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Weekly Updates from Kerry Callahan

Good Evening WPUSD Families,

In this update, you'll see reminders/updates about our COVID cases, COVID testing, our COVID mitigation protocols, new student and other registration timelines for the 2022-2023 school year, becoming a substitute teacher, and WPUSD Board meetings.

New in this update is information on supporting children's mental health.

 

KEY DATES

Tuesday, February 1
Regular Board Meeting (6:30pm)
Glen Edwards Middle School

Tuesday, February 15
Regular Board Meeting (6:30pm)
Twelve Bridges Middle School

Friday, February 18 & 
Monday, February 21
No School;
Presidents' Day Holidays

COVID CASES IN WPUSD - UPDATE

The week of Jan 10 - 14, we had 327 cases of COVID. We had many assumed school transmissions, but with the number of cases it was impossible to effectively contact trace to definitively state an exact number of assumed school transmissions. Our cases for this week are not compiled yet, but we anticipate that they will be similar to our numbers last week.

We are hoping that we have hit our peek of cases and we'll begin to see a drop in the coming weeks.

As a reminder, you can monitor our weekly COVID case counts (updated each Monday) on our website, HERE.

NO COST COVID TESTING OPTIONS - UPDATE

We have extended our COVID testing hours to accommodate the increased need. Because we are prioritizing staff who need testing, before students and families, we encourage students and families to arrive later in the testing window. If you show up at the beginning of the testing window, you will experience a longer wait time.

Online pre-registration is required and expedites the testing process.

If you haven't already, please register using the following linked instructions:

(https://avellinocov2.com/patient/register)

If you would like to receive an email of your results, you MUST provide an email address when registering.

The updated testing schedule for next week is as follows:


If you have any questions about testing, please contact Cliff De Graw, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, at (916) 645-5293 or cdegraw@wpusd.org.

COVID-19 MITIGATION PROTOCOLS - REMINDER

The CDPH guidance has changed, yet again.  According to PCPH, who we work directly with to support us in addressing COVID in our schools,

 

"Previous CDPH guidance utilized a 5% positivity rate in 14 days to determine if a school or classroom should consider closing. This guidance is no longer current. CDPH does not have recommendations for classroom and school closures. Evolving consensus is that there are very few scenarios where there is a clear public health necessity to close a school due to COVID."

 

Therefore, we are no longer going to close elementary classrooms due to COVID cases.

In regards to close contacts, prior COVID or vaccination status is no longer relevant. After being determined a close contact, all asymptomatic students will have recommended testing in order to stay at school.  

 

The CDC and CDPH adjusted their guidelines to allow for positive cases to return to school/work following a 5 day isolation period, as long as symptoms are improving and you received a negative COVID test. We are hopeful that despite the rise in cases, we will continue to keep healthy students and staff on campus and have quicker turnaround times for those who are at home due to a positive test. 


You will see these all changes reflected in our Road Map for WPUSD Schools.
 

As a reminder, per the CDPH mandate, face coverings are required, unless exempted, for all students, staff and members of the public while indoors. We are doing everything we can to support students struggling with wearing face coverings while also ensuring we remain in compliance with the mandate. Click HERE for more information.

NEW STUDENT & OTHER REGISTRATION INFO FOR 2022-2023 - REMINDER

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR STARTS JANUARY 24TH!

 

Key Dates for 2022-2023 New Student and other Registration (Grades TK-12)

 

January 24, 2022 @ 8:00am 

  • Online Registration goes live & parents can start submitting complete registration on-line
  • Intra-district Transfers (on-line) accepted

February 18, 2022 @ 4:00 pm 

Complete registration submitted­ online and any required registration documents that are not uploaded to the registration portal must be turned into the home school office

 

February 24, 2022

Lottery for Bilingual Immersion Program

 

February 25, 2022 through March 4, 2022 

Parent notification/confirmation of Bilingual Immersion placement

 

February 28, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Deadline to submit Intra-district Transfer Form (on-line)

 

Early March 

Notification to TK students of their assigned class (AM or PM) and school

 

For more details and information on student registration check out the WPUSD website HERE or contact your home school office. To find out which school your student will go to please click HERE.

