Sonoma County Office of Education

Announcements

Welcome to the SCOE Employee Center. This section of our website includes announcements for staff and provides access to information that employees may find helpful.

Updated: COVID-19 News and Resources for SCOE Staff Page

SCOE has updated its dedicated staff web page with resources and news items related to Coronavirus to reflect new information and resources for the fall.

Access this page here.

Celebrating SCOE's Team Player, Miwa Smith

04/30/2021 - SCOE's Personnel Commission is pleased to announce that they have selected Miwa Smith, an administrative support secretary with the Administrative Services Division as this year's Team Player. This annual award recognizes a SCOE employee who demonstrates outstanding performance, integrity, and customer service.

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Employee Spotlight: Derek Ng

04/21/2021 - SCOE employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in the Employee Spotlight. This month, meet Derek Ng from SCOE's IT department.

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Employee Spotlight: Zachary Morris

03/25/2021 - SCOE and SELPA employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in the Employee Spotlight. This month, meet Zachary Morris from Sonoma County SELPA.

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Employee Spotlight: April Tinelli

02/18/2021 - SCOE/School and College Legal Services employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in the Employee Spotlight. This month, meet April Tinelli from School and College Legal Services.

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Classified Summer Assistance Program

02/08/2021 - SCOE is pleased to offer a benefit for classified employees who work 11 months or less out of a 12-month period for the 2021-22 year. The program is being offered by the California Department of Education and allows eligible employees to elect to withhold up to 10 percent of their regular monthly pay during the 2021-22 school year. If you participate, you can elect to receive payment of your contribution and the amount matched by the state in one or two payments in the Summer of 2022.

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Employee Spotlight: Yesenia Rivas-Suarez

01/22/2021 - SCOE employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in the Employee Spotlight. This month, meet Yesenia Rivas-Suarez from the North Coast School of Education.

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Important Update on Screening for COVID-19

01/04/2021 - Only 5% of those infected with COVID are presenting with fever, making screening questions more important than ever. The following are among the first symptoms being reported by those in the early stages of COVID:

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Employee Spotlight: Jenn Guerrero

12/09/2020 - SCOE employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in the Employee Spotlight. This month, meet Jenn Guerrero from Educational Support Services.

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Updated California Mask Requirements

11/19/2020 - On Nov. 16, Gavin Newsom announced new requirements for wearing face coverings in order to address the spread of COVID-19. Californians are now required to wear face coverings whenever they are in public, including in office settings. Exemptions that apply at SCOE include an individual working alone in an office or room, people who are actively eating and spaced at least six feet from others, and individuals exempted for health reasons.

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Wireless Network Use

11/17/2020 - Please see the following reminder from IT about the appropriate SCOE networks to use when you are on professional or personal devices. Please adhere to the following guidelines to ensure the security of our networks.

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Help brighten the holiday season for thousands of individuals, seniors, and families

11/16/2020 - You can help brighten the holiday season for thousands of individuals, seniors and families in need by being a Secret Santa!

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Employee Spotlight: Vanessa Johns Wedderburn

11/16/2020 - SCOE employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in the Employee Spotlight. This month, meet Vanessa Johns Wedderburn.

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Celebrating SCOE's Team Player, Stacie Post Sheffer

10/22/2020 - Congratulations to Stacie Post-Sheffer, administrative operations specialist for the Instructional Services Division. She has been named SCOE’s Team Player for 2020! Stacie is being recognized as an incredibly capable, go-to person who supports her department through strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.

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Celebrating SCOE's Team Player, Stacie Post Sheffer

10/22/2020 - Congratulations to Stacie Post-Sheffer, administrative operations specialist for the Instructional Services Division. She has been named SCOE’s Team Player for 2020! Stacie is being recognized as an incredibly capable, go-to person who supports her department through strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.

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Flu Shot Clinic

09/28/2020 - SCOE will be hosting a free flu shot clinic on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SCOE main facility in the Teacher Learning Center (TLC) Eagan Room 4.

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Employee Spotlight- Tracy Malkassian

09/22/2020 - SCOE employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in the Employee Spotlight. This month, meet Tracy Malkassian from Special Ed.

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Covid-19 Contact Tracing and Staff Notification

08/17/2020 - As the school year resumes, we know there may be questions about how SCOE will respond to confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff, as well as employees who are showing possible symptoms. Based on the number of employees at SCOE, a case among our staff may unfortunately become a reality at some point. As essential workers, we need to know the protocol that will be followed. Please read on for more information.

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Celebrating SCOE Staff

08/11/2020 - Welcome BackSCOE held its 2020-21 Back-to-School event (virtually) on Tuesday, Aug. 11 The event featured an inspiring talk by Ada Medina-Tellez, a SCOE Special Education teacher.

