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Important Elementary Enrollment Dates 

Benicia Unified announces the dates for Elementary Enrollment and Open Enrollment for the 2015/16 school year. Transitional Kindergarten Kindergarten, and new elementary students to BUSD  Benicia residents will start February 1st at each school site. Students must turn 5 before September 1 to qualify for Kindergarten and students must turn 5 between September 2 and December 2 to qualify for Transitional Kindergarten. Go to the Enrollment page under Parents to get more information on items needed for enrollment.
Open Enrollment for parents who reside in Benicia and want their student to attend an elementary school outside of the school of residence is the month of March. Information and the form can be found here.
Enrollment is done by appointment only, at the school site of residence. If you do not reside in Benicia, follow the procedures listed under the Parents tab and then Inter District Transfers.

Preschool Fair

BUSD is having a preschool fair on Saturday, January 10th from 10am to 1pm at the Benicia High School Gymnasium. Click here for more information.

New Benicia School Board Sworn In
New and returning members of the governing board of the Benicia Unified School District took their oaths of office last week, then turned their attention to the next calendar year.

With many members of the trustees’ families in the audience along with teachers and administration staff from the different schools, returning Trustees Rosie Switzer and Peter Morgan and newcomer Diane Ferrucci were given the oath of office by City Councilmember Christina Strawbridge.

Following a brief reception, the meeting reconvened and the board performed their annual organizational meeting to decide officers and committee appointments. The Board appointed Gary Wing as Board President and Rosie Switzer as Clerk. Click here for the schedule of Board Meetings for the 2015 year.

Health Advisory from the Solano County Public Health 
Solano Public Health recently confirmed a case of enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) in a school age child. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with information about the disease that you’ve probably heard on the news.

Enteroviruses normally circulate in the summer and fall. EV-D68 typically causes mild respiratory symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, cough, muscle and/or body ache. Fever may be present. In some instances, people infected with EV-D68 have severe symptoms including wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Enterovirus-D68 can be found in an infected person’s saliva, nasal mucus or sputum. It is spread from person-to-person through coughs, sneezes or contaminated objects. There is currently no vaccine against EV-D68. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands, avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or utensils with sick people and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick. 

There is no specific treatment for people with EV-D68 infection. For people with mild respiratory illness, symptoms can be managed by taking over-the-counter medications. However, if your child experiences severe respiratory symptoms, including wheezing and/or shortness of breath, seek medical care immediately.