School Closure Information

School was closed for the Coronavirus response on March 16, 2020 and will remain closed through April 17, 2020. The reopening date is subject to change and will be updated as soon as more is known.

Messages to Families

March 24, 2020

Free mindfulness app for Families! Inner Explorer’s 5-10 minute, daily audio guided program is easy to operate and helps to: Reduce stress, Boost immune systems, Improve learning & Foster Resiliency Click here for the info: https://innerexplorer.org/compass/family_onboarding

March 23, 2020

How do you get in contact with your school during the closure? All Oroville City Elementary school websites have the email addresses for instructional and administrative staff; email is being checked and responded to during the closure. #OCESDrocks

March 20, 2020

Need Internet? California Dept of Education put together this great new resource: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetp...

March 20, 2020

Parent preview night for the human growth and development videos has been postponed indefinitely.

March 19, 2020

School Closure Extended Through Friday, April 17, 2020

The Butte County Office of Education announced at today's press conference that all Butte County schools (including Oroville City Elementary School District) will be closed through Friday, April 17. We are informing our families as soon as possible, so they can begin to plan for the extended closure. Today (March 19), OCESD began its distribution of education plans, materials and Chromebooks to families to support students in continuing their education during the school closures. OCESD will do its best to support continued student learning throughout the school closures.

Additionally, the Butte County Office of Education started distributing to-go meals for all children 18 and under at select school sites across Oroville today. Go to www.ocesd.net for locations and times for meal distributions. For complete information related to school closures and OCESD, go to www.ocesd.net and click on the school closure tab at the top of the page.

We cannot thank you enough for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this national crisis. Education truly takes a community, and I have no doubt that we will all rise to the challenge as we have done so many times through these last few years. The well-being of our students is always our top priority as we plan for the next four weeks. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more and, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns and suggestions.


Spencer Holtom


March 19, 2020

Need information about the our Chromebook Home Use Program? Click here: https://www.ocesd.net/chromebooks--64 #OCESDrocks

March 18, 2020

Oroville City Elementary will be serving a "grab and go" style breakfast and lunch to all kids under the age of 18 starting Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 11:30-12:30 and continuing Monday through Friday until schools reopen.

Lunch and breakfast for the next day will be served as "grab and go" directly to your car and walk ups are also welcome. Parents, please bring the kids with you as the rules currently require they are present to give out meals.

Meals are being served at the following sites and you can go to the site most convenient for you:

  • Central Middle School
  • Bird Street School
  • Las Plumas High School
  • Poplar
  • Nelson
  • Palermo
  • Helen Wilcox
March 17, 2020

Oroville City Elementary has just created a new online resources for independent study webpage for parents, families and teachers: https://www.ocesd.net/online-resources-for-independent-study

March 16, 2020

This is the text from Superintendent Holtom's Phone Call message sent out on March 16, 2020 to families.

Good evening this is your Superintendent Spencer Holtom with an update for students and families.

Tomorrow the Governor's office and the California Department of Education will send out guidelines for districts to follow in regards to online and distance learning models as we prepare for an extended absence from schools.

Following that update our teachers and district staff on Wednesday will be preparing lessons and online learning opportunities for our students. Some of these learning opportunities could be packet based, while others will be technology and software based. We hope to distribute these educational opportunities by the end of the week. The district is also preparing for the distribution of Chromebooks for families that have that need. We are currently working with local wifi carriers to help support families without this capability. Later in the week please check our district website for distribution details as well as follow up emails and phone calls.

In the meantime please continue to focus on the fundamental learning components of your child's grade level. We are working with our I-Ready and AR software providers to give students access remotely 24/7.

Other activities that will be helpful for student learning are as follows:

Reading, please encourage your students to read age appropriate books and novels. I would encourage starting a new series. I would also encourage reading with and to your child.

Practice grade appropriate math facts and concepts. We will be sharing a long list of websites that can support this practice in the coming days. Some of my favorites are Scholastic, Khan academy and of course I-Ready.

Checking your students parent portal accounts for missing assignments and Google classroom.

Virtual field trips are great for kids and can be found all over the internet.

Additionally, I would encourage families to establish a daily schedule that includes school time, breaks and snack time, exercise, time out from technology and encourage outside activities to help keep our students active.

