This page is a resource for parents and school administrators regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As long as we are able, updates and school closure information will be posted here. Official communication from YCOE can be found on our Facebook pages.
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond communicated that schools can now be closed without the approval of the local public health director. As a result, all Yuba County Office of Education Programs, in line with our surrounding districts, will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th through the remainder of the academic school year due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus. Additionally, Governor Newsom announced that starting Friday, March 20th, Yuba-Sutter residents are instructed to remain at home except to engage in essential activities in an effort to slow a statewide spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19.
We will continue to be in communication with families during this closure as we receive new guidance from state and local officials. Information will be regularly updated here as well as our Facebook page. Although our school sites are closed, our special education teams are working diligently providing distance learning via lessons, materials, resources and collaboration to help meet your child's needs.
We recognize these are dynamic and challenging times for everyone, but by working together we will navigate the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak. Thank you for working with us to maintain a healthy environment and remaining calm during this time.
For up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus, see:
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Resources
School districts closed through the remainder of the academic school year:
- Marysville Joint Unified School District
- Plumas Lake Unified School District
- Wheatland Elementary School District
- Wehatland High School District
- Yuba County Office of Education
- Yuba Environmental Sciences Charter
The following Yuba County Schools will also be closed until May 1, 2020:
- Career Preparatory Charter School
- Thomas E Mathews Court & Community School
NOTE: Camptonville Unified School District is still open.
The decision to close schools is never any easy one. School closures are done in support of the recommendations from public health officials and the state superintendent to encourage social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. It is strongly recommended that students stay home during the closures as much as possible and do not gather in public places. We understand that school closures have significant impacts on our students, families and employees, and we hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible.
Meal Service During School Closures
School meal service will still be widely available in Yuba County while schools are closed due to the coronavirus.
Talking to Kids about Coronavirus
Giving kids accurate, age-appropriate information in a calm and reassuring way can help them cope with uncertainty created by the coronavirus. Click the links below for valuable advice about how to best talk to kids about coronavirus.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 [English | Spanish]
- National Association of School Psychologists - Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource [English | Spanish]
- National Association of School Psychologists - Preparing for Infectious Disease Epidemics: Brief Tips for School Mental Health Professionals
Spring Break and International Travel
With spring break and possible vacations approaching, families should be aware that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued advisories regarding travel to countries that have been most affected by coronavirus. Travelers returning to the US from certain countries may be screened by federal authorities and, in some cases, may be subject to quarantine. Additional details can be found on the CDC travel page.
Social distancing involves measures that reduces opportunities for person-to-person virus transmission that can help delay the spread and slow the exponential growth of a pandemic during severe, very severe, or extreme pandemics while minimizing the secondary consequences of the measures. Social distancing measures can be implemented in a range of community settings, including educational facilities, workplaces, and public places where people gather (e.g., parks, religious institutions, theaters, and sports arenas). The choice of social distancing measure depends on the severity of the pandemic. Social distancing measures include the following:
- Closure of schools or work environments.
- Lessening the contact between individuals through cancelation of non-academic events.
- If schools remain open during a pandemic, divide school classes into smaller groups of students and rearrange desks so students are spaced at least 3 feet from each other in a classroom. This applies to apparently healthy persons without symptoms. In the event of a very severe or extreme pandemic, this recommended minimal distance between people might be increased.
- Persons in community settings who show symptoms consistent with cold or flu and who might be infected with pandemic illness should be separated from well persons as soon as practical, be sent home, and practice voluntary home isolation.
- Modify, postpone, or cancel mass gatherings.
- Yuba County Public Health
- County of Yuba
- Yuba Emergency (County of Yuba)
- California Department of Public Health
- California Department of Education
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [English | Spanish]
Resources for Educators
Staying Healthy During Shelter in Place
We encourage all students, parents/guardians, and staff to follow standard health protocols and hygiene best practices to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
- Get vaccinated every year.
The California Department of Public Health does recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and frequent handwashing as a protection from infectious diseases.