Steps we are taking....
UPDATED: June 15, 2020
With high school graduations completed, District Superintendents' full attention is now focused on navigating the many details and guidelines to safely re-open school campuses. They will release a joint statement soon. They will continue to refine the plan, and release an update no later than July 15, 2020.
UPDATED: April 1, 2020
Last night, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, released a recommendation that California schools start preparing for distance learning throughout the rest of the school year. Many news agencies ran headlines stating that schools are closed for the rest of the year. Decisions to close schools lie with the District Superintendents or the Health Officer. The decision to close Lake County's schools will rest with their local leadership, and will only be made in collaboration with the Lake County Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace.
In the meantime, Lake County teachers continue to work on distance learning models, utilizing a variety of internet and digital tools. Many districts are actively working with their students to identify those who need computer hardware, or have difficulties with internent access. Creative thinking to come up with solutions to support positive student outcomes is the hallmark of this health crisis.
Last night, Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools participated in the virtual town hall meeting with Dr. Gary Pace, Assemblymember Cecelia Aguiar-Curry, Sheriff Brian Martin, and others to keep our Lake County residents informed about school dismissals.
LCOE continues it's daily meetings with the Emergency Operation Center, and remains in close contact with Dr. Pace.
UPDATED: March 30, 2020
LCOE continues to remain in close contact with the Health Officer and Lake County Public Health. LCOE's Emergency Services Coordinator sits in on Emergency Operation Center (EOC) meetings every day - and often twice a day. That information is then reported out to our local district superintendents.
District superintendents all meet twice a week, with the Lake County Superintendent of Schools, Brock Falkenberg either via online platforms or if in person, with proper social distancing. During these meetings, these educational leaders discuss non-classroom based learning techniques, resources, best practices, and next moves. They are committed to doing the best for our Lake County students during this health crisis.
It has been brought to LCOE's attention through law enforcement, that children are gathering on school sites to play basketball, soccer, and on the playgrounds, without practicing the appropriate social distancing. Law enforcement has agreed to patrol the areas, and speak with the childrento educate them.
UPDATED: March 26, 2020 3:00 PM
This afternoon, the local District Superintendents made a unified decision to extend student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities.
This guidance was based on consultation with the Lake County Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace and Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools.
UPDATED: March 19, 2020 2:30 PM
Yesterday, March 18, Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools, District Superintendents, school staff and LCOE staff attended a webcast with Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and members of the Governor's office. The intent was to help school districts clarify orders set forth in Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-20-26.
After the webcast, the group had a meeting to discuss best practices and brainstorm ways to continue to support our children. All local schools are distributing breakfast and lunch. All schools are working hard to put a distance learning structure into place, on such a short notice.
Lake County Education leaders are working non-stop, 24/7 to figure out the best solutions, given these fluid conditions.
Dr. Gary Pace issued a "shelter in place" order for Lake County. The Lake County Office of Education is considered an "essential service." Therefore, today LCOE was open with limited staff, who continue to work towards educational solutions.
UPDATED: March 18, 2020 9:00 AM
Governor Newsom stated in his press conference last night, “Don’t anticipate schools are going to open up in a week. It’s unlikely that many of these schools — few if any — will open before the summer break.”
Unless Governon Newsom issues an Executive Order requiring all California schools to stay closed until summer break, that decision remains under local control and governance. Lake County School District Superintendents will remain in close contact with Lake County Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace, through the Lake County Department of Public Health. They will work in collaboration to make the best decisions for the safety and well-being of our Lake County students and community.
Reminder that Lake County Office of Education Deputy Superintendent, Cynthia Lenners, and her amazing staff of professional Educational Specialists have put together a great document with supplemental online resources for students from TK-12, to help during these school dismissals. Access those resources.
UPDATED: March 16, 2020 4:00 PM
Lake County Superintendent of Schools, Brock Falkenberg spent the morning meeting with staff from the Lake County Office of Education.
He, along with Deputy Superintendent Cynthia Lenners and Child Development Director, Megan Handy met with the LCOE Early Connection Preschool staff at 8:00 AM. LCOE Preschools mirror the school district in which their site is located. Therefore, with local school districts dismissing students, preschoolers were dismissed as well. Preschool staff will be working hard this week to clean and organize their rooms, and catch up on work that is difficult to get to when they are concentrating on their students.
Later in the morning, Superintendent Falkenberg met with the Healthy Start staff. Healthy Start has Family Advocates on school sites. Therefore, with the student dismissals, Healthy Start staff will have modified duties. They spent the morning brainstorming on the best ways to connect with hard-to-reach students during the school dismissals, as these students may have more hardships.
In the afternoon, Superintendent Falkenberg and other staff members, participated in a conference call with Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, County Superintendents from across the state, and representatives from the Governor's Office, as Executive Order N-26-20 was clarified. Executive Order N-26-20 was released late Friday afternoon by Governor Newsom, and provides action and guidance on COVID-19 for the state's K-12 education. More clarification from the California Department of Education will be forthcoming tomorrow, March 17, 2020.
We are compiling a list of links to useful websites at this time. Please check back in a few days, as we continue to populate the site.
Here is Lake County Health Officer, Gary Pace's most recent press release.
