One of the many challenges faced by educators amid COVID-19 has been the pivot from in-person instruction to distance learning. The school year ahead promises to be one like no other with a likely series of starts and stops. In order to meet the academic needs of students, the Placer County Office of Education has developed following online resources for parents and families to facilitate distance learning during school closures.
In response to the school closures due to the COVID19 pandemic and implementation of distance learning, the PCOE Educational Services department, in collaboration with Placer SELPA and PCOE Prevention Supports and Services team, have launched a website designed to house resources and professional development modules for full distance learning and/or hybrid in-person/distance learning instructional models.
The website is focused on five areas with corresponding resources and professional development modules:
View the Website
(Please note, the Google site and Google docs are not part of the official PCOE website).
The Placer County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) along with
the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) launched a
new website designed to support California educators in their efforts
to make distance learning accessible to students with disabilities.
View the website.
“Each school district is integrating special education services into
their overall distance learning plans,” said Placer County
Superintendent of Schools Gayle Garbolino-Mojica. “Supporting academic
accessibility is a critical step for school districts and education
providers as distance learning plans are initially developed and rolled
out. This new website provides the guidance and best practices to
support educators in accomplishing that goal.”
The website, specially intended for California educators, is part of the Open Access Project,
which focuses on the principals of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
and incorporating Assistive Technologies (AT) into the design of
instruction and measurement of learning. The website highlights specific
strands for administrators, resource teachers, special day class
teachers and preschool teachers, speech-language pathologists,
occupational and physical therapists, adapted physical education
teachers and specialists who support deaf and hard of hearing,
orthopedically impaired and visually impaired students. Within each
strand, educators can find best practices and a variety of
implementation tools tailored to their needs and the needs of their
The Open Access Project is funded by the California Department of
Education and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence as
a content lead within California’s Statewide System of Support. The
project is designed to provide universal shared resources and tools and
well as options for technical assistance to assist SELPA teams in
building capacity to eliminate barriers to access to education for
students with disabilities.
BASE Education has provided schools with the opportunity to access free instructional content, which includes social-emotional learning content. In addition, BASE has created an informational course about the Coronavirus/COVID-19. To access the new Coronavirus course, plus the suite of the additional courses selected specifically to assist students in dealing with thoughts, feelings and stressors induced by this current pandemic, follow these directions:
Reading / English / Language Arts Resources
Social Science / History / Economics Resources
WHO DO I CONTACT ABOUT CONCERNS ABOUT COVID-19?
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
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