The safety our 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.
Based on guidance from Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson,
Placer County public schools and state preschool facilities will remain
closed for in-person instruction through the remainder of the 2019-20
Read the full press release.
“Based on modeling of the COVID-19 outbreak in California and in Placer
County, it will not be safe for students to return to school in a
traditional in-person model through the end of May into early June,”
Instruction will continue to students through online or other
home-learning models. Seniors who are on track to graduate will
graduate. This decision aligns with recommendations shared earlier this
week from both Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public
Instruction Tony Thurmond.
“We understand the heartbreak our students and families are
experiencing,” said Placer County Superintendent of Schools Gayle
Garbolino-Mojica. “As school leaders who value education and the
well-being of our students, we are heartbroken as well. Decisions such
as these are not made lightly. We trust the data from public health
officials and strongly believe this is in the best interest of our
school communities and our entire region.”
Parents, students and families will continue to receive updates and
information regarding grades, transcripts, commencement ceremonies,
summer school options and more from their school districts and charter
schools regularly through email, by phone and through social media.
School facilities will stay open to staff for essential tasks. Schools
will continue to provide meals and childcare, when possible. The end of
the school year will follow the district calendars for all students.
The Placer County Office of Education's Childcare Resource and Referral Program
is available for families working in essential services. Call (530) 745-1380
the time of the school closure, students and families should follow the
Department of Public Health’s recommendations for social distancing at
events and gatherings, and to minimize social contact to the extent
Stay home as much as possible with the exception of essential services.
Be mindful in childcare decisions to avoid exposing vulnerable persons, such as grandparents, to children.
to continue efforts to reduce the spread of germs by washing your hands
often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover your cough or
sneeze, stay home if you are sick and continue to disinfect frequently
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
Executive Orders from Governor Newsom
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause symptoms of
colds. However, this is a “novel” virus, originating in China in late
2019 (hence the name, 2019 Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19). Until recently, this
particular strain of coronavirus circulated among animals only. Now it
appears to have spread to humans, and can be spread between humans.
most commonly include: fever with cough or shortness of breath; Some
people have fewer or no symptoms at all. Headache, sore throat, and
runny nose also occur with this virus.
Spread is most likely from droplets (cough and sneezing).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a
serious public health threat, but with health risk from this virus to be
low at this time.
Symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.
Most people with this infection will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for novel coronavirus infection yet.
For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care.
To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:
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.
with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe
symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Wearing of face masks by students and staff members. Wearing
of masks in public is not recommended for Americans by the CDC nor by
our local public health department. Handwashing is considered the best protection from infectious diseases.
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.
On March 9, the Placer County Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency. As part of that effort, Placer County Public Health will be moving from containment strategies (keeping the spread of the virus controlled) to community mitigation strategies in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout our region with a focus to protect vulnerable communities and guard critical infrastructure. Efforts such as reducing social contacts between people in schools, workplaces and community settings can be the first line of defense against highly transmissible infectious diseases.
Thank you for
your patience and collaboration as we transition from our traditional
classrooms to a distance-learning model. Our teachers and staff are working
collaboratively to share best practices and develop resources to keep students
engaged and learning. Our leadership team is committed to ensuring the health and
safety of our entire community.
According to Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee
Sisson, “Based on modeling of the COVID-19 outbreak in California and in Placer
County, it will not be safe for students to return to school in a traditional
in-person model through the end of May into early June.”
With this guidance,
Placer County superintendents, charter school operators and the Placer County
Superintendent of Schools have made a unified decision to close school
facilities for in-person
instruction through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. This decision
aligns with recommendations shared earlier this week from both Governor Newsom
and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
Distance Learning Opportunities
We begin the transition to a distance learning model. This transition will be a learning process for all, and we expect there will be road bumps and lessons learned during this work-in-progress. We appreciate everyone's patience and flexibility and remain committed to providing consistent, transparent communication throughout each step. View the distance learning opportunities for PCOE programs.
Questions for PCOE School Leaders
Thank you for your support during these challenging and unprecedented times. If you have any questions please contact your site principal.
Pathways iCARE, iCARE Independent Study and the Come Back Program: Christina Fahlstrom, Principal, email@example.com
Pathways iLearn Academy: Andy Wood, Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Honour Schaps Court School, Koinonia Community School and Tahoe Truckee Community School: Morgan Lynch, Assistant Principal, email@example.com
The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully
understood, and the situation is fluid. While these decisions are difficult to
make, we are taking these actions in consultation with Placer County Public
Health based on what is known at this time about the transmission and severity
of the illness to best protect our school communities. Our top priority is the
health and safety of our students and staff, and we take this responsibility
Based on the "shelter-in-place" order issued by Governor Newsom, PCOE is taking the enhanced community mitigation measures to ensure operations and instruction can continue in a safe environment. All Placer County public school and state preschool
facilities will remain closed for in-person instruction through the
remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. Read
the press release online.
For PCOE employees, this means that it is highly unlikely we will return to our “normal” work environment for
a longer time than anticipated. Based on what we know now, plan to continue to
work remotely and/or be off work for the foreseeable future.
PCOE Community Mitigation Measures
PCOE Employees will work remotely and/or be off work.
If sick (students and staff), stay home from work and other activities for seven days from the onset of symptoms or 72 hours after symptoms are gone, whichever is longer. Employees should self-screen (i.e., check themselves) for symptoms similar to the common cold such as sore throat, headache, fatigue, cough or fever each morning before interacting with co-workers, students or staff.
If you have traveled to any country identified by the CDC with a Level 3 travel restriction or higher, please monitor for symptoms for the next 14 days, and stay home if you have any cold-like symptoms. This will allow time for medical evaluations and to ensure the safety of everyone.
Please follow PCOE procedures for notifying your supervisor and reporting your absence. Human Resources will send additional details regarding the use of sick time and other options soon.
Meetings, gatherings, professional development workshops and events where people would be in arm's length of one another will be moved to online platforms, postponed and/or cancelled.
All non-essential travel scheduled for the purpose of instruction (field trips) are cancelled. Travel for business continuity (professional development, meetings, conferences) outside of the county are cancelled. This is to ensure our teams are readily available to assist local school districts and respond to emerging issues in a timely manner.
PCOE facilities are closed to visitors with the exception of essential business such as district payroll pick up and deliveries in which social distancing practices will be implemented. If an employee must enter a PCOE facility, an ID badge may be requested to verify access.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide theiremployees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. View additional information.
Managing Stress and Employee Mental Wellness
know this can be a stressful time for you and your families. Changes to the way
we work and to schools, cancellation of events and travel across our region,
and the changing dynamics of COVID-19 in general. Please take care of your
mental health. Be kind to one another. Check in on your friends and your
The following information is intended
for school district administrators.
In light of recent updates on COVID-19, public health officials have declared local public health emergency, which enables Placer County to access additional resources, necessary tools and mutual aid to keep the community safe.
We remain diligent in our communication with local school districts, charter schools and private schools as well as Placer County Public Health professionals and the California Department of Education. We will be monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions. (If you are a school district superintendent, charter school operator or private school administrator and are not getting regular email udpates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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.
Guidance from the California Department of Public Health
Resources from the California Department of Education
School Messaging Resources
The following information is intended for childcare providers.
Link to COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Updates and Business Resource for Early Childhood Programs
Link to First Five Years Fund Website - Information Regarding SBA Loans Available to Child Care Providers
Link to Small Business Association Website - Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Link to List of California Essential Infrastructure Workers
Link to Grab, Adapt and Go - COVID-19 Resources for Child Care Programs
Link to Child Care Law Center - Corona Virus Resource Page
Link to Placer County COVID-19 Directive
Link to ELCD Management Bulletin 20-04 Guidance on Apportionment, Attendance and Reporting Requirements
Link to PIN 20-04-CCLD Governor's Proclamation of a State of Emergency to Address the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in California
Link to PIN-20-04-CCP Statewide Waivers for Licensing Requirements Due to COVID-19 , and Prevention, Containment, and Mitigation Measures
Link to PIN 20-05-CCLD Dedicated Link to Community Care Licensing Division E-Mail Address for COVID-19 Related Questions
Link to Previous PINs on the CCLD website
Link to Public Health Placer County
Link to Stop the Spread of Germs Information Flyer
Link to 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) planned. 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.
View the potential outage map to find out if your service may be impacted by a PSPS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 -
California Department of Education FAQ Power Outage -
Cal OES Emergency Planning for Schools -
Department of Homeland Security Power Outages - https://www.ready.gov/power-outages
Sample message for families - coming soon.
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.
WHO DO I CONTACT ABOUT CONCERNS ABOUT COVID-19?
HOW DO I FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 AT MY SCHOOL?
COVID-19 has caused some fear and anxiety in our school communities. However, 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.
ARE SCHOOLS SERVING MEALS DURING COVID-19 CLOSURES?
School districts are diligently working to ensure students have access to meals during school closures. View meal option information.
WHAT ARE THE DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MY STUDENT ENROLLED IN A PCOE PROGRAM?
PCOE is launching distance learning resources for students enrolled in Pathways Charter School, iCARE, Court and COmmunity Schools and the Comeback Program.
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.
PG&E PSPS Website
Placer County Sheriff's Department
Placer County Fire Department
Placer County Public Health - Coronavirus Information
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