June 15, 2020
The Reopening of Nevada County Schools
Dear students, parents/guardians, and community members:
Thank you for your unwavering support for Nevada County school districts and charter schools. We are excited to announce that Nevada County public schools are planning to open in August on their regularly scheduled start dates. We are committed to reopening our schools, programs, and activities as soon as possible, but in a manner that ensures students, families, and school staff are safe.
The reopening of our schools will be a gradual process that will take place throughout the 2020-21 school year. When we return in August, our schedules and instructional programs will look very different from what we are all used to seeing. Strategies and plans for reopening will be dependent on state and county health and safety guidance.
School administrators and staff are holding weekly meetings to develop plans for August. The goal is to provide as much weekly contact for students with their classroom teachers as possible. These plans range from two to five days a week of student attendance. It is important that these plans be coordinated between elementary and high schools to cause the least amount of disruption to parents.
The health and safety of our communities, students, and staff are our top priority. We recognize that our students need effective teaching and on-campus extra-curricular experiences, but those must be balanced against broader health and safety concerns. Therefore, our reopening strategies will correspond with public health guidelines at the start of the school year. We are working closely with the Nevada County Public Health Department in the development of such guidelines.
Over the next 10 weeks, school districts and charter schools will issue communications and guidance to students, parents/guardians, and their respective communities regarding their reopening plans and strategies. We are committed to reopening Nevada County’s public schools to offer the very best educational services and experiences for our community’s students and families.
We are excited to welcome our students and families back next school year. Please contact any one of us or our districts/schools for further information or questions about the 2020-21 school year.
Scott W. Lay, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
Jonathan Molnar, Bitney Prep High School
Katie Kohler, Chicago Park Elementary School
Carolyn Cramer, Clear Creek Elementary School
Peter Sagebiel, Forest Charter School
Eric Fredrickson, Grass Valley School District
Monica Daugherty, Nevada City School District
Holly Pettitt, Nevada City School of the Arts
Brett McFadden, Nevada Joint Union High School District
Torie Gibson, Penn Valley Union Elementary School District
Rusty Clark, Pleasant Ridge Union School District
Erica Crane, Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning
Melissa Madigan, Twin Ridges Elementary School District
Jennifer Dearduff, Twin Ridges Home Study Charter
David Curry/Andy Parsons, Union Hill School District
Barbara Linares, Yuba River Charter
Scott W. Lay
Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
Congratulation’s, Mrs. Bullock!
After 30 years of dedicated service to Clear Creek School, Lesley Bullock has decided to retire! Mrs. Bullock began her career at Clear Creek in August 1990. She has performed her duties throughout the grade levels in every classroom, in the library as our librarian, as our Book Fair coordinator, in Homework Club, in our lunchroom, and out on the playground. She has given her time and talents freely and willingly to everyone on campus. Mrs. Bullock is always willing to help support teachers and students in any way she can with a determination and commitment that is unmatched. We will all miss her sense of humor, kindness, and friendship, but wish her all the best in the next stage of life. She has plans to move closer to her children and grandchildren to be an active part of their lives. It will be bittersweet to see her leave Clear Creek School, but know there are still many great adventures waiting for her in retirement. Congratulations and Best Wishes, Lesley Bullock!
Free SUmmer Meal Program for Students DURING THE SUMMER
Summer meals are provided by the Grass Valley Central Kitchen at the following locations during the summer-
Grass Valley Charter School at Hennessy
11:00 am – 1:00 pm daily
Central Kitchen – 900a Golden Gate Terrace Grass Valley
11:00am – 1:00pm daily
Union Hill School District
10:30am – 12:30pm Monday and Wednesday (2 days of meals) and Friday (1 day meal)
Cottage Hill Elementary School
10:30am – 12:30pm daily
Students do not need to attend the schools listed to obtain a meal at that location.
For more information, please visit: https://nevco.org/school-lunch-program-guidelines-2020-2021/
Well, we made it to the end of a very unusual school year. From fall power outages to the transition to distance learning due to COVID 19. Thank you to all of the staff, students, and family members for your flexibility and commitment to education and Clear Creek School! Through all of the changes, I witnessed collaboration, cooperation, and dedication. I am very grateful to belong to such a strong, caring community.
Clear Creek as well as other Nevada County schools are waiting for guidance on reopening from the state and the County Public Health Department. As we wait, our staff is working on planning for different scenarios. The three main scenarios are: returning to on campus instruction if deemed safe with distance learning available for students unable to return, a distance learning/independent study model with on campus check-ins, or a blended model of on campus and at home instruction. We have learned a great deal from our experiences and are planning to add more instructional time online and on campus check-ins to the distance learning plan if that is our guidance. We will continue to fine tune and plan over the next couple of weeks. If you have not yet, please take a few minutes to respond to the survey sent out on the 28th. Thank you for your help and your input is important to us.
School Safety Information for Parents