CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF SUPERVISORS OF CHILD WELFARE AND ATTENDANCE - CASCWA
IT'S SUMMERTIME AND CHANGES ARE COMING!
CASCWA's organization consists of the State Executive Board, the Bay Section Executive Board, the Delta Sierra Section Executive Board, the San Joaquin Section Executive Board, and the Southern Section Executive Board. Each board consist of experts in the fields of child welfare and attendance. Several of the board members serve two year terms, while others serve one year terms. CASCWA is a volunteer professional organization. There are no paid positions. There will be numerous changes made in the organization's pages. We will be updating all of the information over the next two months. We will also be sending out updates as we proceed!
The 2021 CASCWA State Conference was "Awesome!"
Congratulations to the entire "Southern Section Executive Board" for a job well done! This year's state conference faced challenges that no previous conference had ever faced. Rick Riegle and his entire team took on the challenges and exceeded expectations. Rick had a vision of using "Zoom" and "Sched" and combining with excellent, relevant presentations into a winning combination.
We are currently in the process of adding conference information onto our website. This will take some time over the next several weeks. Once completed there will specific information on our "State Conference Page", "Attendance Model SARB Page" and our Sponsor Page.
Details are in the process of being finalized for the 2022 CASCWA State Conference" Incoming State President, Melissa Parrett, and the entire Delta Sierra Executive Board are already busy at work. They are targeting the event to be early in May of 2022 and will soon be putting out a "Save the Date" with the specific information. Please click here to go to our conference page: https://cascwa.wildapricot.org/Conference
TRANSITION OF OFFICERS
During the months of June and July there is an ongoing rotation of executive board officers throughout our CASCWA State and Section Leadership. It will take a few months to post all of the changes on our website.
Jeni Mendel (on the left) has done an amazing job as our 2020-21 CASCWA State President. Her term of office is filled with accomplishment and good decisions. There were several areas that needed to be addressed and she took charge and turned them into strengths! She has been amazing.
Melissa Parrett (on the right) is our new 2021-22 CASCSA State President. She is off to a strong start and everyone on the State Executive Board is looking forward to working with Melissa! Melissa has been the Delta Sierra President. She became an important part of Southern Section's conference planning committee. She is already working on plans for our summer planning session!
CASCWA wishes to thank our 2021 CASCWA Conference Sponsors! Please take the time to review all of our sponsors offerings! Please go to our conference page for more information.
Student Scholarships 2021!
CASCWA sections are in the process updating their 2021 scholarship selection information.
We usuallu have end of the year luncheons in honor of the recipients. This information will be in the next intercom!
2021 CASCWA STATE & SECTION AWARD RECIPIENTS
LEE LUNDBERG STATE CASCWA AWARD
Each year there are five awards presented by CASCWA. The "Lee Lundberg" award is presented by the state executive board to the one person who is recognized by their peers as having contributed greatly to CASCWA and has truly made a difference. Each Section also selects one individual for their contributions! Each recipient receives a framed print of Norman Rockwell's "Golden Rule."
This year's recipient is Michelle Walsh!
Michelle Walsh is the Vista Unified School District’s Coordinator of Student Support Services. She directly supports youth who are homeless, teen parents, LGBTQIA+, in foster care, incarcerated, expelled, or in military families. Michelle's current focus is human trafficking prevention. She speaks around the state about the risks of human trafficking for all our youth. She serves on the Education CSEC Subcommittee for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the North County Human Trafficking Prevention Collaborative and manages the Project SaFE subgrant.
She is also the Attendance Supervisor and coordinates attendance letters, data and incentives, the Student Attendance Review Board, and a new intermediate attendance and engagement intervention DART (District Attendance Review Team), which is "Keeping kids on target". Michelle coordinates mental health services for the district. She is responsible for EPSDT, the elementary counselors, suicide prevention education, early intervention and prevention grants, the school social workers, all behavioral health subcontractors, and the District Crisis Response Team.
Michelle guides school sites through the annual update of the Comprehensive School Safety Plans, is the district's active shooter trainer, serves on the City of Vista Community Safety Commission, and is the liaison between the district attorney's office, law enforcement and the district. Michelle both lives and works in Vista. She is the mother of three school-aged children Reagan, Nico,and Rock and enjoys being an active member of the Amigos de Vista Lions Club, whose focus is on youth sports and eyeglasses for children in need. Michele has served CASCWA as the State Secretary and we are honored that she will be continuing in this position for 2021-22!
