Archive by author: Dave SchermerReturn
COVID-19 Test Kits for Students Arrive in Ventura County
The State of California delivered 132,000 COVID-19 test kits to the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) in Camarillo yesterday evening and this morning. The at-home kits are intended specifically for K-12 public school students as part of a program announced by Governor Gavin Newsom in Decembe...
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Schools to Prioritize Safety Upon Return from Winter Break
As Ventura County students prepare to return from winter break amid increasing COVID-19 cases in the community, local school leaders are taking all possible steps to ensure the safety of students and employees. While some colleges and universities have announced plans to revert to distance lear...
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Schools Respond to New Social Media Threat

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Schools Respond to New Social Media Threat
The Ventura County Office of Education is aware of new rumors circulating on social media, specifically TikTok, threatening violence at schools nationwide on December 17. While these threats are unsubstantiated and do not mention Ventura County schools specifically, some local schools may be taking ...
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Responding to Social Media Threats and Bullying
Across the country and here in Ventura County, schools are seeing a concerning increase in students making inappropriate and potentially dangerous posts to social media, particularly on Instagram. These posts have included threats of violence and embarrassing pictures of students and staff members w...
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Focus on Education - December 2021

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Focus on Education - December 2021
Expanded Vaccine Availability • Vaccine Q&A for Parents • Free Digital Library • Pay Raise for Substitutes • Equity Conference • Arleigh Kidd Joins Board of Education
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Ventura County Board of Education Appoints New Member
The Ventura County Board of Education has unanimously voted to appoint Arleigh Kidd as the new board member representing trustee area four. The longtime Simi Valley educator will fill the seat that was left vacant when Rob Collins stepped down from the board on October 25 due to health reasons. Kidd...
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Expanded Vaccine Availability is Good News for Schools
After a lengthy and thorough review and testing process, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children as young as five years old. Whether you plan to be among the first to get your kids vaccinated or still have reservations, there are some important things to know about this la...
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Rob Collins to Resign from Ventura County Board of Education
Veteran educator Rob Collins has announced his resignation from the Ventura County Board of Education. Collins was elected to the board in 2018 for the second time. He had previously served as a board trustee from 2002 to 2004. He also served for twelve years as a trustee for the Simi Valley Unified...
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VCOE Increases Pay Rate for Substitute Teachers
The Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) is increasing the daily pay rate for substitute teachers who work at its schools. Effective October 11, 2021, the daily rate for the first ten days of substitute teaching increased from $135 to $200. For day 11 onward, the rate went up from $155 to $220....
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Focus on Education - September 2021

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Focus on Education - September 2021
Reflections on the New School Year from the Superintendent • Emotional Wellbeing Conference for Parents and Educators • Get Involved with VEX Robotics, Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, and the Science Fair • New High Tech Lab to Become a Field Trip Destination
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