ICOE is looking for substitute teachers.
The month of April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month. Today we honored children who have died by preventable violence in California and across the United States. Folks from Inyo County Health and Human Services, Wild Iris, Resource Family Approval, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for children), First 5 of Inyo County, and Inyo County Office of Education joined together for a short yet meaningful ceremony and a moment of silence as Supervisor Jeff Griffiths and School Superintendent Barry Simpson raised a flag at ICOE to honor those children. ... See more
Outdoor Education Docent Instructor Opportunities with Eastern Sierra Watershed Project! Outdoor Creek Study field programs will be taught in Big Pine and Lone Pine the weeks of April 12th and 19th. Docents are paid a stipend and receive training to teach the program's lessons. Mileage will be reimbursed from Bishop as needed. COVID safety measures include masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and gloves as needed. Please contact Maggie Riley at *protected email* if you are interested. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-DyZCWibRlAs3_JheeqMC9_vxWwO8dum/view ... See more
Happy Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! Last night, the City of Bishop California - Bishop City Council signed a proclamation declaring today, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. This morning, members of City Council, together with Acting Police Chief Josh Ellsworth and Support Services Manager Rich Watt delivered gifts of appreciation to our local Crossing Guards: Hailey Dahlke, Juanita Dominguez, Tammy Law, Avis Jackson, Jessica Scida, Trish Muro, Tiffany Waetermans, Viero Schiller and Doug Talmadge. Thank you all for your service! ... See more
Randy Cook, Associate Superintendent at ICOE along with many others have been working diligently on the new Adult Education Center due to open in April at 155 North Main Street in Bishop.
Congratulations to Owens Valley High School freshman Julian Carter, winner of the recent 2021 Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Competition. He now heads for the California State Finals to be held virtually on March 11th. ... See more
To: Community of Inyo County From: Superintendent of Schools Barry Simpson As we mark the one-year anniversary of school closures across the country, I would like to take an opportunity to thank every educator in our schools for their work in trying to make the best of a very difficult situation. Faced with a worldwide pandemic, our teachers, administrators and classified staff quickly transitioned to a distance learning platform to maintain educational continuity and student learning. While the vast majority of California schools that shut down in the fall have remained full-time distance learning, our schools began the school year in a hybrid learning model that has allowed students to receive at least part of their education as in-class instruction. We have been able to accomplish what most of California hasn’t due to the remarkable efforts of our schools’ faculty and staff. Without their support, this never would have been possible. In addition, our schools have also implemented many protective mitigation measures to make sure our students and the adults on our campuses are safe. Personal Protective Equipment, Social Distancing, Cleaning and Disinfecting Classrooms, Staff Surveillance Testing, Frequent Handwashing, Temperature Screening, Purchasing Air Purifiers for each classroom and most recently with the help of our local Public Health Department vaccination prioritization for every educator. At this point, nearly all teachers who wanted the vaccine have received their second dose! Again, I am proud of the great work that has occurred in our schools. Yet, we know more and more of our students are not receiving the education they deserve. We are seeing more failing grades than ever before, absenteeism is on the rise, and most importantly the social and emotional well-being of our students is threatened. For these reasons, I am calling for the full reopening of schools as soon as Inyo County reaches the Red Tier in the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This decision is being made in collaboration with Inyo County Health Officer Dr. Richardson and the Inyo County HHS Public Health Division. We believe under these special circumstances we need to prioritize the education of our children. With reduced COVID-19 case rates and the slowing of community transmission, we can reopen our schools safely when our county meets the parameters to move into the Red Tier. However, we must continue to faithfully and diligently maintain all of our safety protocols, such as the use of air purifiers for improved ventilation, wearing masks at all times, frequent hand-washing, temperature checks, and having staff and students stay home if they exhibit any symptoms. Again, I want to commend the incredible work of all of our school district employees and the leadership in each of our districts for their great work. I would also like to thank Inyo County HHS Public Health Division for their tremendous support. The time has come to focus on our students and return to some normalcy. I hope each of our school districts that are not already fully open will work quickly to put plans in place to reopen our schools as soon as possible. Barry D. Simpson ... See more