Village News

COVID-19 Update

Dear VCS Community,


I want to take this opportunity to update you on recent and rapid developments that impact our students, families and the broader community relative to the spread of COVID-19 in Sonoma County. I know you have questions and concerns and my hope is that this communication will help clarify how we at VCS are addressing this situation.


In the past couple of days, we have heard about schools closing is other counties, and planned school and public events cancelled with the goal of limiting exposure to COVID-19. Based on this escalating trend, there is a possibility that VCS and Sonoma County schools will be faced with an order to close as early as Monday, March 16 (post spring break).


The decision to close The Village Charter School will be made in partnership with The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and other state and regional agencies. Closing VCS is not a decision I will make in isolation. SCOE acts as a liaison between all schools/school districts and the public health officer. For this reason, SCOE is in close, regular communication with county health officials in order to provide up-to-date guidance to school leadership.
 

In the event that VCS needs to close, the decision will be made in collaboration with the county public health officer and SCOE. For the most up-to-date information from SCOE and health officials, please visit https://www.scoe.org/ or https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/


In the classroom, we are encouraging social distance, regular hand washing, and flu-season cleaning protocols, including the regular wipe down of commonly touched surfaces. All currently planned field trips have been cancelled or postponed and larger events like the Creek-Clean-A-Thon are on hold until further notice.


Some parents have opted to keep their children home this past week as a preventative measure. We are fortunate that this decrease in attendance can be supported through Independent Study (please let Carolyn know so we can put packets together for you). If VCS faces a school closure due to COVID-19 with local health department concurrence, we will be allowed to file a J-13 waiver to avoid an instructional time audit penalty for not meeting our required minutes and/or days (in regular talk, we won’t be required to make up this time nor lose funding).


In an effort to be prepared in the case of school closures, we are compiling a list of resources and activities that our students can use at home in order to continue their learning. When and if this becomes a need, I will be communicating lesson plans, activities and any necessary scheduling details via class emails.


I realize there are many unknowns right now. I appreciate your patience, grace and partnership as we navigate these next few months. We will communicate school closure updates by email, text, our website www.villagecharterschool.com and the SCOE website. Please feel free to email me over spring break if you have any questions.


Stay healthy,


Rebecca

VCS Weekly Bulletin - March 6, 2020


Twin Day


Dates at a Glance                  

Tuesday March 10th at 5:45 pm  - Board Meeting

Friday March 13th  - PA Meeting - Time & host TBD

Monday March 16th - Friday March 20th  - Spring Break - No school

Monday April 13th  - No school

Wednesday, April 15th - Regular school hours 8:30 - 3:00

Saturday, April 18th, from 9:30am-11:30am - Creek Clean-A-Thon


 

Volunteers No Longer Needed - 3/12 & 3/13

Due to COVID-19, VCS staff will not be attending the Museum of Tolerance in Southern CA next week. Thank you to all the volunteers planning to help out in their absence. We will be definitely call on you another time should it be rescheduled.

 

Wednesday, April 15th

Wednesday, April 15th will be a regular school day, 8:30 - 3:00, not a minimum day for grades 1st - 8th. Miss Parent's class will be holding a science fair and middle school students will be presenting their service projects. All students will be attending both of these events.

 

Head Lice

This is a reminder to please take a moment this weekend to check your child and the rest of your family nits/head lice.

 

Yearbook Photos Wanted

Do you take pictures around campus, at events, while volunteering in classrooms or chaperoning field trips? Contribute them to the yearbook! Send them to Emma.

NEW FEATURE FOR 2019/2020: The yearbook will be highlighting students’ extracurriculars this year. If your child does extracurricular activities such as dance, sports, acting, cooking, crafts, volunteering, etc., please submit photos and a brief description of why they do it, what they like about it, and what their experiences have been like.

 

Yearbooks

Don’t forget to buy your yearbook!

https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1014724174042747

 

Appreciations

Have an appreciation you wish to make? You can email it in by Friday morning to bulletin@villagecharterschool.com and it will get added to the next Bulletin.

 

VCS Weekly Bulletin - February 28, 2020


Student Photography


Dates at a Glance                  


Wednesday February 26th to Wednesday March 4th  - Conferences  1 p.m. dismissal for all

Friday March 6th 8:30-9:30 am  - Morning Coffee

Saturday, April 18th, from 9:30am-11:30am - Creek Clean-A-Thon


 

 

 

ILLNESS AND ATTENDANCE POLICY REMINDERS


ILLNESS
 

When to keep a child at home with illness during cold and flu season:
 

Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well. As we enter into the cold and flu season, please pay close attention to your child’s health.  Whenever there is an outbreak of a specific contagious infection, the school will send out a notice to alert you to watch out for any symptoms. If your child starts to develop symptoms, it is important that you alert your own health care provider that your child had a possible exposure. Be sure to ask your provider when it is safe for your child to return to school, both for your child’s health and for the health of the rest of the school.


