PCOE & PUSD Summer Newsletter

Family Edition, Volume 5 July 16, 2020

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Summer 2020, Weekly Communication

As we progress through the planning and implementation of returning to school for the 20-21 school year, you can count on this newsletter coming out every Thursday between June 18- August 13th. We will keep you updated on any information or decisions, as well as inform you of ways to provide input.

Return to School Video Series

Our administrative team is putting out a series of videos providing more information about the Return to School 2020-21 for our families making decisions about educational options.
1 Return to School: Superintendent's Message
2 Return to School: Health and Safety with Kevin Bean
3 Return to School: Cleaning Procedures with Kevin Bean

Board Updates/Superintendent

PCOE and PUSD develop the Schedule of Regular Board Meeting at the annual organizational meeting each December. At this time, the Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month with some exceptions. This schedule is posted on our PCOE website under About/Plumas Governing Board. These agendas require 72 hour notice prior to the meeting date/time.

A Special Meeting may be called at any time, and require 24 hour notice prior to the meeting date/time.

An Emergency Meeting is allowed in the case of an emergency situation involving matters that require prompt action due to the disruption or threatened disruption of public facilities and services. Attempts must be made to notify the media by telephone at least one hour in advance, unless the phones are not working.

Youth Sports Update

As you probably know, California is experiencing increasing cases of COVID-19 and young people are increasingly being affected by this virus. Just as important, Plumas County is also seeing a dramatic increase in recent cases. This puts Plumas County very near the threshold for which our reopening progress must be reversed. It is critical that Plumas County not exceed this threshold. Therefore, Plumas County is maintaining the status quo and not authorizing any additional activities or openings that could increase our risk of COVID-19 transmission. We will reevaluate in the coming weeks but youth sports, distanced drills and conditioning are not authorized in Plumas County at this time.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Jerry Sipe

Plumas County Environmental Health

20-21 Enrollment Options

Plumas County Office of Education/Plumas Unified School District is committed to reopening school safely. In order to meet social distancing guidelines, all students will be engaged in some level of distance learning. Each family will have the opportunity to make decisions about school that will work best for their home/work/school life, and will also be most supportive of learning for their child or children.

In order to acknowledge the diversity of our families' needs, PCOE/PUSD is able to offer three return to school options for students and families:

1. AM/PM Blended Learning,

2. Plumas Digital Classroom (100% online)

3. Independent Study

The information below describes each option in additional detail.

To assist us in planning for a start date of August 24th, please complete this form and submit your response by July 26th.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Click here- 20-21 School Year Planning Options

Please complete to let your school site know your enrollment preference for the 20-21 school year by 7/26/20. Thank you!

California Colleges during COVID-19 — Information for Every Student

Even in ordinary times, college admission information may not be easy to understand, particularly among first-generation students.

COVID-19 has only exacerbated this challenge. Deadlines, processes, start dates, and requirements are all up in the air.

Spotlight’s College Readiness Video is a free tool that explains the new and changing world of California colleges, featuring easy-to-understand, up-to-the-minute information.

Department Updates


The Maintenance department is working hard during the summer months to get space ready for the new school year including:

  • Installation of water heaters at Chester Jr Sr High School
  • Installation of classroom sinks at C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School
  • Carpeting project at C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School to begin July 13
  • Trench and new irrigation system at Greenville Jr Sr High School baseball field
  • New roof at the Media Center

Measure B

Thanks to Measure B funds, a host of projects are underway.

  • Asphalt paving project has started at Portola Jr Sr High School
  • Dug outs and fencing at the Portola Jr Sr High School baseball field
  • New playground at C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School

Student Services

Vaccination Reminder!

PUSD School Nurses Emilee Pruitt and Jessica Logan would like to remind you that vaccinations for childhood diseases are not only an important part of your child’s overall health, they also continue to be legally mandated by the State of California, even during the pandemic.

The California Department of Public Health states: "Even with current school closures, immunization requirements for admission to school or child care in California for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year remain in place." (reference: https://www.shotsforschool.org/)

Also, Nurse Emilee points out: The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging families and pediatricians to catch up on well-child visits and immunizations that were delayed due to the COVID19 closures. Essentially, with the reduced rate of immunizations seen so far during these closures, we don't want to end up with a preventable outbreak added to the current pandemic. https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/05/08/covid19vaccinations050820

Here is the vaccination schedule for students of all ages. Please remember to take advantage of the summer months to get your kids into the doctor for their shots and a check up!


Summer Learning Resources

This summer, with all the time kids have been spending on screens, check out these traditional learning games (not video!) you can play with your child! Bingo, homemade board games, and outdoor activities all offer kids social learning activities and opportunities for creative play.

A word about Masks. Here is a blog post from School Health about using masks with special education students, as well as a tip for getting them used to the idea!

Helpful information

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Local information

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School meal programs continue all summer long

All youth ages 0-18 continue to be eligible for summer meals. Please see the flyer or website for pick up or drop off times.

See the site pick up and delivery schedule here.

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Official Information from County and State Departments

California Department for Public Health

COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE:Schools and School Based Programs

California Department of Education

A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools

Summer Learning Opportunities


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