The safety of our students, staff and community is always our top priority. The Placer County Office of Education works collaboratively with county agencies, law enforcement and emergency services to ensure the community and local school district personnel have the information they need to make informed decisions.
Over the past several years, wildfires have ravaged California’s rural communities, displacing
countless families and affecting dozens of small schools and school
districts. PCOE is available to assist local students, families and school employees impacted by wildfires by connecting them to resources such as housing, shelter, food, basic needs and childcare referrals. Complete the online form for support.
On June 30, 2022, the California Department of Public Health released the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools to Support Safe In-Person Learning, 2022-2023 School Year. The guidance is effective July 1, 2022.
CDPH strongly recommends that all eligible individuals get vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up-to-date to protect themselves and reduce transmission of the virus.
Unless otherwise directed by local health departments or local educational agencies, students and staff should follow CDPH masking guidance for the general public. No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of
participation in an activity or entry into a school unless wearing a
mask would pose a safety hazard (e.g., watersports).
CDPH recommends that antigen tests be considered the primary option for
detecting COVID-19 in schools, compared to PCR tests. For more
information, see the Preliminary Testing Framework for K-12 Schools.
schools are encouraged to develop standard criteria for managing
students who develop symptoms of infectious diseases, including
COVID-19. In most situations, any student who develops new, unexplained
symptoms should not return to campus until it is clear that symptoms
are mild and improving or are due to a non-infectious cause (e.g.,
allergies). This includes waiting until 24 hours have passed since
the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Additionally, if symptoms
are concerning for COVID-19, it is strongly recommended that students
wear a mask and get tested immediately. Students should also follow CDPH recommendations for retesting and/or isolating if the results are positive.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus strain spreading from person to person. The following information is reported from the Placer County Public Health website:
To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Placer County Public Health, residents may call the county’s coronavirus information line at (530) 886-5310. Current information about the coronavirus is available at
placer.ca.gov/coronavirus and on the
The following information is intended for families of students enrolled in a PCOE school or programs such as Pathways iCARE Charter, Court & Community Schools or state preschool.
PCOE is committed to providing a safe and in-person learning environment
for staff and students enrolled in our direct-service programs. Please contact your school principal or Program Coordinator regarding health and safety protocols.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) strongly recommends that
all persons (e.g., students and staff) wear masks in K-12 indoor
person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of
participation in an activity or entry into a school unless wearing a
mask would pose a safety hazard (e.g., watersports). Read the updated guidance.
However, all PCOE employees are ALSO subject to rules
established by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health
(Cal/OSHA), Head Start and Federally funded programs, and settings in
congregate care. Even with the updates today from the Governor and CDPH,
face coverings are still required in certain PCOE settings, programs, and
School Site Staff (State Pre-School and
K-12) – CDPH strongly recommends that all persons wear masks in K-12 indoor settings.
Individuals are recommended to continue indoor masking when the risk may
Head Start Staff – Due to a federal
Presidential Executive order, everyone who is two years of age and older
must wear a mask in indoor Head Start and Early Head Start settings.
Universal masking, with some noted exceptions, for all individuals two
years of age and older when there are two or more individuals in a vehicle
owned, leased, or arranged by the Head Start program; when they are
indoors in a setting where Head Start services are provided; and, for
those not fully vaccinated, outdoors in crowded settings or during
activities that involve close contact with other people.
JDF Staff – Correctional and
detention facilities have specific guidelines outlined by the State of
California. Masks are required for all individuals regardless of
vaccination status. Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g.,
N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit are required for unvaccinated staff.
Changes to masking mandates do not change the requirement for
weekly testing of unvaccinated staff. We will continue to conduct our weekly
testing on our established schedule until further notice.
Throughout the pandemic, PCOE employees have displayed
resilience and found common ground. Thank you for your commitment and
flexibility in doing your part. As before, any employee can choose to
voluntarily wear a face covering without fear of harassment or retaliation.
Please see your supervisor if you have questions about masking guidance and
expectations in your area.
Employees and visitors will be expected to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace through the actions listed below.
Conduct a health self-assessment daily before reporting to work. It is important to stay home from work and other activities if you are sick. Contact your supervisor and Human Resources if you are experiencing primary COVID-19 symptoms, which can be similar to the common cold such as fever (100.4 degrees or above), cough, loss of taste or smell, or difficulty breathing.
Follow current guidance for face coverings.
Important PCOE COVID-19 safety documents as required by CDPH:
The following information is intended for school district administrators.
LEA's as a Workplace
In workplaces, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS).
California requires employers to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave
for most workers through September 30, 2022. This includes
circumstances in which workers are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and
seeking a medical diagnosis, attending a vaccine appointment for
themselves or for a family member, and/or if a worker's child is isolated due to COVID-19 infection.
(If you are a school district superintendent, charter school operator, or private school administrator and are not getting regular email updates, please contact
The following information is intended for childcare providers in Placer County.
Every child care program is expected to continue to minimize the spread
of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of children, providers, and
families. If there are different requirements between the most current CDPH, CCL,
Cal/OSHA, and local health department guidance or health orders,
licensees and providers should follow the strictest requirements.
COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Updates and Business Resource for Early Childhood Programs
First Five Years Fund Website - Information Regarding SBA Loans Available to Child Care Providers
Small Business Association Website - Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
List of California Essential Infrastructure Workers
Grab, Adapt and Go - COVID-19 Resources for Child Care Programs
Child Care Law Center - Corona Virus Resource Page
Placer County COVID-19 Directive
ELCD Management Bulletin 20-04 Guidance on Apportionment, Attendance and Reporting Requirements
PIN 20-04-CCLD Governor's Proclamation of a State of Emergency to Address the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in California
PIN-20-04-CCP Statewide Waivers for Licensing Requirements Due to COVID-19 , and Prevention, Containment, and Mitigation Measures
PIN 20-05-CCLD Dedicated Link to Community Care Licensing Division E-Mail Address for COVID-19 Related Questions
Previous PINs on the CCLD website
Public Health Placer County
Stop the Spread of Germs Information Flyer
California Department of Public Health COVID-19 - Information on Guidance for a Child Care and Preschool Setting
At this time, there is not a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) scheduled to impact Placer County. Conditions may change and updates will be provided as we learn new information. We will continue to monitor the situation in partnership with the Placer County Health & Human Services department and the Placer County Office of Emergency Services.
The decision to operate schools during a PG&E PSPS is made at the local school district level. In many cases, school may continue as scheduled with additional contingency plans regarding safe food handling, hydration of students and modification of activities to ensure student safety.
When gusty winds and dry conditions occur, combined with a heightened fire risk, PG&E may need to turn off power for public safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
The Placer County Office of Education (PCOE), in partnership with the Placer County Health & Human Services department and the Placer County Office of Emergency Services, works to ensure our school communities are informed and prepared for these potential power shutoffs.
PG&E has indicated it will provide notice 48-hours in advance of a planned PSPS when possible. During a PSPS, power will remain off until weather conditions improve and it is safe to restore service. Please note, outages could last for multiple days. For more information about how a PSPS works, visit the PG&E PSPS website. Information is available in multiple languages.
We believe planning ahead is the best safeguard. PG&E offers many resources to help prepare your home, family and business for a potential PSPS.
Update your contact information directly with PG&E at pge.com/mywildfirealerts to receive alerts for potential power shutoffs.
Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
Plan for any medical needs such as medication that needs refrigeration or devices that require power. View additional information about medical needs from PG&E.
Build or restock your emergency kits with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash. Have enough nonperishable food and water stored to meet your basic needs for at least a few days.
Please note, the decision to operate schools during a PG&E PSPS is made at the local school district level. In many cases, school may continue as scheduled with additional contingency plans regarding safe food handling, hydration of students and modification of activities to ensure student safety. Please contact your local school district for additional details.
In the event a planned PSPS may impact a PCOE student-based program site, you can expect an email, voicemail and text message from your school principal through our emergency all-call system called School Messenger. Updates will also be posted to this webpage during the power event.
Early notification that PCOE is aware of a potential PSPS. We will continue to monitor the situation. Unless otherwise notified, please plan for school to continue as scheduled.
Additional updates regarding the potential PSPS. Unless otherwise notified, please plan for school to continue as scheduled. You will be notified no later than 5 p.m. if PCOE if planning to close school the next day.
During the PSPS
Daily updates will be provided until power is restored and school is back in session. Please also check back to this webpage we updates will be posted daily.
In the event a planned PSPS may impact a PCOE site, you can expect an email, voicemail and text message from our emergency all-call system called School Messenger. Please ensure your emergency contact information is updated in EPIC. You can access EPIC through the “MyPCOE” portal online.
Early notification that PCOE is aware of a potential PSPS. We will continue to monitor the situation. Unless otherwise notified by your supervisor, please plan to report to work as scheduled.
Additional updates regarding the potential PSPS. In many cases, school and business operations may continue as scheduled with additional contingency plans. Even during an extended power outage, some functions of business will continue and you may be expected to report to work. You will be notified no later than 5 p.m. if PCOE is planning to close a school or office location for the following day. Unless otherwise notified by your supervisor, please plan to report to work as scheduled. Conditions may change and updates will be provided as we learn new information.
Daily updates will be provided until power is restored and school or business operations are back in session. PCOE staff at school-based locations should observe the school closure protocol of the school sites where they are located. Unless otherwise notified by your supervisor, please plan to report to work as scheduled. Conditions may change and updates will be provided as we learn new information. Updates will also be posted to this webpage during the power event.
PCOE employees affected by a power outage at home are expected to be prepared to attend work as regularly scheduled. All absences must be approved by a director supervisor and reported in the absence management system.
The decision to operate schools during a PG&E PSPS is made at the local school district level. It is difficult for PG&E to predict which areas will be impacted far in advance of a weather event, due to a range of variables including the direction of the wind, location of any fires, etc. For this reason, districts are encouraged to prepare both for a small-impact shutoff that may impact just one or two sites, as well as a worst-case scenario power shutoff that could potentially impact all their sites.
