Monthly News Article for June

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 
TCOE Column for June, submitted by Ann Hill, TCOE Tobacco Use Prevention Director

In early 2021, Trinity County’s 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th graders participated in the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS). The survey identifies risky student behaviors, school climate, safety, student wellness and youth resiliency.  The survey, which has around 130 questions, has been administered locally for over 20 years.  Data from the CHKS is collected and utilized across California. It is the most trusted and respected survey in the state. Although the CHKS began in 1985, by 1991 it was legally mandated to be administered in all California public schools every two years.  Student participation is voluntary, anonymous and confidential. 

What questions are students being asked and what are the current findings?

 

A brief summary of some of the 2021 findings are found below. Tracking trends over time helps Trinity County evaluate local prevention programs to see if interventions are working and to target current needs for improvement of services.  Some comparisons between the 2021 and 2011 findings are summarized below.

  • 2021 students were asked if they had consumed one or more drinks of alcohol in the past 30 days. 11% of 7th, 12% of 9th, and 22% of 11th graders said yes. (In 2011, 48% of 11th graders reported drinking alcohol)
  • 2021 students were asked if they had smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days. 7% of 7th, 0% of 9th, and 2% of 11th graders said yes. (In 2011, 26% of 11th graders reported smoking cigarettes)
  • 2021 students were asked if they had used vaping products in the past 30 days. 7% of 7th, 17% of 9th, and 17% of 11th graders said yes. (In 2011-2015, no students reported vaping)
  • 2021 students were asked if they used marijuana in the past 30 days. 8% of 7th, 17% of 9th, and 24% of 11th graders said yes. (In 2011, 38% of 11th graders reported using marijuana)

School Climate refers to the quality and character of school life.  Here’s a sampling of responses.

  • Percentage of students who feel they have no meaningful participation at school: 73% of 7th,

81% of 9th, 71% of 11th graders felt they had no meaningful participation at school (In 2011, 78% of 11th graders reported no meaningful participation at school)

  • Students were asked if they felt high expectations at school. 21% of 7th, 36% of 9th, and 32% of 11th graders reported a lack of high expectations at school. (The good news is the 79% of 7th graders, 64% of 9th graders and 68% of 11th graders did report high expectations. Note that data can be viewed in a positive or negative manner)
  • Students were asked if they felt harassed on school property. 47% of 7th, 35% of 9th, and 23% of 11th graders said yes. (In 2011, 58% of 7th, 41% of 9th, and 32% of 11th reported feeling harassed)

Wellness survey questions asked students to report reasons for absenteeism, how many hours they sleep at night, how often they feel sad or hopeless, and whether they have caring peer relationships.  For these results and the rest of the survey can be found here:  https://calschls.org/reports-data/search-lea-reports/

Monthly News Article for April 2021

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Trinity County Office of Education

Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

TCOE Monthly Article for April – by guest writer LuAnn Peitz on behalf of TCOE

As a child growing up in Trinity County, I was fortunate to call Coffee Creek my home.  Three years ago, I began the Master’s in Social Work Program at Chico State. I knew I wanted to use this educational opportunity to give back to the community that raised me. Over the past year, I have partnered with Susan Roll from Chico State and Sarah Supahan from the Trinity County Office of Education (TCOE) to conduct the Trinity County Needs and Opportunities Assessment.

Read more: Monthly News Article for April 2021

Monthly News Article for February 2021

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

Trinity County, our schools are open for in-person learning

We are proud to say that our schools are open to in-person instruction, and they all opened at their usual start time this school year, all except for Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District who had a delayed start due to the August Complex Fire.

Safety is a priority for Trinity County districts. Our schools have been following the CDPH Safety Guidelines set out in July 2020, and due to their efforts to enforce those safety plans (masking, social distancing, handwashing, etc.) as well as likely due to the fact that we’ve had fewer cases in our community than in more populated areas, we’ve had no outbreaks in our schools. An outbreak, which would require a school to close to in-person instruction, is defined as “three cases in a school over a 14-day period”.

Read more: Monthly News Article for February 2021

Monthly News Article for January 2021

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Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861

 

What do chores at home have to do with school?

Children who understand and follow the procedures and routines of doing chores at home learn how to follow the routines and procedures at school, and this can lead to success at school as well as in life in general. Chores help teach children to follow the complex rules of the road when learning to drive, or the procedures and routines of the workplace when they are old enough to seek employment.

Read more: Monthly News Article for January 2021

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