A Message from Sutter County Superintendent of Schools
Tom Reusser
May 5, 2020

We will continue to get through this together . . .
SCSOS Priority #1 : Doing What's Best for Kids
SCSOS Student Support and Outreach
Our Student Support and Outreach Department provided food bundles and chrome books to foster youth and FRA families. They also developed resources for Social/Emotional Learning and provided remote counseling services. SSO also reached out to our schools to determine if foster youth needed school supplies, laptops or hot spots.
Pictured are SSO Coordinator Virginia Burns and Intervention and Prevention Specialist Sydni Beaver.
Feather River Academy
Feather River Academy still provides support to our students during this time. All teachers have created Google classrooms to interact with students and give assignments. Teachers make phone calls to students at least twice each week. Teachers host Friday zoom meetings to connect with students. FRA is providing hotspots and chrome books to families to be able to support distance learning. FRA staff are delivering meals to families every Thursday. Our SSO Department is providing counseling and family supports for FRA students.
Our CNA Instructor, Miss Irene, continues to meet with her students twice each week. Students are completing projects and presentations. They are preparing to take the state test. They will be able to complete their required clinical hours very soon; in smaller groups and adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
Special Education Department
SCSOS Special Education Department has continued to support students and families during this time. Students have been provided with packets and/or technology based academic supports. Virtual classrooms are available to support students and families. Parents have been given training in the use of technology to assist in supporting students. SCSOS employees have supported our families through phone calls, zoom meetings and videos. Over 100 chrome books have been provided to students. Speech services have been provided through zoom and video presentations and hands on use of technology programs. Psych services have been provided through student/parent contact and creating videos for social/emotional support and participating in virtual classrooms.
Behavior services have been provided through phone calls, videos and virtual classrooms.
We continue to collaborate with Family Soup for family support.
LaVonne Jensen's virtual classroom
Our Special Education Department has a hotline that Spanish-speaking and Punjabi-speaking families can call with any questions:
Spanish-speaking parents: (530) 812-2647
Punjabi-speaking parents: (530) 812-2603
General hotline for English speaking families: (530) 645-4055
A Special Message from our SCSOS BV staff to their students
SCSOS Priority #2 : Providing Support to our School Districts
SCSOS Superintendents' Zoom Meetings
Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, SCSOS has been providing a platform of collaboration with our Sutter County superintendents facilitated by Deputy Superintendent Joe Hendrix. It was a daily check-in until the week of April 20. The zoom meeting now takes place every Monday-Wednesday- Friday.
SCSOS Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Department
Professional Development Coordinators Jill Niederholzer and Heather Parker provided support to teachers through zoom collaboration meetings and zoom office hours. These meetings were divided by grade level and content area.

Professional Development Coordinator Jill Niederholzer has been working with Sutter County teachers with Dr. Kate Kinsella’s Academic Vocabulary Toolkit. Since we have transitioned to distance learning, Jill has created a template to support teachers using virtual platforms. This template is designed for students in grades 3-8 to follow the toolkit on their own to supplement the online instruction. The template should only require 20 minutes of prep from teachers in order to use it with their students. 

Information Technology
SCSOS Information Technology Department has provided and continues to provide the following supports:
1)       Weekly County-wide Tech Leaders meeting for all districts and charters to share practices, challenges, and successes.
2)       Tech Support available every work day from 7:00-4:30 via the web based help system: https://app.mytechdesk.org/signin , or by phone at 530.822.2999
3)       In-office support at Klamath M-Th
4)       Laptop deployment and work-from–home rolled out in 10 days for 82 staff members
5)       Approximately 150 Chromebooks prepped and disinfected for at-home use by Special Ed and FRA Students
6)       Continued support and check printing for Escape, Accounts Payable and Payroll
7) Google Suite for Education support for Special Education and Feather River Academy
8)Helping our districts and schools get additional devices and hotspots in the homes of students to continue online learning
9) Set up phone hotline for Special Education to provide support to families
Business Services
Business Services continues to provide essential services during this time to our school districts. If you need support, please call (530) 822-2927.
SCSOS Priority #3 : Providing a productive, visible presence within the community
Yuba-Sutter Relief Task Force Food Drive
Sutter County Superintendent of Schools participated in providing canned foods and monetary donations for our Community Task Force Food Drive held on April 17. Click on the link to learn about how our community came through for this much needed effort.

Another way that we can support our seniors is by “Yuba-Sutter Adopt a Senior” on Facebook. Families post a picture and a quick biography about their high school senior, then members of the Facebook group “adopt” them and send cards and gift boxes. The point it to uplift them and bring joy into their lives. Click here to join the group and participate: Yuba-Sutter Adopt a Senior

Also, East Nicolaus High School has its own page: East Nicolaus Adopt a Senior
Opportunities for Giving
Sutter Union High School is asking for donations to buy yearbooks for seniors who cannot afford one. The cost per book is $81.00. If you are interested in donating to this cause, you can do so by following the instructions below:
SUPPORT THE CLASS OF 2020 & become a Yearbook An gel today:
- Order your SUHS yearbook here . Use school code 7076
-Click "Buy a Yearbook, Yearbook Packages"
-Add a quantity to the right of Yearbook Angel
-BUY AS A BUSINESS, (not student)
-Type your name in the search
-Click Add Business Name
-Type your name again and click "add business name"
-You will see a summary, click next & this should take you to your cart.
Once you make your purchase you can send a note to be printed and inserted into their book, send yearbook angel message to suhsyearbook@gmail.com , subject "Yearbook Angel"

Local coalition manufacturing and distributing face shields to Essential Workers
Local organizations and businesses have converted their services to manufacture and distribute face shields to essential workers who need PPE during COVID-19. Under Chuck Ferguson's leadership at Wide-Awake Geek, the coalition will create at least 3,000 face shields to help protect local public safety personnel, health workers, and other front-line workers like our local teachers who deliver lunches to needy students.
Essential workers in the Yuba-Sutter area who need face shields should go to:

The coalition could use your support. If you would like to donate to this cause, please go to: Yuba-Sutter Coalition donations

District Highlights
Sutter Union High School
A student at Sutter Union HIgh School created this sign in his metal class. It is now on display at Sutter Union High School.
Live Oak Unified School District
Live Oak Middle School receives high marks from a parent during this uncertain time. Click on the link to learn more:

Parent Michele Curiel and her Live Oak Middle School boys
East Nicolaus High School
East Nicolaus High School Seniors are being celebrated by posting their photos on the 2020 on the fence at the school.
Franklin Elementary School

A Special Message to their community