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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Every year, Santa Cruz County Office of Education and United Way of Santa Cruz team up to Stuff The Bus, gathering essential backpacks and school supplies to help prepare thousands of underserved youth for the new school year. We provide these backpacks and supplies to youth currently experiencing homelessness or other hardships.
Every year, Santa Cruz County Office of Education and United Way team up to host Stuff The Bus — gathering essential backpacks and school supplies to help prepare thousands of underserved youth for the new school year.
Educators throughout the county continue to celebrate graduating students who overcame so many obstacles this year. Although graduations may look different from prior years, we could not be more proud of the powerful achievements our students have earned this year.