COVID-19 General Information

Our organization is committed to assisting our employees, our districts, students, and our community.  We are in regular communication with our local public health officials and experts to facilitate the latest information in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

What we know:

The following are key information points about the virus:

  • COVID-19 is part of a larger family of viruses and a vaccination is NOT YET available.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Transmission is likely from coughing and sneezing.
  • Students seem to be less susceptible than older adults.
  • Self-quarantining when sick is a primary strategy to lessen spread.
  • Students exhibiting symptoms should be separated from other students until parents can be contacted. 

Resources:

Dignity Health - Virtual Care Anywhere - Free virtual visits for those experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms by creating account and using code COVID19

Self Isolation Facts and Flyer

Shasta Trinity Schools Insurance Group COVID-19 Resources

North State Together provides a plethora of resources for all community members.

 

What we can and should do:

  • Follow guidelines for Shelter-In-Place and Social Distancing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill (this virus can spread within 6 feet of contact).
  • Cover your nose and mouth, with a tissue or in crook of elbow, when coughing or sneezing - toss the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth unnecessarily.
  • Notify Public Health and the appropriate programs if your child or family is tested for the virus.
  • Refrain from invoking fear.

School Site & Preschool Information

Information about preschools and actions being taken to address instruction at the district level be found by visiting the individual school or preschools websites. Our site includes a resourceful page providing links to public schools, public charter schools, preschools and districts within Shasta County.  

Child Care Licensing Program - Provider Information Notices (CCLPPIN)

COVID-19 Briefs

May 29, 2020

Public Health is encouraging adults to be tested at the Shasta College testing site - even if you are not exhibiting any symptoms. Appointments are required - to register, go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting 

Verizon announced an agreement to allow all California school districts the opportunity to provide no-cost internet access to students in families who are in need, thus enabling distance learning for hundreds of thousands of additional California students, and assisting in closing the digital divide. The press release is attached. School districts that are interested in learning more can contact their Verizon representative, visit Verizon’s distance learning site or call 1-855-343-7283. 

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May 18, 2020

Since Stage 2 reopening, COVID-19 case counts have gone up statewide.

On the ShastaReady website, guidance was posted in the Schools bullet regarding graduation. This is a direct link to HHSA guidance on alternatives.  The website also includes an an email address at the bottom of the page for the public to ask specific questions (central point for inquiries). Nonessential travel and mass gatherings of any size are still prohibited.

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May 8, 2020

COVID-19 SCOE Media - This video is about students connecting with their school during COVID-19. It is also be found on SCOE's YouTubeInstagram, and Facebook. Please subscribe, like, follow, & comment on any/all of these platforms. 

May 6, 2020

Shasta County's Roadmap to Recovery Advisory -  Shasta County Public Health has posted the business toolkit on the ShastaReady.org (LINK) website for reference. It is hoped that the draft Shasta county plan could be submitted to the state by Thursday and will expand opening of businesses beyond curbside retail. This plan will not detail out the specifics for education, but will begin to frame childcare and summer opportunities for students during the summer.

May 4, 2020

Shasta County Chief School Administrators have shared the following press release:

As long as the Governor’s Executive Order remains in place, schools across Shasta County are committed to finishing the year with distance learning. Significant time will be spent in developing a plan that will meet the Shasta County Phase 2 guidelines in preparation for instruction in the fall. Please contact your school if you have specific questions.

