Archive by category: COVID-19Return
Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Responds to State Delaying Student Vaccine Mandate
On April 14, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that a statewide requirement for K-12 students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be delayed at least until the 2023-24 school year. California had initially intended to require student vaccinations for the 2022-23 sc...
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Mask Mandate at Ventura County Schools Ends after March 11
Students and staff at public and private K-12 schools in Ventura County and throughout California will no longer be required to wear masks after March 11, regardless of their vaccination status. Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration made the announcement Monday, saying COVID-19 conditions have suf...
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On Feb. 28, State to Consider Lifting School Mask Mandate
Starting on February 16, vaccinated Californians will no longer be required to wear masks in public places, but the mask mandate will remain in effect for K-12 schools for at least two more weeks. Today, the state set February 28 as the date to consider lifting the mask requirement at schools. Dr. M...
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Giving Thanks to Our Amazing School Employees
Dr. César Morales, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, is encouraging everyone to send a message of THANKS to school employees who are going above and beyond for kids during the pandemic. Email your message to news@vcoe.org.
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Half a Million N95 Masks to be Provided to Ventura County Schools
The State of California completed delivery of 514,562 N95 masks to the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo today. The masks will be distributed to Ventura County public and private K-12 schools for voluntary use by students and staff. Each school and district will develop its own procedu...
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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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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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Reflections on the Start of the New School Year
The first day of school is always special, but this year it held even deeper meaning for obvious reasons. It was a real pleasure for me to visit some of our local schools as students arrived for the start of the new school year. You could feel the joy and excitement as students were welcomed back by...
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What are the COVID-19 Screening Guidelines for Students?
In its most recent communication on August 9, 2021, Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) addressed “new testing requirements” with a reference to guidance from California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on June 16, 2021, which indicated: “Testing is one layer in a multi-layered a...
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