If your child develops a fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, body and muscle aches, please do not send your child to school until he/she does not have a fever, is not taking any medicines to reduce the fever, and is well enough to stay in class all day and learn. Students who have a fever or vomiting are not to return to school a full 24 hours after the fever has broken or the vomiting has stopped. Until then, please allow your child to rest and get better at home.
 

To help protect your child please remind them to:

  • Wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue if possible.
     

Hand washing with soap and water is the best method for cleaning hands. If soap and water are not available, alcohol based hand sanitizers (60% concentration or greater) may be used. We recommend you supervise your child when using hand sanitizer. If your child is sensitive to hand sanitizer products, please notify the school.
 

VCS staff remind students to cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing, throw their tissue in a trash can, wash their hands, and not share any personal items. Areas that students touch frequently will be given additional attention.
 

The following are a few situations that warrant watching and possibly calling your health care provider:

  • Persistent fever greater than 100.4° orally, including a fever that requires control with medication such as Tylenol
  • Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class
  • Sore throat that is severe along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of Strep throat infection
  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts; OR a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever
  • Red, runny eyes that distract the child from learning
  • Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache
  • Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear
  • Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever
  • Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others. 
     

Please remember to notify the school office (not the teacher) via phone or email whenever your child is absent. Giving a specific ailment is helpful in identifying illness outbreaks.

 

ATTENDANCE

At The Village Charter School, we consider “getting to school on time” and your DAILY attendance to be a common gesture of respect towards our community. Not only does it affect us financially, but it is also an indication that you truly share a common value system with us… And that you are modeling that value system for your children. Each absence affects the daily rhythm of your child’s classroom, the teacher’s ability to teach in a cohesive way, and your child’s feeling part of the classroom culture. Please continue to follow our policies around illness, but if your child is not ill please make plans and organize your schedule so that school attendance and being on time is a top priority in your family. Make carpool arrangements, plan appointments outside of school hours, have a backup plan to transport your child if you are unable to do so, and plan trips for already established school holidays.

 

Tardy/Absences/Truancy:

Education Code Section 48260 – Any pupil subject to full time education who is absent from school without valid excuse more than three days or tardy in excess of 30 minutes on each of more than three days in one school year is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor of the superintendent of the school district.

  • Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. are to be brought to the office. After signing your child in a staff member will escort him/her to class. After 8:30 a.m. parents are not to walk students to class.
  • The school should be notified of a child’s absence either by phone or email.
  • A Truancy letter will be sent to the home of any child that is habitually tardy and or absent. Chronic tardies or absences will be addressed by the Board of Directors.

 

End of Year Receipts

If you are in need of 2019 tax receipts for Extended Care or your PPP payments please contact Carolyn in the school office via a separate email.

 

Volunteers Needed

On Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, the majority of the faculty and staff of VCS will be participating in a training at the Museum of Tolerance in Southern California. Miss Barnum, Mr. Winter and Rebecca will be at school.

Rebecca will be scheduling different activities for the students and your help will be needed.

If you are able to volunteer some hours, please contact Rebecca. Rebecca will assign you a task. You can also let her know if you have a particular interest or activity to teach/ share with the students (e.g. a yoga class, an art class, a language class, a cooking class, work at the garden, read to the younger kids or any other activity you considered will be beneficial for the kids.)

If interested and available to volunteer, please email Rebecca at rlivanoff5@gmail.com 

Subject: “Volunteer March 12-13”

THANK YOU!

 

Press Democrat Contact Person

If you have a contact person or know any reporter at the Press Democrat please contact katieheffron@gmail.com

 

SURVEY DUE DATE IS TOMORROW

Village Charter School Community!

We want to get together with all of you interested in helping with our upcoming and biggest VCS fundraiser, VCS GALA Spring 2021. This first brainstorming meeting will be an overview of what needs to be accomplished, what the goals are, what the reasonable expectations for each committee should be. Finally, we want to start discussions on who is interested in helping out with each of the different sub-committees. 

Please answer this survey by February 29th.

https://www.quicktapsurvey.com/survey/3c7ac921a8caf493ab4558c3135d10e8

 

After the surveys are received and reviewed, we will email you with the date and time for the meeting. Please start preparing to bring your ideas to the table. We are looking forward to your open-mind and jovial spirit!

Thank you for taking the time to answer this survey.

 

Yearbook Photos Wanted

Do you take pictures around campus, at events, while volunteering in classrooms or chaperoning field trips? Contribute them to the yearbook! Send them to Emma.

NEW FEATURE FOR 2019/2020: The yearbook will be highlighting students’ extracurriculars this year. If your child does extracurricular activities such as dance, sports, acting, cooking, crafts, volunteering, etc., please submit photos and a brief description of why they do it, what they like about it, and what their experiences have been like.

 

Yearbooks

Don’t forget to buy your yearbook!

https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1014724174042747

 

Appreciations

Have an appreciation you wish to make? You can email it in by Friday morning to bulletin@villagecharterschool.com and it will get added to the next Bulletin.

I want to Thank Charlize for posting her petition to stop animal abuse. What a special project to take one. I signed it.  I hope a lot of the school signed it also. - Vicki J Stiles