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January 21, 2022 

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent

 

We have successfully transitioned back from winter break despite the increasing spread of the latest COVID variant, known as Omicron. To date, student attendance is averaging 85%, while the normal rate is around 92%. Employee attendance is down approximately 10% from normal rates and we have been able to cover these classes with substitute teachers, administrators, or other willing staff members. It has been a team effort to keep our schools open and everyone safe. I want to personally thank our families for your support and cooperation during this extraordinarily challenging time. 

We will continue to practice safe habits like wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing where possible, and encourage vaccination. Also remember to keep your child(ren) home if they are sick and utilize the quick antigen tests, if needed. These measures work and help keep our schools safe and open.

Given the high rate of active COVID cases, we will continue to monitor activities and events that might need to be postponed. We have learned a great deal about how to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community. We continue to partner with SLO County Public Health to help our schools implement essential protective measures. 

There have been questions regarding vaccine mandates in California for K-12 schools. At present, there is no COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students imposed by the state. The Governor has only announced that there will be a mandate but he has not codified this into a subsequent and actionable executive order. San Luis Coastal will continue to follow the California Department of Public Health guidelines and corresponding state laws. 

I want to give a special shout out to Jeff Martin, Principal on Special Assignment, for his efforts in designing our new Summer Experience program beginning this June. The program and brochure was designed with the feedback of a large committee of dedicated staff and parents over the past three years. It will arrive in your mailboxes next week. We will offer information sessions in the coming weeks to answer any questions you may have. 

We continue to enjoy tremendous student participation in extracurricular activities like sports, band and choir, clubs, theater, and school functions. I’m glad to see this pandemic hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm and spirit of our kids. It’s not lost on me that none of this would be possible without the support of our families and community. I am most grateful for your efforts.

When I visit schools and observe our students and staff, I am reminded of the amazing American poet, Amanda Gorman, when she said,

 

“When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

 

Have a nice weekend.

Eric

 

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

Diane M. Frost, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

 

National Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Since 2010, the president has dedicated the month of January to raise awareness about human trafficking and to educate the public about how to identify and prevent this crime.

The effort has many objectives, including support of survivors, prosecution of traffickers, and an end to human trafficking in the United States and around the world.

It is important to note that California has been identified by the FBI as one of the nation’s top four destination states for trafficked persons, and San Luis Obispo County is a natural corridor for human trafficking activities between Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as the Central Valley and the Central Coast.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)/Polaris Project operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call specialists can connect victims with law enforcement and service providers in their local area who can help them get out of volatile situations and into safe environments.  

The flyers linked below help our families and employees understand Human Trafficking and ways to keep our children safe.

 

Vaccination Clinics
San Luis Coastal is happy to provide vaccination clinics for our families and community in partnership with SLO County Public Health. Clinics will offer both vaccination for the flu and COVID-19 with Pfizer (ages 5 and over; boosters ages 12 and over). Our first two clinics are at Baywood and C.L. Smith Elementary Schools. 

Baywood Elementary
Friday, January 28, 3:00-6:00 PM
Multi-purpose Room

C.L. Smith Elementary
Wednesday, February 2, 3:00-6:00 PM 
Art/Science Room

Isolation and Quarantine
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated the  K-12 Guidance, modifying the Isolation and Quarantine guidelines for public Schools.  Please see graphics linked below for a description of these changes:

Graphics for  Isolation and Quarantine 1.12.22

At-Home Testing Kits
There are some new ways to access at-home testing kits.  You can access at-home kits using the following links:

  • Reimbursement from health insurance providers: Health insurance providers will provide reimbursement for the cost of up to eight at home COVID-19 tests per month, which may be purchased from a pharmacy, store, or online retailer, by submitting a claim or reimbursement. 

Events of Interest
San Luis Obispo High School is hosting a 24 Hour Musical show this Saturday, January 22, at 7:00 PM in the SLO High Theater. The show is free to attend. Seating will be limited due to COVID precautions, so it is first come first serve!

Note from Director, Noelle Eben: The 24 Hour Musical is a production put together and performed in only 24 hours.  To keep with the theme of spontaneity, the title of the musical will be announced at rehearsal. The cast and crew will rehearse, build, design, and assemble everything before the show. The purpose of this production is to encourage students to step out of their comfort zone, have fun, and gain confidence as well as community without the pressure / expectation for the performance to be perfect. Hope to see you there Tigers!

Morro Bay High School will be performing A Midsummer Night's Dream on January 27, 28 and 29, 2022 in the Courtyard. Follow the link to purchase tickets: Tickets