01.11.22

Student Vaccine Mandate as of January 11, 2022

While we strongly encourage our student-athletes and those participating in VAPA
and other extracurricular activities to vaccinate, the Board will not be requiring
student vaccinations until at least the commencement of Off Season Sports
in May 2022 and for in-person instruction commencing in the 2022-2023
school year.

By this time we are confident that more definitive direction will be provided to all
California School District and FDA approval will be provided for the COVID 19
vaccine.

In the coming months, staff will provide more direction on implementation,
exemption processes, and virtual learning opportunities.

In spite of not implementing the vaccine mandate, the safety of all students remains
paramount especially during this COVID surge and as such additional COVID
protocols for our students participating in extracurricular activities will continue to
occur including additional testing, mask wearing, spectator capacity limitations, and
quarantine protocols.

01.06.22

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits for Sweetwater District Students/Kits de Prueba COVID-19 Gratuitos en el Hogar Para Estudiantes del Distrito de Sweetwater

Dear Sweetwater Parents/Guardians, 

 

It is our hope you had a restful holiday and this message finds you and your family healthy and prepared to return for this next semester. As we look ahead to the New Year, our highest priority is to continue to ensure the health and safety of our students, families, and staff.  In order to support this priority, the State of California is strongly encouraging and supporting schools to test for COVID-19 prior to return from the winter break on January 11th by providing rapid antigen tests for each K-12 public school student. We are putting additional health and safety measures in place to ensure students and staff are safe and that our schools can continue to remain open.

 

At Home-Test Kit Distribution

Distribution will be held at each school site in the Sweetwater District this Friday, January 7, 2022, from 9:00am to 12:00pm (or until supplies last). Distribution of at-home COVID-19 rapid test kits will be held by drive-thru or walk-up. Each student will receive one test kit that includes two tests. (Students / Parents may pick up test kits).

 

At-Home Testing Protocols

Testing is a critical part of keeping schools open and mitigating the transmission of COVID-19. In order to ensure accurate testing results, we ask that students take the test twice between now and the start of school (January 11, 2022). Tests (each kit includes two tests), are to be administered by each student on Saturday, January 8, 2022 and Monday, January 10, 2022.

 

Positive Tests and/or Experiencing Symptoms

As a reminder, if a student tests positive on either of the two tests, has flu like symptoms, or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please keep them home and begin isolating. Students who test positive must isolate for 10 days and can return to school on day 11. No negative test is required to return to school. Additional testing resources are available across the district and can be found here: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-testing/. More information on the quarantine process can be found here: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-faqs/

 

One way to ensure as many students as possible continue with in person instruction includes continuing to implement strong COVID protocols, including wearing masks at all times on campus, practicing hand hygiene, maintaining social distance wherever possible, getting vaccinated or boostered if eligible, and implementing school-wide COVID-19 testing programs.

 

Thank you for your participation in at-home testing. We know that nothing is more important to you than keeping your children in school and learning in healthy environments. The at-home tests, in addition to our other safety measures, aim to keep students in our classrooms with the least amount of disruption as possible.  We are grateful for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Moises G. Aguirre

 

 

Estimados padres / tutores de Sweetwater,

 

Esperamos que hayan tenido unas vacaciones tranquilas y que este mensaje los encuentre a usted y a su familia sanos y preparados para regresar el próximo semestre. Mientras miramos hacia el Año Nuevo, nuestra máxima prioridad es la salud y seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal.

 

Para respaldar esta prioridad, el estado de California alienta y apoya firmemente a las escuelas para que realicen pruebas de COVID-19 antes de regresar de las vacaciones de invierno el 11 de enero proporcionando pruebas rápidas de antígenos para cada estudiante de escuela pública K-12.

 

Estamos implementando medidas adicionales de salud y seguridad para garantizar que los estudiantes y el personal estén seguros y que nuestras escuelas puedan seguir abiertas.

 

Distribución del kit de prueba en el hogar

La distribución se llevará a cabo en cada escuela en el Distrito de Sweetwater este viernes 7 de enero de 2022, de 9:00 am a 12:00 pm (o hasta agotar existencias). La distribución de los kits de prueba rápida de COVID-19 en el hogar se llevará a cabo en drive-thru o walk-up. Cada estudiante recibirá un kit de prueba que incluye dos pruebas. (Los estudiantes / padres pueden recoger los kits de prueba.)

 

Protocolos de prueba en el hogar

Las pruebas son una parte fundamental para mantener abiertas las escuelas y mitigar la transmisión de COVID-19. Para garantizar resultados precisos de las pruebas, pedimos que los estudiantes tomen la prueba dos veces desde ahora hasta el comienzo de la escuela (11 de enero de 2022). Las pruebas (cada kit incluye dos pruebas), deben ser administradas por cada estudiante el sábado 8 de Enero de 2022 y el lunes 10 de Enero de 2022.

