Reflecting on a School Year

Even as we are immersed in a new school year full of so much promise and potential, it is important to take time to reflect on our progress and lessons learned.

That’s why I’m excited to invite you to join me for a special presentation of our 2021-22 Annual Report to the Community, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, September 22. During this virtual event, we’ll provide an overview of the report itself and share additional insights and a deeper look at our ongoing work and priorities for the year ahead. 

This past year called upon our educators and families to go above-and-beyond. It was challenging, in many respects. Yet we saw our school community meet the challenges of navigating a winter surge, evolving guidance, and mental health needs with determination and adaptability. Our school community came together in a time of need to achieve a shared goal: ensuring our schools remained open and safe in order for our students to have the resources they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

So many partners have my gratitude and respect for their contributions to this work, from our school districts, charter schools, families, students and staff, to essential collaborators such as the Public Health Department of Santa Cruz County and Inspire Diagnostics, our health provider partner who enabled us to offer one of the most robust school-community testing and vaccination programs in our state. This past year also enabled us to connect more frequently and deeply with our child care providers and leaders of our charter and private schools. The same has proven true with our connections with students and the impact and importance of student leadership and voice. As I see it, out of necessity emerged the opportunity for even deeper connection.

We’ll have data, photos, and programmatic updates to share, and of course, the opportunity to answer your questions. All are invited, and live Spanish translation will be available. Follow the link below to register for the event — and to receive a digital copy of the report itself, releasing in conjunction with the event.

Yours in education and equity,
Dr. Faris Sabbah
County Superintendent of Schools