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School is Back in Session

School is Back in Session 

Aug 31, 2017


The beginning of a brand new school year is right around with corner, with most public schools in Sonoma County opening their doors between August 14 and 28. To help get families off to a strong start, Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) has rounded up some helpful resources. In case you didn’t know: SCOE is a partner to the county’s 40 school districts, providing services that help them serve roughly 71,000 students. We offer districts services like fiscal support and professional development while also running our own programs for alternative education and special education students who are not served by school districts. Each school district is self-governing and is overseen by a separate board of trustees and district superintendent.

For helpful resources such as a district calendar summary, a district lookup tool, and general education facts, visit There you can also find publications geared toward the interest of students and families. Get the scoop on SCOE-sponsored student events, find out how to interpret your child’s Smarter Balanced test results, and so much more. Also included isSpotlight, our annual insert that runs in local newspapers and highlights success stories in Sonoma County schools. From gaining literacy through Legos to launching flexible classroom seating pilots, you will see there is no shortage of amazing work being done by today’s students. In addition to exploring the exciting initiatives taking place in classrooms across the county, this year’s edition ofSpotlight provides back-to-school resources, from a kindergarten readiness checklist to a rundown of immunization requirements.

If you have questions specific to your school district, please contact your district directly. You can find the appropriate contact information in our Directory of Sonoma County schools at

I wish everyone a happy and successful school year as we move into 2017-18.


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