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 Crisis Response

​​Crisis Response

 Introduction

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.

 California Wildfires

Wildfires are ravaging California’s rural communities, displacing countless families and affecting dozens of small schools and school districts. PCOE is continuing to assit students, families and school employees impacted by the recent River Fire by connecting them to resources such as housing, shelter, food, basic needs and childcare referrals. Complete the online form for support.

Additional resources are available for school employees through various membership associations:

Community Donations

If you would like to help, we ask that you consider making a financial contribution in one of the following ways:

  • American Red Cross

  • Placer Community Foundation established the River Fire Relief Fund to accept donations and will direct funds as we learn from our nonprofit and county partners where the needs are greatest. Contributions to the River Fire Fund will provide support for those affected and the recovery efforts. The Foundation will work with local public officials to identify areas where philanthropy can have the greatest impact.

  • To support Nevada County residents impacted by the River Fire, please donate at Nevada County Relief Fund

Additional Information

 Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 Current Update

Update as of August 30, 2021

The Placer County Office of Education, along with Placer County Public Health, school district superintendents and charter school leaders have remained steadfast in our commitment to keep students in class for in-person instruction while protecting the health and safety of our school communities.

Recently, Placer County Public Health issued is new COVID public health warning due to the Delta surge which has resulted in record numbers of COVID-related hospitalizations. Hospitals in Placer County are providing critical care in areas not typically designed for that purpose, report a high level of acuity in their patients, and are experiencing strains on their workforce. COVID patients occupy nearly one third of licensed beds, a higher share relative to hospitals in other communities. To provide a sufficient layer of protection, residents are advised to use higher quality masks, like a surgical or KN95 mask. Higher quality masks were largely in short supply during the beginning of the pandemic but are now more readily available at local drug stores or online. Read the Placer County public health warning.

At the state level, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released guidance for K-12 schools in California for the 2021-22 school year which outlines requirements for universal masking indoors, COVID reporting, modified quarantine and more. Read the full document. The state also issued a Public Health Order requiring school workers to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly diagnostic screening testing.

Schools Update:

  • Foresthill Union School District will be closed for in-person instruction through the week of September 6 in response to local COVID conditions. School will resume in-person on Monday, September 13, 2021.

 About

​Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person. It is currently in the United States and many other countries, after originating in China. Health experts are concerned because this new virus has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people — especially people over age 60 or those who have weakened immune systems. The following information is reported from the Placer County Public Health website: https://www.placer.ca.gov/coronavirus.

Preventing Illness

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 CDC website.​

 Families

The following information is intended for families of students enrolled in a PCOE school or program such as Pathways iCARE Charter, Court & Community Schools or state preschool.

Update as of August 30, 2021

The Placer County Office of Education, along with Placer County Public Health, have remained steadfast in our commitment to keep students in class for in-person instruction while protecting the health and safety of our school communities. We are excited for the back-to-school season.

Recently, Placer County Public Health issued is new COVID public health warning due to the Delta surge which has resulted in record numbers of COVID-related hospitalizations. Hospitals in Placer County are providing critical care in areas not typically designed for that purpose, report a high level of acuity in their patients, and are experiencing strains on their workforce. COVID patients occupy nearly one third of licensed beds, a higher share relative to hospitals in other communities. To provide a sufficient layer of protection, residents are advised to use higher quality masks, like a surgical or KN95 mask. Higher quality masks were largely in short supply during the beginning of the pandemic but are now more readily available at local drug stores or online. Read the Placer County public health warning.

At the state level, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released guidance for K-12 schools in California for the 2021-22 school year which outlines requirements for universal masking indoors, COVID reporting, modified quarantine and more. Read the full document. The state also issued a Public Health Order requiring school workers to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly diagnostic screening testing.

As required by law, the Placer County Office of Education is following guidance from the California Department of PublicHealth (CDPH) and Emergency Temporary Standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) to limit the spread of COVID and safeguard public health. This includes our special education programs and state preschools. Please contact your school principal or Program Coordinator regarding health and safety protocols.

 PCOE Employees

The following information is intended for PCOE employees.
  

Updte as of August 30, 2021

With more than 90% of the state’s population in areas with substantial or high transmission, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) just released recommendations for universal masking in indoor public settings.

  • Vaccinated individuals are recommended to wear a face covering indoors.

  • Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear a face covering indoors.

Public Heath Order for Vaccination or Testing of School Employees

Additionally, On August 11, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will require public and private schools serving students in TK-12 to verify that workers are fully vaccinated or undergo diagnostic screening testing at least once per week.

The Public Health Order by California’s Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón is part of the state’s efforts to protect Californians from the dangerous Delta variant of COVID that is now circulating.

All PCOE urvey that is required to be completed by all PCOE employees (regardless of your current position or location) are required to complete the vaccination status survey no later than Friday, September 3 at 12 p.m. Please see your email for the link and details.

There will be many questions that arise in the upcoming weeks, and we will do our best to answer them as quickly as possible. Reach out to Mark Williams in Human Resources with any questions.

Local Conditions

At the local level, Placer County Public Health issued is new COVID public health warning due to the Delta surge which has resulted in record numbers of COVID-related hospitalizations. Hospitals in Placer County are providing critical care in areas not typically designed for that purpose, report a high level of acuity in their patients, and are experiencing strains on their workforce. COVID patients occupy nearly one third of licensed beds, a higher share relative to hospitals in other communities. To provide a sufficient layer of protection, residents are advised to use higher quality masks, like a surgical or KN95 mask. Higher quality masks were largely in short supply during the beginning of the pandemic but are now more readily available at local drug stores or online. Read the Placer County public health warning.