 

Pruebas positivas y / o experimentar síntomas

Como recordatorio, si un estudiante da positivo en cualquiera de las dos pruebas, tiene síntomas similares a los de la gripe o ha estado en contacto con alguien con COVID-19, manténgalo en casa y comience a aislarse. Los estudiantes que dan positivo en la prueba deben aislarse durante 10 días y pueden regresar a la escuela el día 11. No se requiere una prueba negativa para regresar a la escuela. Hay recursos adicionales para exámenes disponibles en todo el distrito y se pueden encontrar aquí: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-testing/. Puede encontrar más información sobre el proceso de cuarentena aquí: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-faqs/

 

Una forma de garantizar que la mayor cantidad posible de estudiantes continúe con la instrucción en persona incluye continuar implementando protocolos COVID sólidos, que incluyen usar máscaras en todo momento en el campus, practicar la higiene de manos, mantener la distancia social siempre que sea posible, vacunarse o recibir la vacuna de refuerzo si es elegible, y implementar programas de pruebas de COVID-19 en todas las escuelas.

Gracias por su participación en las pruebas en casa. Sabemos que nada es más importante para usted que mantener a sus hijos en la escuela y aprender en entornos saludables. Las pruebas en casa, además de nuestras otras medidas de seguridad, tienen como objetivo mantener a los estudiantes en nuestras escuelas con la menor cantidad de interrupciones posible. Agradecemos su paciencia y comprensión continuas mientras continuamos navegando la pandemia de COVID-19.

 

Atentamente,

 

Dr. Moises G. Aguirre

 

12.17.21

Sweetwater District Combats Spread of COVID-19 With Pooled Testing Program

concentric by ginkgo

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As a new variant emerges worldwide, Sweetwater’s asymptomatic testing program continues to be a critical pillar, helping to detect COVID-19 and prevent outbreaks

 

CHULA VISTA, CA – Sweetwater Union High, California’s largest secondary school district, has taken an active role in combating the spread of COVID-19 through routine pooled testing in partnership with Concentric by Ginkgo, the public health and biosecurity initiative at Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA).

 

The high-volume testing program, which commenced Summer 2021, has grown to include 23 middle and high schools throughout San Diego’s South Bay.

 

Each week, a team provided by Concentric arrives at the schools, sets up the logistics for pooled COVID-19 testing, and supervises sample collection. Up to 25 samples are included in a “pool,” which is then sent by courier to a local lab. Results from the pool are typically returned to the school within 1-2 days, and, should any pool return positive, that group of students will test individually to identify any positive COVID cases. This follow-up testing is conducted using individual rapid antigen tests. By conducting a broad pooled testing program with targeted rapid antigen follow-ups, schools are able to minimize disruption to classroom time and extracurricular activities, while simplifying the logistics of testing.

 

“Testing has been such a benefit for our communities,” said Hilda Cadena, COVID Testing Coordinator for Sweetwater High School District. “Sweetwater Union High conducts an average of about 5,500 tests per week with a total of over 65,000 tests administered in a 3-month period. Through routine testing, we are better equipped to help identify and address outbreaks. Testing has helped us create a more ‘normal’ school experience for our students.”

 

“Students are identified in positive pools; we administer the antigen tests and we identify and support the student who has a positive case,” said Cadena. “Due to pooled testing, we help prevent the spread by addressing it immediately. We believe this has also gained the support of the community to see immediate response and follow through.”

 

Concentric is no stranger to the testing arena, providing testing for hundreds of thousands of individuals nationwide each week. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has contracted with the company to provide free testing to schools throughout the state, freeing up precious district resources for other urgent needs. Of course, testing couldn’t be possible without support from the school district. By designating a single district “Test Champion,” Sweetwater Union High School District has been able to coordinate all testing activities across the school district. This Test Champion works with Concentric to alleviate the workload on educators and administrators.

“We are proud to partner with Sweetwater to help keep kids in school and COVID-19 out,” said Laura Bronner, Vice President of National K-12 Testing at Concentric. “We’ve worked closely with CDPH to support the district with robust program staffing to ensure that this is an easy and flexible solution for both in-school and after-school testing.”

 

Sweetwater first focused on after-school pooled testing for extracurricular activities like sports, visual, and performing arts. However, after a successful program launch, Sweetwater expanded testing to take place during regular classroom hours.

 

“We run like a well-oiled machine. Everyone knows their schedules,” says Mary Rose Peralta, Principal at Otay Ranch High School. “Right at 2:30pm, students and faculty line up to test. In less than 30 minutes, we can test 300-400 students on our campus. Pooled testing has made it easy, quick, and efficient.”

