• Winter Concert 20-21

    Here is the Bess Maxwell School, Margaret Keating School, Mary Peacock School, and Smith River School Winter 2020-2021 Concert.

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  • November 10, 2020

    Dear Smith River School Families,

    I want to start by saying that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
    Yesterday, we had to place four of our student cohorts in distance learning due to the fact that they had come in close contact with a student or staff member that tested positive for COVID-19. We have already contacted these families and will continue to update them as new information becomes available. Smith River is a small community and a close family, which we all care about. In order to be transparent with our school community it is important for everyone to know that many of our students at Smith River School may have had close contact with students from those four cohorts that have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID 19. At this time, none of these students are currently known to be infected.

    DNC Public Health has been notified and is taking further steps. In accordance with DNC Public Health guidance, all other classroom cohorts at Smith River School will continue to operate. The individual and their immediate family/household members are monitoring symptoms and are working with their healthcare provider for additional steps including testing if advised.

    We will update you with any additional pertinent information when we receive it. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and stay home if you are experiencing influenza-like illness. Please contact your healthcare provider if you have any additional questions or concerns about your child health. However, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education please feel free to contact me at 707-464-0370.

    Nicole Cochran
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  • 10 de Noviembre de 2020

    Estimadas familias de la escuela Smith River:

    Quiero comenzar diciendo que la salud y seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal es nuestra máxima prioridad. Ayer, tuvimos que colocar cuatro de nuestros grupos de estudiantes en educación a distancia debido al hecho de que habían estado en contacto cercano con un estudiante o miembro del personal que dio positivo por COVID-19. Ya nos hemos puesto en contacto con estas familias y continuaremos actualizando con nueva información disponible. Smith River es una pequeña comunidad y una familia unida, que nos importa a todos. Para ser transparentes con nuestra comunidad escolar, es importante que todos sepan que muchos de nuestros estudiantes en la escuela de Smith River pueden haber tenido un contacto cercano con estudiantes de esas cuatro cohortes que han estado en contacto cercano con una persona que dio positivo en COVID 19. En este momento, no se sabe que ninguno de estos estudiantes esté infectado.

    Salud Pública de DNC ha sido notificado y está tomando medidas adicionales. De acuerdo con la guía de Salud Pública de DNC, todas las demás cohortes de aulas de la Escuela de Smith River seguirán funcionando. El individuo y su familia inmediata / miembros del hogar están monitoreando los síntomas y están trabajando con su proveedor de atención médica para obtener pasos adicionales, incluido tomar una prueba, si se recomienda.

    Lo actualizaremos con cualquier información adicional pertinente cuando la recibamos. Continúe monitoreando a su hijo para detectar síntomas y quédese en casa si tiene una enfermedad similar a la influenza. Comuníquese con su proveedor de atención médica si tiene preguntas o inquietudes adicionales sobre la salud de su hijo. Sin embargo, si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre la educación de su hijo, no dude en comunicarse conmigo al 707-464-0370.

    Nicole Cochran
    Escuela de Smith River
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  • Dear Del Norte Unified Families and County Residents,

    Del Norte Public Health and the Del Norte Unified School District were notified today of two positive cases of students with COVID-19, one at Crescent Elk Middle School and one at Smith River School, both in the Monday/Wednesday cohorts. In both cases, we had been previously notified of close contacts, and the two students were quarantined at that time to avoid any further exposure to other students or staff.

    In neither case did the students contract COVID-19 at school.

    The occurrence of positive cases means that the following steps will be put into place immediately:

    Public Health, with cooperation of the District, will begin contact tracing.

    -All affected students and staff, in the two cohorts only, will be placed on quarantine for 14 calendar days. Schools will notify those families regarding how to access school by distance learning.

    -The District will work with the schools to clean and disinfect the classrooms, per California Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines, and in accordance with the District Epidemic/Pandemic Safety Plan.

    -Based on contact tracing by Public Health, any other students or staff who were in close contact with the positive cases may be quarantined.

    -COVID-19 testing will most likely be recommended for all quarantined students and staff, and they should contact their local healthcare provider or follow directions from Public Health when contacted.

    At this time, no school closures are recommended. Individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, in consultation with our county Public Health department. Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school.

