Due to the fires in Plumas County (Claremont in Quincy, Iron near Taylorsville & Greenhorn, Copper near Greenville) and the many families and staff who are impacted in all four communities and surrounding areas, we are delaying the start of school district-wide until Monday, August 31st. All employees who are scheduled to work next week, please plan to do so. If you need to take leave, please communicate with your supervisor. Please see attached memo if you need further clarification.
While we were planning for a successful start to the school year, this was a difficult decision to make with the following contributing factors:
- At this time, Quincy JS High School lower gym has been set up as a messaging center as well as a shelter for those in need. The Red Cross has set up beds and is assisting with related needs. Our Food Service Department will provide meals for those sheltering at the school site and several members of our staff have been present to assist with details.
- Portola JS High School is preparing to be an additional evacuation site if needed.
- Greenville and Taylorsville families are affected by the Iron and Copper fires.
- Chester is also willing to work with lead agencies for purposes of providing meals and shelter to the Lassen or Plumas Counties.
- Due to the fire, events planned for Aug. 21st and Aug. 22nd have been canceled including parent informational meetings, computer and material distribution.
- Families from around our county have been evacuated and others are housing those who have been displaced.
- Poor air quality limits our ability to employ the COVID mitigating strategy of having students work outside or having windows open.
Addressing health and safety issues of the pandemic and related return to school considerations have been incredibly challenging. Adding the fires, evacuations and all the related uncertainties has created a lot of stress for so many of our families and our community. Thank you everyone for understanding yet another change related to the start of school. We are looking forward to returning to some sort of normalcy. Until that time, your patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated.
Lastly, please keep our firefighters and emergency services responders in your thoughts as they have been doing an amazing job and have an incredible task before them.
Be safe everyone.
Terry R. Oestreich
PCOE & PUSD Superintendent
530-283-6500, x 5200 Office
50 Church Street
Quincy, CA 95971