Superintendent Holtom and Family

Dear Oroville City Elementary Families,

Yesterday, California State Universities and other colleges in the state announced that fall semester will be taught all online. This has sparked a lot of interest and concern around our possible opening in August. As I stated earlier, we still intend on opening on August 12th, 2020 as planned. We also know with COVID-19 that state and local government agencies can make changes on a daily basis. 

With all this in mind, the district is looking at and planning for possible alternative education plans if necessary. We realize that we may need to have several different education plans based on the ever-changing climate of this pandemic. We know that these plans need to include a lot of thought and detail. 

As things change, it is possible that we will need to go back to an online program, a modified schedule or a hybrid of regular classes and online education. We have begun reaching out and discussing these different options and the many challenges these create for families like access to child care, the impact on siblings, and so on. 

This email's intention is not to alarm but to prepare and hopefully help you understand that we are planning, and if at any given time in the summer that we think a different education plan may need to be adopted, we will call in various stakeholders, including parents and staff, to ensure we don't miss important aspects of a plan. 

Please watch our social media or website for future updates, 

Superintendent Spencer Holtom