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Solano Co. Health Officer Reaffirms Support For In-Person School

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SOLANO COUNTY, CA — Solano County’s health officer joined colleagues from across the Bay Area to reaffirm support Thursday for a safe return to the classroom for more than a million K-12 students across the wider San Francisco Bay Area.

“In the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley, many children are back in the classroom for the first time since early 2020,” the health officers said in a joint statement Thursday. “This summer’s surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization due to the spread of the Delta variant is causing people to feel cautious about the return to school. We know that when rates of COVID are high in our communities, cases will appear at schools, just as they do in other settings.”

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Solano County: Processing of emergency rental assistance applications continues

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FAIRFIELD — The local application period for Solano County residents to apply for County Emergency Rental Assistance Program funding under the federal CARES Act has closed.

County officials and and representatives of Catholic Charities of Yolo-Solano continue to work through processing existing applications. Those still in need are encouraged to apply through the state.

The state has reserved an additional $14.3 million for Solano County residents who are eligible and have not yet applied for emergency rental assistance through the Housing is Key website, housing.ca.gov, or by phone at (833) 430-2122.

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CalRTA bestows scholarships to eight Solano County teachers

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Before teachers in California can begin their process of educating youth, they must obtain a valid teaching credential. To make it easier to do so, the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) Division 24 administers $2,500 scholarships to Solano County residents with bachelor’s degrees who are working toward a teaching credential.

This year, eight aspiring teachers were recipients of the C. Shirley Michele Scholarship.

Edyie Santomieri, a member of the scholarship committee, said this year’s recipients were “excellent.”

“it was very hard choosing,” she said. “We had 14 applicants, and we chose eight.”

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In-person school returning, with technological support

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FAIRFIELD — Students will soon return to school, be required to wear masks – at least at the outset – while options of independent learning will continue and the state works to address the digital needs for all Californians.

Those were the topics discussed Tuesday night at a virtual town hall put on by Sen. Bill Dodd and broadcast live on Sonoma TV and KSVY radio in Sonoma, and on local social media channels.

Joining Dodd was California Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond, Sunne Wright McPeak, president and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, and Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools.

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Solano students receive work-ready recognition

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FAIRFIELD — Twenty-seven local high school students have been recognized for completing the Work-Ready! Certification program.

“We are proud of our students for their dedication to furthering their skill set in preparation for work and post-secondary education,” Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “We are grateful for our continued partnership with our school districts and local chambers and for the support of area businesses. This is truly a collaborative endeavor.”

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Graduation 2021: Surprise Your Graduate By Sharing A Photo On Patch

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SUISUN CITY, CA — Some graduating seniors will have a traditional graduation ceremony this year, and some will not, but they all deserve recognition after a difficult pandemic year.

Patch wants to help families celebrate this moment before 2021’s grads move on to the next chapter in their lives, whether it’s college, the military, a new job or a gap year. Simply fill out the form below, sharing as much information about your 2021 graduate as you like.

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Rodriguez High School Named 2021 California Distinguished School

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FAIRFIELD, CA — A school in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District was among an additional 121 schools named 2021 California Distinguished Schools this week by California Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond.

The state originally honored 102 schools March 18, but after further review of the data recognized the additional schools, including Angelo Rodriguez High School in Fairfield and 27 other greater Bay Area schools.

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