Trustees reelect Green as President, approve new COVID testing provider

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Trustees approved organizational leadership, meeting dates and a new provider for COVID testing at the Dec. 18 Winters Joint Unified School District school board meeting.

Trustees elected Carrie Green to carry on in her role as Board President, and Joedy Michael as Board Clerk for 2022. Superintendent Diana Jiménez was appointed to serve as Board Secretary. The role has traditionally been held by individuals serving as the Superintendent.

Meeting dates
The approved the following dates for 2022 Board of Trustee meetings, noting a change in June meeting weeks to account for graduation:

  • Jan. 6 (Equity Workshop), Jan. 20
  • Feb. 3 (ELD Study Session), Feb. 17
  • March 3 (Budget Study Session), March 17
  • April 7 (Special Education Study Session), April 21
  • May 5, May 19
  • June 9 (second Thursday), June 23 (fourth Thursday)
  • July 21
  • Aug. 4, Aug. 18
  • Sept. 1, Sept.15
  • Oct. 6, Oct. 20
  • Nov. 3, Nov. 17
  • Dec. 15 (organizational meeting)

Trustees will be participating in the third Equity Workshop in January, and will have Trustee Study Sessions in the first meeting of February, March and April. The workshop and study sessions will begin at 6 p.m. and the business meeting start time will be posted on the meeting agenda.

COVID testing update
Jenny Pinedo, Special Education & Student Services Director, gave a Nov. 24 updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health on the use of masks for indoor sports. Pinedo said the new language allows for counties and school districts to make decisions about the usage of masks during indoor sports which require “heavy exertion” as long as athletes undergo weekly screening testing in lieu of wearing masks during play.

She said masks must still be worn by all referees, coaches, spectators, and all players not actively playing and that all quarantine rules will still apply should a student test positive for COVID-19.

A weekly testing schedule was created with the school nurses, and families of all basketball athletes for the middle school and high school were given testing waivers.

After Dec. 30, Healthy Yolo Together (HYT) will no longer be conducting the community COVID testing efforts. The grant HYT used to provide services for Winters JUSD ends on Dec. 31.

COVID Clinic has been identified to provide testing support and services for staff, students and community members beginning Jan. 5.

Pinedo said the school district is currently working to develop a testing schedule close to what is currently being provided. Staff plans to release communication with the information and changes to families and community members once the schedule is finalized.

COVID Clinic currently works with school districts in Woodland, West Sacramento, Elk Grove and in the Bay Area. Pinedo said they are providing the services at no cost to Winters JUSD or the community. Jiménez clarified that COVID Clinic receives funding from the state.

The COVID Clinic MOU was approved in the Consent Agenda as item no. 14.9.

The Winters JUSD community testing will occur over the winter break on:

  • Thursday, Dec. 23 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 30 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The community testing will happen at the Winters Community Library (708 Railroad Ave.) To provide quicker service, individuals are asked to register in advance at bit.ly/3sy8nrk.

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