Weekly Bulletin ~ January 17-21, 2022
Note from our Administration
Dear SVHS Community,
This week we shared information about the Sonoma County Health Order and its implications for athletic competitions (linked below in sports). We also had to postpone our rally scheduled for Friday as this is also restricted due to the health order. We will look to reschedule a rally after Feb. 11 once the restrictions are lifted.
While we continue to be faced with new information, changes and challenges from COVID and the Omicron variant, I am grateful that our staff continue to meet the demands and ever changing needs. We will continue to forge ahead and work to maintain safety and support student learning. My appreciation and gratitude continues to our students, parents and community as well for your continued patience, understanding, support and partnership as we move forward together.
Reminder - no school Monday. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
~ SVHS Admin Team
Jessica Hutchinson, Lindsey Apkarian, Molly Kiss & Ati Koonkongsatian
Next week’s bell schedule:
We are continuing to distribute at-home rapid COVID tests to all students that have been provided by the state of California. We have only been provided one test kit per student at this time. If your student has not received their kit yet, please email: Amber McCann-Howlett, firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Campos, email@example.com to arrange a time for pick up. This is a voluntary testing opportunity for all students.
Please reference the following for information regarding COVID rapid-tests that were issued by the state and distributed to all SVHS students on Friday.
Information from SVUSD Regarding Vaccinated Students and COVID Testing
A team from SVUSD met with the Sonoma County Department of Public Health regarding the surge in positive COVID cases in the district (especially at the high school). Among the many matters that we discussed was the increase in positive cases among our vaccinated students (break through cases). The clear instruction that was given to us by the county's lead COVID physician - Dr Lobato, is that we should also require testing (2 negative tests within a 10 day period) when a vaccinated student is considered to be a close contact to a positive case. This formerly was only required by unvaccinated students on a modified quarantine.
A Note About Homework & Assignments
If students are positive for COVID, or need to stay home under quarantine, this is considered an excused absence. Students should try to keep up with their assignments via Google Classroom and also communicate (email) directly with their teachers regarding assignments and plan for making up work and/or assessments. Please note that some of our staff may also be absent at this time and as such may take more time than usual to respond to emails.
Also, with the presence of the new Omicron variant, please remind your students to practice SAFE COVID behaviors when NOT at school and out in the community: wear your masks, stay away from large gatherings, and wash yours hands as often as possible.
Traveling to and from California? Follow these CDC travel guidelines.
A Note About Transportation - We regret that buses and transportation were limited this week. The transportation department has been impacted by high absences and staff shortages.
COVID Testing Please remember the SVUSD district COVID testing times for the high school have been changed and will now be offered on Thursdays rather than Fridays. SVUSD Covid Testing
Color Platform for COVID Testing - when registering your student in Color for COVID testing, you only need to do it ONCE for all future testing AND doing so gives the school/testing team permission to test their child whenever they are considered a close contact and during the time that their student would be on a Modified Quarantine (which requires TWO tests by day 3 and day 5). Parents should contact the school if they want to be notified each time their student is tested.
Contacts for Covid Related Questions, CrisisGo and Attendance:
To report your student absent, quarantining, tardy, and or needing to get out early please contact our Attendance Office 707-933-4017 to notify Crystal. The attendance office cannot answer specific questions pertaining to specifics around quarantine status or COVID testing; however, you can direct Covid-related questions to the COVID Response Team.
If you have any