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2020-2021 School Year Planning

Update as of March 10, 2021

Our Governing Board voted unanimously to return to full-time in person instruction on Monday, April 26th.  The following factors influenced the decision last evening:

  • Safety practices are in place at each site.
  • Staffing – administrators will work with Human Resources and post vacant positions as soon as possible.
  • Vaccinations have been offered to all staff with another clinic offered tomorrow at the Fairgrounds.  Second rounds of vaccinations will be done by April 26th.
  • Plumas County has entered the Orange Tier.
  • Support to return to full time instruction from our Public Health partners.
  • Multiple Region 2 school districts have returned to full-time in person instruction.
  • Closed campus for all four high schools.
  • Transportation will be offered with limited capacity.
  • Families will still have the option of distance learning and independent study. 
  • Each principal will send out a survey in the near future inquiring of families preference for student in person, distance learning or independent study.
  • Classroom sizes can be accommodated as follows:
    • Elementary- restructuring classes (some students will change teachers)
    • Elementary- use paras or substitutes to help lower the ratio with intervention
    • Junior High/High School- use all available space on campus (cafeteria, gym, library, some classes will meet outside)
    • Junior High/High School- some teachers will be in multiple locations.
  • Friday’s will be an early release at approximately 12:00 p.m.
  • Canvas will still be used – more discussion to follow.
Update as of January 14, 2021
Last night, our PCOE/PUSD Governing board approved a return to in person instruction with the following dates:

  • Elementary: January 25th
  • Junior High/High School: March 1st

Due to social distancing guidelines, students will return in the AM/PM model, attending in person the morning or afternoon session Monday-Thursday. Friday will continue with a morning virtual meeting followed by asynchronous work.

With this, there are many details to be worked out and elementary families will be hearing from your school sites soon with further details.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support as we move forward with welcoming our students back to campus.
Update as of December 16, 2020
Distance Learning Continues 
On 12/16, PCOE/PUSD Governing Board voted to return to school on January 4th via distance learning with the commitment to revisit our County’s regional, colored tier, and COVID-19 case rate status at our next Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th. We are hopeful to return to in-person status on January 25th.
PUSD leadership has been discussing with school site staff interventions, student supports, and grading practices. The reasons for these discussions, and the need for adjustments, are as follows:
  • Pandemic- We are surviving a pandemic with varying support and priorities.  We must take this into account in the ways we document student learning. 
  • Engagement- making these adjustments can give students who have struggled a sense of hope and a pathway to passing courses. 
  • Equity- Despite multiple supports available, distance learning is not equitable for all students. 
Update as of November 16, 2020
Revert to Distance Learning Beginning November 16th

Due to the increased cases of COVID around our county and multiple meetings over the past several days, Plumas COE and Unified School District will revert to distance learning beginning Monday, November 16th. All students will participate in full time distance learning Monday (11/16) -Friday (11/20), followed by the Thanksgiving Holiday 11/23-11/27. If students need to participate in an Internet hub, please contact your school site.

7th-12th grade students will follow the attached schedule for Zoom class times and asynchronous instruction. TK-6 students should check their Canvas or information from their teacher and school site for Zoom class times. There will be no class/teacher changes at this time.

On Wednesday, November 18th we will have further discussion regarding this topic during our Board Meeting and the length of time we will be in distance learning will be determined.

All conditioning activities and field trips have been canceled through 11/29. Food distribution will be available via community delivery schedules or designated site pickups.

In closing, we appreciate your understanding during these challenging times. The hope for all students, families and staff is to be safe and smoothly transition into distance learning. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your school site.
Update as of October 7, 2020
Plumas County Board of Education (PCOE) and Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) Governing Board Trustees conducted a meeting on Wednesday, October 7th, and action was taken to transition to an in-person AM/PM instructional model. The start date will be Monday, October 26, 2020. We will still offer distance learning and independent study for those who prefer alternative instructional models. 
Update as of August 21, 2020
Because of the impact on our communities of the North Complex wildfires, school will start on Monday, August 31st instead of Monday, August 24th.
Update as of August 4, 2020

Distance Learning and Learning Hubs or Independent Study
In consideration of the safety of our school communities and creating a consistent learning experience for all students the Plumas Unified School District Governing Board voted 4-0 to return to school on August 24th via distance learning with learning hubs, a small, consistent group of students that meets in person with school staff for a limited amount of time.  

This difficult decision was made only after many long hours of planning for in-person instruction and the belief that with every safety precaution in place we would be able to accomplish offering all three options for our students.  

There are several key factors that influenced this decision including data which reflects when opening a new sector there will be an increase of positive cases.  While we have plans in place for when this happens including when to close a classroom, school and district, the end result is to implement distance learning.  

In addition, the staffing considerations and lack of available substitutes is a real concern as we don’t have the option of increasing class sizes.  Also, the increased anxiety related to the return to school is very real for many of our employees and families.  We are taking this into consideration along with the many other related details.  

Along with distance learning, we will be working together to implement learning hubs:

What is a learning hub?

  • A small, consistent group of students that meets in person with school staff for a limited amount of time

  • Will allow social interaction and support in accessing distance learning

  • May or may not be aligned with a grade level and may include family units at a school site

  • Optional for families 

Types of support available in a learning hub may include:

  • Technological- internet access

  • Digital skills development- navigating distance learning

    • How to use our new Learning Management System-Canvas

    • Support with Google 

  • Assessment- time and place to take proctored assessments

  • Access to materials and resources- paper, books, etc…

  • Social/Emotional- connections to peers

We will be sending out a notification on Wednesday, August 5th, to sign up for one of these learning options.


Plumas County Office of Education/Unified School District
May, June 2020

Plumas County Office of Education/Unified School District is considering various scenarios for returning to school in 2020/21.  This document will be used to identify a common set of expectations and supports needed to help each school site to return to instruction as safely and effectively as possible.  

The four committees are as follows: