Coronavirus Information & Resources

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Information

The Calaveras County Office of Education (CCOE), with guidance from local, state and national government and health officials, has been monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on California and around the world.  In these unprecedented times, we are coming together to implement practices that minimize the spread of COVID-19, while staying committed to providing limited essential services to children, families and school districts in Calaveras County to the extent possible.  In an effort to do our part CCOE office will be closed to the general public and operate with limited essential staff effective Friday, March 20, 2020, until further notice. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this shift in doing business. For more information about essential public services that will remain open visit https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

 

Visitors and Staffing

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, CCOE will be closed to the general public, but open for limited business, as needed. Entrance doors will be locked and ALL visitors will require an appointment. Staff will be available during business hours via phone and email and will maintain CCOE’s essential services (including check processing) in order to be as responsive as we can to staff, districts, students and parents. If you have any questions regarding new visitor protocols or need more information, please call (209) 736-4662.

 

CCOE Events, Trainings, Meetings and Conferences

Many events, meetings, and conferences have been canceled, and no scheduling will take place until further notice.  Individual meetings planned with CCOE staff members currently scheduled will use appropriate standards of social distancing or shift to video or phone conference or be rescheduled when circumstances improve.

 

School Closures

The Calaveras County district superintendents continue to work closely with the Calaveras County Department of Public Health and government officials to limit the spread of COVID-19 while providing essential services to students and families.  All Calaveras County schools are closed for at least as long as California Governor Gavin Newsom's 'Stay at Home Order' is in effect.  Superintendents will continue to work closely with health and other officials to reevaluate when it will be safe to re-open schools.  Districts are providing food services and we advise the public to refer to their designated school district for regular updates.  In most cases, school and district information is communicated via telephone and on district websites. Schools will be providing distance or online learning.

Calaveras County Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita March 26, 2020
 
Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools Scott Nanik March 25, 2020 (School Closure Extension)
 
Economic & Community Development Director Kathy Gallino and CEO of Calaveras Chamber of Commerce Morgan Gace March 25, 2020
 
Executive Director of Area 12 Agency on Aging Kristin Millhoff
 
Calaveras County Animal Services Manager Evan Jacobs March 23, 2020
 
OES Director for Calaveras County John Osbourn and Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio March 20, 2020
 
Calaveras County Public Health Department, Dr. Kelaita March 19, 2020
 
Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools Scott Nanik March 18, 2020

Visit each District's webpage for updated information - please note that you will need to scroll down each page to find the links to information on meals, distance learning, etc. 
 
Calaveras Unified School District  
Updated on
3/31/2020 per email by CUSD Superintendent Mark Campbell
Meals starting next week will be provided to all students who can access them (to the best of our ability). Meals will be provided between 11:00-1:00 at all elementary sites as well as delivered to designated bus stops using district vans (on the main webpage).
 
Mark Twain Unified Elementary School District
No Meals during spring break April 6th-13th
 
Vallecito Union School District
No Meals during spring break April 6th-13th
 
Bret Harte Union High School District  
No Meals during spring break April 6th-13th
sack lunch

 

What is novel coronavirus? 

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus. It has the potential to cause severe illness in some people. 

 

How COVID-19 spreads 

Health experts are still learning about how this new coronavirus spreads. The virus is mainly spread person-to-person like other coronaviruses: 

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another.
  • By droplets in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or inhaled into the lungs.
  • Transmission of coronavirus occurs most commonly through respiratory droplets. Transmission of COVID-19 to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

 

How severe is novel coronavirus?

Experts are still learning about how severe the novel coronavirus is. Reported cases have been mild (similar to a common cold) to severe that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths from COVID-19 have been mainly in older adults who had other health conditions. 

 

What are the symptoms? 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that at this time symptoms from COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

How can I prevent from getting novel coronavirus? 

Steps taken to prevent the flu and the common cold will also help prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from work or school and limit contact with others if you are sick with fever and cough.
  • Clean surfaces that are touched often, like toys and doorknobs.

 

How is the novel coronavirus treated? 

Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent COVID-19.  There are no medications specifically approved for coronavirus.  Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own.  However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.  

 

For more information, on COVID-19 visit https://publichealth.calaverasgov.us/Novel-Coronavirus

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms should call their healthcare provider i

If you are scheduled to work at a school during a closure, please contact your supervisor for instructions.

 

We are treating all elements of COVID-19 seriously and believe the steps are in place to provide and healthy and safe environment for all of our students and staff.

 

We will continue to provide updated information, and I want to encourage anyone with questions to email me.

Education on COVID-19