A Special Message from the Foster Youth Advisory Committee: At a Crossroads in our Support for OUSD Foster Students

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26th at 5:30 pm for a most important meeting of the OUSD Foster Youth Advisory Committee.As the 2019-20 school year ends and the Covid-19 crisis continues to bring us closer together, we ask for a renewed commitment to the success and well-being of foster students. During this time, budget reductions made last February begin to go into effect with immediate implications for OUSD foster students. These converging challenges demand that we refocus our attention on them.OUSD is the district with the greatest number of foster students in Alameda County. As such, it has historically recognized the importance of targeted support and has modeled responsiveness to the unique challenges that foster students face.In 2019-20, 32.5 % of foster students in Alameda County were enrolled in OUSD. In comparison, OUSD had 16% of the county student population. Hayward Unified came in second serving 12.6% of Alameda County foster students while enrolling 8.7% of the county’s students. (Source: CDE Data Quest: 2019-20 Enrollment by Subgroup for Charter and Non-Charter SchoolsOUSD is the district with the greatest opportunity to positively impact outcomes for foster students in our county. We invite everyone to attend the FYAC meeting tomorrow, May 26 at 5:30 pm, where we will hear from staff and community partners about how to ensure continuity of support for foster students. The OUSD foster youth case managers end their service this May 30th due to budget reductions. We will hear about the specific support that was provided by foster youth case managers and what resources will be available to address foster student needs starting this June. The committee is grateful to community partners and staff for their collaboration at this crucial time.Click the link below to join the meeting at 5:30 pm.https://ousd.zoom.us/j/86040715688?pwd=Y3NXeU5BTVhlS2RVcjAvcWNiQjJydz09Meeting ID: 860 4071 5688Password: 152988You can also join by phone at 1-669-900-9128 or 1-253-215-8782.
Knowing that foster students face great instability in their school and home experiences, we commit our consistent and strong advocacy to meeting their needs.   As committee members, we are proud of our four years of continued service on behalf of foster students. We look forward to your participation at tomorrow’s meeting and into the future. In community,RocQuel Johnson, Co-ChairOUSD Foster Youth Advisory Committee
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