Education

Thursday, April 2, 2020

HCOE Recommends Schools Remain Closed for the Term

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 11:55 AM

According to a press release, the Humboldt County Office of Education plans to follow the advice of Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich and the recommendation of Gov. Newsom and advise local school facilities to remain closed through the end of the school year. Distance learning implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19 will continue. The individual district closures and status of graduations and other end-of-year events are to be determined and announced by each district.

Read the full press release below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Humboldt County School Closures

Yesterday in a press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom, with the backing of Superintendent of Schools, Tony Thurmond, shared the expectation that all school districts and charters in California continue to provide distance learning opportunities for students and their families for the remainder of the school year.

Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) and local school districts, have consulted with Public Health Officer, Dr. Teresa Frankovich, who advises all school districts in Humboldt County follow the Governor’s recommendation and plan for continued closure of facilities through the end of the school year.
According to Dr. Frankovich, “The situation is changing quickly and there is increasing evidence, as we look at impacted areas across the country, that aggressive social distancing can significantly help to slow transmission of this infection. Maintaining distance learning and keeping school facilities closed through the end of the school year will allow schools and families to plan appropriately. Schools and Public Health will continue to monitor the situation and should circumstances allow for an earlier return to school, we will make that decision together.”
Humboldt County schools began school facility closures on March 16 and have been developing and delivering high quality distance learning instruction for students, providing students with meals, and working on systems for childcare. Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Chris Hartley, supports the campuses being physically closed through the end of the academic year and applauds district efforts in meeting student needs, including the massive response in providing school meals.
“Schools are critical in assisting Public Health in emphasizing the importance of shelter in place and social distancing. We are thankful for their proactive efforts,” states Dr. Frankovich.
“Our main priority is the health and safety of our students, families, and staff,” states Hartley. “Social distancing remains critical as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, and while we recognize the difficulty and challenges this poses to many, maintaining closure of school facilities is prudent and allows our educators and HCOE to continue developing and improving distance learning education for students.”
All HCOE school programs will remain physically closed. Local districts will be working with their respective Boards to weigh local needs and state and local recommendations in determining their district plans for distance learning and facility closures, and announce to their communities accordingly. Additionally, in-person graduation events, promotions, and activities are yet to be fully determined and will be evaluated and communicated by individual districts as time draws.
HCOE will continue to partner with districts to improve upon the distance learning programs, services, and supports for districts and families in our community. Hartley reassures, “School is not over. Humboldt County schools are the heartbeat of our communities. They will continue to provide essential services for students and families by embracing innovation and collaboration.”
News, information, and resources for families, including meal distribution schedules, are available and regularly updated at hcoe.org/covid-19.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

HSU Partners with Public Health to Produce COVID-19 Test Kits

Posted By on Sat, Mar 28, 2020 at 10:23 AM

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  • Preparing COVID-19 Test Kits at HSU.
Humboldt State University announced it is partnering with Public Health to locally produce desperately needed COVID-19 test kits.

According to a university press release, a group of HSU faculty, staff and alumni spent Thursday in the Department of Biological Sciences developing 1,250 test kits, supplies that are in high demand and short supply locally and nationally.

“We are pleased to do a small part in supporting the local health care professionals who are servicing our region,” said HSU Biological Sciences Chair Amy Sprowles in a press release.

For more information, see the full release copied below:

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Eureka City Schools Changes its Meal Distribution Schedule (Spanish and Hmong Translation)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 3:06 PM

Eureka City Schools to offer meal service amid COVID-19 shutdown. - FILE
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Eureka City Schools will change its meal distribution schedule on March 30 to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


When Humboldt County schools began shutting down due to growing concerns of COVID-19, schools started distributing meals to children under 18 years old.


Eureka City Schools announced in a press release that it will be providing two days' worth of food on Mondays and Wednesdays for breakfast and lunch, with Friday's distributions just including meals for that day. Parents and caregivers can pick up meals at Alice Birney, Lafayette, Grant and Washington Elementary school.


The bus meal delivery service will also change to a Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule but bus routes will begin an hour later than the current schedule. For example, the first stop of the day will be at approximately 8 a.m.


