Sonoma County Office of Education

About SCOE

Sonoma County Schools Fire Relief

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Thank you for your interest in helping our many schools and families that have been impacted by the devastating fires. To assist districts that are overwhelmed with day-to-day logistics at this point, SCOE is coordinating donations and support to local schools.

If you are a member of the community needing help, the county has opened a one-stop-shop assistance center in Santa Rosa. Learn about the Local Assistance Center here.

Monetary Donations Through SCOE

Below, you can make a payment to a school district of your choice via the Sonoma County Office of Education. If you're unsure where to donate, you can look up school districts at the SCOE directory. Please note that if you list a specific school rather than district, the money will still be routed to the district to use as it sees fit. If you don't want to donate directly to nonprofits, here are some other good options: 

United Way of the Wine Country

sonomacounty.recovers.org

www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief 

School Staff Relief Funds

The California Teachers Association Disaster Relief Fund provides grants to members who been affected by catastrophic events. Donate here: http://www.ctamemberbenefits.org/drf

The SEIU provides relief to members. Members can apply at this link: http://www.seiu1021.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/74/files/2017/10/Guidelines-Application-Disaster-Relief-Fund.pdf

The California School Employees Association (CSEA) also provides support to members, who can visit csea.com/bjork. They will need to log in. They can also call CSEA’s Labor Relations Representative, Leslie Perry at (707) 583-5531.

Other donations/support

If you'd like to donate supplies, a spare room, or other material help to a school, please email schoolsupport@scoe.org and let us know the following:

  • Your name and contact information
  • What you would like to donate/how you'd like to help
  • The school or district you'd like to help, if relevant

Based on this information, SCOE will route the information to the appropriate school/district or coordinate a drop-off.

Mental Health and Homeless Student Support

School mental health and crisis response is being coordinated by SCOE's System of Support Team and the County's Crisis Assessment, Prevention, and Education team. They are responding to schools serving the hardest hit areas first.

Under law, students displaced by the fire are entitled to enroll in the nearest school district (not necessarily a specific school) to their temporary residence. Learn more about this and other resources for displaced students at SCOE's Homeless Education page.