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PCOE & PUSD Summer Newsletter

Family Edition, Volume 6 July 23, 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.
Click here for the Return to School Video Series

Our administrative team is putting together a video series focusing on what our return to school will look like for families and staff.

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 from the Superintendent

Last week I was asked to explain the planning we engaged in regarding athletics. This topic began with our Return to School Advisory Committee on May 21st which after the first meeting we realized this topic, due to the questions and considerations, would require significant amount of time and discussion. An Athletic Sub Committee was formed and had their first meeting on June 1st with high school principals, athletic directors from all four high schools, a board member, Portola JS High School student and HR representation. They met multiple times with the outcome being a well-structured plan which was forwarded to our health department for their review on June 24th. Feedback was received, revisions were made in a timely manner and on July 2nd we received the following from Jerry Sipe, Environmental Health Department:


I’ve spoken with many of you regarding the hopeful restart of organized youth sports in Plumas County. 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.


On Monday, July 20th we received the following information below:


CIF-NS Fall Athletics Implementation

Chico, Calif. – July 20, 2020 – Many students are primarily motivated to succeed in school by the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities, most specifically interscholastic athletics. The CIF-Northern Section met on Friday to consider the re-opening of member schools and the effects of the pandemic on member school athletics. After considering multiple factors influencing any decision to re-start athletic participation in member schools in a safe and consistent manner, and more specifically the impacts on eventual CIF-NS playoffs and CIF State championship playoffs, the following decisions were made:

  • CIF-NS member school teams will begin league play when the member school districts’ County Health officers approve the implementation of youth sports, including high school athletics

    • This decision could result in the removal of some sports from CIF State Championship-level playoffs

  • CIF-NS member school teams may have the opportunity to compete outside league play when the member school districts’ County Health officers approve the implementation of youth sports, including high school athletics

    • This decision could result in teams in one county playing teams outside their league in another county.


It is still the intent of the CIF-NS to host a Section playoff for Fall sports using a modified playoff structure.

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!

Department Updates

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!

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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

Elementary

Junior High/High School