Please visit the Eureka City Schools website or Facebook page for more information on meal distribution.

See the full press release in English, Spanish and Hmong below:

Beginning Monday, March 30th, we will change our schedule for picking up meals at school sites, as well as the routes and times when we will be delivering meals via buses.

We will continue to distribute breakfast and lunch meals at Alice Birney, Lafayette, Grant, and Washington Elementary schools, as well as at Eureka High School. Rather than providing this service each weekday, we will begin providing on-site meal pick-up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Two days’ worth of meals will be provided on Mondays and Wednesdays. Pick-up times will remain 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The bus meal delivery service will also move to a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule. We will be providing two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and Wednesdays. However, the bus routes will begin an hour later than the current schedule, with the first stop of the day occurring at approximately 8:00 a.m. Please refer to the Eureka City Schools website for specific times. We will also provide copies of the modified bus meal delivery routes and site pick-up times along with meals that are provided tomorrow (Friday).

As a reminder, all children ages 18 years and under are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch meals. Please note children need not be present at the bus stop or school site for us to provide them meals.

As a final reminder, please be aware of unknown calls as it may be your student’s teacher attempting to reach you or your student. This message will be posted to Facebook and our website.

Saludos a las familias de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka,

A partir de este lunes 30 de marzo, cambiaremos nuestro horario para recoger las comidas en las escuelas, así como las rutas y horarios en los que entregaremos las comidas en los autobuses.

Continuaremos distribuyendo desayunos y almuerzos en nuestras cuatro escuelas primarias, Alice Birney, Lafayette, Grant y Washington, así como en Eureka High School. Sin embargo, en lugar de brindar este servicio todos los días de la semana, comenzaremos a proporcionar comida en el lugar los lunes, miércoles y viernes. Se proporcionarán dos días de comidas los lunes y miércoles. Los horarios de recogida serán de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.

El servicio de entrega de comidas en autobús también cambiará a un horario de lunes, miércoles y viernes. Proporcionaremos dos días de comidas los lunes y miércoles. Sin embargo, las rutas de los autobuses comenzarán una hora más tarde que el horario actual, con la primera parada del día aproximadamente a las 8:00 a.m.

Consulte el sitio web de Eureka City Schools para horarios específicos. También proporcionaremos copias de las rutas modificadas de entrega de comidas en el autobús y los horarios de recogida del sitio junto con las comidas que se proporcionan mañana, el viernes.

Como recordatorio, todos los niños de 18 años y menores son elegibles para recibir desayunos y almuerzos. Tenga en cuenta que los niños ya no necesitan estar presentes en la parada del autobús o en el sitio escolar para que podamos proporcionarles comidas.

Como recordatorio final, tenga en cuenta las llamadas desconocidas, ya que es posible que el maestro de su estudiante intente comunicarse con usted o su estudiante. Este mensaje se publicará en Facebook y en nuestro sitio web.

Nyob zoo txhua tus, Nov yog xov xwm los ntawm Eureka City Schools. Hnub Monday lub peb hlis ntuj 30th, peb yuv hloov peb cov sij hawm faib khoom noj, rau cov menyuam kawm ntawv.

Tag nrho Eureka City Schools cov tsev kawm ntawv qib K-5th thaib qib 9-12th, faib khoom noj hnub Monday, Wednesday thaib Friday thaum lub sijhawm 11sawv ntxov-1. Txhua tus menyuam tuaj nqa tau khoom noj.

Lub npav thauj tshais, hloov mus rau thaum 8 teev sawv ntxov, hnub Monday , Wednesday thiab Friday. Lub npav mus tib txoj kev, zoo li thaum cov me nyuam caij npav mus kawm ntawv.Yog koj tsis paub txoj kev thiab sij hawm, mus saib ntawm EurekaCitySchools.org.

Txuas ntxiv mus, koj tus menyuam tus xib fwb qhia ntawv, yuav hu rau koj, tham txog kev kawm ntawv hauv tsev. Ua tsaug.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D. Superintendent Eureka City Schools

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Confusion Reigns as Families Tackle COVID-19 Homeschool

Posted By on Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 8:55 AM

Mornings this week have started as always for Ray Ortega and his second-grade daughter: They wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, and prepare for their day at school and work.

