2019 Novel Coronavirus

2019 Novel Coronavirus


The Riverside County Office of Education is working closely with Riverside University Health System Public Health, our school districts, and our RCOE team to help educators and families navigate the impact of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This site will be continually updated with the latest information and ideas for helping students stay engaged during the school closure.

On Friday, March 13, Riverside University Health System – Public Health (RUHS-PH) ordered schools closed in Riverside County. On Tuesday, March 17, the order was amended and extended to April 30. On April 1, 2020, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser extended the physical closure of the county’s schools to June 19 in response to the current conditions of COVID-19.

All RCOE student serving programs will be closed during this period. This includes Come Back Kids, School of Career Education, Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start, State Preschool, Community Schools, and programs at our Regional Learning Centers. For detailed information and questions related to RCOE program closures, please contact your school district directly or your RCOE program administrator.

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20, which orders “all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” However, his administration continues to be firm that “critical functions of education as outlined under the governor’s previous Executive Orders on Education are still in effect and exempt from the statewide stay-at-home order.” Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Public Health Officer, Riverside University Health System – Public Health has also confirmed that, unless the governor’s order specifically prohibits those activities from continuing, that schools have the authority to continue with the efforts on several fronts that have begun this week to serve students and families.

Because of the Governor’s order and Dr. Kaiser’s confirmation on “essential staff”,  RCOE will be implementing the following protocols effective Friday, March 20, 2020:

  • RCOE-Main, RCOE-Indio, and RCOE-Murrieta will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • Only “essential” workers will continue to report to the RCOE-Main until further notice.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Department of Labor information on the impact of Coronavirus on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Documents explaining employee rights will be posted to all work sites, as appropriate, and are provided here during RCOE office closures:

RCOE Office/Program Information

RCOE Social Media Resources

Riverside University Health System Public Health News Releases

April 1, 2020

March 17, 2020

March 14, 2020

  • Dr. Cameron Kaiser: Daycare centers
    Clarification on the status of child care related to the March 13 executive order. Preschool programs affiliated with the public school system such as State Preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant Head Start are included in the executive order to close. Child care and private preschool programs are not closed by the order.

March 13, 2020

School Safety Resources & Guidance on COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources for Schools
SchoolSafety.gov COVID-19 page, developed by the CISA school safety team in coordination with the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse provides relevant information, guidance, and resources for the academic community.