GOVERNOR SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO SUPPORT SAFE, IN-PERSON LEARNING AT SCHOOLS AMID COVID SURGE - REMINDER

Have a bachelor's degree? You can sub for WPUSD for $200 a day!

 

This week Governor Newsom signed an executive order giving districts more flexibility to support staffing needs in the midst of this latest surge in COVID-19 cases, isolations, and quarantines.

 

In particular, many of the requirements to obtain an emergency substitute teaching permit have been temporarily removed. All you need to be able to work as a substitute teacher is have a bachelor's degree and a background check.

 

If you are interested in helping us out by working as a substitute teacher, and you have a bachelor's degree, please contact Cliff De Graw in Personnel Services at cdegraw@wpusd.org or call (916) 645-5293 for more information.

VIRTUAL VIEWING OPTION FOR WPUSD BOARD MEETINGS - REMINDER

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is February 1, 2022 at 6:30pm in the Glen Edwards Middle School Multipurpose Room.

Members of the public now have the option to view Regular Meetings of the Board of Trustees via Google Meet. Below is further information regarding public access and public comment.

 

Public Access - The Board meeting will be open and available to the public for in-person attendance in the Glen Edwards Middle School Multi-Purpose Room. The meeting will also be available virtually via Google Meet for live public viewing during Open Session (6:30pm). To access the meeting virtually, please use the link below.

 

https://meet.google.com/kqc-eajb-zpg


Public Comment - Those individuals who wish to provide verbal public comment, must do so in-person at the meeting. Those individuals who wish to provide written public comment may do so via email to Maria Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant, at mgonzalez@wpusd.org. More detailed information regarding each option for public comment is bulleted below:
 
  • Individuals who wish to provide verbal public comment, must do so in-person at the meeting by filling out the "Request to Address Board of Trustees" form, which will be available at the meeting. Speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each and the Board will limit the total time for public input on each agenda item to twenty (20) minutes.  However, in exceptional circumstances, when necessary to ensure full opportunity for public input, the Board President may, with Board consent, adjust the amount of time allowed for public input and/or the time allotted for each speaker.  Any such adjustment shall be done equitably so as to allow a diversity of viewpoints.  The President may also ask members of the public with the same viewpoint to select a few individuals to address the Board on behalf of that viewpoint. (Board Bylaw 9323) 
  • Individuals who wish to provide written public comment (500 word limit)  may do so by submitting their comment to Maria Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant, at mgonzalez@wpusd.org by 12:00pm the day of the meeting. Submissions should state what agenda item the comment is for, or general public comment if the comment is not specific to an individual agenda item. Written public comment will be emailed to the Board Trustees prior to the meeting and handed to them during the meeting for public record. The comments will not be read aloud during the meeting. 
  • Public comment is allowed in two ways: 
    • Comment specific to an item/s on the agenda.
    • General comment on a topic/s not on the agenda that fall within the Board's jurisdictional authority.

SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH

I know that many families are concerned for their children's mental health. Below are some links to information and resources that may help.

Additionally, the District is committed to supporting students' mental health and we have enhanced resources available at our schools through our partnership with Wellness Together. If needed, please don't hesitate to contact your child's school site directly for additional ways we can support you.


National Institute of Mental Health

 Mental Health America

Parents with Confidence

Centerstone

California Department of Education
January 21, 2022 - Update #25 (2021-2022)

 

Happy New Year WPUSD Families,

Welcome to 2022. Although we are currently being hit hard by the omicron variant, I am extremely optimistic and hopeful that 2022 will be a MUCH better year than the previous two.

In this update, you'll see reminders/updates about our COVID cases, COVID testing, info regarding our upcoming TK/K/Bilingual Immersion Program Parent Info Night, and changes to our COVID mitigation protocols (with new information regarding the isolation period for a COVID positive person).

New in this update is new student and other registration timelines for the 2022-2023 school year, available at-home COVID tests, staffing shortages, and new roles for our Board of Trustees.