Except, this week, the classroom is their Sacramento home office, and the teacher is Ortega, who, with his wife, is juggling his job with homeschooling duties — the sudden result of California’s sweeping statewide efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic’s spread.

With her school closed by the coronavirus pandemic, Ray Ortega, a podcaster in East Sacramento, conducts math class for his daughter, Linden, before dismissing her for "recess" on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. - PHOTO BY SHARYN ORTEGA FOR CALMATTERS
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  • With her school closed by the coronavirus pandemic, Ray Ortega, a podcaster in East Sacramento, conducts math class for his daughter, Linden, before dismissing her for "recess" on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

All of California's K-12 schools have shuttered and will remain so under the shelter-in-place order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, which is slated to remain in place at least until April 10.

On Tuesday, however, as the death toll rose and the full implications of the crisis sank in, Newsom let the other shoe drop: Those closures would probably last through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, he predicted, and might cost kids three months or more of instruction inside physical schools.


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Friday, March 20, 2020

Local Schools Have Distributed 20K Meals Since Closing

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 4:20 PM

Schools have ditched the lunch trays and turned to brown bags amid unprecedented COVID-19 shutdowns in an effort to keep children fed while schools are shuttered. - FILE
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Humboldt County schools have combined to distribute nearly 20,000 meals since being forced to shutter to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

According to a press release from the Humboldt County Office of Education, the meal distribution programs have seen the demand for meals grow daily since the closure. The distribution programs, many of which are delivering meals via school bus routes, are giving meals to all children, regardless of eligibility for free and reduced meal services. And many districts, including Fortuna Elementary School District, are coordinating to provide meals to any child in their community, regardless of whether they are an enrolled student in the district.

“Our students, as well as students in neighboring districts, can access a free combined breakfast and lunch,” Superintendent Jeff Northern said in the HCOE press release. “This is open to children aged 18 or younger every weekday from 9 to 10 a.m. We are happy to be able to provide food distribution at all four of the district’s schools: Ambrosini, Walker, Fortuna Middle and Toddy Thomas.”


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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Local Schools to Remain Closed at Least Until April 10, Statewide Shelter Order Issued

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 8:42 PM

Just hours after Humboldt County issued a mandatory shelter-in-place order, Gov. Gavin Newsom made it statewide in an effort to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Newsom's move is an unprecedented step aimed at controlling an outbreak of the pandemic that will have dramatic impacts on the world's fifth largest economy.

This afternoon, following the county’s order, which will stay in place at least until April 10, the Humboldt County Office of Education announced school closures will remain in effect until then.

“Our main priority is the health and safety of our students, families and staff,” Humboldt County Superintendent Chris Hartley said in a press release. “We know the disruption in normal school operations has created many issues and uncertainties — from childcare and remote learning to graduation plans and college preparation. Please know that Humboldt County Office of Education will continue to support our districts, schools and students during this unprecedented time.”

The statewide order, meanwhile, largely mirrors the one Humboldt announced hours earlier, forcing residents by law to remain in their homes except for essential activities and business. Those includes tasks to maintain health and safety (like seeing the doctor or going to the pharmacy), getting necessary supplies (which includes everything from food to pet food), engaging in outdoor recreational activities while practicing social distancing, or caretaking for another person. The orders also don’t prevent essential businesses from continuing on, including banks, gas stations, health clinics and hospitals, pharmacies, farms, outreach organizations, grocery stores, construction companies, hardware stores, educational institutions, Laundromats, shipping companies, delivery services and more.

For more on Humboldt County’s order, click here. And find the full HCOE press release copied below. You can also find more information about various schools' child meal programs and how to access them throughout the shutdown here and watch full video of Newsom's announcement below.


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Access Humboldt Scores (Temporary) Free Internet for Students in Disconnected Households

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 10:58 AM

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With schools throughout Humboldt County having been shuttered to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Access Humboldt is trying to bridge the digital divide. At least temporarily.

