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Weekly Updates from Kerry Callahan

Hello WPUSD Families,

In this update you'll find reminders/updates about our 2021-2022 household income form, our COVID cases, COVID testing, and becoming an employee for our District. 

New in this update is information regarding our newly appointed Board member, April Nitsos, who will be representing the Sheridan area.


Have a great weekend.

 

KEY DATES

Wednesday, September 29
District Advisory Committee (DAC) Meeting, (4:00pm - Virtual)

Tuesday, October 5
Regular Board Meeting (7:00pm)
3rd Floor, City Hall

Tuesday, October 19
Regular Board Meeting (7:00pm)
3rd Floor, City Hall

Monday, November 1
No School for Students;
WPUSD Staff Development Day

Tuesday, November 2
Regular Board Meeting (7:00pm)
3rd Floor, City Hall

2021-2022 HOUSEHOLD INCOME FORM - REMINDER

Families: Please Complete a 2021-22 Household Income Form to Help Your School Maximize Its Funding!

DID YOU KNOW?

A portion of every school's funding is determined by the needs of its students. Extra funding is usually distributed to schools based on free/reduced meal applications but they are not required this year. For the 2021-2022 school year all students are eligible for FREE meals, so extra funding will be distributed differently. Please complete this Household Income Form to help us maximize our schools' funding!

WHY FILL OUT THE FORM?

- additional support staff for schools, like Instructional Aides, Intervention Support Providers, and after school tutors
- more resources for classrooms and teachers
- additional health and wellness services
- fee waivers for college applications
- fee waivers for college admissions exams (i.e. SAT/ACT/AP)

It’s a quick process and only needs to be completed once for each household. By taking the time to fill out this form, you are taking part in a process that might provide thousands of dollars in funds to the school your student attends.

You can also request a paper copy of the form from your school office or the District Office, 600 Sixth Street, Suite 400, Lincoln, CA 95648

If you need assistance in completing this form please contact your child's school office or the District Office (916) 645-6350 and we can help!

 

Click on the form below to complete: 

WPUSD 2021-22 Household Income Form (English)       

WPUSD 2020-21 Household Income Form (Spanish)

Thank you so much for your time and support! 

COVID CASES IN WPUSD - UPDATE

Last week, Sept 13 - 17, we had 42 cases of COVID and many close contacts.  We also had 9 assumed transmissions. This, again, is a rise from our previous week. Our cases and assumed transmissions for this week are still being compiled but, as a reminder, you can monitor our weekly COVID case counts (updated each Monday) on our website, HERE.

We are working hard to avoid outbreaks within our schools/district, which may require us at times to be more aggressive with our quarantines. We are working closely with PCPH to address cases and quarantines in an effort to keep our schools open.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF THEY ARE EXPERIENCING ANY COVID LIKE SYMPTOMS, EVEN IF YOU THINK IT'S ALLERGIES!!!

COVID TESTING - UPDATE

We are continuing to work with COVID testing companies in hopes of securing testing at several locations throughout our District for staff, students and volunteers. It is our hope for this to be solidified very soon.  In the meantime, please continue to pursue testing (if needed) through your health care provider or other means.  Remember: we cannot accept results from at home COVID tests.  

COME WORK FOR WPUSD!! - REMINDER

Enjoy flexible scheduling, great pay, and the same holiday/break schedule as your student(s). WPUSD is looking for interested applicants for the following open positions:

Paraprofessional/Instructional Aide
Food Service Assistant
Substitute Teacher

We have great schools, and even better students (as you already know)! We hope you can join us and can experience it for yourself. The district will cover all application related expenses including fingerprint clearance fees and any substitute permit fees.

Paraprofessional/Instructional Aide
  • Min qualifications: AA degree or able pass the Para Educator/Instructional Aide test
  • Pay: $16.58-$21.09/hour
  • Work directly with students and teachers in the classroom
  • 6 open positions
Food Service Assistant
  • Min qualifications: high school diploma preferred, but not required
  • Pay: $15.12-$19.17/hour
  • Help prepare and serve student meals
  • 6 open positions
Certificated Substitutes
  • Min qualifications:
    • BA/BS Degree
    • Pass the CA Basic Skills Test (CBEST)—paid by the district
    • Sub permit $102.50-paid by the district
    • Consortium Member Fee $75–paid by the district
  • Pay: $150 day / $90 half-day—highest sub pay rate of public school districts in Placer County!
  • Flexible schedule: work when you & where you want
If you would like to find out more about any of these positions or how to apply, please call the Personnel Services department at the district office at (916) 645-5293. You can apply online and/or view all open district positions via EdJoin, HERE

MEET APRIL NITSOS, NEW BOARD MEMBER (AREA II - SHERIDAN)


April was appointed to the Western Placer Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday, September 21, 2021  to represent Area II - Sheridan.  April and her family moved to Sheridan in 2019 and own JANGLES Family Farm where they grow mandarins and Christmas Trees.  April loves living in Sheridan and believes it is Placer County's best kept secret.

Currently, April works for Caltrans as a Supervising Transportation Engineer where she manages innovation, research, and data visualization teams.  She has worked for Caltrans for over 30 years.  April has also worked as a licensed real estate agent for Woods of California Real Estate Inc. for over 12 years.

In her spare time, April loves to bake - especially with her two daughters - or watch her two sons fish in their pond. She also enjoys riding motorcycles on their property.  Family is the most important part of April's life and she loves every minute of being a mom and wife (even the hard times).  

April is honored to be able to serve our amazing community as a member of the WPUSD Board of Trustees.

Congratulations to April and a huge thank you to the other candidates that also interviewed for our Board vacancy. 

 

September 24, 2021 - Update #11 (2021-2022)

 


Hello WPUSD Families,

In this update you'll find reminders/updates about our 2021-2022 household income form, our COVID cases, COVID testing, and becoming an employee for our District. 