    Public Health and the District have been and will continue to work closely together to help our schools and community remain healthy and safe. Please remember that this is why our schools are implementing cohorts and why the wearing of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand washing or sanitizing are so important.

    As Dr. Rehwaldt has stated many times, we will not be able to stop the virus or ensure that no one contracts it, but we can minimize exposure, slow the spread, and continue to take a slow, methodical, and thoughtful approach to students returning to school.

    Thank you for helping to ensure the health and wellness of everyone in our community.

    Warren Rehwaldt, MD, Public Health Officer
    Jeff Harris, Superintendent
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  • A Message from DNUSD

    Just a few reminders as we prepare to welcome students back to school in-person on Monday, October 5:

    All transitional kindergarten through 8th-grade schools and the Smith River preschool will begin in-person cohorts this week.  You should have been contacted by your child’s school to let you know if they were attending the M/W or T/Th cohort.  Students participating in distance learning should have been notified as well.  Sunset High, Community School, and state preschools will continue to operate as they have this week. 

    DNHS will continue to offer distance learning to 9-12 grade students.  DNHS is currently in the process of designing and creating afternoon, in-person learning cohorts and will communicate with students and parents when those students will begin physically attending school.

    All students attending in person will be required to bring a completed self-screening form with them to enter the bus, school, or classroom. These screeners have been mailed to each student’s home.  A copy of the screener can also be found at, printed, and sent with your child.  Children who do not bring a screening form will be screened at school and might be sent home if they are presenting COVID-like symptoms.

    All students are required to wear a face-covering when riding the bus, walking through campus, or in any public space on campus.  Students from the age of 2 through 2nd grade are not required to wear face coverings in the classroom, but wearing a face-covering is strongly encouraged and will be taught as an important way to keep the classroom healthy.  Buses, schools, and classrooms will also have face coverings for students if they do not bring one with them.  Face coverings include cloth face coverings, disposable, exam-style masks, and other cloth face coverings that meet the California Department of Public Health guidelines.

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  • Del Norte Unified School District has a phase 3 start date of October 5th. Please visit for information on COVID-19 and health and safety for guardians and students.

    You will also find updates on phases and education at

    Next week DNUSD will release additional information on health and safety and education next week in the form of videos, infographics, podcasts, and messages sent to parents through the APP, email, and text.
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  • In order to be eligible to receive bus services for the 2020-21 school year families are required to complete the Bus Service Application form:


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  • Good afternoon,

    We are making some changes to our video conferencing tool, Zoom, in order to provide an even higher level of security for our students and staff. Effective tomorrow, Friday, September 18, all students will need to authenticate to their DNCOE Zoom account using the Single Sign-On (SSO) option with their District-provided email address. When your students attempt to join their Zoom classes they may now be prompted to log in - make sure they type in "DNCOE" for the domain, then they'll be directed to authenticate using their existing student email address and password.

    As always our IT Department is here to help. Should you experience any issues please call our Family Support Hotline at 707-464-7005. We are still experiencing very high call volumes, so if we don't answer immediately please leave a clear message on how to reach you, and we'll get back to you just as soon as possible. That support number again, 707-464-7005.

    Thank you so much for your support and understanding as we continue to ensure the best and most secure experience is being provided for your students.
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  • Greetings Smith River Families,

    Phase 2 will not begin on September 14th, as we anticipated. As soon as we have the necessary sanitation and cleaning supplies, we will begin "Phase 2" of reopening in person instruction of a small cohort, Preschool, and Kids 1st Expanded Learning Afterschool Program. Ms. Tobi will be having a Zoom meeting for Preschool parents tonight at 6pm - 7pm, if you did not receive the invite please email her at Ms. Daisy will be in contact with Afterschool Program parents as soon as there is more information. If you have any other questions please contact the office at (707) 464-0370, thank you.

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  • Saludos a las familias de Smith River,

    La Fase 2 no comenzará el 14 de septiembre, como anticipamos. Cuando tengamos los suministros de limpieza y saneamiento necesarios, comenzaremos la "Fase 2" de reapertura de la instrucción en persona de una pequeña cohorte, el programa preescolar y el programa extraescolar de aprendizaje ampliado Kids 1st. La Sra. Tobi tendrá una reunión de Zoom para padres de preescolar esta noche de 6:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m., si no recibió la invitación, envíele un correo electrónico a La Sra. Daisy se pondrá en contacto con los padres del programa después de la escuela tan pronto como haya más información. Si tiene alguna otra pregunta, comuníquese con la oficina al (707) 464-0370, gracias.