The nonprofit reached out to Altice-Suddenlink, which agreed to offer households with students in its service area that don’t currently have internet access free broadband for 60 days. At the end of the 60-day period, customers could elect to continue for $14.99 a month or disconnect.

Interested households can call (888) 633-0030.

And for those already connected, we’ll take this opportunity to remind you that Access Humboldt, a local nonprofit working to connect communities digitally in all kinds of ways, has lots of interesting local content on its website, which is worth checking out and can be found here.

See the full press release copied below:

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

HSU Campus Closed to General Public, Instruction Going Virtual Until End of Year

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 10:11 AM

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Humboldt State University President Tom Jackson announced this morning that the campus will operate virtually until the end of the semester and all facilities have been closed to the general public due to COVID-19 precautions.

How to mark graduation outside of the traditional ceremonies is being reviewed, with Jackson saying, “We are a very creative campus and we will find alternative ways to celebrate our students' success.”

"Every day, nearly every hour it seems, we are asked to pivot and address a new challenge in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” his message states. “Our guiding light remains the health and safety of our Lumberjack family while also helping our students to progress in their education. At times these efforts may appear in conflict but they are not. At the root of all we do is our humanity and our underlying willingness to do what must be done.”

As of today, non-essential staff are being asked to telecommute. Between March 23-25, faculty will prepare for a complete shift to virtual instruction by Thursday, March 26.

With the aim to reduce the number of people on campus as much as possible, any student who can is asked to move to off-campus housing but Jackson notes that HSU “will not displace students who are facing housing insecurities or homelessness.”

“As a campus we must continue to carefully practice social distancing techniques for those essential individuals who remain on campus, including students in our residence halls who truly have no other place to reside, and the food services and other staff who are supporting those students,” Jackson’s message states.

All sports and recreational facilities are closed and those services that are remaining open to the campus community — the library, student health center, and university center — will be operating with reduced staffing with social distancing practices being implemented.

Jackson says he understands there are still many questions and the campus will be doing its best to answer them in a timely manner. In the meantime, he praised the campus community for their efforts and asked for patience.

“This pandemic is challenging us but it will not break us. We are Humboldt, and while we may be socially distant for now, we remain close at heart,” he wrote. “Thank you for all that you are doing. I ask you to be flexible and understanding as we work together to protect the health and safety of the campus community. You are appreciated.”

Read the full HSU release below:
Message from President Tom Jackson on Plans for the Semester Dear Campus Community:

Over the last week, I have had the privilege of observing the amazing work of so many people in their efforts to assist others.

The work by all of you to not only protect yourself, but to care for your family and our students is beyond remarkable. We are a very caring Lumberjack Family and I thank you.

Things are changing rapidly and these updates are subject to change based on the fluidity of this situation. Every day, nearly every hour it seems, we are asked to pivot and address a new challenge in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Our guiding light remains the health and safety of our Lumberjack Family while also helping our students to progress in their education. At times these efforts may appear in conflict, but they are not. At the root of all we do is our humanity and our underlying willingness to do what must be done.

The time has come for HSU to implement a number of additional contingency plans and bolster our COVID-19 precautions. While there are no known active COVID-19 cases in our County at this time, and there have been none on campus, these additional precautions are consistent with recent federal and state health directives.

In short, we must now do more to protect the health and safety of our campus and local communities. HSU will operate virtually through the end of the semester.

Beginning today, we will shift as quickly as possible to virtual operations. Non-essential employees, including student staff, are to work remotely (telecommute) once they have received direction from their supervisor.

Please continue to work with your supervisor on your work assignments and technology support needs. It is important we reduce the number of people on campus. We encourage students who can return to a home off-campus to do so. We will not displace students who are facing housing insecurities or homelessness. More information will follow.

From Monday to Wednesday, March 23-25, the faculty will prepare for a complete shift to virtual instruction by Thursday, March 26. All professional development and preparation activities will now occur remotely.

For the remainder of Spring 2020, all instruction is to be virtual and the primary operational state of campus is to be virtual. There will be no face to face meetings, events, instruction, exams, instructional labs, field trips, live performances, or small group seminars.