 

KEY DATES

Monday, January 17
No School;
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 18
Regular Board Meeting (6:30pm)
Lincoln High Theater

Tuesday, February 1
Regular Board Meeting (6:30pm)
Lincoln High Theater

Tuesday, February 15
Regular Board Meeting (6:30pm)
Lincoln High Theater

Friday, February 18 & 
Monday, February 21
No School;
Presidents' Day Holidays

COVID CASES IN WPUSD - UPDATE

The week of Dec 13 - 17, prior to our holiday break, we had 17 cases of COVID and 0 assumed school transmissions. Our cases for this week are not compiled yet, but we anticipate over 200 cases. This is 4 times higher than our previous highest case week, which was 48.

As a reminder, you can monitor our weekly COVID case counts (updated each Monday) on our website, HERE.

NO COST COVID TESTING OPTIONS - UPDATE

Unfortunately due to staffing and other issues, USA Medical will not be provide testing in the mornings at Lincoln Crossing Elementary until further notice. The updated testing schedule, reflecting only afternoon testing with COVID DX / Avellino Labs is below.

Registration/patient intake forms are required for testing.

For testing with COVID DX / Avellino Labs, pre-registration is preferred. If you have medical insurance, COVID DX / Avellino Labs will bill your insurance provider, which is required to cover testing costs at no cost to you. If you do not have medical insurance, CARES Act funding will be billed for the cost of testing.

Student athletes are encouraged test weekly with their teams, but can access any of the testing options if they are unable to attend with their team. School sites do not have access to testing results. Parents may need to provide negative results to school office staff.
If you have any questions about testing, please contact Cliff De Graw, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, at (916) 645-5293 or cdegraw@wpusd.org

TK/K/BILINGUAL IMMERSION INFO NIGHT - REMINDER

On January 11, 2022, beginning at 5:30pm, we will be hosting Virtual Parent Information Meetings regarding the 2022-2023 registration process for our TK, K, and the Kindergarten Bilingual Immersion program. Our meetings will be held via Google Meet. The recordings and presentation materials from each meeting will be available for families who are unable to attend due to conflicting commitments, or who just want to receive the information in this format. For parents who cannot attend, you can request a recording of the meeting.

Below is the time schedule for the meetings and the link to register for the event.

5:30 - 6:00 Transitional Kindergarten (TK); for students who turn 5 on or after September 2, 2022 but on or before February 2, 2023

6:15 - 7:00  Kindergarten (K) and Bilingual Immersion Kindergarten; for students who turn 5 on or before September 1, 2022
                   
If you need help determining which meeting is best for you/your child(ren), please check out our District website at www.wpusd.org for additional information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

CHANGES TO COVID-19 MITIGATION PROTOCOLS - NEW & REMINDER

NEW INFORMATION - This week, the CDC and CDPH adjusted their guidelines to allow for positive cases to return to school/work following a 5 day isolation period, as long as symptoms are improving. We are hopeful that despite the rise in cases, we will continue to keep healthy students and staff on campus and have quicker turnaround times for those who are at home due to a positive test. You will see these changes reflected in our Road Map for WPUSD SchoolsPlease note, our websites are still not functioning at 100%, so the document will not reflect the most up-to-date Road Map (updated as of January 7, 2022) until the earliest Monday. Thanks for your patience while we continue to work through our website issues. 

REMINDER FROM LAST UPDATE - Our school community has done a remarkable job thus far with our COVID-19 mitigation strategies, and the proof is in the data! We have seen relatively low case rates throughout our schools and minimal school transmission. With that, we feel confident in further relaxing some of the recommended quarantine and testing guidelines put in place by the state in order to allow healthy students to stay in the classroom. 

Effective January 3, 2022, asymptomatic close contacts (regardless of vaccination or masking status) will be allowed to remain on campus as long as they follow the criteria outlined in our Road Map for WPUSD Schools. Updated quarantine information can be found in our COVID-19 Response Scenarios beginning on page 12. 