 

“We greatly appreciate our partnership with the CDPH and Concentric by Ginkgo to provide additional testing measures of this magnitude to the students in our district,” says Sweetwater District Superintendent Dr. Moises G. Aguirre. “As we continue to see changes in COVID variants, we could not risk the safety of our students and staff and feel confident knowing we’ve taken an active approach to testing, as an additional layer of protection for our students, staff and all of our school communities.”

 

To learn more about the program or to sign up, visit http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-concentric-by-ginkgo-testing/ or https://www.concentricbyginkgo.com/.

 

About the Sweetwater Union High School District

 

Founded in 1920, the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) has grown to more than 40,000 students in grades 7 through 12 and more than 22,000 adult learners. The District’s 30 campuses located in the heart of an international border community in the cities of (Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego, including the communities of Bonita, Eastlake, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro and South San Diego) ensure a safe, inclusive, collaborative culture that empowers each student to actively engage in a meaningful educational experience to pursue personal and academic success.

 

About Ginkgo

 

Ginkgo is building a platform to enable customers to program cells as easily as we can program computers. The company’s platform is enabling biotechnology applications across diverse markets, from food and agriculture to industrial chemicals to pharmaceuticals. Ginkgo has also actively supported a number of COVID-19 response efforts, including K-12 pooled testing, vaccine manufacturing optimization, and therapeutics discovery. For more information, visit www.ginkgobioworks.com.

 

Ginkgo Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements regarding the potential of Ginkgo’s biosecurity capabilities and Concentric by Ginkgo initiative. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “potential,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this document, including but not limited to: (i) the effect of the business combination with Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp. (“Soaring Eagle”) on Ginkgo’s business relationships, performance, and business generally, (ii) risks that the business combination disrupts current plans of Ginkgo and potential difficulties in Ginkgo’s employee retention, (iii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Ginkgo related to its business combination with Soaring Eagle, (iv) volatility in the price of Ginkgo’s securities now that it is a public company due to a variety of factors, including changes in the competitive and highly regulated industries in which Ginkgo plans to operate, variations in performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting Ginkgo’s business and changes in the combined capital structure, (v) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations after the completion of the business combination, and identify and realize additional opportunities, and (vi) the risk of downturns in demand for products using synthetic biology. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of Ginkgo’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on November 15, 2021 and other documents filed by Ginkgo from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Ginkgo assumes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Ginkgo does not give any assurance that it will achieve its expectations.

Contacts

 

Sweetwater Union High School District:

nadege.johnson@sweetwaterschools.org

 

Ginkgo:

 

INVESTOR:

investors@ginkgobioworks.com

 

MEDIA: press@ginkgobioworks.com

12.03.21

Substitute Hiring Event Dec. 4 at the Point Loma Nazarene University, Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With 42 school districts and over 120 charter schools in San Diego County, there are currently over 600 non-teaching positions posted on the educational job board, Edjoin.  These positions include:

  • After school program staff
  • Bus drivers
  • Campus supervisors
  • Child nutrition assistants
  • Food service professionals
  • Health clerks
  • Instructional aides and assistants
  • Maintenance workers
  • Noon duty supervisors
  • Nurses

Districts and charter schools are also seeking to hire substitute teachers at very competitive rates!  Please come join the many employers seeking to recruit individuals to fill these positions in their schools.

This event will be held Dec. 4 at the Point Loma Nazarene University, Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please register for one time slot only by clicking below:

8 – 9:45 a.m. http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/1095-212786

10 -11:45 a.m. http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/1095-212796

Noon – 1:45 p.m. http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/1095-212797

When you register, please be sure to provide an accurate e-mail address when you register so that you can receive updates leading up to the event.   SDCOE will provide you with a list of participating employers prior to the event.

We will also host a Webinar to provide you insights to job interview preparation, credentialing, using EdJoin, and refining your resume.  During this webinar, we will also answer your questions.

Lastly, the facilitate requires face covering indoors and social distancing.

 

12.03.21

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19-Latest-News

Vaccine Mandate Discussion

COVID-19 Staff Testing

In light of the new COVID variant (Omicron), we please ask you to remain vigilant by using existing protection measures such as wearing a facemask, getting vaccinated or receiving your booster, and participating in weekly COVID testing. Therefore, we want to share with you the importance of frequent testing for students now more than ever. COVID Resource Nurse and COVID Support Team shares the importance of testing and the testing programs the district offers to students, staff and families.

