Here is the transcript from today's all call, by Principal James Berardi: ____________________________________________________________________ Good Afternoon Downieville families,
This is James Berardi with a message about our plan to re-open school on the 26th. As you all know, we have not been in school since mid-March when we moved into a distance learning model. This was a state mandate at that time and much has transpired since then. The governor has now placed individual counties on a “watchlist” if their positive COVID cases has reached a point of serious concern. If your county is currently on a watchlist you will not be allowed to open school for face-to-face instruction, but open your schools back into a distance learning model. Currently, approximately 38 California counties are now on the watchlist. However, Sierra County is fortunate not to have experienced dramatic increases in COVID cases. This allows us to open our doors to instruction, but with mandated safety practices in place. As last year wound down, we began planning what this school year could look like.
A district-wide team was formed to develop a plan for all of the district schools. It quickly became evident that a district-wide approach would not work and local or individual plans would be needed for each site. Downieville School formed a team of admin, elementary and high school teachers along with office, facilities personnel and our local public health department to create our re-opening plan. This plan was written and submitted to the health department for input. A site visit took place to walk through the plan. Suggestions and updates happened as we dialed in the plan.
The number one priority was to create the safest possible plan for both students and staff. The plan went through multiple revisions and was finally approved by the health department. This plan was then shared with the staff as a whole prior to being submitted to the public and families of Downieville. You may now view this completed plan on our new school website: www.downievilleschools.org or the district site: www.sierracountyofficeofeducation.org Please know that it is our highest priority to keep your child safe as possible during these times. We feel fortunate that Sierra County is not on the state’s COVID watchlist and schools will be open for the fall. We will continue to work with our local Public Health Department on a regular basis to make adjustments as needed. This plan is a fluid document and will be changed as mandates and local conditions change. The teachers and the rest of the staff are looking forward to seeing all the kids again without the aid of technology.
Downieville School would also like to welcome Mr. Benjamin Raymond to our staff. Mr. Raymond will be teaching the 4-6 grade class this year. Welcome to the family Mr. Raymond. Finally, I know and understand that this year will be full of challenges. We will be doing our best to provide a great education to our students during these unprecedented times. Please have empathy for each other and patience as we move forward. Best wishes to you all! ... See MoreSee Less
About Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District James Berardi SPJUSD SCOE Superintendent. Photo Credit: Nevada County school superintendent improves district, wins award. Local News | March 7, 2013 ...
Downieville schools families and community members, Please visit our new school website or the district website to see our School Re-Opening Plan. We are still working on fine tuning our NEW school website so thank you for your patience. www.downievilleschools.org/... See MoreSee Less
Just a few things, we will be have set up days and travel trailer drop off for people that would like to drop trailers early and not be so hectic on Friday. (8-14-20) Wednesday 5-7 Indian Valley 4-h American 4-h Wolf creek 4-h Thursday 5—7 Loyalton FFA Sierra Valley 4-h Las Plumas 4-h Echo 4-h
As far as check in on Friday from 12-3 you can bring trailers then and animals. Animals that go in pens prior to 4pm weigh-in will be weighed last so that we can get people that have animals in trailers weighed out and placed in pens or at camp, once traffic has cleared we will then start weighing animals in pens. Thanks for all your understanding during this time. ... See MoreSee Less
Free lunches to anyone under 18, no application or eligibility requirements. Call the night before.Free lunches to anyone under 18, no application or eligibility requirements. Call the night before. Possible delivery to certain bus stops, if enough interest is generated. ... See MoreSee Less