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Community Update: School Closures Extended For One Week

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March 16, 2020

Dear WCCUSD Families,

The situation with the coronavirus has continued to evolve and I am sure your concerns have continued to grow.  Thank you all for your continued patience and support as we manage this outbreak. 

Today, the Contra Costa County Health Officer issued a “shelter in place” order for residents through April 7. Similar orders were issued in six other Bay Area counties. The order starts Tuesday  March 17, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. and advises people to leave their homes only for essential activities, including shopping for food and household supplies and to seek medical care or care for relatives or pets.

This means we are moving Spring Break back to the Week of April 6 and adding an additional school closure week for the week of March 30. School is now scheduled to resume on Monday, April 13. We will keep you informed of any changes. 

Meal distribution at the nine WCCUSD schools is considered an essential service and will continue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following schools: De Anza, Kennedy, Pinole Valley, and Richmond high schools; DeJean and Helms middle schools; and Montalvin, Nystrom and Riverside elementary schools.

In terms of learning, we want to encourage students to continue the learning by engaging in the activities (paper or online) that were prepared by their teachers as much as possible.to their best of ability. The assignments are not mandatory, but we believe it is essential that students remain connected to instruction to prevent learning loss during the closures. We have compiled a number of learning resources and schedules on our website for all grade levels.

We had hoped to reopen schools briefly this week for families to obtain technology if they had not previously done so, but due to the new order from the county health officer, we will be unable to do so.

You can stay up to date on the District’s website www.wccusd.net and more specifically www.wccusd.net/districtclosure

Please continue to follow the county’s shelter in place order and follow the social distancing guidelines if you must go out. Stay safe and take care of yourself and your family. We are in this together.

In community,

 

Matthew Duffy
Superintendent