Wednesday, April 15th: Teacher and School Distance Learning Resources - As our country experiences more school closures in response to COVID-19, it is vital that all educational agencies have continuity of learning plans in place. These plans may include digital learning platforms and/or unplugged options depending on the specific needs of the district/school community.

This site is designed to support districts, schools, and teachers as they develop their continuity of learning plans. http://www.bit.ly/bcoe-distancelearning

Tuesday, April 14th: Leaders' discussion forum - Join us for a conversation on grading policies, practices, and considerations for K-8 Leaders. RSVP Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXGik_aYoJMVtb6So1jL_zc_yCOmkv1oe-ISKNS6qvW7nHkA/viewform #ButteCOE #ButteSchoolsStrong

Friday, April 10th: Free Meals for all Butte County Kids - In direct response to school closures as a result of the COVID-19, Butte County Office of Education is pleased to announce that during the closure, there will be an opportunity for families to pick up free “grab-and-go” meals at 26 locations throughout Butte County for children 18 and under through the end of the school year. Meal service dates and times will vary, please see information below or District websites for exact information. These meals will be available for free for anyone 18 and under regardless of what school they attend. No paperwork is required. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the meal sites and continuing to utilize social distancing. For this reason, all meals are designed to be “grab-and-go” and meals will not be consumed on-site. For information on location and times please click here!

Tuesday, April 7th: Reminder for Parents and Families - This Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 12 are non-school days. They were to be used as travel days for the upcoming Easter holiday. Please continue practicing social distancing, and stay healthy. School meals for the 4 day weekend may be picked up on Thursday, April 9. from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Bidwell Junior, Chico Junior, Chapman Elementary and Citrus Elementary Schools.

Tuesday, March 31st: Media release from Butte County Office of Education: Butte County Superintendent of Schools Mary Sakuma has announced that Butte County school campuses will remain closed for in-person instruction at least through May 1, 2020.

“In consideration of the President’s announcement to the nation that he was extending the Stay At Home Guidance to the end of April, along with Governor Newsom’s ongoing Order to Shelter-in-Place, and in consultation with statewide and local school leaders, it was clear that this is the appropriate decision. With more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our County, our state and our nation, now more than ever, we need to heed the Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Sakuma.

Sakuma expressed the importance of students staying engaged with their teachers and their schools through Distance Learning opportunities, including online learning and other means offered by their local schools. “Our campuses are closed, but school is still in session. I’m so proud of the work that our teachers and staff members throughout the county are doing to provide robust learning opportunities to our students. This has been a very quick transition, but I know that our school teams are up for the challenge. I’m also very proud of our nutrition teams throughout the county who are getting meals to kids, even during these closures. The leadership that our superintendents, principals, charter schools and other school leaders are providing is top-notch. There is also so much heroic support staff out there doing the important work that is so essential to the services we provide. I want to thank our parents and community members for their patience, understanding, and support as we continue to navigate through these challenging times.”

Counseling and Mental Health Supports

Butte County Office of Education, in partnership with Chico Unified School District, is engaging the services of Care Solace, an online resource for accessing mental health services, resources, and virtual therapy options. More information on these services will be available on the BCOE website beginning tomorrow.

Food and Nutrition Services

Meals for students will continue to be distributed throughout the county. Please refer to your district’s website or Facebook page for locations, days and times for meal distribution. In many cases, families will be able to pick up meals twice a week for multiple days. You may also check the Butte County Office of Education website: bcoe.org for a convenient map of distribution locations.