The California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are partnering to offer K–12 California schools antigen testing for students and staff at school sites. The Abbott BinaxNOW is a rapid antigen test designed to detect the Covid-19 virus, with results available in 15-30 minutes. The sample will be collected by students by inserting a soft swab half an inch inside the nose and slowly rotating the swab for 15 seconds before repeating on the second nostril. Most people describe a ticklish sensation or feeling the need to sneeze. The results of this test can help keep the school community healthy, along with mask wearing, social distancing and frequent handwashing. 

The antigen test is not as sensitive as PCR testing, which need to be run in a specialized laboratory and take 24-48 hours for results. Although the rapid antigen test was originally designed to test symptomatic people, it is a good tool for screening individuals without illness, particularly because of the quick turnaround time and lower costs. CDPH requires testing of athletes.

 

Student vaccinations 

Santa Barbara County Public Health is urging all students ages 16 and older to go get vaccinated. My Turn, at myturn.ca.gov, offers transportation to vaccination clinics. Emergency authorization for 12 to 15-year-old students is expected by the end of May, early June. We are working with Santa Barbara County Public Health to arrange for a mobile vaccination clinic at Carpinteria High School on the weekends.

 

Promotion and graduation ceremonies

Principals are working with their staff and parent groups to plan ceremonies that celebrate students while following the CDPH Outdoor Events Guidance. Attendance is limited, seats are assigned, and masks and six feet social distancing are required.

 

20-21 Staff recruitment

We are interviewing for the following replacements and additional grant positions. 

For our elementary schools, we are interviewing for the positions of fourth and fifth grade teachers; reading intervention specialists; special education teachers; a library-media tech; speech and language pathology assistant; English language learner instructional assistants; and special education instructional assistants. 

For our secondary schools, we are interviewing for teaching positions for social studies; music and theater; Spanish; special education and English language learning. We are also seeking a library-media tech; special education instructional assistants; English-language learner instructional assistants, and a reading intervention specialist.

We are also interviewing for the district-wide positions of bus driver, nurses, staff accountant and bond project construction manager. 

 

Measure U

The following items need to be installed before the Carpinteria High School Gym Project is completed and certified: locker benches, glass backboards, batting cage netting, wall pads, washer and dryer and office furniture. 

The Measure U Team will attend the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 12, to discuss the required Coastal Development Permit for the Summerland building project. 

Bids for the Main Painting project will be open on Thursday, May 6. During this project this summer, programs will relocate to the Canalino campus. Construction bids have been received for the CHS Administration building and the selected contractor will be presented to the CUSD Board on May 25. 

The sale notice for the Whitney property, located at 201 Temple St., will be published in the Coastal View News on May 6, 13 and 20.

 

Appreciation 

Friday, May 7 was School Lunch Hero Day, which honors the contributions of our nutrition workers. We appreciate Chef Michelle Hernandez and her school lunch team for their delicious lunches.

 

 

 

 

 

Diana Rigby is the current superintendent of Carpinteria Unified School District. She is focused on improving teaching and learning for all CUSD students and welcomes parent and community input and feedback. For more information about CUSD, log on to cusd.net, or contact Diana at drigby@cusd.net or (805) 684-4511x222.

 

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