This message will be posted tomorrow on our website and additional information will come by Thursday. Be safe and have a great evening.

March 16, 2020

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March 15, 2020

This is your Superintendent, Spencer Holtom from Oroville City Elementary School District. After consultation with the Butte County Office of Education, we have decided to close schools starting tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020.

We are doing this due to increased concern about the Coronavirus and Governor Newsom's latest directives about isolating people over 65 years old and those with chronic disease. This closure includes Sierra Del Oro Preschool, Stanford Avenue Elementary, Ophir Elementary, Oakdale Heights Elementary, Wyandotte Academy, Central Middle School, and Ishi Hills Middle School.

We are currently planning to reopen schools on Monday, March 30, 2020, but this could be extended.

We encourage families and staff to watch our website for updates and refrain from activities that can lead to the spread of the Coronavirus. Please follow the guidelines set out by the Center for Disease Control to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

Staff member, we will also be sending out additional information and further directions for you this evening by phone and email.

Families with students, please keep safe during this trying time and we will continue to update our website with the latest information.

March 13, 2020

As of tonight, Friday the 13th, Oroville City Elementary Schools have no plans to close schools due to the Coronavirus. We are working with the Health Department and will notify families should we need to close schools in the future.

March 12, 2020

For Parents: How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus https://youtu.be/WhVad8ToCiU via @YouTube

March 11, 2020

Think you know how to wash your hands? This one minute video from UCLA Health may improve how you wash your hands! https://youtu.be/4E7UkDlnvZA

March 10, 2020

This is the transcript from the phone call that went home to families on March 10, 2020. 

This is Superintendent Holtom with an update for all staff, students, and families regarding procedures associated with current Coronavirus concerns. The health of our students is taken very seriously and we all need to do our part to prevent viruses from spreading. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Staying at home when you’re sick;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting touch surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t readily available; and
  • Following CDCs recommendations for using a facemask.

We have created a Resource Page on our ocesd.net website under the Parent tab where you will find literature, information, and links to additional resources. We are working closely with local health agencies and the Butte County Public Health Department, as well as following the recommended guidelines from the California Department of Public Health and the CDC. Custodial staff at the schools are performing regular cleanings using a commercial-grade disinfectant that kills the Coronavirus. Extra hours have also been approved for custodial staff to do additional disinfectings after hours. I encourage you to visit ocesd.net for updates. Thank you.

March 6, 2020

 In an effort to keep students and staff healthy, this week Oroville City Elementary School District schools returned to "Norovirus cleaning procedures" that includes regular disinfecting of surfaces. The disinfectant we use kills Coronavirus.

March 2, 2020

Dear Oroville City Elementary School District Community,

Understandably, we are hearing much concern from parents and staff regarding the Coronavirus. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19 or Coronavirus) is a virus recently identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and is now being spread widely in other parts of mainland China.

Coronavirus cases have now been identified in the United States, including California. However, according to Dr. Miller, Butte County Public Health Officer, as of 2/28/20, there are zero confirmed cases and zero People Under Investigation (PUI) in Butte County.

In OCESD, our top priority is the safety of our students, staff and families. We are closely monitoring official news and updates about the Coronavirus. We also want to share what we are doing to help minimize the spread of any type of virus:

•In an effort to keep our students healthy, we will continue to excuse all absences due to illness and allow students to make up missed assignments. In an effort to ensure proper diagnosis and any necessary medical care is received promptly, we will continue to encourage families to see a doctor if any member of the family is ill.

•As recommended by the Center for Disease Control, OCESD school sites disinfect classrooms daily utilizing a disinfectant product know to demonstrate effectiveness against viruses similar to the Coronavirus.

•We encourage all students, parents and staff to take everyday preventative actions. Please wash your hands regularly and avoid unnecessary travel to places known to have Coronavirus outbreaks.

Resources: As we rely upon information provided by local, state and national health care officials, we want to be sure our OCESD community also knows where to get important information:

California Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Butte County Public Health Department

In addition, updates and new developments will be posted on our website at www.ocesd.net.

Thank you for your commitment to the health and well-being of our community. If you have additional questions regarding our schools, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, your site administrator, or District Office staff.


Spencer Holtom, Ed.D.


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Steps for Preventing Coronavirus

From the Center For Disease Control (CDC)


There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.