Announcements

Important Camp Fire Updates and Resources

11/16/18:

As you’re aware, several members of our Pivot family have been directly impacted by the Camp Fire, and several of you have asked how you can help. The quickest way to help is through the donation of gift cards which will allow those affected by the fire to access items they need to get back on their feet. Many companies now allow you to send gift cards electronically, so we’ve set up a special e-mail address to collect donations: campfiredonations@pivotcharter.org. Every $5 card helps. We are very grateful for all that you do for our students. Thank you for being a part of our family.

11/15/18:

Dear Parents and Guardians of Pivot Charter School Students:

We hope that everyone has found their loved ones affected by the fires and that everyone is safe. It has been a challenging week for our wonderful community.  I am uplifted by the amount of support and outpouring of love that immediately resulted from these tragedies; our towns have rallied! This will be a very long road to recovery but the Butte County residents are the most resilient I have seen and we have such a strong community here that I know we will create a wonderful “New Normal” together.

I was in Chico the last 48 hours working with all of the school districts and our County Office of Education to come up with a safe plan for the reopening of the schools in Butte County. There was a Summit at Pleasant Valley High School yesterday which our state superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, attended as did many other team members of the California Department of Education and all of our superintendents in the county as well as assistant superintendents and principals and charter school directors. It was organized by our County Office of Education and County Superintendent, Tim Taylor, and his staff. Having gone through similar circumstances last year with our Charter School in Santa Rosa, I was particularly floored by how quickly the County Office of Education was able to mobilize such an incredible team to support all of the local schools and our students in the community. We do not have all of the details or a definitive date for Butte County schools reopening, but they are trying to see if it is possible to re open in most places midweek after Thanksgiving break. The most challenging issue for schools located in Chico is the air quality and the hazard of the ash that has fallen. As we were informed by people at the state level, the ash and the air is far more toxic than just a forest fire because of the types of structures that burned. We will continue to keep you updated via email and text regarding the possible reopening of the school sometime after the 26th. There is no guarantee, however. Once we reopen, we will have access to mental health counselors to support our students to process this tragedy.

If you are looking for updates about the fire or where you can get assistance from FEMA, or food and clothing drives and help from any of the many other local agencies that are supporting our community, please go to this link: https://www.bcoe.org/o/bcoe/page/butte-county-camp-fire  or  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N2i3zXiKkRDVupe8WYTLcEkWew0k4JVk0CDUoNLxEdM/edit?ts=5be74e72

Again, the Butte County Office of Education has done an exceptional job organizing everything that is happening. If you have any questions, they are keeping Charter Directors and Superintendents well informed and I would be happy to help you find the assistance you need. Also, Chico Unified is helping to feed students this and next week. Here is the information

Chico Unified Nutrition Services Department will open two school sites to feed anyone 18 years and under a FREE meal:

Little Chico Creek, McMannis, Citrus and Chapman Elementary Schools will be open during the following times:

Wednesday, 11/14 – Friday, 11/16

– Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

– Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Please share with families who have children in need of a meal.

Little Chico Creek is located at: 2090 Amanda Way, Chico, CA 95928

Chapman Elementary School is located at: 1071 16th St, Chico, CA 95928

There will also be a Thanksgiving meal provided to students 18 and under on Wednesday the 21st. Please check their website for location but it was tentatively planned at Chapman Elementary from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. www.chicoused.org

Pivot will open our resource center this coming Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 9 until 3 for any community members to use the internet and our computers. This is not a time for Pivot students to get help from teachers or work on schoolwork, rather it is a service to our community members who have lost everything, to research support and get online to take care of their business. Please pass that along to friends who need assistance.

There is a number you can also call via text or phone to get information about meals, support, access to the ridge, and enrollment for displaced students (that part will be live as of Monday). The number is 211.

I know the kids really need to get back together and spend some time together. CalSkate has opened their doors and we have teachers who will chaperone students there tomorrow for our regularly scheduled field trip from 11 am to 1 pm. HOWEVER, the air quality in Chico is ABOVE HAZARDOUS levels at 385. Normal is 0-50 and moderate is 50-100. Please consider this if you plan on sending your students to CalSkate. They have cancelled all outdoor activity access but even inside any buildings in Chico has dangerous air quality levels. We are not allowed to provide masks of any kind. You must determine if you are comfortable sending students to CalSkate tomorrow.

To everyone in our community, please be safe. Help others in need in the coming months. To those of you who have suffered loss of loved ones or homes and livelihoods, we are here to assist in any way we can. We will continue to update families via email but please also contact your teacher if you need additional support or information.

In kindness,

Jayna Gaskell
Executive Director
Pivot Charter Schools

jgaskell@pivotcharter.org
530-550-7616

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