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, 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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SCOE CLOSED on Monday, Oct. 28

10/27/2019 -

We hope all staff are staying safe and well during this challenging time for our community.

Closures for Tomorrow

SCOE's Skylane campus will be CLOSED on Monday, Oct. 28, as it is in the mandatory evacuation zone. All staff are NOT to go the Skylane Facility, as it is unsafe to do so at this time.

Amarosa Academy and all SCOE special education classes will be closed as well.

At this time, classes at Headwaters Academy have not been canceled. A determination will be made later today. If it is closed, it will be posted at scoe.org/schoolclosures.

Probation camp students have been evacuated to juvenile hall. There is a plan of evacuation to send students to Napa if needed.

Staff Safety/Wellness

We know this is a stressful time. Please do what you need to do to ensure the safety of you and your family. SCOE's Amarosa Academy has power, internet, and bathrooms and is available if any SCOE employee needs it. Employees can reach out to Georgia Ioakimedes at gioakimedes@scoe.org if they are interested in this option.


SCOE Closed Monday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 29

10/27/2019 - Dear SCOE Staff, 
SCOE will now be closed Monday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 29 in recognition of the ongoing evacuations of many of our staff throughout the region. As well, the Skylane facility is in a mandatory evacuation zone and should not be accessed by any staff. All SCOE classes are also canceled. We wish you well and encourage you to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. 

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Public Safety Power Shutoff Update

10/23/2019 - As you may have heard, PG&E has announced that they will shut off power to sections of eastern and northern Sonoma County beginning Wednesday night due to fire risk. PG&E plans to begin shutting off power to impacted areas beginning at 3:00pm today. They will begin assessing whether or not they can restore power around noon tomorrow, but power may not be fully restored until Friday.

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Teachable Moment: Regulating Emotions in Dani Eaton's Classroom

10/21/2019 - Dani Eaton's classroomIn this Teachable Moment, we take a look inside Dani Eaton's special education classroom at University Elementary to see how she helps her young students with emotional and behavioral disabilities regulate their emotions.

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United Way campaign underway

10/14/2019 - Monday, OCT. 14 was the start of SCOE’s annual United Way campaign to raise donations that will be invested in our community for education, fire relief, and more. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 29. Employees are invited to participate this year if they are able.

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PSPS Update for Wednesday, Oct. 9

10/09/2019 - This is an update on the PG&E PSPS event and how it impacts SCOE staff. SCOE's Skylane building has power today, and we are told that no additional power outages are expected at this time. All staff who are not working today can expect to receive full compensation for the working day.

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Power Shutoff Update as of 2:30pm Wednesday, Oct. 9

10/09/2019 - This is to confirm that SCOE still expects to have power for Thursday, Oct. 10. We plan to be fully operational at the Skylane facility and all Skylane staff are expected to report to work as usual. If you need to take the day off for childcare or other reasons, please use a personal necessity or sick day. School site staff should check with their supervisors to determine whether or not they should report to work.

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Public Safety Power Shutoff Update

10/08/2019 -

As you may have heard, PG&E has announced that they may shut off power to large sections of Sonoma County beginning Wednesday night due to high fire risk. At this time, we are informed by the Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center that shutoffs could take place beginning as early as midnight tonight, with additional shutoffs possible later in the day on Wednesday. PG&E expects that it could take 48 hours to restore power in populated areas and up to five days in more remote areas.

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Important Update - SCOE Main Office Closed Wednesday, Oct. 9

10/08/2019 - A public safety power shutoff has been confirmed for many areas of Sonoma County tonight. Because the SCOE Skylane facility is likely to be impacted, all activities at the Skylane office will be canceled on Wednesday, Oct. 9. SCOE staff do not need to report to work. Only the extended Leadership Team should report to SCOE on Wednesday at 9:00am.

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Flu Shot Clinics in October

10/01/2019 - SCOE is hosting free flu shot clinics Oct. 10 and 23 at two different locations. Learn more.

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Employee Spotlight: Jeff Valfer

09/25/2019 - 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 Jeff Valfer from Alternative Education.

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Teachable Moment: Circle Time in Laura Temple's Preschool Classroom

09/25/2019 - Last month’s Teachable Moment focused on how a SCOE alternative education teacher builds community and starts the day on a positive note by holding a community circle each morning with his students. This month’s interview shows that circle time can be beneficial for students of all ages.

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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