We have closed all access to campus facilities to the general public.

Most campus facilities will be closed to the campus community, including all sports and recreation facilities. We have also suspended all intramural and recreational activities for students.

Any services remaining open for students - such as the library, student health center, and university center - will be operating with reduced staffing and must implement social distancing. As a campus we must continue to carefully practice social distancing techniques for those essential individuals who remain on campus, including students in our residence halls who truly have no other place to reside, and the food services and other staff who are supporting those students.

Lastly, and sadly, we must review other ways to celebrate degree recipients instead of the traditional Commencement. We are a very creative campus and we will find alternative ways to celebrate our students' success.

There are many questions to be answered, and we will do our best to answer them in a timely way. We will share more information soon as we prepare campus to shift to virtual operations.

We are resilient. From the Marching Lumberjacks doing what they do, to alumni making a difference in the world, to hiking in the Redwoods, to kayaking in the great Pacific Ocean, we are Humboldt. This pandemic is challenging us but it will not break us.

We are Humboldt, and while we may be socially distant for now, we remain close at heart. Thank you for all that you are doing. I ask you to be flexible and understanding as we work together to protect the health and safety of the campus community. You are appreciated.

Respectfully, Tom Jackson, Jr. President
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Eureka City Schools Offers Meal Service for Children Amid Shutdown

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 12:47 PM

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Eureka City Schools is offering to feed local children ages 18 and under while schools are shut down during this “unprecedented public health crisis.”

The district sent a letter to parents and guardians today saying it will provide a pickup meal service at Alice Birney, Grant, Lafayette, Washington and Eureka High schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Staff will be on hand to provide each child present with a lunch and a breakfast to take home for the following day. Children must be present to receive the meals, which will be available through walk-up or drive-through service.

Additionally, for families unable to pick up meals, the district is offering a distribution service along its normal bus routes. Each child present at regular bus stops can receive a breakfast and a lunch to take home.

“This service is extended to all children (ages 18 and under) in our community,” reads a letter from ECS Food Services Director Laura Chase. “It is not just for students enrolled in ECS.”

See the full letter sent to parents and guardians copied below:


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Sunday, March 15, 2020

UDPATED: Almost All County Schools to Close in Effort to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

Posted By and on Sun, Mar 15, 2020 at 12:47 PM

Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory staff analyzing a COVID-19 test. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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  • Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory staff analyzing a COVID-19 test.

THIRD UPDATE:
Eureka City Schools Trustee Mario Fernandez announced on Facebook that the school board has decided to close all school sites, with their tentative return to classes April 20, 2020.

Find a spreadsheet the Humboldt County Office of Education put together to track closures by licking here.

SECOND UPDATE:

The Humboldt County Office of Education just issued a press release indicating almost all local schools will begin closures immediately in an attempt to fight the spread of COVID-19, with the apparent exception of Eureka City Schools, which has yet to announce closures.

All schools within the Eureka district were already planned to be closed tomorrow for a professional development day. On Friday, the district indicated it would spend a portion of that day “planning for distance learning.”

“Things are changing by the minute, so if we are asked to close over the weekend by our governor or public health, we will update you as soon as possible,” reads a Eureka City Schools Facebook post from Friday.

In an HCOE press release, County Superintendent Chris Hartley indicated that none of these decisions are made lightly and that all districts recognize the hardships school closures can cause for families.

“All districts in Humboldt County are immensely concerned and invested in maintaining the safety and well-being of all students and our community,” he said. “Given the complexity and uncertainty of COVID-19 spread, it is sensible to foster as much social distancing in our schools as possible.”

State Sen. Mike McGuire, who participated in a conference call with local education officials this morning, said he supports temporary school closures.

“There is no doubt that the lives of North Coast residents are being dramatically altered,” he said. “Millions across the state are sacrificing: families, workers, small businesses and local nonprofits. Closing down on-site education at school campuses, ceasing community gatherings and stopping group meetings is the only way to slow the spread of the virus. The quicker we all act and practice social distancing, the more infections we’ll prevent. Superintendent Hartley is 100 percent doing the right thing and we'll be working with him in the weeks to come to ensure the needs of all students are being met.”