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May 1, 2020

The statewide Stay at Home Order is implemented under the authority of the Governor and State Health Officer.  Counties cannot be less restrictive than the State. The Roadmap to Recovery Advisory Committee is working on plans for reopening once the Governor lifts aspects of the current Stay at Home order.  The County Health officer cannot lift restrictions set by the Governor of California. Descriptive language to identify the phases of opening up are as follows: 

Stay at Home Phase - the current phase we are in - Phase 1

Gradual Opening Up Phase - the work of the Roadmap to Recovery Advisory Committee - Phase 2

Life Before CoVID 19 - Phase 3

April 27, 2020

The Roadmap to Recovery Advisory Committee will meet weekly to develop the county plan to lift restrictions.  Key principles for the decisions that are made in this group are to:

  • Protect vulnerable groups – older adults, and those with medical conditions
  • Continue Social distancing – six feet between people, regular environmental cleaning, sick people stay home
  • Implement data triggers – early warning signs that can be used to readily communicate when measures need to be reinstated, or can be loosened, as the outbreak has ups and downs

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April 24, 2020

Education leaders will be analyzing implementation of the Governor's release of the Executive Order. Executive Order N-56-20 which was released last night with details on LCAP, PE minutes, and PE testing. The press release for the Executive Order is found here.

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April 21, 2020

Shasta County continues to hold flat with no new cases identified for several days. Shasta County Public Health has requested Superintendent Flores' representation on a committee to review the ability to lift the Governor's Shelter in Place in the short-term while the development of a vaccine is underway. It is possible that this group will be convening by the end of this week or early in the next.  Our county is ready to launch support for schools and districts for the remainder of the school year for students who have not engaged in distance learning and/or school meals.  The collaborative model will be shared this morning and includes representation from the Children's Legacy Center, Law Enforcement, HHSA's Children's Services and the Shasta County Office of Education. 

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April 17, 1010

On Wednesday, we held our first ever Shasta County Board of Education meeting via Zoom. As part of that meeting, we had three candidates interview for the board member opening left by Buffy Tanner. The Board selected Jennifer Snider to take this position. Jennifer has worked for Shasta County Public Health, First 5 Shasta, and is currently the Executive Director for the Shasta Library Foundation. We welcome Jenn to our board and are excited by what she will bring to the board!

April 15, 2020

Governor Newsom's Press Conference on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 addressed 6 indicators for modifying the Stay-At-Home Order.  The 5th indicator, the ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing will be the emphasis for educator's in Shasta County.  On a positive note, Shasta County Public Health has reported that 6 people in the county have recovered and there are not any new cases today.

April 14, 2020

Shasta County Office of Education and our county schools continue to move forward with carrying out the elements of Governor Newsom's Executive Order:

  • Continue delivering high-quality educational opportunities to students through other options, distance learning and independent study;
  • Safely provide school meals through the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • To the extent practicable, arrange for supervision for students during ordinary school hours; and
  • Continue to pay employees.

We are very proud of the role are education community has played in ensuring our students continue to receive an education during this crisis.

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April 13, 2020

The number of cases in Shasta County remains at 24.  Our office continues to communicate with districts and other agencies regarding updates and resources.  Meal information and updates are shared weekly.  Public Health has resources available to assist "Taking Care of Yourself", found at www.shastaready.org.

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April 7, 2020

School Nurses and LVN's Stepping Up!

Public Health Director, Donnell Ewert asked for volunteer credentialed school nurses to assist in COVID-19 related communications.  The request went out on Saturday night and there are at least 10 school nurses and LVN's who have volunteered to assist in establishing communications with those who may have been exposed to the virus.  These individuals are applauded for their commitment to our community in a time of need. We continue to monitor available information and notices from Public Health. It is critically important that everyone stay at home except for essential services, follow social distancing practices when it is necessary to leave your homes and implement hygiene practices that minimize exposure.

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April 01, 2020 

Coronavirus Questions & Answer Resources 

Ed Source has created a quick Q&A guide for parents and students on the coronavirus - linked here.

This website provides a model to predict when each state will peak with COVID-19 cases. Select CA at the top. This visual and the projections help to paint the picture as to why we are needing to continue the shelter in place practices with distance learning. Pending the Governor's Press Conference, additional district and school updates will be released as received. 

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March 31, 2020

District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators have been developing plans to meet the needs of Shasta County students.  Each district is working to design what student work will look like (packets, online learning, or both). Almost all schools and districts have a scheduled Spring Break the week of April 6-10, 2020.  The goal is to resume remote/distance instruction and assigned work, with extra support provided for students to the extent possible. Please look for communication from your district or school in the next couple of weeks for the specifics of what this will look like for your student(s).  

