February Updates

Dear CVHS Students and Families,

Happy Black History Month!  We have exciting events planned throughout February to celebrate Black History and the excellence of African American contributors in the present moment.  Our AAPAC and Black Student Union have been working hard to create a Black History Celebration.

The Season of Service and Period of Peace (SOSPOP) has begun as well.  SOSPOP began on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day and ends on Cesar Chavez Day.  Our student clubs and groups will be providing information and activities celebrating service and diversity throughout this time.

Black Student Union
On February 2, 2023. 6:30 - 8:30pm. Location; Castro Valley High School Library. 
Come out to celebrate Black History Month as a community in Trojan Togetherness. 
We look forward to celebrating with you in person. Dinner will be served starting at 6:30.  
Family and Friends are welcome.

Please join the NAACP in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr by exploring and sharing these tremendous opportunities with your students and families to ensure equitable access. The Oakland NAACP invites your students to participate in its signature events, the Black College Expo and Act-So. We encourage the showing of this 2022 ACT-SO slideshow in students' homeroom classes.

1. National College Resource Foundation: Black College Expo
Date: Saturday, Feb 4
Where: Oakland Marriott Hotel Convention Center

Each year, thousands of 9th-12th grade students and families come to Oakland Marriott to see representatives from HBCUs, Cal State, UCs, service academies, and junior colleges; there are also college workshops that cover topics from navigating financial aid to the college athletic landscape. If possible, students should bring transcripts and test scores because college representatives will often waive fees, review materials, and offer admissions on the spot. The event gives HBCUs center stage; It is open to students of all ethnic groups. 

2. ACT-SO: The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics
Dates: Local competition in March, National in July
Contact Oakland NAACP Coordinators:  Maleah Flournoy and Patrice Waugh (cc'd on this email)- Please put "ACT-SO" in the subject heading

The NAACP's signature youth development program is world-renowned and open to students of African descent. High school students compete in local events for awards and scholarships across 32 categories in STEM, Performing Arts, Humanities, Culinary, Business, and Visual Arts. Local winners go to the national competition, under the watchful eye of NAACP staff and parent volunteers, to meet and compete with peers from around the country. Imagine hearing speeches from Vice President Kamala Harris and Academy Award-winning actress Lupita N'yongo, then being mentored, judged, and recruited by famous restaurateurs, dance companies, record labels, businesses, orchestras, laboratories, theater companies, production studios, and the National Science Foundation as you share your talents.
Not every NAACP chapter offers ACT-SO. We invite your young people to Join the Oakland Imani Youth Council (Unit 1723 B) and contact one of the Oakland NAACP Coordinators. 

Covid Update
Beginning, Wednesday, February 1st, Antigen COVID-19 testing at the Center for the Arts will no longer be available. All school sites and the District Office (Reception Desk at 4400 Alma Ave.) will provide OTC antigen tests upon request to students and staff. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recommended the distribution of Over the Counter (OTC) antigen test kits to students and staff as the district’s primary testing strategy. 

Additional testing options for family members can be found here: covid-19.acgov.org/testing

Stay home if you’re not feeling well & Test
Stay home if you're feeling sick! There are a lot of viruses going around, and you don’t want to spread them, even if your illness is not COVID. Please do not send your child to school with any symptoms (Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, or Diarrhea), regardless of their COVID test results. Students must be fever/vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medications before returning to school for non-COVID-related illnesses. If students are too unwell to learn or be successful in the classroom, please keep them home to rest and recover. Please always be sure to call your student’s school if you are keeping them home for illness.

Test 1: All people who develop symptoms should test immediately. If a person with symptoms of COVID-19 initially tests negative on an antigen test, the test should be repeated in 24-48 hours. If this test is negative, report it via Primary.Health and come back to school when symptoms are resolving.
Test 2: 2-3 days after first negative test: Even if a student has already returned to school, take another test 2-3 days after the first negative test. Report results via Primary.Health.

Upcoming Events:
February 2    Black History Celebration @ CVHS Library
February 6    Boosters Meeting (virtually)
February 7    ELAC Meeting @ CVHS Ms Staab room
February 9    Puente Meeting @ CVHS Library
February 23  Spring Sports Season Meeting @ CVHS
In Trojan Togetherness,
Make it a Great Day or Not, the Choice is Yours!

Chris A. Fortenberry