Del Norte County Office of Education

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  • Our Mission

    The primary mission of the Del Norte County Office of Education is to support the needs of local schools and students, facilitate expanded learning opportunities, encourage student achievement, increase professional development, and ensure fiscal responsibility for schools across the county.

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  • DNUSD Policies on Isolation and Quarantine for Staff and Students Per Recent Del Norte Public Health Orders 1-25-2022

    Attached are two documents explaining our new isolation and quarantine policies for both staff and students. These documents are based on new local public health orders and go into effect today, 1-25-2022. These changes reduce the required quarantine and isolation duration in certain specific scenarios where a student or staff member has been exposed to a positive case. Public health has informed us that those placed on quarantine before today must abide by the previous guidelines and quarantine duration requirements.

     

    DNUSD Student Policy on Isolation and Quarantine -

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/16q9RgA7xIcr7k2nijBDeMr_gwr9urlhs/view?usp=sharing

     

    DNUSD Employee Policy on Isolation and Quarantine - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iXYDodoeQpu1s9xanHdBycXCoGCmxSxb/view?usp=sharing

     

    If you have any questions, please email communications@dnusd.org

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  • Del Norte Public Health Releases New Guidelines 1-25-2022

    Public Health has released the new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance. This guidance is effective today, 1/25/2022, for DNUSD and DNCOE schools. Public health has informed us that those placed on quarantine before today must abide by the previous guidelines and quarantine duration requirements.

    We will be releasing the new guidelines and what they mean for families and students moving forward later today.

    Thank you

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  • Superintendent's Message to the Community 1-24-2022

    There is no video update this week.

    Good Afternoon, and welcome to the Monday Update.

    Make sure to mark your calendars, President’s Day weekend is coming up and there will be no school from February 18th through the 21st.

    Speaking of important dates, the school board has approved new school calendars for the 2022, 2023, and 2024 school years.  You may remember we collected feedback from the staff and the community on these calendars.  The feedback you provided was shared with a focus group of staff before bringing it to the Board of Trustees on December 21st when the final decision was made.  The calendars have been posted at dnusd.org/calendars.

    The Del Norte County Unified School District (“District”) Board of Education (“District Board”) is currently elected using a “hybrid at-large” election system, meaning that governing board members must live in defined trustee areas, but are elected by voters of the entire District.  On August 12, 2021, the District Board adopted Resolution # D21-22-4, declaring its intent to transition to by-trustee area elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. District Board members also sit as the Del Norte County Board of Education (“County Board”), meaning any change to the method of election to the District Board will result in a corresponding change to the method of election for the County Board. If you are interested in learning more about this process, please visit dnusd.org and click on the CRVA banner on the front page.

    In upcoming sports, the Del Norte High girls basketball team begin play against St. Bernards tomorrow night at home, at 4:30 PM. On Wednesday night, also starting at 4:30 PM, the Del Norte High boys basketball team plays against St. Bernards here in Crescent City. After that, the Del Norte High girls basketball team is back at home this Thursday, at 4:30 PM, and will face off against Fortuna. Since these events are all home games, we will be live streaming the games at dnhigh.org, or on the Del Norte High Facebook page.  For information on away games, and all future games, visit dnhigh.org and click “Athletics” under the Student Activities tab.

    We were asked by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church to let our community know that while they are no longer able to provide free COVID-19 rapid test kits to out-of-state citizens, they will continue to administer rapid test kits to anyone who brings a test kit with them. 

    Speaking of COVID-19, the COVID-19 Active Cases Dashboard will be updated tomorrow at noon. Also, please understand we have been dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases and, due to the increase in paperwork, our numbers may at times be incomplete. To find the most recent information and metrics by school site on COVID-19 positive cases, please visit dnusd.org/familyresources and click the “COVID-19 Dashboard.” Likewise, to see our county data, you can visit covid19.dnco.org.

     

    That's it for this week’s update. We hope you have a great week, and we’ll see you next week.

    Thank you

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  • DNUSD Mask Mandate Statement

    Throughout the course of the COVID pandemic, our students, families, and communities have suffered for a variety of reasons.  Recently, we have been contacted by several families and community members who are extremely concerned about the continued masking mandates required by the California Department of Public Health and the Del Norte Public Health Officer. We have clearly heard the concerns posed by those who have contacted us regarding the belief that masking is ineffective and infringes on individual rights. 

     

    The legality of requiring masks has also been questioned numerous times.  As a public entity, schools are required to follow the laws as presented to us by the California Department of Public Health, Cal OSHA, the California Department of Education, local governmental jurisdictions, and the federal government.  The following are the legal citations presented to us that establish the authority for the State to issue the mask mandate for schools.  The link in the last citation includes the letter received by all school leaders, making it very clear that the mask mandate is the law and that enforcement is not an option- it is a legal requirement. 

     

    The California Emergency Services Act (“ESA”) provides the Governor with the power to declare a state of emergency.  (Gov. Code, §§ 8550 – 8669.7.  During a state of emergency, the Governor has broad authority to issue orders and regulations to carry out the ESA, and these orders and regulations have the force of law.  (Gov. Code §§ 8567, 8627, 8627.5.)   

     

    The California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) is also authorized by law to “adopt and enforce regulations requiring strict or modified isolation, or quarantine, for any of the contagious, infectious, or communicable diseases, if in the opinion of the department the action is necessary for the protection of the public health.”  (Health & Safety Code, § 120130(c).)  State law authorizes CDPH to "take measures as are necessary to . . . prevent [the] spread" of communicable diseases such as COVID-19 (Health & Safety Code § 120140.)   Therefore, CDPH guidance and orders carry the force of law.  

     

    The CDPH issued an August 23, 2021 letter that clarified as follows:  “To be clear: failure to enforce the mask requirement breaches not only a legal duty, but also the first and foremost duty of every school leader—to protect students.”  It also stated that school officials “do not have discretion or authority to opt out from enforcing the requirement.”  (See https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Requirement-for-Universal-Masking-Indoors-at-K-12-Schools.aspx.)

     

     

    While the District is legally bound to follow these directives, we have repeatedly encouraged all who are opposed to the mask mandate in schools, as well as the upcoming vaccine mandate, to write to your congressperson, state senator, and Governor expressing your concerns. The Board also approved a letter that was sent to State leaders that called for criteria to end the mask mandate.  

     

    For your convenience, you can use the links below to contact your State representatives:

     

    Senator Mike McGuire - https://sd02.senate.ca.gov/contact

    Congressman Jared Huffman - https://huffman.house.gov/contact

    Governor Gavin Newsom - https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

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