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  • We are planning on opening school tomorrow, calmer winds, and shifting weather patterns may move the fire away from Gasquet as well as reduce smoke and particles in Del Norte. If there is any change in school opening tomorrow, we will send an all call, post on our website, and on our additional communication channels.

    Any students that are displaced and unable to attend school tomorrow, their absence will be excused.

    Mountain Elementary School will remain closed, students at Moutain school that are not displaced can still do school work through Seesaw, Google Classroom, and email.
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  • An Important Message from DNUSD 9/9/2020

    School cancelation

    Due to the evacuations in Gasquet and the standby situation in Hiouchi due to smoke and wildfires, many of our students and staff are being affected, and school will be canceled for all students today.

    We will let you know more soon, please continue to check for more information.
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  • Smith River Back to School Night

    Sep 3, 2020 @ 3 PM

    Smith River Principal Presentation Link

    Zoom Link:

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  • Computer sharing digital letters

    If your student needs to check out a device please call the Smith River school office at (707) 464-0370 to schedule a pick up time. 




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  • Smith River Elementary School 

    564 W First St, Phone: 707-464-0370

    Smith River, Ca 95567 Fax: 707-487-8932

    August 14, 2020 


    Dear Wildcat Families, 


    As you are aware, the Del Norte County Unified School District is working diligently to sort through the state and federal guidelines in order to create a safe reopening plan for our school this fall. Please know that we are required by law to follow the rules that have been set by the California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Education, and the Governor’s Office. While everyone may not agree with all of the requirements, it is important that we do our best to follow the rules in order to maximize the health and safety of our students, staff, and community while on our site. 


    The first day of distance learning is scheduled for August 31, 2020. Our team is working hard to create a plan that will allow us to hand out technology, reach out to parents, and prepare each child for the first day of school. The Del Norte School Board has outlined a four-tiered system to allow as much face to face instruction as possible while providing the flexibility for those who would rather keep their students at home to utilize a distance learning platform. The four-tiered system is outlined below:


    • Phase 1 -Distance Learning for all, August 31st through September 11th 
    • Phase 2 -Distance Learning with Small in Face Cohorts for some, September 14th through October 2nd
    • Phase 3- Blended Learning with 2 days of in person learning and 3 days of distance learning for all, October 5, 2020
    • Phase 4-Stay at home orders lifted. All students may return to school as normal.


    * Transition between these phases would require that the County of Del Norte is not on the State watch list at the time of transition and that the transition is supported by the local public health officer based on COVID-19 epidemiological data, as required by CDPH.


    Also, when we enter Phase 2 or 3, students with any symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to stay home and may access their teacher on a distance learning platform. The good news is that we learned a lot this spring and are ready to provide a powerful year of learning. In the upcoming days, we will be sending out invitations to pick up Chromebooks and other supplies so that students will be prepared for August 31st. 


    Remember if at any time you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call me at 707-464-0370 or email me at


    Have a great rest of your summer. 





    Nicole Cochran


    Smith River School

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  • The official start date for all DNUSD schools is August 31. The Del Norte Unified School District Board of Trustees took action and approved the proposed 2020-21 Academic Calendar at tonight's board meeting. This calendar can be found at:
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  • School offices open on August 17th!
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  • Today, a message was posted on the DNUSD webpage and Facebook page regarding the Del Norte Virtual Learning Program flyer. On behalf of the District, I would like to personally apologize for any misunderstanding regarding this post.

    I would like to clarify the following:
    1. The District is not planning on only offering online learning for the 2020-2021 school year. At this point, we are expecting to be able to return with at least 50% of our students in attendance on campus at any given time. In a previous survey, 65% of our families indicated that they would prefer that school be offered fully in person, as we have always done, while an additional 25% indicated that they would prefer a blended learning model. Our intent is to try to offer programs that meet the needs of each child, in person to the fullest extent possible.

    2. That same survey indicated that approximately 10% of our families expressed an interest in participating only in online or distance learning. In order to move forward with determining whether this option is viable, it is necessary that we get an accurate count of students, by grade level and school of residence, as quickly as possible. This “application” was designed as a way to get this information for planning purposes only.