In addition, weekly testing will no longer be required for those participating in indoor sports and there are new options for unmasking while performing in choir. While we strongly encourage continued weekly testing, with the low transmission we are seeing in our district, we are comfortable relaxing our current mandatory testing requirement. Specifics on these changes are also outlined in the Road Map for WPUSD Schools

NEW STUDENT & OTHER REGISTRATION INFO FOR 2022-2023

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR STARTS JANUARY 24TH!

 

Key Dates for 2022-2023 New Student and other Registration (Grades TK-12)

 

January 11, 2022 

TK/K & Bilingual Immersion Virtual Parent Information Meetings (English)

  • 5:30-6:00 – TK
  • 6:15-7:00 - K & Bilingual Immersion

January 13, 2022

TK/K & Bilingual Immersion Virtual Parent Information Meetings (Spanish)

  • 5:30-6:00 – TK
  • 6:15-7:00 - K & Bilingual Immersion

January 24, 2022 @ 8:00am 

  • Online Registration goes live & parents can start submitting complete registration on-line
  • Intra-district Transfers (on-line) accepted

February 18, 2022 @ 4:00 pm 

Complete registration submitted­ online and any required registration documents that are not uploaded to the registration portal must be turned into the home school office

 

February 24, 2022

Lottery for Bilingual Immersion Program

 

February 25, 2022 through March 4, 2022 

Parent notification/confirmation of Bilingual Immersion placement

 

February 28, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Deadline to submit Intra-district Transfer Form (on-line)

 

Early March 

Notification to TK students of their assigned class (AM or PM) and school

 

For more details and information on student registration check out the WPUSD website HERE or contact your home school office. To find out which school your student will go to please click HERE.

COVID TEST KITS FOR STUDENTS FOR AT-HOME USE

Earlier this week the District received COVID test kits from the State for student use at-home. We worked as quickly as possible to get them distributed to school sites for parents to access and they are now available for pick-up as needed. If you would like access to a kit, which includes two tests, please contact your child's school directly. 

 

As a reminder, at-home tests - including these ones - are not allowed as confirmation for a student being deemed negative for COVID. The same rules apply as CDPH has not updated guidance to allow for us to accept at-home results.

STAFFING SHORTAGES DUE TO RISES IN COVID CASES

Due to the significant increase in positive cases, which are affecting our staff as well, we are experiencing extreme staffing shortages. We are doing everything we can to ensure schools remain open for student learning. Right now, our #1 priority is keeping students at school as we understand the impact that school closure has on student learning and on parents in need of care for their children during working hours. 

 

That said, we ask that you understand that in order for us to keep students at school, their normal learning day may have to be disrupted and alternative supervision arrangements made in the absence of their teachers, etc. to ensure that they are safely supervised. After securing ways to ensure students are at school each day, we will work hard to minimize the impact that alternative schedules/settings may have on their opportunities for learning.

 

If we do have to close a school or multiple classes due to staffing shortages, we will do our very best to notify families ASAP.

NEW ROLES FOR WPUSD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Every year, at the last meeting in December, the Board of Trustees conducts a Board reorganization at which time the Trustees nominate and appoint their fellow Trustees to serve as President, Vice President, or Clerk for the subsequent calendar year. 

 

On December 21, 2021, the following Trustees were appointed to serve in the aforementioned leadership roles:

  • Damian Armitage, President
  • Jason Price, Vice President
  • Criste Freymond, Clerk

I would like to thank Kris Wyatt for serving as Board President for the 2021 calendar year. As many of you know, Kris has been a staunch advocate for the students of WPUSD and for the community of Lincoln for many, many year. She led the Board through one of the most difficult years in the history of education and certainly our District. We are so fortunate, now more than ever, to have leaders like Kris supporting our District and community.  


I look forward to working with President Armitage during the 2022 calendar year as we continue to navigate these tumultuous times.
January 7, 2022 - Update #23 (2021-2022)

 

Hello WPUSD Families,

In this update, you'll see reminders/updates about our COVID cases, COVID testing, and our District Office holiday hours.

New in this update is info regarding the current status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students.

Have a great weekend.

