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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 Director Jamie Hansen at or call her at 707-524-2620.

Dr. Steve Herrington comments on the Supreme Court’s decision to expand the public charge rule.

01/28/2020 - “I want to make clear to our community that yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Court expanding the public charge rule does not affect public schools,” said Herrington. “Families need to know their students will still be able to access important school services and school nutrition programs without penalty.”

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Transition Fair Feb. 3 for students with special needs and their families

01/08/2020 - This free event is designed to help students and their families learn about services for individuals with special needs as they transition from school-based programs to adulthood. Sonoma County special education students in middle school, high school, and post-secondary programs and their families are invited to attend. Spanish interpreters will be available on site and ASL interpreters can be requested by contacting Sharrel Frazeur at 707.576.8212 by 1/17/2020.

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Feria de Transición, 3 de febrero para estudiantes con necesidades especiales y sus familias.

01/08/2020 - Este evento gratuito está diseñado para ayudar a estudiantes con necesidades especiales y sus familias a aprender sobre de los servicios disponibles en la transición de programas escolares hacia la edad adulta. Se invita a estudiantes del Condado de Sonoma con educación especial, y a estudiantes con necesidades especiales en la escuela media, secundaria, y programas de postsecundaria y sus familias a asistir. Intérpretes de español estarán disponibles.

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Teachable Moment: Judy Waller's students give her reminders that no one size fits all

12/19/2019 -

JudyWaller Judy Waller’s students are always giving her reminders that no one size fits all. Waller has been teaching students as a SCOE speech-language pathologist for 18 years.

“As speech and language pathologists we know that communication is difficult for our students or they wouldn’t be on our caseload,” said Waller. “And so trying to make it as fun and as interesting as possible is key.”

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Press Democrat: Sonoma County public schools unveil plan to expand arts education

12/13/2019 -

Santa Rosa Middle School seventh-grader Bryan Villalobos usually picks up his violin when he’s stressed out by a homework topic he just can’t seem to grasp.

That brief pause to play music untangles Villalobos’ mind and boosts his confidence in a way that makes complex subjects more approachable, he said, speaking to a room full of educators and Sonoma County arts education advocates in Santa Rosa Thursday at the Luther Burbank Center.

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