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Press releases issued by the Sonoma County Office of Education and other news items related to Sonoma County schools are included here. Do you have questions about a story on this page or are you a member of the media seeking information for an article? Please contact Communications Specialist Jamie Hansen at or call her at 707-524-2620.

A message from the National Association of School Superintendents on Addressing Hate and Bigotry

08/17/2017 - motherchildcarouselFollowing is a statement on addressing hate and bigotry in the school setting, which Tom Armalino, president of the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS) sent to NASS members. SCOE is sharing it in the hope that it can be useful to schools and districts grappling with how to communicate with students about these difficult times.


Eclipse Viewing Advice for Families and Educators

08/14/2017 -

Eclipse - RingOn Monday, August 21, America will experience a solar eclipse. Some areas will witness a total eclipse (when the moon entirely covers the sun). Most regions, including Sonoma County, will experience a partial eclipse, where the moon covers only a portion of the sun. Read on to learn how to protect your eyes while viewing the eclipse, as well as helpful resources for families and educators wanting to get the most out of this rare experience. Read More...

Share your back to school pictures!

08/10/2017 - Mother and daughter hold silly drawingsSCOE is celebrating the start of the school year with a "Back to School" social media campaign. We're inviting families and teachers around the county to post pictures of the first day at school using the hashtag #SonomaBacktoSchool. SCOE teachers and support providers can join in too! Just take a picture of yourself or your classroom and post it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and tag it #SonomaBacktoSchool. We ask that educators only post identifying images of students if they have a signed photo release. For security reasons, we also recommend that families only post pictures at school sites or the route to school, leaving out any images that show where you live. We're looking forward to seeing pictures of your first day back! Read More...

Spotlight on Sonoma County Schools

08/07/2017 - Spotlight cover featuring teacher with studentsSCOE released its annual Spotlight on Sonoma County Schools publication on Sunday, August 6. Distributed in local newspapers as well as online, it is meant to celebrate successes in Sonoma County schools as well as help the community understand local K-12 education. Access the Spotlight here to learn about innovative practices taking place in local schools as well as find helfpul back-to-school resources.

SCOE Hosts Nursing Academy

08/04/2017 - Donna Bassett presents at School Nurse Academy SCOE had the honor of acting as one of three pilot sites in Northern California for a summer school nurse academy. Created by the California School Nurse Organization, the academy was meant to help new school nurses succeed. School nurses must obtain a credential in addition to their registered nurse license. This academy is designed for nurses new to the school setting who have not yet begun a credential program. Read More...

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