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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2020
Contact: Michelle Eklund
Chief Communications Officer
meklund@placercoe.org
P: 530.889.5913    C: 951.314.3707
PLACER COUNTY SCHOOL CLOSURES EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 1

School Leaders Take Steps to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
to the Maximum Extent Possible

 
AUBURN, CA - Placer County Superintendent of Schools Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, school district superintendents and charter school operators have decided in concurrence with Placer County Public Health to extend closures of all public schools and state preschools in Placer County through May 1, 2020 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

“As educational leaders, we take our responsibility for student safety seriously,” said Superintendent Garbolino-Mojica. “Protecting public health requires a community-wide response, and we are united in our approach.”

During this time, residents are expected to strictly adhere to the “shelter-in-place” order issued by Governor Newsom and stay home except for essential activities until further notification from their local health department.


“Continuing to keep our kids at home to stop the spread of COVID-19 isn’t just important for their health, but for the health of everyone in our community,” said Placer Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “We all need to do our part to protect our family, friends and neighbors from this disease.”

Parents, students and families will continue to receive updates and information from their school districts and charter schools regularly through email, by phone and through social media. School facilities will stay open to staff for essential tasks, and education will continue through district distance learning plans. Schools will continue to provide meals and childcare, when possible.

The Placer County Office of Education's Childcare Resource and Referral Program is available for families working in essential services. Call (530) 745-1380 for assistance.

“We all want students back in school and for our communities to return to normalcy as soon as possible. But, not at the risk of their health and safety. We will continue to diligently monitor the situation and re-evaluate our steps in the coming weeks,” continued Garbolino-Mojica.

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Placer County Public Health, residents may call the county’s coronavirus information line at (530) 886-5310. Current information about the coronavirus is available at www.placer.ca.gov/coronavirus and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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About Placer County Office of Education
Nestled in the Sierra Foothills, Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) serves nearly 75,000 students in sixteen individual school districts across Placer County. In order to serve the students of Placer County, PCOE provides an array of programs and service to meet student needs. This task is accomplished by providing high-quality specialized programs for students; recruiting, retaining and developing highly qualified staff; and monitoring fiscal accountability and expenditures of our tax dollars. For more information, please visit www.placercoe.org.
 
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