 

Covid-19 faqs

covid-19 testing information

covid-19 vaccine information

COVID-19-Resources

covid-19 dashboard plan

covid-19 news archive

COVID-19-Newsletters

10.06.21

Sweetwater Union High School District Partners with San Diego Tech Company NFINIT to Launch Internship Program

SAN DIEGO — October 5, 2021 — Sweetwater Union High School District announces a partnership with NFINIT, a San Diego-based provider of hybrid cloud solutions, connectivity, and colocation, to launch a new paid internship program benefiting local students. With NFINIT’s San Diego data center as their classroom, each student gains highly employable skills around cybersecurity, cloud, network engineering, data science and more during the six-month internship.

 

The new program launched in June 2021 with two interns: Arvie Cabal and John Paul Minimo, former Sweetwater High School students now attending San Diego State University. After providing interns with exposure to a broad view of IT-related career choices, the program allows students to choose one area of interest to focus on. While Cabal has worked on developing a “honeypot,” a controlled environment created to lure in cyber attacks as part of a data center’s constant check for any security weaknesses, Minimo chose to build a server that allows NFINIT to perform speed tests within their network. Cabal and Minimo also learned the ins and outs of managing a Network Operations Center (NOC), including the deployment of virtual servers, remote hands tasks, creation and resolution of customer trouble tickets, cable construction, fiber cabling, and more. Both interns are learning skills critical for any company requiring help with core systems, operating center, and help desk services.

 

“By combining a computer science education and practical training in growing tech fields, we’re empowering underserved students with boundless opportunities,” explains Art Lopez, Sweetwater’s District TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) for Computer Science. Eleven years ago, Art Lopez (and other district leaders), in collaboration with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and UC San Diego CREATE, launched a computer science program at Sweetwater, which has grown to span 65 courses throughout the District. “When it comes to the computing and tech fields, far too few women and people of color are represented, and we’re working to change that. Sweetwater students have access to many internship opportunities, but this is the first of its kind in computer science, with a focus on underserved populations.”

 

According to Code.org, only about 22 percent of participation in the Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) exam in U.S. high schools is by young women; 13 percent is by students from marginalized racial and ethnic groups. While diversity in computer science continues to lack, computer and information technology jobs are expected to grow by 11% between 2019 and 2029, earning a median annual salary of $88,240, ComputerScience.org reports.

 

“Though we serve global clients at NFINIT, we’re very focused on giving back to our local community, and we’re in a unique position to do so,” says Denis Savage, Vice President of Operations for NFINIT, who is managing the program on NFINIT’s side along with Phil Kenney, CEO of NFINIT. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than by providing opportunities for Sweetwater students to boost their STEM education in a practical setting, learning skills that will empower themselves and their communities for years to come.”

 

“It’s at the heart of our promise to Sweetwater students that we’ll provide equitable access to opportunities that will help them succeed,” says Dr. Ana Maria Alvarez, Assistant Superintendent at Sweetwater Union High School District. “To that end, careers powering the digital economy are the future. We’ve seen throughout the pandemic the incredible relevance and necessity of internet connectivity and data security. By teaching Sweetwater students applicable, marketable skills using a world-class data center that happens to be right in their community, we’re empowering their future.”

 

NFINIT will welcome at least two more interns in June 2022; the application process is scheduled to kick off in April.

 

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About Sweetwater Union High School District

Founded in 1920, the Sweetwater District has grown to more than 40,000 students in grades 7 through 12 and more than 22,000 adult learners. The district’s 30 campuses are located in the cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego, including the communities of Bonita, Eastlake, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro and South San Diego. For more information, visit www.sweetwaterschools.org.

 

About NFINIT

NFINIT provides full stack technology services, including connectivity, colocation, and enterprise-class cloud. Every workload has unique challenges, and NFINIT’s consultative approach and focus on innovation ensures that we deliver the best customized environment, every time. Serving thousands of clients worldwide from our home base in San Diego, NFINIT aims to fulfill our clients’ technology roadmap with best-in-breed solutions and expert support. For more, visit www.nfinit.com.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

JSA for NFINIT

+1 866.695.3629 ext. 19

jsa_nfinit@jsa.net


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08.30.21

Written notice is hereby given that the district will conduct a public hearing and adopt Resolution No. 4687

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Public Notice

Written notice is hereby given that the district will conduct a public hearing and adopt Resolution No.4743, assuring that every student in the Sweetwater Union High School District has sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials to use in the classroom and to take home in each of the four content areas: Reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and history-social science, plus foreign language and health, and that these textbooks and/or instructional materials are aligned to the State Content Standards.

Date:  Monday, September 13, 2021

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Place: Sweetwater Union High School District

Board Room

1130 Fifth Avenue 

Chula Vista, CA 91911

Posted on August 30, 2021