    3. I have been meeting with the leadership of the Del Norte Teachers’ Association and the local California School Employees Association on a steering committee to discuss issues and options in reopening for 2020-2021. We have discussed the desire and survey results for an online program, but no discussion has been held regarding this “application” or a final configuration of an online program.

    4. We are in the process of completing a survey for all district staff and families to gather additional information regarding the three reopening options that the steering committee, site principals, and other consulting groups have discussed: an in-person AM/PM model with 50% of students in attendance at either session, a two day per week in-person model with 50% of students in attendance 2 days each week with distance learning occurring during days when they are not receiving in-person instruction, and the distance learning-only model.

    5. Given the confusion caused by the post and the need to more accurately reflect the intent of the form, we will be revising the current document and reposting it so that it better meets its intended purpose. To avoid continuing confusion, we will “expire” the post, so that only the corrected version is available. The updated document will be available in Spanish, as well.

    I would, again, like to apologize for any confusion that these posts may have caused. In an attempt to gather information quickly, we did not communicate clearly or adequately. We have just over 40 days in which to rethink 100 years of educational structure and respond to the most significant health crisis in recent history, prior to the start of the school year. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through this process.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 464-0200.

    Jeff Harris
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  • Smith River 8th Grade Graduation 2020

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  • TK-K Graduation Slideshow

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  • Reminder: There will be no meal service on Friday, 5/22/20 or Monday, 5/25/20.

    These were previously scheduled no-school days and as such all classified food service staff and transportation staff will be enjoying a well earned four day weekend.

    Meal service will resume on Tuesday, 5/26/2020. Please contact Nutrition Services at 464-0246.

    Thank you
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  • A Message from Del Norte Unified School District:

    Reminder -
    Join the DNUSD Weekly Live Webinar at 1 pm discussing the program Sources of Strength and Mental Health during COVID-19:
    Featured Guests: Terrin Musbach, Nick LaFazio

    There will be a time for questions at the end of each webinar. We hope to see you there!
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  • A Message from Del Norte Unified School District:
    Join us this coming Wednesday, 4-22-2020, for the weekly webinar at 1 pm and 2:30 pm.

    1:00 PM - DNUSD Weekly Live Webinar at 1 on Distance Learning:
    Featured Guests: Rae Fearing, Leslee Machado, Tom Kissinger, Randy Fugate, Tony Fabricius, Robert Parker, Alison Eckart

    2:30 PM - Highschool Grading, Credits and Graduation:
    Featured Guests: Randy Fugate, Jeff Slayton, Rob Parker, Tony Fabricius

    There will be a time for questions at the end of each webinar. We hope to see you there!
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  • On 4-9-2020 the Del Norte Unified School District Board of Trustees decided that school facilities will continue to remain closed until the end of the academic school year. For the time being, students will attend school through distance learning while the spread of COVID-19 is on the rise. Del Norte Unified School District will put another update to the community this coming Monday, 4-12-2020.
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  • Good Afternoon Smith River Families,

    I just wanted to send out some quick reminders before we enjoy our Spring Break:
    *There will be meals for students during Spring Break starting on Tuesday, April 14th.
    *If you need a device please call the office so we can set up an appointment for you to pick up a device.
    *When we return from Spring Break on April 20th students will be required to complete there distance learning work and if they have access to the internet attend digital classes.
    *School facilities are closed until June 12th, but instruction for all students is still happening through distance learning for the rest of the year.

    Finally, I hope all of you have an amazing Spring Break and please stay safe.

    Thank you,
    Mrs. Cochran
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  • Download the DNUSD mobile app for instant updates on the COVID-19 crisis and your student's education at
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  • Last night the Governor of California issued a stay at home order for all Californians. While we know that the current situation may cause some anxiety, please know that, we will continue to support our students, their families, and our community by continuing to provide alternative learning opportunities, guidance to families on local resources, programs to help our first responders, healthcare and essential services workers find childcare so that they can continue to serve our community, seamless food deliveries to youth from 0-18 years old, and other services that will be necessary in the upcoming days and weeks. Our goal is to keep our community safe and healthy. Thank you, in advance, for your help and patience, as we work through this unprecedented time.
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