- Harding Elementary School
April 2 Closure Update: Schools to open Friday from 1 pm-4 pm for Distance Learning Materials Pick Up
April 2, 2020
Dear WCCUSD Families,
I want to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate the school closures caused by the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Today, we want to share important information on some immediate concerns including the materials pick up scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, the use of district recreational facilities during school closures, an update for high school seniors and spring break.
As always, please be safe and follow the guidance from our public health experts.
Materials Pick Up
Schools will be open on Friday, April 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for students and families who need to pick up materials to support learning from home. Travel to support distance learning is considered essential and allowed by the County Health Officer. However, strict social distancing protocols will be in place during this distribution period.
Students in Grades TK, K or 1 can pick up paper packets or devices and students in Grades 2-12 can receive Chromebooks or tablets, if they have not already done so. Paper packets WILL NOT be distributed to students in Grades 2-12. Principals will reach out to you with specific information about the materials available for pick-up at your child’s school. Please do NOT come to school if you do not need to come.
In order to keep everyone as safe as possible and comply with social distancing guidelines, you should only attend this distribution if you need to pick up distance learning materials. If you must attend, adhere to the following guidelines:
- Avoid attending if you have a cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms
- Maintain a MINIMUM of 6 feet between others
- Cough/sneeze into a cloth, tissue, or your elbow
- Refrain from any unnecessary physical contact
Students and families will not be allowed to linger on campus or use this as an opportunity to socialize. Please help the employees and volunteers distribute the necessary materials and equipment while keeping everyone safe.
The latest order from the County Health Officer mandates that all District facilities be closed to the public. This includes playgrounds, fields and sport courts. The order states that “governments and entities that manage shared recreational facilities must close them to public access.” The use of “playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas” and “ golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls” is prohibited.
Enforcement of the County Health Officer’s orders has been light to this point. But, we are told that enforcement efforts may increase. Please follow social distancing guidelines and the stay-at-home orders.
Class of 2020
During this unexpected crisis, we are especially thinking about WCCUSD’s high school seniors and the impact that the current COVID-19 public health emergency and subsequent physical closure of schools has had on them. We hope that the guidance in this section will help relieve some stress and anxiety.
The third quarter ends tomorrow, Friday, April 3. Only assignments given to students on or before March 13 will be counted in the calculation of letter grades. Incomplete (I) grades will also include opportunities for completion.
Colleges have agreed to accept credit/no-credit or pass/fail grading where districts have decided to use it without impact on grade point averages. Additional information from the University of California, California State University and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities can also help you manage this situation. The California Community Colleges will release its guidance soon.
Plans for activities such as prom and graduation are still being considered. Please reach out to your school administration if you have ideas on how to celebrate the end of your high school career, while being mindful of the issued social distancing guidelines.
Spring Break is April 6-10, with Monday, April 6 being a District holiday. Meals will be distributed at 17 locations in the District every day during Spring Break, except for Monday, April 6. Currently functioning District services, including the Emergency Operations Center, will also be closed for the holiday, but open the rest of the week..
The District has opened a one-stop shop where you can get answers or be directed to resources. The call center will be open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to support families and staff during the school closures. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 965-4444 or (510) 965-4443 for Spanish.
The District website (www.wccusd.net/districtclosure) has a list of resources for students, families and community members.
I also encourage you to stay in touch with your child’s teacher(s), principal and the District. Don’t forget to check Powerschool and/or Google Classroom daily to keep up with your students’ progress. For all the news about school closures, please check the District’s web page at www.wccusd.net/districtclosure. You can also receive information through our social media platforms. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Finally, if you are not receiving updates for the District, make sure we have your correct contact information by completing this Google Form.
Please stay safe and thank you for continuing to work with us.