Superintendent's Message to the Community 10-11-2021

Superintendent's Message to the Community 10-11-2021

 
Good Afternoon, and welcome to the Monday Update. I’m Jeff Harris, Superintendent of Schools for Del Norte County.
 
Important Dates to Remember
Just a reminder, next week will be minimum days for all TK-8 students at all elementary schools. These minimum days are scheduled for our annual parent-teacher conferences. Teachers or other school staff should be reaching out to set up appointments. If you haven’t heard from your child’s school and want to make sure that you have a conference appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the school. In addition, please remember that November 1st will be a staff development day so there will be no school, make sure you mark it on your calendar.
 
Heroes in Education
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to continue to dedicate our podcast series to our classified and certificated staff. Each week, we’ll focus on different job families within our district and the county office of education and hear from those staff members why and how they contribute their valuable skills to ensure the best education for our students. Last week we had a conversation with Heather Rodriguez and Paul Wenning, two outstanding bus drivers, who represented transportation. This week, I’m looking forward to talking with staff from our custodial and skilled trades families. You can get all of our past and current podcasts at dnusd.org/families, under the gold section, labeled “Communication to Families.” After we’ve hosted representatives from all departments and certificated staff, we’ll be able to celebrate them together by nominating Heroes in Education in November and recognizing them publicly in December.
 
This Week's Webinar - Job Openings
During this week’s webinar, we will be joined by Coleen Parker, Director of Human Resources, and Summer Pyke, our Director of Personnel, where we will explain the application process for Classified and Certificated positions and answer any questions you may have. In case you missed our last webinar we took the opportunity to answer questions regarding home COVID tests, our modified and shortened quarantine process, and had our school nurses Luana Pennington and Amanda Cabrera join us to demonstrate how COVID-19 tests will be administered to students that choose to participate in modified quarantine when it becomes available.
You can download this week’s webinar, after it is posted, and access all of our previous webinars, at dnusd.org/families under the gold section titled “Communications to Families”.
 
Vaccinations
I also wanted to take a moment to address some confusion around COVID vaccinations. I’m sure that everyone is aware that the Governor has mandated COVID vaccines for students and staff. It’s very important to understand that these mandates do not become effective until July 1, 2022, for staff and students in grades 7-12 and until, in all likelihood, 2023 for students in 6th grade and below. We are beginning our testing of staff very soon and will then be expanding to the testing of students who qualify for modified quarantine. Once we are ready to begin testing students, we’ll let all parents know.
 
COVID-19 Active Cases Dashboard
To find the most recent information and metrics by school site on COVID-19 positive cases, please visit dnusd.org/familyresources and click the “COVID-19 Dashboard.” Likewise, to see our county data, you can visit covid19.dnco.org.
 
Northwest Marching Band Competition
I also want to give a huge shoutout to our marching band and color guard. They competed this weekend in Pride of the Northwest Marching Band Competition in Grants Pass and took 1st in the division and 4th overall. Congratulations to all of our marching band students and staff.
 
Sports Updates
Finally, our sports update. Over the next week, our students will compete in volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country, football, and soccer. We are currently live streaming home games, which will be Volleyball this Tuesday at 5:30 PM, and we have completed the installation of our Soccer and Baseball live stream system, our next home games for these sports will be viewable on our Del Norte High School Facebook page.
That's it for this week’s update, we hope you have a great day and we will see you next week.
 
Thank you