Delta Sierra Section
San Joaquin Section
Southern Section Fall Workshop October 28, 2020
"Issues in Student Services"
Southern Section hosted a "Virtual Zoom Fall Workshop on October 28th. Eight hundred and forty registrations! The presentations were excellent. We have put together a pdf file on the workshop that reflects these important presentations. We thank all who attended! Click below for pdf file:
San Joaquin Section's Attendance Certificate and Roundtable Workshop Friday, 11/6/2020
The first presentation was by Kristi Jackson, Fresno USD, 2020 Model SARB Attendance & SARB Coordinator. The topic was “Developing a Model SARB Program during COVID 19.”
The second presenter was Manuel Escandon, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. His Topics included: Chronic Absences verses Truancy, Attendance Mandates/Policies, Data Analysis/Sub Groups, Dashboard Indicators: Chronic Absenteeism and Engaging Parents & Collaboration. Click Below
CASCWA San Joaquin Section Second Virtual Roundtable
"Supporting Students Returning to School After COVID-19"
Friday December 4, 2020
Presenter: Jenny Betz - WestEd
Click below to see the follow-up write up from the presentation!
CASCWA's Bay Section
WINTER ZOOM WORKSHOP 2021
February 25, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
THIS WORKSHOP WAS A GREAT SUCCESS! THANKS TO ALL WHO JOINED
Topic: How to build and maintain culture during the pandemic and times of crisis!
2021 Model SARBs
The CDE Model SARB Recognition Program identifies outstanding results-based school attendance improvement programs that provide comprehensive services to high-risk youth with school attendance or school behavior problems.
CASCWA is proud of our relationship with the California State School Attendance Review Board and honored to host the annual recognition program at our state conference. David Kopperud and the entire State SARB are making a true positive difference throughout the state. Jennifer Gomez Trejo and Jason Farrell will soon be adding information and videos to our model SARB webpage!
The topic of district compliance on several mandates was discussed at an earlier board meeting. The board members stated that we need to communicate several mandates to make certain that our members and friends are aware of the specifics of several main compliance mandates.
The following sign and postings per ed code are required (Click on the bill below):
AB 34- James Ramos- Bullying reporting policies and procedures must be posted on the front page of the local school district website.
AB 9- Seth's Law- Bullying policies reporting and procedures must be posted in all school offices, faculty lounges, and ASB rooms.
Homeless- Poster- Must be posted at the office- Mckinney Vento Law
Dan Martin of the Los Banos USD provided the following examples of notifications to share with our members and friends:
Homeless Flier Sp Los Banos USD.pdf; Homeless Flier Sp Los Banos USD.pdf; LBUSD Community Resources.pdf; LBUSD Community Resources - Spanish.docx; Legal Notice for Pupils and Parent- Bullying.pdf; Legal Notice for Pupils and Parent- Bullying Sp.pdf; Sexual harassment example poster for 9-12.pdf;
48240. (a) The governing board of each school district and each county superintendent of schools shall appoint a supervisor of attendance and any assistant supervisors of attendance as may be necessary to supervise the attendance of pupils in the school district or county.
The truancy mandates are EC Sections 48260.5 (First Notification Mandate) and 48262 (Habitual Truant Mandate). Both mandates are found on the CDE Truancy web page at: tps://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/tr/
Jeni Mendel's Bookmarks
One of the most visited pages of CASCWA's newsletter, "The Intercom", is Jeni Mendel's Bookmarks. Jeni is our past state president. She is one of the most well connected ladies in the State of California. She serves on several panels and boards. Jeni is well know in the San Diego area, throughout Southern California and at the state level.
She meets key individuals daily and she is constantly sending emails to our executive board members listing website links and important documents. The CASCWA webmasters are adding a page for "Jeni Mendel's Bookmarks." We hope you will find this page useful.
BRIAN CHANDLER HONORED
Brian Chandler will go down in “CASCWA History” as one of “CASCWA Greatest State Presidents!” He will also be remembered as the 2020 CASCWA Lee Lundberg Award Recipient. The most prestigious CASCWA award!
Brian was in charge of Ceres USD Campus Police Program. He became a member of the San Joaquin Section. He became our webmaster. Eventually, he worked his way through the levels and became their section president and then on to the 2018-19 CASCWA State Presidency where he was awesome!
Brian’s love has always been in law enforcement. In the spring of 2020, he left Ceres USD and became a member of the police department in the City of Ceres. Brian will continue to be part of CASCWA. We wish him well in his new career. Thank you Brian for all that you have done for CASCWA!
Virtual State CONFERENCE Coming
April 26th & 27th