Coronavirus Updates for Fall 2020
Your NCSOE Team invites you to "lean in and learn in" to these challenging times. Check out these fun and informative videos created by your NCSOE team.
From the Executive Director, Jason Lea
On behalf of the staff at North Coast School of Education, I want to reassure you that we will continue to work to support you as we all navigate through these unprecedented times. The last three months have been unlike any we have experienced.
As educators on many levels, we have had to make adjustments, build it on the fly, and be flexible to serve the students. Many have been doing this work along with holding down the fort at home with little children and/or big ones all working virtually. Overcoming these challenges is part of what will make you amazing educators and leaders in our schools. When we return to what the new normal will be, we will all be better prepared to educate and lead our students, colleagues, and communities in a direction that will make the world a better place.
I also want to say thank you! Thank you for your patience and faith in our staff to help you through this. Thank you for choosing to be part of our public education system. Finally, thank you for committing your time and energy to be educators who are committed to helping the children in your schools prepare to face the world that lies ahead of them.
Fall 2020 Update
Our number one priority is the health and safety of our participants and staff. With guidance from SCOE Leadership, NCSOE is monitoring the ever-changing situation and following local and regional health and safety guidelines in making decisions to serve you best.
Our goal is to continue to provide you with quality learning opportunities in a safe and effective manner. In order to do so, we plan to offer three different delivery models: virtual live (synchronous via Zoom), on-line (asynchronous via Canvas), and face-to-face (following guidelines approved by local and regional health and safety officials). This way, we provide maximum choice, access and equity while respecting individual and cohort needs.
Program enrollment is scheduled to open on August 3rd, 2020.
Online Learning Tools
As we all "learn in" with online teaching, check out these great resources:
Below are some additional resources:
- Keeping Students Engaged in Digital Learning (Edutopia, April 2020)
- San Jose State's K12 Online Teaching Academy
- Teaching Strategies of Award-Winning Online Instructors (Edutopia, April 2020)
- More Technology and Online Learning Tools
Student Confidentiality Guidelines: Prior to including photos or videos of students as part of program ePortfolios or other requirements, please be sure that you have consent from adults (students 18 or over) and/or from the parents (students under 18). Many schools and districts already have such permissions on file (you will need to ensure this is the case); if not, you must obtain consent before submitting photos or videos. Download a sample consent form here: SCOE Media Release.
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Minimize close contact (e.g. no hand shaking or hugging)
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, then throw the tissue in the trash.
What is the Coronavirus?
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is from a family of coronaviruses that typically cause respiratory infection, such as the common cold, but they also can result in more severe disease, as seen in past years with SARS and MERS. This new strain, COVID-19, has previously not been found in humans, and its health impact is currently being closely monitored.
What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?
Typically, human coronaviruses cause symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath which are very similar to the flu. In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness.
How will we be notified if there is an issue that impacts classes or workshops?
North Coast will send a notice through our email system. Communications will be posted on the NCSOE website.
What if I work somewhere that has closed due to concern about exposure to COVID-19?
We recognize that some local districts have closed or may close due to concerns about COVID-19. If a person has concerns about exposure to COVID-19, we recommend contacting your primary care provider to discuss a recommended course of action.
Where can I get additional Information?
- More information about COVID-19 is available on the SoCo Emergency website, California Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The Sonoma County Office of Education and Humboldt County Office of Education have both provided guidance for K-12 schools.
- Check with your local school district or county health department.