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4A Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 Feather River Bulletin CAMPUS, from page 1A worked on improving school climate and on being there for their students have seen their scholastic scores go up. Students have a hard time learning if they are worried, sad or not feeling supported by adults. "We don't have a choice but to address students' personal and social problems if we want to see improved scholastic scores," Pierson stated. The district's California Healthy Kids Survey Report can be found at A less detailed version can be obtained through the district. Closed campuses Portola Jr./Sr. High School came up twice during the school board meeting. Principal Sara Sheridan is interested in making the school a closed campus, meaning that students are not allowed to leave the campus during the day for lunch or other non-academic or non-sports related reasons. Trustee Leslie Edlund pointed out that the principal reason for doing this is for the safety of the students. With a limited time for lunch, this can engender a road race mentality in students jeopardizing students, pedestrians and other drivers. One neighbor of the school reported that a car has almost hit him twice in the last year. Students leave and return to the campus in mass, clogging the streets around schools. Tardiness and truancy also increase as students are late or decide to not go back to school after lunch. With so many students arriving back on campus at one time, it makes it harder to screen people coming onto campus for security reasons. Pierson pointed out that discipline problems also go up after lunch. On the other hand, not allowing students to leave campus for lunch will elicit resistance and resentment in some students. One of the trustees declared, "My children are going to hate me for this, but I love this idea." Businesses'who cater to students will be negatively impacted. The board was open to using Portola High School as a test case to see how closing junior-senior high school campuses plays out. Edlund said, "We need to see how it impacts student climate and student outcomes." The school district met with the Portola Rotary Club and Portola Boosters and they seemed OK with the idea of closing the campus during lunch. Where's the warranty? New boilers were installed in Portola High School only three years ago. Yet, at the time of the board meeting, the school was limping along with only one boiler working to heat the school and water. Two of the three boilers were out and the third boiler, being made by the same manufacturer and installed by the same installer, is suspect as well. Yet the district was wary of inspecting it because the third boiler was all that is left to heat the school. Boilers typically last for decades. The board was clearly upset by this situation. Pierson said, "Someone has to be accountable." 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Valedictorian-salutatorian The board discussed the issues involved in acknowledging the best and second-best students in each graduating class. The formulas involved in selecting the two best students are Byzantine and differ from school to school. The battle over who becomes valedictorian or salutatorian usually involves only a few students and parents. Pierson pointed out, "I:ve seen a lot of battles over who gets to be valedictorian and salutatorian and most don't end well." Pierson pointed out that a lot of schools don't acknowledge valedictorians or salutatorians anymore. They acknowledge many more people, in the arts, music, public service and sports, as well as in academics. Holt responded: "I agree with Dwight, we need to broaden our graduation ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishments of more students." Another trustee pointed out that being acknowledged as valedictorian or salutatorian isn't used as much by colleges as an indicator of academic achievement as it used to be. High School Climate Index Scores (2014 to 2016) Based on responses from students to the California Healthy Kids SCHOOL CLIMATE INDEX (SCl) 2014 2015 2016 SCHOOL CLIMATE SUBSCALE RESULTS 2014 OVERALL SUPPORTS AND ENGAGEMENT 2015 2016 2014 High expectations and caring relationships 2015 2016 2014 Opportunities for meaningful participation 2015 2016 2014 Perceived school safety 2015 2016 2014 School connectedness 2o15 2016 2014 OVERALL LOW VIOLENCE & SUBSTANCE USE 2015 2016 2014 Low physical violence perpetration 2015 2016 2014 Low physical/emotional violence victimization 2015 2016 2014 Low harassment and bullying 2015 2016 2014 Low substance use at school 2015 2016 ~228 ! II i ~247 ! i i ii 251 1 I I ( II i I, i' i 219 I 226 f 231 U I I I il 315 i : [( il ~48 Survey 361 :~ 373 U 372 ); i 354 364: I i 368 314 I 337 Score 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 Example of School Climate Index (SCI) scores pair displays SCI scores from 2014, the lower Plumas Unified School District. from Chester High School. The upper bar of each bar displays SOl scores for 2016. Figure courtesy of VIDEO, from page 1A challenge of implementing an ambitious three-year, Community Health Improvement Plan, at a time when both the county and the department lacked funding." Hall and her team turned to the community and local agencies responded, including entities such as the school district, health care districts, Plumas Rural Services, and more. Meetings held at locations throughout the county also brought the input of 400 community members. Originality What was deemed original about the process was the development of an organization that combined public and private organizations and individuals with just one interest -- quality of life. It's :also a model that can be replicated by other counties. Cost effectiveness No new money wasused to launch 20,000 lives. Rather existing funds were used with numerous $500 mini-grants awarded to various entities and individuals all with the goal of improving quality of life. Results Now in its fourth year the partners are collaborating on a regular basis. "Individuals and small grassroots organizations are now able to join larger partners to accomplish shared goals," Hall said. Working together, the agency, along with two district hospitals, two nonprofit organizations and the county's First 5 Commission were able to leverage federal reimbursements to increase access for Medi-Cal recipients. More information about 20,000 Lives can be found at the website under public health. Interested individuals can also subscribe to a weekly e-marled newsletter. HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION DISTRICT HOSPITAL CARE FLIGHT