Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Education, will join El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, at Calder Fire on Wednesday. They will be there to get a first-hand perspective of the fire’s impact on area schools and to offer support to displaced residents, as provided by the California Department of Education’s Emergency Response Fund. Foundation (CDEF).
At the Placerville Library, Thurmond will share donated books and gift cards for families affected by the wildfire and program staff will showcase the family support and tutoring services offered to people displaced by the closure of the seven county school districts. The El Dorado County Community Hub program, a partnership between First 5 El Dorado, the County Library and the El Dorado County Office of Education, delivers these offers through the support of volunteer educators and Elizabeth’s leadership. Blakemore, Director of Learning and Family Support, and Jesus Cordova, Bilingual Family Engagement Specialist.
Superintendent Thurmond will visit Caldor Fire Incident Command at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds to receive a briefing from Incident Commander Jeff Veik of Cal Fire before joining a meeting of superintendents from the 15 county school districts of ‘El Dorado at the El Dorado County Education Office. The District Chiefs Gathering will provide Thurmond with first-hand updates and accounts of school closures and evacuations related to the fires, as well as a COVID-19 briefing from Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams County of El Dorado.
Donations to the CDEF in the event of a disaster can be made to the CDEF GoFundMe page. To support educators in El Dorado County who have been affected by the Caldor fire, visit the EDC Emergency Aid Fund for Educators which was established by the El Dorado Community Foundation.