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April 9, 2020

Child Care assistance for Essential Workers
In response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Education has issued guidance on the availability of child care assistance for Essential Workers as defined by the Governor’s Executive Order EO N-47-20.

Tulare County Office of Education's Early Childhood Education Program is providing support to match essential workers and families with available care and open vacancies. For additional information, please contact Tulare County Office of Education Connections for Quality Care at ewcc@tcoe.org.

March 26, 2020

Closure continuing until further notice
In response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, this morning Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Tim Hire announced that the Tulare County Office of Education, its schools, and Early Childhood Education Child Development Centers will remain closed until further notice. This includes La Sierra Charter School, University Preparatory High School, and all Court/Community Schools. This announcement supersedes a previous directive to close TCOE programs until April 2, with schools and Child Development Centers to be closed until April 14.
During this closure, TCOE staff will be working from home Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You may reach them by email. Essential services that require staff to work at their normal location will be continued at specific times during the closure.

March 26, 2020

Additional library resources available to parents and teachers
In an effort to provide greater resources to teachers and parents who have children at home due to school closures, the Educational Resource Services Library secured commitments from its content providers to allow free access to their digital resources through April 30, 2020. These digital resources include eBooks from Tumble Book Library and Teen Book Cloud, age-appropriate streaming videos from Discovery Education, educational games for math, ELA, and science provided by Edmentum, and a social/emotional gaming environment from Peekaville. In addition, vetted and curated articles are available from a variety of sources including Britannica and World Book Online Encyclopedias, ProQuest, Opposing Viewpoints, and ABC CLIO.
To view these California standards-aligned digital resources, log in to the ERS Portal at erslibrary.tcoe.org by April 30 using the following usernames/passwords: Teachers and Parents: tularecoe/resources; Teens: tulareteen/resources; Kids: tularestudent/resources. For additional support with ERS Library resources, email library@ersconnect.org or call (559) 651-3031.

March 20, 2020

Free resources available to parents and teachers
In an effort to assist parents and teachers who are seeking alternative ways to continue the education of their children during these trying times, TCOE has created a website of free distance learning resources. There are many grade level-specific categories in a variety of content levels to choose from. Also included are resources for student social/emotional learning – all in an easy-to-navigate format. Parents and educators are encouraged to visit the site frequently as new resources will be added on an ongoing basis. Please feel free to share the link with others who may benefit from these resources. Visit tcoe.org/DistanceLearning to learn more.

March 19, 2020

TCOE’s Early Childhood Education Child Development Centers are currently closed in an effort to help curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If your child receives services from TCOE’s Early Childhood Education Program, we have compiled a list of Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) that may be able to assist with care until our Child Development Centers reopen on April 14. We have also included a list of private centers in various communities throughout Tulare County that may be of assistance. If you would like additional information, please leave a message for the Early Childhood Education Program at (559) 651-3026. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.

March 18, 2020

In an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in response to President Trump’s request to work from home whenever possible, TCOE will close its offices and Early Childhood Education Child Development Centers March 18. TCOE offices will reopen Thursday, April 2 and Child Development Centers will reopen to students on Tuesday, April 14. Child Development Center staff will return to work on April 2. During this closure, TCOE staff will be working from home Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You may reach them by email. Essential services that require staff to work at their normal location will be continued at specific times during the closure.

La Sierra Charter School, University Preparatory High School, and Court/Community Schools are currently closed and scheduled to reopen after spring break on April 14.

Check the status of upcoming events at tcoe.org/StudentEvents.

March 12, 2020

Tulare County Public Health Department has announced the first positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) is still being advised that the risk to the students and staff remains low. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling all TCOE student events effective, March 12, 2020 through April 13, 2020.

These TCOE events include, but are not limited to, STEAM Expo, Poetry & Prose, Friday Night Live Lip Sync, Access to Higher Education, Tulare-Kings College and Career EXPO, all SCICON trips and Planetarium shows. The public is encouraged to contact their local school districts for updates regarding district specific events.

We continue to be in regular contact with local, county and state officials, including the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Governor, in order to support local school districts plan appropriate practices to keep our students, staff, and community safe. We will continue to keep the community informed as the conditions in Tulare County change. We encourage you to stay informed by visiting the Tulare County Public Health Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.



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