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COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate
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I wanted to provide clarification (to the best of my knowledge) regarding the Governors Press Conference this morning. 
 
Newsom announced today a student vaccination mandate that would require COVID-19 vaccinations for both public and private California students once the vaccine is fully authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for each respective age group. The regulations will take effect at the start of the following term, meaning either January 1st or July 1st, whichever comes first. (Education Code 37200). This will also give both parents and schools sufficient time to prepare and implement.  
 
More than likely the mandate would take effect July 1, 2022 for children in grades 7-12.  He also directed that adults be held to at least the same standards as students.  The current verify-or-test requirement for staff will be converted to a vaccine mandate no later than when the first phase of the student requirement becomes effective.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Thanks!
 
Nicole Newman
Superintendent
 
 

Social Media Post - August 18, 2021
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Last night, the District was made aware of a student’s social media post that mentioned school tomorrow and depicted a picture of a gun.  We treated this social media post as a threat and immediately contacted the Wheatland Police Department.  The Wheatland Police Department conducted a threat assessment and determined that there is no credible threat against the District.
 
These types of social media posts will always be treated seriously and the District will take appropriate action in response.  The District understands that we have a duty to keep our students in our care safe at all times. We take this responsibility seriously and will act on any conduct that could compromise it.
 
Educationally yours,
 
Nicole Newman, Superintendent

Initial Position on Current Guidance
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The Wheatland Union High School District will strongly encourage all students to comply with CDC/CDPH guidance, including use of masks; however, district staff will not be placed in the compromising position of taking enforcement actions. District staff will direct all of its resources toward ensuring every student gets the best mental health services and education possible as well as engaging students with gaps in learning due to COVID disruption and challenges during the past school year. The Wheatland Union High School District will continue to deploy COVID prevention measures and encourage everyone to continue to take public health precautions and follow CDC and CDPH guidelines. Additionally, the district remains committed to advocating for local control on issues of this nature.
 
July 23, 2021
 

Open Letter to the Yuba-Sutter Bi-County Health Officer, Dr. Luu
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On behalf of the Board of Trustees,
Welcome to the Wheatland Union High School District!
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I am honored to serve this district as Superintendent. Wheatland Union High School District has a long tradition of excellence, with Together, Building a Foundation for Life as our mission. We are committed to our vision of setting high standards for both students and staff, using a collaborative system of support ensuring every student can attain academic excellence. We have established firm goals that build the foundation of success for our students:

GOAL 1 - Wheatland Union High School District students will graduate high school college and career ready.
 
GOAL 2 - Wheatland Union High School District students will feel a sense of connectedness academically, socially,
                 emotionally, and physically in their schools.
 
GOAL 3 - Wheatland Union High School District will engage families and members of the greater school community
                as educational partners.

We are proud of the successes and recognitions our schools and district have received over the years. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that they bring their best to our children every day. Our core values are embedded in our culture and visible on a daily basis. We also recognize that this success requires continuous improvement.

Wheatland Union High School District is a great community and our students are the cornerstone of our future. We know that our role in each of our student's lives is important. As parents and community members, you play in integral role in our success. I look forward to our journey together as we continually seek to prepare our students to be the successful leaders of tomorrow and to give back to this great community.
 
Nicole Newman, Superintendent
 

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