UPDATED: March 16, 2020 8:30 AM
Lucerne Elementary School has currently notified parents that their dismissal timeline is as follows: Student dismissal on Monday, March 16, 2020 through March 20, 2020.
Early Connections Preschool will follow the dismissal timelines of the school district where the preschool site is located therefore the Lucerne Preschool site's dismissal will follow the timeline listed above.
UPDATED: March 15, 2020, 12:30 PM
Lake County students will be dismissed from all public schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 10, 2020.
More information will be distributed to students and families via their local District Offices before the end of today.
This decision was made after careful consideration between Lake County District Superintendents and Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools, in collaboration with Lake County Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace.
In the upcoming days, plans will be solidified to continue to feed and provide educational opportunities to our Lake County students.
UPDATED: March 14, 2020, 1:00 PM
All District Superintendents and Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools will meet on Sunday, March 15 to discuss potential county-wide solutions to student dismissals. We hope to make an announcement to Lake County families by 4:00 PM Sunday afternoon about the status of Lake County Schools.
Thank you for your patience as our Lake County education leaders work in overdrive to determine the best solutions for our students and community.
UPDATED: March 13, 2020 Afternoon
Today, Friday, March 13, 2020, Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Supnerintendent of Schools convened a meeting with all Lake County District Superintendents, Dr. Gary Pace, Lake County Public Health, several Lake County school Principals, and LCOE staff to discuss next steps.
As of 2:00 there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lake County and there are no student dismissals, at this time.
Individual District Superintendents will be sending out letters to their parents today outlining each district's next steps.
Please continue to take the preventative measures listed below.
UPDATED: March 13, 2020 Morning
Yesterday, March 12, 2020, a conference call was held with Brock Falkenberg, County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gary Pace, Lake County Health Officer, and all six District Superintendents to discuss nexts steps in regards to schools and sports. Many options were discussed, and there were many action items assigned. There is a scheduled meeting of the same group of people today, March 13, 2020 to start honing in on options.
The Lake County Office of Education continues to maintain constant contact with Dr. Gary Pace, Lake County Health Officer, all District Superintendents, the California Department of Education, and other districts within the state of California.
According to Dr. Pace, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lake County.
Please read the most recent press release from Dr. Gary Pace, Lake County Healh Officer.
UPDATED: March 12, 2020
Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools and Rob Young, LCOE Emergency Services Coordinator met with Emergency Services Staff from Lake County at the Emergency Operation Centeer (EOC).
Rob Young met with LCOE Early Connections Preschools to discuss COVID-19, the steps the Lake County Office of Education is taking to slow the spread of the virus, and steps individuals can take to slow the spread of the virus. Children in the Early Connections Preschools LOVE to wash their hands!
UPDATED: March 10, 2020
Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools and Rob Young, LCOE Emergency Services Coordinator met with LCOE staff to discuss COVID-19, the steps the Lake County Office of Education is taking to slow the spread of the virus, and steps individuals can take to slow the spread of the virus.
UPDATED: March 9, 2020
Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools spent Monday, March 8, 2020 at the Capitol in Sacramento, California.
He met with Governor Newsom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell, and numerous County Superintendents of Schools from across the state to discuss how COVID-19 would affect the schools in California.
Rob Young of the Lake County Office of Education remains in close contact with Lake County Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace and our District Superintendents.
Dr. Pace, Lake County Health Officer with the Lake County Department of Public Health will continue to provide information and guidance to the Lake County Office of Education.
More information can be found in this press release that Dr. Pace released yesterday.
UPDATED: March 9, 2020
Rob Young met with staff at the Clearlake Creativity School to discuss COVID-19, steps the Lake County Office of Education is taking to slow the spread of the virus, and steps individuals can take to slow the spread of the virus.
March 3, 2020
Although the threat of a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is still considered low, Rob Young of the Lake County Office of Education is working closely with Dr. Gary Pace, Lake County Health Officer, to help prepare in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak within the Lake County schools.
On February 10, 2020, Dr. Pace sent a letter to school administrators recommending the following preventative measure to help reduce the chance of an influenza or COVID-19 outbreak within the classroom:
- Encourage students and staff to stay home when they have a fever plus any other symptoms.
- Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours.
- Separate sick students and staff from others until they can be taken home.
- Promote good hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water and/or hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
LCOE has taken a very active role in the past month, meeting regularly with our Lake County Health Office, Dr. Gary Pace, who is in close contact with the California Department of Public Health.
To date, LCOE staff has reviewed the local Pandemic Influenza Plan, provided a guidance memo to our schools, and have met and discussed protocols with our district superintendents. All County Office of Education community areas are being sanitized on a daily basis.
If there is an uptick in absences, the districts have been instructed to notify LCOE, who will then in turn notify and strategize with Dr. Pace regarding next steps.
LCOE will continue to maintain our close relationship with Dr. Pace and the California Department of Education in the coming weeks, and adjust process and procedures as necessary to provide the best support for healthy staff and healthy students.
We are working diligently to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities and schools. According to Dr. Pace, an outbreak of this virus is still considered low-risk in our community.
Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools states, “The Lake County Office of Education will work diligently with the Lake County Health Officer, and monitor the situation closely. In turn, we will keep our school districts apprised of any recommendation changes for the health and safety of our students.”