Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools


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Updated March 31, 2020

The Monterey County Office of Education, many of the districts and charter schools are providing the communities of Monterey County with an important update on school facility closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 31st, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond released information that stated, “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.” Superintendent Thurmond urged all school districts in California to move towards and/or continue to strengthen distance learning programs and opportunities for students at this time.

With this new information and an abundance of caution MCOE, school district superintendents, and the charter school directors are taking a safety first approach and immediate action to extend the school facility closures through the end of the school year. To be clear, the 2019-20 school year is not over, it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning. Distance learning is taking place in different ways throughout our county and we encourage you to contact your students’ teachers and administrators for confirmation of specific plans. Distance learning can look differently for each school and each district, and a student's ability to learn in an independent study model has to be assessed. We ask for patience and understanding as we are all quickly transitioning into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety impacts of COVID-19. It’s challenging to many educators and our families to learn and communicate in a very new world but working together we can and will meet this challenge.

A letter signed by the county superintendent and school leaders can be found on the School Closures page.

Some school facilities throughout Monterey County remain open to staff for the purposes of performing tasks deemed essential by the school district and MCOE. Education will continue through distance learning, meals will continue to be provided and, where possible, childcare may be arranged.


For education-related questions about Monterey County Office of Education's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact Communications and Public Relations Officer, Jessica Hull at 831.784.4245 or

Frequently Asked Questions about 2019 Novel Coronavirus (MCPH)

Stay home when sick.

  • Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

  • Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.

Use “respiratory etiquette”

  • Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC’s Cover Your Cough page for multilingual posters and flyers, posted at the bottom of web page.

  • Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.

Wash hands frequently

  • Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for hand washing, and the provision of adequate supplies.

Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces

Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home.

  • When feasible, identify a “sick room”through which others do not regularly pass.

  • Encourage flu vaccine for those who haven’t had it this season to reduce illnesses and absences on campus (but won’t prevent coronavirus illnesses).

A note about face masks

Face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. This is why people are asked to wear a mask at doctors’ offices and hospitals if they are coughing or sneezing.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent influenza is as follows:

  • Get vaccinated every year

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Frequent hand-washing with soap

  • Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.


Jessica Hull

Communications & Public Relations Officer
Phone: 831.784.4245

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