New in this update is information regarding a TikTok Challenge that is encouraging school theft and vandalism, which has unfortunately impacted several of our schools.


Have a great weekend.

 

2021-2022 HOUSEHOLD INCOME FORM - REMINDER

Families: Please Complete a 2021-22 Household Income Form to Help Your School Maximize Its Funding!

DID YOU KNOW?

A portion of every school's funding is determined by the needs of its students. Extra funding is usually distributed to schools based on free/reduced meal applications but they are not required this year. For the 2021-2022 school year all students are eligible for FREE meals, so extra funding will be distributed differently. Please complete this Household Income Form to help us maximize our schools' funding!

WHY FILL OUT THE FORM?

- additional support staff for schools, like Instructional Aides, Intervention Support Providers, and after school tutors
- more resources for classrooms and teachers
- additional health and wellness services
- fee waivers for college applications
- fee waivers for college admissions exams (i.e. SAT/ACT/AP)

It’s a quick process and only needs to be completed once for each household. By taking the time to fill out this form, you are taking part in a process that might provide thousands of dollars in funds to the school your student attends.

You can also request a paper copy of the form from your school office or the District Office, 600 Sixth Street, Suite 400, Lincoln, CA 95648

If you need assistance in completing this form please contact your child's school office or the District Office (916) 645-6350 and we can help!

 

Click on the form below to complete: 

WPUSD 2021-22 Household Income Form (English)       

WPUSD 2020-21 Household Income Form (Spanish)

Thank you so much for your time and support! 

COVID CASES IN WPUSD - UPDATE

Last week, Sept 6 - 10, we had 38 cases of COVID and many close contacts.  We also had 10 assumed transmissions. This is a rise from our previous week. Our cases and assumed transmissions for this week are still being compiled but, as a reminder, you can monitor our weekly COVID case counts (updated each Monday) on our website, HERE.

We are working hard to avoid outbreaks within our schools/district, which may require us, at times, to be more aggressive with our quarantines. We are working closely with PCPH to address cases and quarantines in an effort to keep our schools open.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF THEY ARE EXPERIENCING ANY COVID LIKE SYMPTOMS, EVEN IF YOU THINK IT'S ALLERGIES!!!

COVID TESTING - UPDATE

As was shared yesterday, COVID-19 testing was supposed to have begun but, unfortunately, there were issues out of our control that caused a delay in getting started. At the last minute, the testing company notified us that there was an issue with the nurse staffing company and they would not be able to staff our testing sites as they had promised.

Until the testing company can secure the appropriate staffing to fully serve our testing sites, the district will be postponing onsite COVID-19 testing. It is our goal to offer a  reliable, consistent testing schedule for our families and staff.

We understand that this is a huge inconvenience for those who are counting on this resource, and we are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible.  We are also in communication with other vendors, etc. in hopes of getting this up and running ASAP.

In the meantime, please continue to do your best to seek testing elsewhere as needed. Remember, test results must come from a health care provider or an authorized location to administer a COVID test.  We cannot accept in-home test results.

COME WORK FOR WPUSD!! - REMINDER

Enjoy flexible scheduling, great pay, and the same holiday/break schedule as your student(s). WPUSD is looking for interested applicants for the following open positions:

Paraprofessional/Instructional Aide
Food Service Assistant
Substitute Teacher

We have great schools, and even better students (as you already know)! We hope you can join us and can experience it for yourself. The district will cover all application related expenses including fingerprint clearance fees and any substitute permit fees.

Paraprofessional/Instructional Aide
  • Min qualifications: AA degree or able pass the Para Educator/Instructional Aide test
  • Pay: $16.58-$21.09/hour
  • Work directly with students and teachers in the classroom
  • 6 open positions
Food Service Assistant
  • Min qualifications: high school diploma preferred, but not required
  • Pay: $15.12-$19.17/hour
  • Help prepare and serve student meals
  • 6 open positions
Certificated Substitutes
  • Min qualifications:
    • BA/BS Degree
    • Pass the CA Basic Skills Test (CBEST)—paid by the district
    • Sub permit $102.50-paid by the district
    • Consortium Member Fee $75–paid by the district
  • Pay: $150 day / $90 half-day—highest sub pay rate of public school districts in Placer County!
  • Flexible schedule: work when you & where you want
If you would like to find out more about any of these positions or how to apply, please call the Personnel Services department at the district office at (916) 645-5293. You can apply online and/or view all open district positions via EdJoin, HERE

TIKTOK ENCOURAGES SCHOOL THEFT AND VANDALISM

ALERT:  Social Media Platform, Tik Tok, Encourages School Theft and Vandalism

A viral TikTok challenge that is currently trending nationally encourages students to record themselves stealing and vandalizing school property, then posting results of their actions on social media.  The hashtag challenge #deviouslicks was removed from TikTok due to violation of guidelines, but the trend unfortunately continues with users changing the hashtag.  Urban dictionary defines “lick” as “a successful type of theft which results in an acceptable, impressive and rewarding payday for the protagonist”.  Followers of this trend are encouraged to post their deeds on social media to gain likes or followers.  The challenge resulted in at least one act of vandalism at one of our local schools this week. View a local news story regarding the trend at https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2021/09/16/sacramento-region-tiktik-school-vandalism/

Unfortunately we have already had to suspend some WPUSD students for vandalizing our bathrooms.

We ask that you please discuss this trend with your child(ren) to encourage them to avoid the challenge, and to understand that not all ideas posed on social media are good ideas. In addition, please make sure they know that there are likely consequences of school discipline and law enforcement intervention if they participate in this challenge.
September 17, 2021 - Update #10 (2021-2022)

 

  • COVID Update