News & Announcements

West Side Recognized by Russian River Watershed Association (RRWA)

The Russian River Watershed Association (RRWA) has awarded West Side with a beautiful Russian River-Friendly Landscaping (RRFL) identification sign to highlight West Side compliance with RRFL practices. In the application for this sign, West Side's eco-groovy practices, such as sustainable water usage, environmental benefits, drought-resistant landscaping, goat weed-eating, water catchment system, native garden, pollinator garden, and lawn removal were highlighted. West Side will be installing the sign near the picnic/study area. Also, RRWA will announce our location and photo on social media as well as share our location on their interactive map of organizations and properties using Russian River Friendly Landscaping.
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The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Department of Education (CDE) are excited to announce that the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) application deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020.

Application Processing

Families that have already applied for P-EBT benefits who are still awaiting an eligibility determination do not need to apply again. CDSS will continue to review and process all applications received between May 22 and July 15 through the end of July to ensure that as many children as possible are verified for P-EBT eligibility and able to receive benefits. As of this week, P-EBT cards have been issued to over 3 million P-EBT eligible children across the state. The CDE continues to provide data to the CDSS for those children deemed eligible during the months of May or June.
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Homeschooling Guidance, Reminders, and Resources - CDE

Please see the attached PDF document in regard to important information from the California Department of Education. The document covers:

· Providing Guidance for Parents Opting to Homeschool

· Responsibilities and Resources for Verifying Private School Affidavits

· The New Look for the Private School Affidavit
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Sonoma County Road Map to Safe Reopening

The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), in collaboration with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, and a committee of regional superintendents, released guidance for local school districts to consider when making plans for opening the 2020-2021 school year.
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West Side School Fall Re-opening

This powerpoint presentation was hosted on June, 17, 2020. We apologize, as the zoom video only recorded 17 seconds. Please contact Mrs. Menlove at kmenlove@westsideusd.org if you have any questions.
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School Board Candidate Information Forum | June 10, 4:00 pm

In advance of the November 3 school board elections, SCOE will host a free information session on Wednesday, June 10, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, for any community members interested in running for their local school boards. Attendees will learn firsthand what it is like to serve on a school board from a panel of current board members who span the county and possess a spectrum of insight, ranging from board members in their first term of service to seasoned veterans. In addition to the panel discussion, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Please visit link to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Johns at (707) 524-8402 or vjohns@scoe.org.
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Sonoma County Library Summer Reading Program

Although we are sheltering at home, we can still explore the world through books and readings. Sign up for Sonoma County's 2020 Summer Reading Program for a summer of exploration, learning, and fun - even when you are staying home! Runs from June 1 - Aug. 8.
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