Monthly News Article for April 2021


Trinity County Office of Education

Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools • (530) 623-2861


TCOE Monthly Article for April – by guest writer LuAnn Peitz on behalf of TCOE

As a child growing up in Trinity County, I was fortunate to call Coffee Creek my home.  Three years ago, I began the Master’s in Social Work Program at Chico State. I knew I wanted to use this educational opportunity to give back to the community that raised me. Over the past year, I have partnered with Susan Roll from Chico State and Sarah Supahan from the Trinity County Office of Education (TCOE) to conduct the Trinity County Needs and Opportunities Assessment.

To begin this work, an economic history of Trinity County was compiled to provide a foundation for the assessment.  I found that Trinity County has a long, unstable economic history due to a cycle of economic boom and bust.  This cycle has created high rates of poverty and poor health outcomes for Trinity County residents. 

To inform a new vision for the future of Trinity County, a series of focus group meetings were held at all five Trinity County High Schools: Alps View HS, Hayfork HS, Trinity HS, Southern Trinity HS and RISE Academy.  A total of 38 high schoolers participated in the focus groups sharing their ideas about challenges and opportunities in our county that can inform future social policy.

The following themes surfaced from the voices of young people: Trinity County has a strong sense of community, natural helping networks, limited economic opportunities, limited infrastructure, suspicion of outsiders, and an illegal underground economy. An undertone of the six themes was a sense of isolation, both geographical and political. In addition to the specific themes was another important factor: school culture.  School culture at the various schools was significantly different, likely due to a variety of things including different school staff, the students themselves, as well as the economy and the resources available in each community.  

In response to the question, “What would you do with a million dollars to invest in your community?” students responded with thoughtful and telling ideas for how they would shape the future of their communities.  They would like to improve town infrastructure and create jobs by building local businesses like grocery and clothing stores, restaurants, and by improving the “run down” businesses in the community.  Other popular ideas were building affordable housing and offering more mental health services along with the creation of drug rehabilitation centers across the county for youth and adults.  Lastly, they wanted their schools improved. These ideas will help to create a youth-led vision for community change.

The results of this project have identified many opportunities and challenges for Trinity County youth.  According to the research, two significant factors outline the unique experiences of young people here: the cyclical nature of the raw materials industry and geographical and political isolation.  These issues have contributed to the lack of economic opportunities, access to resources, and infrastructure in Trinity County. This is a social justice issue requiring the participation of the entire community, including the next generation, to create social change.

We look forward to sharing more of the findings and engaging in community dialog at a series of community meetings that will be held at Trinity County high schools throughout this month, and at the Partnership in Action for Trinity Health (PATH), and hopefully at the Board of Supervisors meetings in May.  Please watch for upcoming notices about these meetings and your opportunity to participate.

Based on these findings, a youth-centered community profile will be created where qualitative and quantitative data will be added together with potential action steps.  Upon completion, the entire project will be housed in an online website through TCOE.

In addition, plans are underway to create a North State Youth Collaborative.  First, focus groups will be held in high schools across the North State and second, a youth collaborative will be built through these contacts.  Both the focus groups and youth collaborative will identify barriers, strengths, and opportunities in communities across the North State. Students will be linked with community stakeholders.  The expected outcome will be to empower, inspire and mentor rural youth to be the next leaders of their communities.

This project is rooted in North State interagency collaboration.  There can be great significance in the role Chico State plays in the connections made in Trinity County and our partnership with the North State. For many years, Chico State has claimed to partner with the North State, but few opportunities have arisen to benefit local people in Trinity County.  This research project is an example of Chico State’s commitment to the underserved populations of the North State.  We are setting a precedent for growing a cooperative relationships like this one now and into the future.

Monthly News Article for February 2021


Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools • (530) 623-2861


Trinity County, our schools are open for in-person learning

We are proud to say that our schools are open to in-person instruction, and they all opened at their usual start time this school year, all except for Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District who had a delayed start due to the August Complex Fire.

Safety is a priority for Trinity County districts. Our schools have been following the CDPH Safety Guidelines set out in July 2020, and due to their efforts to enforce those safety plans (masking, social distancing, handwashing, etc.) as well as likely due to the fact that we’ve had fewer cases in our community than in more populated areas, we’ve had no outbreaks in our schools. An outbreak, which would require a school to close to in-person instruction, is defined as “three cases in a school over a 14-day period”.

Read more: Monthly News Article for February 2021

Monthly News Article for January 2021


Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools • (530) 623-2861


What do chores at home have to do with school?

Children who understand and follow the procedures and routines of doing chores at home learn how to follow the routines and procedures at school, and this can lead to success at school as well as in life in general. Chores help teach children to follow the complex rules of the road when learning to drive, or the procedures and routines of the workplace when they are old enough to seek employment.

Read more: Monthly News Article for January 2021

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