Plaza Elementary School

Plaza Elementary School

School Info

Principal's Message

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Dear Plaza Community,


Welcome back to Plaza School as we start the 2018-19 year.  Hopefully your Plaza Pirate(s) came home last week excited about the many learning opportunities and experiences they will have while with us the remaining 177 days.  That’s right, for some of us the countdown has begun. : )  However, if you think about it, 180 days of school is not a lot of time, especially when you take into account how long students are actually learning from their teacher, instructional aide, or a parent helper.


Unlike most school districts, Plaza School District families are from all over Glenn County, while others come from Butte and Tehama. Each day many of us drive out here to experience this incredible little school, returning home where we support our own local neighborhood businesses, churches, organizations, and fire departments. Very few of us actually live within the district boundaries. Because of this, the Plaza community really is just Plaza School District. 


Many of our students and nearly all of the staff live outside our district boundaries. Some travel close to 30 minutes just to ensure their child receives a great education, or to work at the best school around.  This can make it a challenge to regularly volunteer in your child’s class or support one of the many different school activities and events that occur throughout the year.  Much of the support that makes Plaza School so great is done by a few people who work in classrooms or the library, plan and execute Plaza Community Club activities, or support events like the bike-a-thon, Pancake Breakfast, Carnival, and softball tournament.  Many additional activities, such as our sports program, student government, spirit committee, yearbook, and dances, are carried out by staff members outside their normal responsibilities.  Without all of your support, Plaza School wouldn’t be such a great experience.


Plaza Community Club (PCC) is one way you can help make Plaza an even better place for your child(ren). This small group of dedicated parents work together to plan, organize, and execute several different activities and events throughout the year. We could really use your help. Each year PCC hosts the Plaza Carnival as their largest fundraiser. Planning and organizing this incredible day takes all year so please join PCC at one of our monthly meetings held at Round Table Pizza in Orland to find out how you can help.  Pizza is provided so feel free to bring your whole family. 


I know how valuable your time is, but I ask each family to please consider serving a few hours this year by supporting a classroom, a school activity, or an event. Even a little help can have a big impact and doesn’t have to be a regularly scheduled time each week. Volunteering in the library, reading to kids, grading student work, or helping a teacher prep for lessons are just a few examples of the little things that can help improve the school experience for our kids. 


Once again, welcome back to Plaza School. I look forward to another great year getting to know our students while serving as their superintendent/principal.




Patrick Conklin



Several years ago California overhauled the way K-12 schools receive operating funds from the state. Part of the new budgeting process involves seeking direct input from the community and staff with regard to the Eight State Priorities that focus on student achievement, conditions of learning, and stakeholder engagement. Input from all community members were used to create the following three goals our district will focus on over the next three years. Throughout the year community members will have opportunities to provide input on how we can accomplish these goals, as well as give feedback on how successful the district has been in working towards them.  To view the whole LCAP where you can find detailed information about the needs, actions, and services for each goal,please click here:


Goal #1: Students in grades K-8 will increase academic achievement in all areas.


Goal #2: Provide appropriately assigned and fully credentialed teachers with standards-aligned instructional materials in school facilities that are in good repair in order to fully implement academic content and performance standards in a broad course of study.


 Goal #3: Provide a safe and welcoming climate for all stakeholders that includes parent input in decision making and promotes parent participation in student learning in order to improve school attendance rates.  



Click the link below to view the policies and regulations

Plaza School Safety Plan

The following links will allow you to view the safety plans in place at Plaza School.

Safe Schools Plan

Our school has a comprehensive, up-to-date safety plan in place to address a variety of emergency conditions. The plans are reinforced through drills with students and at regular meetings of staff.

Our school disaster plan includes emergency procedures in case of:

  • Traumatic Incidents
  • Imminent Danger—Code Red
  • Evacuation/ Relocation
  • Civil Defense/Disorder
  • Bomb Threat/ Bomb Emergency
  • Earthquake
  • Chemical Spill
  • Crime in Progress
  • Fire/Explosion

On-going training increases our ability to deal with conflict, anger, and other threats to safety. Our plan stresses prevention; our goal is to be prepared.

Your children are surrounded daily by professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping their students. In the event of an emergency, you can count on these caring individuals to keep your children secure.

In most incidents, public safety and emergency management personnel will play a critical role in identifying the specific nature, cause, and extent of the emergency, as will provide guidance to administrators on the appropriate response steps.

If you have questions about your child's safety and school support responses, please contact your principal. Your understanding, support, and cooperation are vital as we take these precautionary actions on behalf of our students. 

School Accountability Report Card

An annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is produced for each school. It provides valuable information for parents, teachers, administrators and the community, including:
  • description of facilities
  • demographics
  • curriculum
  • special programs
  • academic and test data
  • teacher/staff information
  • school safety
  • fiscal data
  • and more

Title IX

Title IX per SB 1375

What is Title IX? 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal assistance. The Title IX regulation describes the conduct that violates Title IX. Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under title IX include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics, and discrimination based on pregnancy. To enforce Title IX, the US Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights, with headquarters in Washington, DC and 23 offices across the United States. Source: US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. (2015). Title IX and Sex Discrimination

In accordance to California Education Code 221.6, public schools that receive funds and are subject to the requirements of Title IX, shall post in a prominent and conspicuous location on their Internet Web sites all of the following:

  1. The name and contact information of the Title IX Coordinator: Patrick Conklin,, 530-865-1250
  2. The rights of a pupil and the public and the responsibilities of the school district under Title IX, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, Internet Web links to information about those rights and responsibilities located on the Internet Web sites of the department’s Office for Equal Opportunity and the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, and the list of rights specified in Section 221.8.
    1. US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
    2. Office of US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    3. Section 221.8 Rights: The following list of rights, which are based on the relevant provisions of the federal regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681 et seq.), may be used by the department for purposes of Section 221.6: (a) You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex. (b) You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics. (c) You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school. (d) You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships. (e) You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following: (1) Equipment and supplies. (2) Scheduling of games and practices. (3) Transportation and daily allowances. (4) Access to tutoring. (5) Coaching. (6) Locker rooms. (7) Practice and competitive facilities. (8) Medical and training facilities and services. (9) Publicity. (f) You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws. (g) You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws. (h) You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex. (i) You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against. (j) You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.


An overview of the Uniform Complaint Procedures may be found in the Plaza Elementary School Board Policies, BP 1312.3  and AR 1312.2—Community Relations: Uniform Complaint Procedures. (BP 1312.3 pdf)

Explanation of statute of limitations within which a complaint must be filed after an alleged incident of discrimination has occurred, and how a complaint must be filed beyond the statute of limitations can be found here.

Further information may be found through the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Form - HERE (click at bottom of Civil Rights page)

Contact Information:

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, Telephone: 800-421-3481, FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877 8339, Email:

San Francisco Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 50 United Nations Plaza, Mail Box 1200, Room 1545, San Francisco, CA 94102, Telephone: 415-486-5555, FAX: 415-486-5570; TDD: 800-877-8339, Email: