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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 …

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COE Wraps Third Year of Paid Summer Youth Employment Program

Ten local teens from disadvantaged backgrounds recently participated in paid summer internships with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE) under its …

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Local Organizations Collaborate to Address Vaping Epidemic

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA — Three local organizations are hosting an information session for parents and educators about the vaping epidemic affecting teens, and actions they …

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Drive-through COVID-19 testing for school community

Two outdoor, drive-through COVID-19 testing sites are now open to the entire school community.

These sites utilize PCR tests and are available for symptomatic and asymptomatic students, family members and school staff free of charge. Most test results are returned within 24-hours — comparatively, faster than many alternatives.

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COVID-19 response updates, testing FAQ

READ FULL LETTER AND FAQ Dear Families of Santa Cruz County, Thank you for your resilience and unwavering dedication to the success of our students …

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Tragedy at Aptos High School

Today we are heartbroken. We grieve with the Aptos High School community following yesterday’s tragic loss of a 17-year-old student. Our hearts are with the student’s family, friends, the Aptos High School community, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD), and all of those impacted by this unprecedented and devastating event.

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College Essay Application Workshop

Four, free online meetings with professional mentors, Oct. 11-22. Bring your ideas, an outline or a first draft. 

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Superintendent’s Update – August 2021

A new school year is upon us, and it is with excitement that we welcome students back to classrooms across the schools of Santa Cruz …

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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Staff vaccination verification, expanded testing system

Santa Cruz County’s superintendents jointly released a letter to families today summarizing expanded surveillance testing efforts and a new statewide vaccination verification policy for all …

Get Students Vaccinated - Keep Schools Safe and Open

Get students vaccinated at free, convenient clinics

Upcoming student vaccine clinics offer convenient opportunities for all eligible Santa Cruz County students who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccination is safe, effective, and free, and it is a key step we can each take to keep our classrooms safe and open this fall. The CDC, California Department of Public Health and Santa Cruz County Health Officials each advise that students who are eligible (ages 12 and up) should get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect both themselves and their communities.. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, explore the CDC’s website here.

Legislation gives more options to COVID-impacted students — from independent study to grading

Two recent pieces of state legislation impact students’ options relating to independent study, retention, grading changes and graduation requirements.

Under AB 130, school districts are required to offer an independent study option for the 2021-22 school year to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by their parent or guardian.

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