Dear Families of Oroville City Elementary School District,
It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I reach out to you today to address a tragic incident that has deeply affected our school community. We have recently learned about the untimely loss of one of our students. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones who are enduring this unimaginable grief.
We are aware that this tragic event has garnered attention on social media platforms and local news outlets. Please remember that during such difficult times, it is important to exercise caution and respect the privacy of those directly affected. We must come together as a community to support one another and honor the memory of the student we have lost.
I want to assure you that the Oroville Police Department has initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragedy. As a school district, we will cooperate fully and provide any assistance required throughout their inquiry. Our primary focus is to ensure that all necessary information is gathered thoroughly and timely, allowing for a comprehensive understanding of the events leading to this heartbreaking loss.
In times like these, it is crucial that we come together as a community to support one another. We understand the tremendous impact such a loss can have on our students, families, and staff. In collaboration with the Butte County Office of Education, we are working diligently to provide counseling services and support to anyone in our school community who may be in need. Our dedicated team of professionals will be available to offer assistance, guidance, and a listening ear to help navigate through this difficult period.
Students affected by the incident will process this in their own way. Please be sensitive to any changes in your child's behavior. Over the next few days, please encourage your child to express their feelings and listen attentively.
Some of the common reactions that children experience when reacting to a traumatic event are:
· Restlessness, nervous behavior
· Trouble concentrating
· Difficulty sleeping, nightmares
· "Clingy" behavior, fear of being alone
· Asking questions over and over again
· Remembering previous losses and events
Please take the time to reach out to one another, offering comfort and support to those who may be struggling. We must remember that grief knows no timetable, and everyone copes with loss in their own unique way. Be patient and understanding, as a simple act of kindness can make a difference.
If you have any concerns, questions, or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your child's school. We are here to support you through this difficult time. Together, we will navigate this painful journey and emerge stronger as a community.
With deepest sympathies,
19 days ago, OCESD
A special message from OCESD Board of Trustee Member K. Sandra Barnes:
English Learner Families, please join us for our final District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting on May 16th at 4:30 in rm. 12 at Wyandotte Academy. In this meeting we review English Learner data & our parent survey, plan future meetings and ask for parent input on how we can make our English Learner program at OCESD stronger. Children are welcome, We hope to see you there.
about 1 month ago, Christy Reyes
Tabitha VanGunda and Rachelle Linden were presented with the Ross-Harmon Educator of the Year Monday evening! Congratulations to you both!
about 1 month ago, OCESD
The Bureau of Children's Justice representatives will be holding office hours for students, parents, and guardians at the Studios @ Central Middle School at 2565 Mesa Avenue on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 from 4-5:30 p.m.
They would like to hear from you regarding your and your child’s experiences with
school climate and school discipline in the District, including class or school removals, suspensions, expulsions, and transfers.
You can access the full notices in English, Spanish, and Hmong by clicking on the Equity Resources button, then go to DOJ Visits.
Ishi Hills Middle School is getting a fresh coat of paint over the break!
2 months ago, OCESD Staff
Hay there! Did you hear? The Paradise Grazing Festival is next weekend!
Get ready for a day of fun for the whole family, hosted by the Butte County Fire Safe Council (BCFSC)!
Meet your Host: The BCFSC is a nonprofit, community-based organization providing wildfire safety services to Butte County since 1998!
When: Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: The Terry Ashe Recreation Center at 6626 Skyway, Paradise, CA
Why: Come celebrate some amazing grazing from nature’s firefighters. Learn about how goats can help protect our communities from wildfires by clearing flammable vegetation to create a more fire-safe landscape.
Learn about using grazing for wildfire safety, and then stay for food, vendor booths, live music, tie dye crafts, goat activities, and more!
We’re bringing the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) goats, just like last year.
Goat Experiences: Petting zoo, goat yoga, goat photobooth, story time with goats, and a dog herding demonstration!
Find out more online:
Watch the video recap of last year’s first ever Paradise Grazing Festival: https://youtu.be/g9ueao2-HSU
Event webpage: https://buttefiresafe.net/paradisegrazingfestival/
RSVP or share on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/3nsfIr202
Learn more about the Butte County Fire Safe Council (BCFSC): https://linktr.ee/buttefiresafe
3 months ago, OCESD
Staff and students at Sierra Del Oro Preschool celebrated Kindness Day on March 16!