PCOE Employee Expectations

Employees and visitors will be expected to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace through the 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.             

  • Wash hands frequently and maintain clean spaces.

 School Leaders

The following information is intended for school district administrators. 

Update as of August 30, 2021

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released guidance – with a combination of mandatory requirements and recommendations – for K-12 schools in California for the 2021-22 school year. The guidance is effective immediately. Read the full document.

Requirements At-a-Glance:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, K-12 students are required to wear masks indoors. Adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students.

  • Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with drape.

  • Schools must provide face coverings to students who fail to bring a face covering to school.

  • Schools must have a plan to enforce CDPH masking requirements.

  • Schools are required to report COVID cases to the local public health department.

Additionally, on August 11, the state issued a Public Health Order requiring school workers to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly diagnostic screening testing.

(If you are a school district superintendent, charter school operator or private school administrator and are not getting regular email udpates, please contact meklund@placercoe.org.)

Guidance:

 Childcare Providers

The following information is intended for childcare providers in Placer County.

Update as of August 30, 2021

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released guidance – with a combination of mandatory requirements and recommendations – for K-12 schools in California for the 2021-22 school year. The guidance is effective immediately. Read the full document.

However, Childcare settings and providers remain subject to separate guidance. All providers should apply new and updated policies and requirements that address the need for continued infection control and should update their emergency preparedness plan. If there are differing 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.

Requirements At-a-Glance:

  • Child care providers must ensure compliance with the current CDPH Guidance for the Use of Masks. As of June 15, 2021, the use of face coverings is required by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) in child care indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. Never place face coverings on babies or children under 2 years of age because it poses a danger and risk for suffocation. Children should not wear face coverings while sleeping. Child care providers and licensees must ensure the use of face coverings does not cause children to overheat in hot weather.

  • Licensees and providers must continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Review Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance and Resources to implement steps to protect staff and minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus.The Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) is a written plan required under the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards. For more details and to access a template, refer to the California Department of Industrial Relation's COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards.

  • Child care programs must exclude or isolate any child, parent, caregiver, or staff showing symptoms of a contagious disease or illness as required pursuant to Title 22 in CCR sections 101216(h), 101226.1(a)(1) and 102417(e).

  • Child care centers are required to report epidemic outbreaks to the CDSS Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) through their local Regional Office as required pursuant to Title 22, CCR section 101212(d). Family child care homes must report a communicable disease outbreak, when determined by the local health authority, to CCLD through their local Regional Office pursuant to Title 22, CCR section 102416.2(c)(3).

Additionally, on August 11, the state issued a Public Health Order requiring school workers to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly diagnostic screening testing. PCOE is currently reviewing the order to determine it's impact, if any, on state preschools and childcare settings.

Local Conditions

At the local level, Placer County Public Health issued is new COVID public health warning due to the Delta surge which has resulted in record numbers of COVID-related hospitalizations. Hospitals in Placer County are providing critical care in areas not typically designed for that purpose, report a high level of acuity in their patients, and are experiencing strains on their workforce. COVID patients occupy nearly one third of licensed beds, a higher share relative to hospitals in other communities. To provide a sufficient layer of protection, residents are advised to use higher quality masks, like a surgical or KN95 mask. Higher quality masks were largely in short supply during the beginning of the pandemic but are now more readily available at local drug stores or online. Read the Placer County public health warning.

Additional Links

 PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

 Current PSPS Event

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.

 About

​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.

Power Outage Resources

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.

 Families

The following information is intended for families of students enrolled in a PCOE school or program such as Pathways iCARE Charter or Court & Community Schools.

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.

Standard Communication Protocol

48-Hours Prior

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.

24-Hours Prior

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.​

 PCOE Employees

The following information is intended for PCOE employees.  

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.

Standard Communication Protocol

48-Hours Prior

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.

24-Hours Prior

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.

During the PSPS

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.

 School Leaders

The following information is intended for school district administrators.  

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.

Standard Communication Protocol

In the event a planned PSPS may impact schools within Placer County, you can expect an email from PCOE’s Safety Officer.

48-Hours Prior

Early notification that PCOE is aware of a potential PSPS. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

24-Hours Prior

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.

During the PSPS

Daily updates and conference calls will be provided until power is restored.

Additional Resources for School District Personnel

 Lockdown Safety Video

Active-Shooter-Safety-Video

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.​​

 Placer County Air Quality & Smoke

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 precautions.

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.

Additional Resources

 Weather Closures and Snow Days

Decisions 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.

 FAQ's

 

HOW DO I SCHEDULE A COVID-19 TEST?

Schedule your COVID-19 test at a Placer County OptumServe site by visiting lhi.care/covidtesting or call (888) 634-1123

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.

HOW CAN I ACCESS COVID VACCINES?

To find the latest free vaccination clincis, visit https://www.placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics.

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. Our What's My District App will assist you by matching your address to your district.  Once your district appears on the map below, you can find the district schools and contact information for school Board of Trustees, Administrative contact information, in addition to school district websites links. ​​

 Contact List


 Quotations

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“Teaching is the essential profession, the one that makes all professions possible." 

 
― Dav​​id Haselkorn​​​