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Robert Rivas Receives 2020 Outstanding Legislator Award

On November 24th, the California County Boards of Education presented State Assemblyman Robert Rivas the 2020 Outstanding Legislator Award for his leadership in working to improve California’s public schools and his support of local counties and school boards.

Rivas was nominated by Monterey County Board of Education Member, Janet Wohlgemuth, and was recognized Wohlgemuth, fellow Board Member, John McPherson and Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Deneen Guss at a socially-distanced ceremony in late November.

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Celebrating Outstanding Students

In 2020, the Monterey County Office of Education launched its Celebrating Outstanding Students Banner Project.

This project celebrates outstanding students who serve as role models to other students.

One way we make academic excellence desirable is to raise up and celebrate excellence. Each year new students will be honored and celebrated on banners sponsored by local businesses.

To learn more, or to sponsor a banner, please contact Communications Officer, Jessica Hull at or 831-784-4245.

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School Waivers in Monterey County

In counties in the Purple Tier (Monterey County is in the Purple Tier), California Department of Public Health guidance allows a district superintendent, private school principal/head of school, or executive director of a charter school to apply for a waiver from the local health officer to open an elementary school for in-person instruction. This waiver is applicable only for grades TK-6.

Visit this site for a listing of any waivers considered by the California Department of Public Health from Monterey County.

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