 

KEY DATES

December 13 - 17 (Mon-Fri)
Early Release Days;
See school site communications for more specific information

December 20 - 31 (Mon-Fri)
No School; Winter Break

Tuesday, December 21
Regular Board Meeting (7:00pm)
Lincoln High Theater

Monday, January 3
School Resumes

Monday, January 17
No School;
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 18
Regular Board Meeting (7:00pm)
Lincoln High Theater

COVID CASES IN WPUSD - UPDATE

The week of Nov 29 - Dec 3, we had 21 cases of COVID and 0 assumed school transmissions. We are again seeing a decline in cases. Our cases for this week are not compiled yet, but we anticipate lower numbers.

As a reminder, you can monitor our weekly COVID case counts (updated each Monday) on our website, HERE.

NO COST COVID TESTING OPTIONS - REMINDER

The district is providing the following no cost testing options for students, staff and volunteers. In order to accommodate secondary student athletes competing in wrestling or stunt who are allowed to not wear a face covering provided they test weekly during the winter sport season, and in anticipation of Placer County Public Health permitting other indoor sports to do the same--the district has updated its testing schedule. All afternoon testing will now be conducted by COVID DX / Avellino Labs. USA Medical will continue to provide testing in the mornings at Lincoln Crossing Elementary.

Registration/patient intake forms are required for both USA Medical and COVID DX / Avellino Labs testing. There is a QR code used to register at the USA Medical testing site (Lincoln Crossing Elementary).

For afternoon testing with COVID DX / Avellino Labs, pre-registration is preferred and can be completed using these instructions. You only have to register once. If you have medical insurance, COVID DX / Avellino Labs will bill your insurance provider, which is required to cover testing costs at no cost to you. If you do not have medical insurance, CARES Act funding will be billed for the cost of testing.

Student athletes will test weekly with their teams, but can access any of the testing options if they are unable to attend with their team. School sites do not have access to testing results. Parents may need to provide negative results to school office staff.


For COVID Testing at Lincoln Crossing Elementary--please enter through the rear of the campus by the parking lot for Peter Singer Park off Danbury Drive. Please do not go to the school office. See map below for details:
If you have any questions about testing, please contact Cliff De Graw, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, at (916) 645-5293 or cdegraw@wpusd.org

DISTRICT OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS - REMINDER

Due to holidays and other non-workdays throughout the remainder of December, the District Office hours will be adjusting from our normal hours as outlined below.

Dec 20-22 (Mon-Wed) - District Office OPEN from 10:00 - 2:00

Dec 23 (Thurs) - District Office OPEN from 8:00 - 12:00
 
Dec 24 (Fri) - District Office CLOSED - holiday

Dec 27-30 (Mon-Thurs) District Office CLOSED - City Hall is closed; thus, so are we

Dec 31 (Fri) CLOSED - holiday

OUR PLEA REGARDING SOCIAL MEDIA

I think we can all agree this week has brought out a lot of uncertain and negative emotions as a result of very concerning events, not just in our district, but in our local region and across the country. The majority of the events we are seeing are stemming from social media. We know social media is very popular among students and unfortunately has become the home to cyber-bullying and worse. Unfortunately, cyber-bullying is an abhorrent behavior plaguing students across the country, and Placer County is not immune.

Recently, we learned of several inappropriate social media accounts created by students in our district. As you read in previous communication from the District and Lincoln Police Department, posts from these accounts proved to be threatening in nature, involved law enforcement and resulted in major consequences. We take these inappropriate sites very seriously and know how damaging they can be to not only students and their mental health, but can cause life-threatening harm to our school campuses. It is very difficult for young people to detach this cyber world from actual reality.  Please join us in denouncing this type of activity with your students, be aware of the type of social media activity in which they are engaged, and have candid conversations about the severity of viewing and participating in such acts.

The events that occurred this week in Western Placer do not define us. We all must remain diligent in building students of character. As we go into this holiday season, let’s remember we are one community, one Lincoln, and together we can get through this. Be a neighbor, lend a hand, or help a friend in need. Disagreements are learning opportunities and we must set the stage and be the example for our students.

December 10, 2021 - Update #21 (2021-2022)

 


 

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