughout Santa Cruz County. Surveillance testing is available at no cost to employees through a partnership with Valencia Labs.

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