See the full HCOE press release copied below our initial post.

FIRST UPDATE:
Jacoby Creek School, McKinleyville Union School District, Fortuna Middle School and  Arcata Elementary School District have also announced they will be closed beginning tomorrow.

PREVIOUSLY:
Schools throughout Humboldt County have decided to close this week in a precautionary effort to follow social distancing recommendations and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Humboldt County Office of Education spokesperson Jenny Bowen told the Journal  she is working on a comprehensive list of school closures and hopes to release it shortly. In the meantime, multiple districts have already informed families they have decided to close beginning tomorrow.

This morning, a message went out to families with students in Pacific Union School, telling them that, after consulting with Humboldt County Superintendent Chris Hartley and state Sen. Mike McGuire, Pacific Union Superintendent Rene McBride has decided to shutter the school at least through March 27. Teachers will be on campus Monday putting together "enrichment packets" for students, which will be available for families to pick up from the campus Wednesday.

At about 12:45 p.m., St. Bernard's Academy also announced it will be closed to face-to-face instruction for the coming two weeks and will shift all classes to a "remote learning" model.

"The health of our students and staff is our priority," Principal Paul Shanahan said in a press release. "We will do our best to 'flatten the curve' of infection' through social distancing."

Last night, families of Northern Humboldt Union High School District students got an email from Superintendent Roger Macdonald informing them school would be canceled March 16-20 due to concerns over COVID-19.

The message states, "This decision is being made out of a preponderance of caution; we are not aware of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our District." Macdonald says the district will reassess Friday and determine to determine what comes next. He continues, "I will send out a communication tomorrow afternoon that outlines some of our plans for food services and a blended distance learning model for our students."

Trinidad Union School and Freshwater School District have also informed families they will be closing this week. We'll update this post with a more comprehensive list as soon as we can get it.

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services has also launched a hotline for residents with questions about the virus. It can be reached at covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or at (707) 441-5000. Residents seeking medical advice or questions about testing are asked to contact Public Health at hhsphb@co.humbldt.ca.us or at (707) 445-6200.

From HCOE:

School Closure Updates – COVID-19

California and Humboldt County are working hard to fight the spread of COVID-19. Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) has facilitated several meetings with local school district and health officials to determine how to best and fully support districts pausing on site school instruction.

HCOE Superintendent Chris Hartley shares his full support of temporary school closures and anticipates that most county districts will announce school closures to their respective communities today. He states, “all districts in Humboldt County are immensely concerned and invested in maintaining the safety and well-being of all students and our community. Given the complexity and uncertainty of COVID-19 spread, it is sensible to foster as much social distancing in our schools as possible.”

Senator McGuire attended a conference call with HCOE and District leaders this morning, and shared his support of pausing school on site services for all districts throughout Humboldt County. "There is no doubt that the lives of North Coast residents are being dramatically altered. Millions across the state are sacrificing: families, workers, small businesses and local nonprofits,” Senator McGuire states. "Closing down on-site education at school campuses, ceasing community gatherings and stopping group meetings is the only way to slow the spread of the virus. The quicker we all act and practice social distancing, the more infections we’ll prevent. Superintendent Hartley is 100% doing the right thing, and we'll be working with him in the weeks to come to ensure the needs of all students are being met.”

For the majority of school districts, the closures will begin Monday, March 16 and continue through March 30.
Districts will continue to evaluate and assess information as it becomes available and may announce longer closures depending on further guidance from State officials.

School personnel are encouraged to await information from their specific districts for information regarding reporting to individual work sites. Up to date information regarding these closures and individual district time-lines will be available on our website: www.hcoe.org/covid-19.

This decision was not made lightly as all districts recognize this may cause a hardship for some families. Each district will continue to communicate directly with families and staff with updates regarding meal distribution, optional enrichment activities or distance learning, and any childcare options that will be available.

We appreciate the community’s support in taking proactive steps to fight the spread of COVID-19. These steps to prevent illness make a significant difference in safeguarding the health of our communities, and we encourage continued attention in this effort.

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