And, as is our tradition, we began the school year by recognizing exemplary employees and colleagues. That included Golden Bell and District Service award winners as well as those who have reached landmark years of service. Here is the list of employees recognized this year. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work!

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Health Screenings

08/10/2020 -

To comply with state requirements and ensure the health and safety of our staff, SCOE is implementing temperature screenings for all staff and visitors.

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Safety Measures for Onsite Work

08/06/2020 - Following are health/safety precautions SCOE is taking to ensure the health and safety of all staff.

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Health/Safety Requirements for Staff

08/06/2020 - We ask that all SCOE staff take the following steps to maintain the safety of themselves and others:

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Requesting Alternative Work Arrangements/Accommodations

08/06/2020 -

If you need to request an accommodation related to COVID-19, please follow the process outlined below. The health, safety, and wellbeing of our staff continue to be our highest priority. Please read on for a review of the health and safety measures SCOE is taking.

If you have any concerns about your current or future work schedule not addressed here, we encourage you to reach out to your supervisor to discuss them. During these challenging times, we know that everyone is dealing with unique challenges and concerns, and we will seek to address each of them as best and as equitably as possible.

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Virtual Staff Appreciation Day

05/28/2020 - Join us for a staff appreciation event unlike any other! Although our event must be done virtually this year, it will not lack in excitement and camaraderie! Entertainment will include a collaborative scavenger hunt, Kahoot trivia, and a talent showcase.

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We encourage you to take vacation time

05/28/2020 -

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Important Password Security Reminder

05/25/2020 - Password security is one of the most critical elements of the overall security of the organization. Please take a moment to read this important notice from IT and ensure that your passwords are strong.

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Teachable Moment: Bridging the Digital Divide

05/22/2020 - In this Teachable Moment, Alternative Education Teacher Jeff Valfer explains how he and his colleagues bridged the digital divide with their students—with a little help from SCOE's ESS department.

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Mental Wellness Resources for Staff and Families

05/21/2020 - As we move through another week of Shelter in Place, this “New Normal” can leave us with feelings of being down, isolated, overwhelmed, and/or possibly anxious. SCOE has several health partners offering no cost resources to employees and their families.

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Mental Wellness Resources for Staff and Families

05/21/2020 - As we move through another week of Shelter in Place, this “New Normal” can leave us with feelings of being down, isolated, overwhelmed, and/or possibly anxious. SCOE has several health partners offering no cost resources to employees and their families.

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Employee Spotlight: Dave Dixon from IT

04/30/2020 - In this month's Employee Spotlight, meet Dave Dixon from IT, who has worked at SCOE for 40 years!

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Teachable Moment: Mike Webb and the Adapted PE Consortium Step Up During Distance Learning

04/28/2020 - Shortly after school campuses closed, Sonoma County educators such as Mike Webb and his colleagues with the North Coast Adapted Physical Education Consortium (NCAPEC) kicked into high gear to serve students of all abilities remotely.

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Employee Spotlight: Tracy Church from SCLS

03/30/2020 - In this month's Employee Spotlight, meet Tracy Church from SCLS.

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March 30 SCOE Announcement

03/30/2020 - Today's SCOE Announcement Includes:
1. Inspirational Video Break
2. Reminder: All-Staff Meeting Tomorrow
3. Checking Email/Away Messages
4. IT Supports for Working Remotely

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Friday, March 27 SCOE Announcement

03/27/2020 - This SCOE Announcement Includes the Following Topics:

  • Inspirational Video Break
  • All-Staff Virtual Meeting March 31
  • Maintaining Normalcy and Routine
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Appointments to Visit SCOE
  • Distance Learning Webinar a Success
  • Reminder to Take the Census

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Teachable Moment: Jordan Johnson makes classroom connections

03/26/2020 - Jordan Johnson connects with his students at Maria Carrillo High School by playing music on his ukelele, reciting poetry, and leading art projects with mainstream students from the high school. “We also have a pretty rich circle time,” said Johnson. “Their experience may not be the same as mine but that doesn’t mean it’s not a rich experience.”

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March 16 Coronavirus Update for Staff

03/16/2020 - Please click here for important Coronavirus updates for staff.

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Coronavirus Update for Staff

03/15/2020 - Dear SCOE Employees, We know that this has been a challenging time and we are thankful to every employee for their flexibility and patience as we navigate these new waters. You may have seen the press release (attached) announcing that the county health department and SCOE are recommending that school districts suspend onsite learning for students through at least the end of March in order to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.

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Latest Coronavirus update for staff

03/05/2020 -

Cold and flu season is upon us and the health of our staff is of utmost importance. The California Department of Public Health reports that influenza (also known as the flu) activity levels have increased over the past several weeks. Now, the 2019-2020 flu season has been complicated by recent reports of Coronavirus.

