Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

COVID-19 School Reopening

California schools have been closed for in-person instruction since mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools on July 17, 2020. The framework outlines standards for when schools should open or close for in-person instruction. If a county has been on the county monitoring list within the prior 14 days, a school must conduct distance learning only, until their county has been off the monitoring list for at least 14 days. CDPH also published a list of frequently asked questions about school reopening online.

The framework authorized local Public Health Departments to grant a waiver of this criteria, in order for elementary schools to open for in-person instruction under specified conditions. The waiver may only be submitted to the local Public Health Department by a district superintendent, private school principal or head of school, or executive director of a charter school. Parents, teachers, staff and community members should contact their school directly with questions or comments about the waiver and should not contact Butte County Public Health regarding the waiver process. Schools are required to consult with these groups prior to submitting a waiver.

Requesting an Elementary School Waiver

District superintendent, private school principal or head of school, or executive director of a charter school should complete the following steps.

  1. Review the letter from Butte County Public Health regarding the elementary school waiver request;
  2. Complete the Application Cover Form (the form may be signed electronically or printed, signed, and scanned); and
  3. Submit the Application Cover Form and all supporting documents to COVIDQuestions@ButteCounty.net.

Butte County Public Health will post complete waiver applications to this webpage and provide a decision within 14 days of receiving a complete application.

Elementary School Waiver Requests

Elementary school waiver requests are posted below when complete applications are received by Butte County Public Health. The requests are organized by community. Butte County Public Health commits to providing a decision within 14 days of receiving a complete application. In some cases, additional information may be needed from the school to determine if the reopening plan meets the State guidance and standards. 

Chico

District/School Name Date Submitted  Status* Public Contact** Links to Application and
Reopening Plan
Chico Oaks Adventist Elementary School (private)  8/7/2020 Approved  Phone: 530.342.5043
Email: lbartsch@chicooaks.org
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan
Chico Hope Academy 


 8/12/2020 Approved Phone: 530.518.4092
Email: chicohopeacademy@gmail.com 
View Waiver Application 
View Reopening Plan  
 Notre Dame School   8/17/2020 Approved                Phone: 530.342.2502
Email: mjohnson@ndschico.org 
View Waiver Application 
View Reopening Plan 
 Nord Country School   8/18/2020 Received   Phone: 530.891.3138
Email: kdahlgren@nordk8.org 
View Waiver Application 
View Reopening Plan  
Chico Country Day School   9/29/2020 Received   Phone: 530.895.2650 x:204 
Email: margaret@chicocountryday.org
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan 

*Status: received, granted, declined.
**Please direct all questions and comments about the waiver application to the public contact listed for the district/school.

Oroville

District/School Name Date Submitted  Status* Public Contact** Links to Application and
Reopening Plan
 Stream Charter School  8/7/2020 Approved Phone: 530.534.1633
Email: streamcharteroroville@gmail.com
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan
 St. Thomas the Apostle  8/12/2020 Approved Phone: 530.534.6969
Email: kheinert@stschool.net
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan
Oroville Christian School   8/12/2020 Approved               Phone: 530.533.2888
Email: mbates@ocseagles.com
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan
Feather River Adventist School  8/12/2020 Approved Phone: 530.592.6526
Email: featherriversda.org 
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan 
Butte County Office of Education (BCOE)  8/25/2020 Received   Phone: 530.532.5757
Email: mzevely@bcoe.org 
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan  
Golden Feather Union Elementary School District   9/25/2020  Received  Phone: 530.533.3467
Email: jpeete@gfusd.org 
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan  

*Status: received, granted, declined.
**Please direct all questions and comments about the waiver application to the public contact listed for the district/school.

Paradise

District/School Name Date Submitted  Status* Public Contact** Links to Application and
Reopening Plan
Paradise Adventist Elementary (private) 8/7/2020 Approved Phone: 530.877.6540
Email: office@mypae.net
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan
Paradise Children's Community Charter School (CCCS)  9/1/2020  Received  Phone: 530.877.2227
Email: mfarrer@paradisecccs.org  
View Waiver Application 
View Reopening Plan  

*Status: received, granted, declined.
**Please direct all questions and comments about the waiver application to the public contact listed for the district/school.

Gridley

District/School Name Date Submitted  Status* Public Contact** Links to Application and
Reopening Plan
Gridley Unified School District  8/12/2020 Received  Phone: 530.846.6115
Email: jreeves@gusd.org
View Waiver Application 
View Reopening Plan 
Manzanita Elementary School District   10/2/2020  Received  Phone: 530.846.5594
Email: grogers@mesd.net
 
View Waiver Application
View
 Reopening Plan 

*Status: received, granted, declined.
**Please direct all questions and comments about the waiver application to the public contact listed for the district/school.

Durham

District/School Name Date Submitted Status* Public Contact** Links to Application and
Reopening Plan
Durham Unified School District  8/21/2020 Received Phone: 530.895.4675
Email: jbohannon@durhamunified.org
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan

*Status: received, granted, declined.
**Please direct all questions and comments about the waiver application to the public contact listed for the district/school.

Biggs

District/School Name Date Submitted Status* Public Contact** Links to Application and
Reopening Plan
Biggs Unified School District  9/17/2020 Approved Phone: 530.868.1281
Email: dkaelin@biggs.org
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan 

*Status: received, granted, declined.
**Please direct all questions and comments about the waiver application to the public contact listed for the district/school.

Forest Ranch

District/School Name Date Submitted Status* Public Contact** Links to Application and
Reopening Plan
Forest Ranch Charter School 9/22/2020 Received Phone: 530.891.3154
Email: cmarasco@forestranchcharter.org
View Waiver Application
View Reopening Plan 

*Status: received, granted, declined.
**Please direct all questions and comments about the waiver application to the public contact listed for the district/school.


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