In many cases, school may continue as scheduled with additional contingency plans regarding safe food handling, hydration of students and modification of activities to ensure student safety. The Placer County Office of Education is here to ensure you have the information and resources needed to make informed decisions for your communities.
In the event a planned PSPS may impact schools within Placer County, you can expect an email from PCOE’s Safety Officer.
Early notification that PCOE is aware of a potential PSPS. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.
Additional updates regarding the potential PSPS. PCOE will schedule a Superintendent’s conference call to discuss details and answer questions. PCOE will work to ensure data systems for districts remain operational.
Daily updates and conference calls will be provided until power is restored.
California Department of Education Public Safety Power Shutoff FAQs in regard to funding for generators, instructional time requirements
California Department of Education Emergency Planning - https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ep/index.asp
California Department of Education FAQ Power Outage - https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ep/pspsfaqs.asp
Cal OES Emergency Planning for Schools - https://www.caloes.ca.gov/schools-educators
Department of Homeland Security Power Outages - https://www.ready.gov/power-outages
Common emergency response language is reviewed across the county with first responders:Lockout (Response to possible threat to students and staff and to prevent perpetrator from entering building)Lockdown/Barricade (Imminent deadly threat to students and staff and more active measures are taken to limit access to students and staff)Shelter in Place (Response to keep students and staff indoors to provide greater level of protection from airborne contaminants)Evacuation (Immediate response when it is determined it is unsafe to stay in the building)
Fostering the use of common threat assessment as a systematic approach to violence prevention
Supporting the universally accepted Incident Command Structure (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS)
This video provides valuable information to allow you to understand how your school District has planned for emergencies and how you can be better prepared to understand your role. Unfortunately, violent acts such as school shootings are a real possibility. While the topic is unpleasant, these kinds of plans are important for you to know what's expected of you during a critical incident and what you can expect from the Placer County Sheriff's office.
Over the last decade, devastating wildfires have
continued to ravage communities and school districts across the state. The impact of smoke depends on the sensitivity
of the person and the length of exposure. Students with asthma, respiratory or other
heart/lung conditions are vulnerable to poor air quality and may require extra
The Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) works collaboratively with the Placer County Air Pollution Control Board (APCB) and Placer County Health and Human Services (HHS) to monitor air conditions that may impact outdoor activities or possible school closures as a result of air quality due to wildfire smoke. Please note, outdoor activities along with event cancellations and school closures are a local decision, district-by-district, based on local air quality conditions.
Placer County Health and Human Services and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District are issuing a joint air quality advisory through Tuesday, July 26, 2022, to notify the public of the potential to have poor air quality conditions from smoke from the Oak Fire in Mariposa County. This fire is south of Placer County with smoke drifting up into our area.
Wildfire smoke may be intermittent and affect different areas of Placer County with elevated levels of particulate matter dependent upon wind direction. Poor air quality has the potential to cause negative health impacts, particularly for sensitive groups and when exposure is prolonged.
Information on air quality and smoke can be found AirNow’s Fire and Smoke webpage at https://fire.airnow.gov which shows data from permanent and temporary particulate monitors along with low-cost sensors; www.sparetheair.com will show daily air quality forecasts.
Visit www.airnow.gov for information about the Air Quality Index in your area.
Visit https://fire.airnow.gov (Fires and Smoke Map) to review current conditions for fine particulate matter also known as PM2.5 for your location. Please note, air quality conditions can change quickly, with smoke moving in and out of an area, dependent upon wind direction.
Air Quality Index Chart for Outdoor Activity for Schools
Understanding the Differences: Face Coverings
Fire and Smoke Map Information: https://vimeo.com/592345480
around possible school closures or moving to distance learning days due
to severe weather are made district-by-district, based on local
conditions.Even though it may have snowed the previous evening, and
weather forecasts may be calling for severe weather, the decision to
call off school is typically made by local school districts between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. after a
careful analysis of current road and weather conditions.
HOW DO I FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 AT MY SCHOOL?
All official information pertaining to your student and your school will come directly from your school district, charter school or private school. Contact your school for additional information.
WILL MY SCHOOL BE OPEN DURING A POWER OUTAGE?
The decision to operate
schools during a PG&E PSPS is made at the local school district level. In
many cases, school may continue as scheduled with additional contingency plans
regarding safe food handling, hydration of students and modification of activities
to ensure student safety. Contact your school for additional information.
Important PCOE COVID-19 Safety Documents
As required by CDPH, view the PCOE COVID-19 CalOSHA Prevention Plan. You may also view the Framework for PCOE Programs for the 2021-22 School Year and the Health and Safety Information for PCOE Workplace Facilities.
PG&E PSPS Website
Placer County Sheriff's Department
Placer County Fire Department
Placer County Public Health - Coronavirus Information
“Placer County school
leaders are – and have been – committed to providing a safe and in-person
learning environment for our staff and students."
― Gayle Garbolino-MojicaPlacer County Superintendent of Schools