We are monitoring the situation and working with state and local health officials, who will provide updated information about the diagnosis and management of cases of COVID-19, as applicable.

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Coronavirus Update for SCOE Staff

02/28/2020 - You've likely been following the news of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in California. We wanted to take a moment to provide you an update on what SCOE is doing to help local school districts prepare for the event of this illness spreading into our community. It's important to note that, at this time, the risk to Sonoma County residents is low. However, given the possible case of "community transmission" in Solano County, we want to be sure we are prepared.

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Employee Spotlight: Mark Niemann from NCSOE

02/24/2020 - In this month's Employee Spotlight, meet Mark Niemann from NCSOE.

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Teachable Moment: Tatiana Harrison on Discussing Revenge and Forgiveness with Court School Students

02/19/2020 - Tatiana Harrison, an Alternative Education teacher who works at the court school in Juvenile Hall, sees her work with incarcerated students as an “awesome responsibility.” “If we leverage the time we have with these kids, we can interrupt cycles of generational trauma,” she says.

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Classified Summer Assistance Program

02/11/2020 - SCOE is pleased to offer a benefit for classified employees who work less than 11 months a year. The program is being offered by the California Department of Education and allows eligible employees to elect to withhold up to 10 percent of their regular monthly pay during the 2020-21 school year. If you participate, you can elect to receive payment of your contribution and the amount matched by the state in one or two payments in the summer of 2021. Learn more.

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Seeking Your Input to Help SCOE Become More Effective

02/11/2020 - We held a staff meeting in December to share that we will be using multiple measures to gauge our effectiveness as an organization. One way that we will be doing this is by measuring how we serve our own employees. We believe your insights can help ensure that SCOE is a great place to work. For this reason, we will be seeking your feedback in a first annual SCOE-wide employee engagement survey. Look for this survey in early March. Responses will be kept anonymous and only summary data will be provided back to the organization.

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Employee Evaluation Forms

02/11/2020 - SCOE has updated its employee evaluation forms. Now, all these forms can be found here. Please only use the forms linked in this document; all other forms are outdated.

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Employees Spotlight: Belinda Soto, Amanda Snook, Connie Anderson, and Tyler Wilcox from ESS

01/15/2020 -

SCOE employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in this Employee Spotlight. This month, meet Belinda Soto, Amanda Snook, Connie Anderson, and Tyler Wilcox from Educational Support Services.

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Connie Anderson & Tyler Wilcox

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Employee Spotlight: Tara Beiden and Elizabeth Najmabadi from Educational Support Services

12/19/2019 - SCOE employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in this Employee Spotlight. This month, meet Tara Beiden and Elizabeth Najmabadi from Educational Support Services.TaraElizabeth600px

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CalSTRS Annual 403(b) Plan Notice

11/26/2019 - A 403(b) plan helps you bridge your retirement income gap and lower your current taxes. Under federal tax law, you do not have to pay income taxes on your contributions or account earnings until you take the money out of the plan.

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Employee Spotlight: David Joslyn

11/01/2019 - davidjoslynSCOE employees are a dedicated group with diverse interests and backgrounds. Get to know your colleagues better each month in this Employee Spotlight. This month, meet special education teacher David Joslyn.

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After the Fire: Support for Staff and their Families

10/31/2019 - You may be experiencing stress or anxiety after the wildfires. Many staff members experienced weeks of displacement due to evacuations and traumatic reminders of the Tubbs fire. Even if it seems you and your family weren't directly impacted, you may be affected by the fires in less obvious ways. Here are some tips for addressing these feelings and finding the support you need for you or your family.

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SCOE Skylane Campus and All Programs Closed Through Friday

10/30/2019 - This is confirmation that SCOE's Skylane campus, along with all SCOE classes and programs, will remain closed through the end of the week. No employees should come to work during this time. At this time, we hope and plan to re-open the Skylane campus on Monday. Our Maintenance & Operations staff are working hard to ensure that facilities are cleaned and operational before then. SCOE classrooms may return later than Monday, depending on what cleaning is needed. Please stay tuned for more information on that. We wish everyone who was displaced a safe and happy return home, and all SCOE staff a restful weekend. We look forward to seeing you next week.

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SCOE Programs and Skylane Office Will Be Closed Through Friday, Nov. 1

10/29/2019 - Due to ongoing school closures, all SCOE programs will be closed for the remainder of the week.

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Candy Amos, SCOE Information Systems Support Analyst
"I love all the activities SCOE does to bring us all together. I think that’s very unique." - Candy Amos, SCOE Information Systems Support Analyst