March 25, 2020

A lot has transpired since the Shelter In Place orders.  Information is obtained on a regular basis from the Office of Emergency Services and the Shasta County Department of Public Health.  Additional resources have been released to help our community understand the scope of the COVID-19 Pandemic and mitigation measures.  Our entire community has been responsive in supporting each other and the students we serve.  Much appreciation is expressed to those providing meals to meet a basic need and those working to ensure educational resources are available while school is not in session.  

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March 19, 2020; 9:30 pm

Governor Newsom's Shelter In Place Order is in effect.

The Shasta County Office of Education will be closed to the public effective immediately. During regular hours, employees may be contacted by email and in some cases, phone. During office hours, the main phone line will be answered.

Student meals will remain available at the drive through locations.

Please check back often for updates.

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March 19, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution for our Shasta County Office of Education employees and families, we will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23 through at least April 10, 2020.  Our employees are working and available through phone, online meetings, and email.  Phones will be answered and messages shared with recipients via email. 

Thank you for your understanding as we try to do our part to keep our community and employees safe. 

Take care, 

Judy Flores

Superintendent

NOTICE TO ALL DEVELOPER FEE CUSTOMERS
Due to COVID-19 guidelines the Shasta County Office of Education will be closed to the public during the following period:
Monday, March 23rd through Friday, April 10th.

In order to process developer fee receipts, there will be a window open in our main lobby during the following times:
Every Monday from 10 AM to 2 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact us at:
devfees@shastacoe.org
530-225-0225

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March 18, 2020

Our Shasta County Office of Education is working with Public Health and districts to ensure that employees and the public who access our building have up to date information. Together, we are all doing our piece to "flatten the curve".

Our CalSTRS and PERS retirement agency partners have cancelled all in person appointments.  Please check their websites for specific details about future services.  

The ROP Restaurant has also closed and anticipates resuming services after April 13, 2020. 

Any persons exhibiting symptoms of communicable disease, including COVID-19 SHOULD follow the guidance of Public Health. 

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March 17, 2020

Shasta County Public Health reports that there remains only one positive test in Shasta County, which is unrelated to districts or students.  School administration and employees are working together to determine alternative learning environments to ensure our county students receive a quality education. Please continue to monitor the communications sent directly from your student's school for the most current information.  These actions are being taken to minimize exposure for the community at large. Our school systems thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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March 15, 2020

We continue to monitor the local, state and national response to the spread of COVID-19. Our Shasta County information remains unchanged based on the last update from the Shasta County Public Health office.  The case is not linked to our districts or students. 

Closing schools significantly impacts students and the community and is a district level decision.  Since Governor Newsom's Executive Orders and subsequent press releases, many districts have made local closure decisions. Please check individual websites for updates and listen for announcements through local media.

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March 14, 2020

Shasta Charter Academy will continue home-based learning BUT has suspended on site classes until further notice.

Closure information may also be found by visiting the individual School Website.

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March 13, 2020

Shasta County Office of Education leadership is working with Public Health regarding the most up to date Coronavirus information and impacts. This Press Release was issued following yesterday’s Public Health briefing.  

  • If students are running a fever, and/or experiencing excessive coughing or sneezing, keep them home so that they are not spreading any germs with others at school. School closures would only be issued by District Officials in collaboration with Public Health.  Please check your child's School Website for additional details and information.
  • WES trips, Planetarium trips, and Planetarium public shows will be cancelled through April 10, 2020
  • If you are a SCOE employee and have an essential need to travel for work, check with your Cabinet Level Supervisor for approval.  
  • Training and conferences in SCOE facilities are being reviewed to determine postponement, cancellation or offering through tele-conferencing.
  • Work-related travel outside of the county is suspended for Shasta County Office of Education employees through April 10th.