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November 16, 2020

El Dorado County Schools Remain Open for In-person Instruction

Today, November 16, the State of California announced that El Dorado County has moved into the Purple or ‘Widespread’ tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This does not impact El Dorado County schools, county-wide El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) programs or administrative offices that have reopened their facilities to hybrid, in-person instruction/operations. Any El Dorado County schools that have not opened to in-person instruction will now be required to wait until the County returns to a less restrictive tier and follow a different process for re-opening. It is important to note that education is considered an essential function and is not a ‘gathering’ as defined by the state.

“El Dorado County schools are following comprehensive plans for providing in-person instruction that are in alignment with state and local health guidance,” Dr. Manansala, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, explained. “Due to their thoughtful implementation, partnerships with students and their families, and the dedicated efforts of our educators, El Dorado County schools have demonstrated that they are among the safest places for students to be at this time.”

Eric Bonniksen, Placerville Union School District Superintendent, expressed, “We are concerned with the County moving into the Purple Tier but have been very pleased with how our current protocols are working along with our relationship with Dr. Williams, El Dorado County Public Health Officer, and the Public Health Department. We are looking forward to continuing to serve our students in the current hybrid format. Just like everyone, we are hoping that as a community, we can reverse this trend and move forward with the progress we were having.”

As schools have reopened for in-person learning El Dorado County educators and families have validated the benefits of in-person learning. School districts have been working hand-in-hand with the EDCOE and Department of Public Health to keep staff and students safe. “It is unfortunate that El Dorado County has moved into the Purple Tier, but schools appear to be safe places for students and staff – there are no plans to fall backward if these conditions do not change,” Dr. Nancy Williams, El Dorado County Public Health Officer, noted. “Now more than ever, we need our community’s individual efforts to take precautions and band together to decrease these new-case rates. We will need this to happen to progress further with in-person schooling as well as to keep students' parents employed and businesses open.

“As we move through these challenges together, we maintain our focus on the health and safety of our schools, programs and community,” Dr. Manansala added. “Thank you to those who are supporting these efforts that help prevent the spread of this virus and keep our schools open.”




September 8, 2020

Dear Cottonwood Community,

The California Parent & Youth Helpline, In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email.

The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org.

In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.

Given the stress and anxiety families are experiencing as schools are opening, we are requesting that you add the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Support Groups, which are FREE and a valuable resource for Parents, Caregivers, Children and Youth on your website and/or social media platforms.

Warmly,

Cindy Garcia
Interim Executive Director
The Cottonwood School


April 20, 2020

Dear Families,

In response to recent guidance from the Governor, the California Department of Education, health officials and school boards, we have determined that an extension of the COVID-19 closure of our school is necessary through the end of the year.

A COVID-19 school closure provides the necessary legal flexibility to address school-provided services and extenuating circumstances for students, families, and staff, as we manage illness, navigate changed households, and face other challenges that may arise. Despite the closure, our unique educational model allows us to continue teaching our students remotely. Teachers will continue to use the platform we started using on March 16, 2020 to teach our students remotely.

During the closure, we continue to plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year:

Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Jodiann Beeson
TCS High School Principal



March 19, 2020

Dear Families,

COVID-19 has dramatically altered life for all of us in California. During this time of crisis, it is our top priority to keep our students, staff, and family members safe. In response to recent guidance from the Governor, the California Department of Education, health officials and school boards, we have determined that an extension of the temporary COVID-19 closure of our school is necessary from March 20, 2020, through April 20, 2020.

A temporary COVID-19 school closure provides the necessary legal flexibility to address school-provided services and extenuating circumstances for students, families, and staff, as we manage illness, navigate changed households, and face other challenges that may arise. Despite the closure, our unique educational model allows us to continue teaching our students remotely. Teachers will continue to use the platform we started using on March 16, 2020 to teach our students remotely.

During the closure, we continue to plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year:

In the event that we need to extend the closure past April 20, 2020, we will communicate with staff and families. Please take care of yourselves and your family and feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Jodiann Beeson
TCS High School Principal


March 14, 2020

Dear TCS Families,

Regarding COVID-19, the El Dorado County District Superintendent of Schools and the El Dorado County Office of Education have determined all public schools in El Dorado County will be closed starting on Monday, March 16.

TCS will be working remotely starting March 16 through March 20. Please prepare for the possibility of the closure lasting longer.

We will continue to follow all guidance from public health officials as it relates to protecting the health and safety of our students, our employees, and our community.

The practical measures advised by county and state health officials in helping to combat the spread of this virus include:

We will continue to notify you of any changes by phone and through email.

If you have questions, please feel free to email Jodiann Beeson at jodiann.beeson@cottonwood.school.


Sincerely,

Jodiann Beeson
TCS High School Principal