Response to COVID-19 Concerns

03/19/2020
Dear Blue Oak Community:

As issues around the COVID 19 virus continue to evolve, Butte County schools, including Blue Oak Charter School, will be closed for in-person classes through April 17, 2020.
BOCE Press Release
Governor Newsom has asked that while closed we continue to offer educational opportunities through distance learning, assure students in need have access to the school lunch program, and that childcare needs are addressed.   State testing has been canceled.  

Blue Oak staff will be working Monday and Tuesday of next week to prepare distance learning materials. We intend to have materials ready for your use by Wednesday. A survey went out through Parent Square for our families.  Please check-in and complete the survey.  This will help us serve you.   We understand that this is a difficult time, that new learning is hard in these circumstances and other priorities can make home education difficult. Our intent is to provide manageable workloads that will integrate into your day. In the meantime, here are some activities to support education. Read or watch a movie together, discuss it. What did you like, not like, what was your favorite character, etc.? Cook or bake together. Play board games. Craft. Paint. Exercise.


 The school lunch program can be accessed through Chico Unified.  Here is the information from their Nutrition Director:

Chico Unified School District Nutrition Services will provide an opportunity for families to pick up a grab and go breakfast and lunch in a drive‐thru meal service during our school closures for the week of March 23‐27. Meals will be provided for any child 18 years of age or younger regardless of what school they attend. Families can pick up meals from 11:00 am to 11:30 am at the following locations:
· Chapman Elementary
· Citrus Elementary
· Bidwell Junior High School
· Chico Junior High School

Meals will be provided based on the number of children present and will be delivered to your car. Meals are not to be consumed on‐site as we encourage families not to congregate and to continue practicing social‐distancing.

We currently plan to resume in-person instruction Monday, April 20, 2020.   We will inform you when and if there is any change in this plan.  

Through all of this, we wish you health. We hope that you are able to take time to enjoy your families and find peace in the slower pace being required of us.

With Gratitude and good wishes,

S. Domenighini

Susan Domenighini
Executive Director
Blue Oak School
A Waldorf Inspired Public Charter
(530) 879-7483


03/13/2020
Dear Blue Oak Community;

Concerns regarding COVID-19 are being felt throughout the world.  Butte County is no exception. Blue Oak received notice yesterday that Chico Unified is adjusting there schedule due to COVID-19.  Blue Oak will maintain its schedule at this time but will continue to monitor the situation.  We are regularly in touch with other charters, the district, Butte County Public Health and the Butte County Office of Education.  Please continue to monitor our web site and Parent Square for further information during Spring Break.  
The elderly and those who are health compromised are the most at risk of severe complications from COVID-19, school-age children seem to be the least at risk.

Here are tips from Butte County Public Health: 
The best way to prevent the spread of illness, including: seasonal flu, novel coronavirus and other respiratory illness is to practice everyday illness prevention steps: 

  • washing hands with soap and water, 
  • avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hand,. 
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick, 
  • staying home if you are sick, especially from work, school and public places, 
  • following guidance from public health officials.

If You Think You’re Sick:

  • If you develop a fever, cough and shortness of breath and believe you could have COVID-19, notify your healthcare provider by phone. Call ahead so that you can be safely evaluated to prevent exposing others. 

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

  • Butte County Public Health
  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Butte County residents call also call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211 for COVID-19 information and updates. 

As we move through this please keep this in mind: 
Any student not feeling well should remain at home. If a child comes to school exhibiting symptoms of illness, including fever or cough, the parent will be called to pick up the student. We apologize for the inconvenience, but cannot risk the possibility of other students becoming ill. Further, we request that any students with compromised health, such as an immune deficiency or respiratory conditions, work directly with their health care provider to determine whether or not it is appropriate for the child to be in public places, including school.

Student Attendance:
In addition, we will continue to allow parents to decide whether or not it is appropriate for their child to be at school. If you feel it is in the best interest of your student or family for your child to remain at home, please contact your school directly to report the absence. If your child is out for two or more consecutive days while school is in session please sign up for Independent Study at the front office.

Warm Wishes for Good Health;
S. Domenighini

Susan Domenighini
Executive Director
Blue Oak School
A Waldorf Inspired Public Charter
(530) 879-7483