The Placer County Office of Education's various departments are second to none. They are a vital piece of Placer County's educational quality system and are responsive to all and dedicated to provide the residents of Placer County with the best educational experience possible.
The information in the department section of our website will assist you with the information and resources you need in the following areas: Administrative, Business, Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology and SELPA. Visit the pages in this site to learn more about the each of the extraordinary services provided.
Administrative Services is a gateway to a variety of non-curricular services provided by the Placer County Office of Education. The goal of the Administrative Services department is to deliver superior, cost-effective services to all PCOE departments, school districts and stakeholders as an integral component of the Superintendent’s office.
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Business Services provides business support services to Placer County School Districts and PCOE departments based upon sound business practices. The department is comprised of Internal Business Support Services and District Business Support Services with staff who are committed to excellence through teamwork, leadership and communication.
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The Placer County Office of Education Facilities, Planning and Construction department has a primary focus on providing housing for the county's special education and community school student population. The facilities staff also provides services to districts that include will-serve letters, and also provides environmental services to districts that include the Storm Water Management Plan, and the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program.
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The Human Resources department is a vital resource within the Placer County Office of Education serving the employment needs of PCOE departments to recruit and retain the most highly qualified individuals to serve in management, certificated and classified positions. The Human Resources team offers a wide variety of support and services ranging from assisting job seekers with the application process to providing employee assistance with all personnel issues.
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The Placer County Office of Education serves as a node site for the California K-12 High-Speed Network (K12HSN). The Information Technology team manages network services that allow districts and schools within Placer County to connect free of charge to the statewide educational network backbone. PCOE currently has a 10 Gbps direct connection, which provides districts access to the internet as well as other educational resources.
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The Maintenance and Operations department is responsible for all activities associated with the routine, day-to-day use, support and maintenance of our buildings or physical assets. This includes routine maintenance, custodial services and cleaning, fire protection services, pest control, grounds care and landscaping.
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The Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is a Multi-District/County Office SELPA. Currently, 16 school districts, three charter schools and PCOE are members of this SELPA which provides special education programs and services to more than 8,000 students from birth until age 21 years. All SELPAs have the same basic goal to deliver high quality special education programs and services to students with disabilities in the most effective, efficient and cost-effective manner practicable.
ARE THERE ANY LEGAL REQUIREMENTS ABOUT HOW SCHOOLS STORE AND SHARE EDUCATION RECORDS?
Yes. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of education records. Although both private schools and public schools maintain records on students, FERPA generally only applies to protect the privacy of education records maintained by public elementary and secondary schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions. FERPA generally does not apply to K-12 private and parochial schools unless these schools receive federal funds.
HOW LONG MUST THE SCHOOL KEEP MY EDUCATION RECORDS?
It depends. Schools are not generally required by federal law to keep education records for any set period of time. However, schools are prevented from destroying an education record if someone has already submitted a request to view the education record. State laws or local policies may also apply and require a school to keep education records for a specific period of time. IDEA has specific requirements regarding destruction of education records of students with disabilities that your school district can tell you about.
DO I HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO VIEW MY EDUCATION RECORDS?
If you are under the age of 18, only your parent or guardian has the legal “right" under FERPA to inspect and review your education records. If you are age 18 or over or enrolled in a postsecondary institution (an “eligible student"), then you have a right to view your own education records. Under FERPA, a parent includes any natural parent, guardian, or individual (such as a foster parent) acting as parent in the absence of a parent or guardian. The right to view the education records only covers a right to view the information in the student's education records that is about that student, and not information in the records that is about any other student.
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