School Closures

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

School Closures

March 31, 2020

Monterey County School Communities,

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. Today 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.

We are also extremely concerned about the social and emotional well-being of all of our students and are working on ways to stay connected even at a distance. We also know that many students, especially our seniors, who we know were looking forward to celebrating promotion and graduation ceremonies are very concerned about missing out on these momentous celebrations. Please know that district leaders will be planning how they might offer these experiences in different formats and/or at a later date. In the coming days and weeks, districts will provide their families with information regarding how grades, graduation, transcripts, scholarships, summer school, and continued distance learning instruction will be handled.

While we recognize this extension of school facility closures poses challenges and hardship to many families in Monterey County, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to community members throughout Monterey County for their tremendous prevention efforts during this unique and difficult time.

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Sincerely,

Dr. Deneen Guss,
Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

  • Jim Koenig,
    Alisal Union School District

  • Jonathan Sison,
    Big Sur Unified School District

  • Ian Trejo,
    Bradley Union School District

  • Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga,
    Carmel Unified School District

  • Roberto Rios,
    Chualar Union School District

  • Dr. Yvette Irving,
    Gonzales Unified School District

  • Rosemarie Grounds,
    Graves School District

  • Zandra Jo Galvan,
    Greenfield Union School District

  • Rory Livingston,
    King City Union School District

  • Daniel Stonebloom,
    Lagunita School District

  • Dr. Jinane Annous,
    Mission Union School District

  • Dr. PK Diffenbaugh,
    Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

  • Kari Yeater,
    North Monterey County Unified School District

  • Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras,
    Pacific Grove Unified School District

  • Martha L. Martinez,
    Salinas City Elementary School District

  • Dan Burns,
    Salinas Union High School District

  • Josh Van Norman,
    San Antonio Union School District

  • Dr. Catherine Reimer,
    San Ardo Union School District

  • Jessica Riley,
    San Lucas Union School District

  • Tim Ryan,
    Santa Rita Union School District

  • Tim Vanoli,
    Soledad Unified School District

  • Dr. Brian Walker,
    South Monterey County Joint Union High School District

  • Eric Tarallo,
    Spreckels Union School District

  • Gina Uccelli,
    Washington Union School District


March 26, 2020

Monterey County School Communities,

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Monterey County Health Department reported 24 positive COVID-19 cases and one death in Monterey County. On Tuesday, March 24, California Governor Gavin Newsom shared in an online press conference that a teenager in Lancaster, California had died of coronavirus.

With more and more confirmed cases in our County, our state and our nation, now more than ever, we need to heed the Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It is with this intent that the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), most of the school districts, and charter schools, in concurrence with the Monterey County Health Department, announce we do not anticipate schools returning earlier than Monday, May 4, 2020. If the State and Monterey County Health Officer Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders are lifted sooner than May 4, 2020, you will be notified by your school district at least one week prior to the reopening date. Schools will not reopen until state and local officials have determined it is safe to do so.

School leaders recognize that potentially schools may need to stay closed for the remainder of the academic year and will provide regular updates as the situation evolves. Extending a school closure is a local decision that will be made by each individual school district.

In the interest of public safety and the health of every resident, we are asking families to help reduce the spread of the virus by doing the following:

  • Heed the strict Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Orders by staying home except to obtain or provide essential services. You may refer to The Monterey County Health Department Health Officer’s Full Order.
    Please note, in light of the Governor’s announcement of a state-wide Stay Home Order with no end date, Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno reissued his Shelter in Place Order that went into effect on Wednesday, March 18th. The only change made to the order was to remove the end date of April 7th to align with the state’s direction. Both the state and local orders are open-ended with no end date.

  • Do not allow students to socialize in person with friends. This includes congregating for sports, games, or any other outings. Students, and all residents, must stay in their homes unless traveling for an essential function.

  • Help students find new ways to connect with friends using age-appropriate apps, phones, videos, etc. See below for some technology ideas to connect us all.

  • Remember, the less time we all spend in public, the more lives we will save.

During this time, our school leaders and their staff, students and families are doing all they can to ensure that learning continues and that vital nutrition and meal services are provided. Our educators are working hard to provide instructional resources for distance learning opportunities for every student they serve. To find where and when your school is distributing meals for students 18 and younger, please visit our Nutrition Services summary page.

If any family is in need of food, shelter, or any other resources during this difficult time, please visit your district’s website, dial “2-1-1”, or visit United Way’s comprehensive 211 webpage. For essential employees that need to work and need child care, please reach out to the Monterey County Child Care Resource and Referral at 831.757.0775 or use the online referral for childcare for available child care in your area.

While we recognize this extension of school facility closures poses challenges and hardship to many families in Monterey County, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to community members throughout Monterey County for their tremendous prevention efforts during this unique and difficult time.

View/Download Notice 3/26

Sincerely,

Dr. Deneen Guss,
Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

  • Jim Koenig,
    Alisal Union School District

  • Jonathan Sison,
    Big Sur Unified School District

  • Ian Trejo,
    Bradley Union School District

  • Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga,
    Carmel Unified School District

  • Roberto Rios,
    Chualar Union School District

  • Dr. Yvette Irving,
    Gonzales Unified School District

  • Rosemarie Grounds,
    Graves School District

  • Zandra Jo Galvan,
    Greenfield Union School District

  • Rory Livingston,
    King City Union School District

  • Daniel Stonebloom,
    Lagunita School District

  • Dr. Jinane Annous,
    Mission Union School District

  • Dr. PK Diffenbaugh,
    Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

  • Kari Yeater,
    North Monterey County Unified School District

  • Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras,
    Pacific Grove Unified School District

  • Martha L. Martinez,
    Salinas City Elementary School District

  • Dan Burns,
    Salinas Union High School District

  • Josh Van Norman,
    San Antonio Union School District

  • Dr. Catherine Reimer,
    San Ardo Union School District

  • Jessica Riley,
    San Lucas Union School District

  • Tim Ryan,
    Santa Rita Union School District

  • Tim Vanoli,
    Soledad Unified School District

  • Dr. Brian Walker,
    South Monterey County Joint Union High School District

  • Eric Tarallo,
    Spreckels Union School District

  • Gina Uccelli,
    Washington Union School District

26 de Marzo de 2020

Comunidades Escolares del Condado de Monterey,

El jueves, 26 de marzo de 2020, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey reportó 24 casos positivos de COVID-19, y una muerte en el Condado de Monterey. El martes, 24 de marzo, el Gobernador de California Gavin Newsom compartió en una conferencia de prensa en línea que un adolescente en Lancaster, California, había muerto de coronavirus.

Con más y más casos confirmados en nuestro condado, nuestro estado y nuestra nación, ahora más que nunca, debemos prestar atención a las órdenes de permanecer en casa/refugio en el lugar para evitar la propagación de COVID-19.

Es con esta intención que la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Monterey (MCOE), y la mayoría de los distritos escolares y escuelas autónomas, en concurrencia con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey, anuncian que no anticipamos el regreso de las escuelas antes del lunes, 4 de mayo de 2020. Si el Gobernador o el Funcionario de de Salud del Condado de Monterey levantan las órdenes de permanecer en casa/refugio en el lugar antes del 4 de mayo de 2020, su distrito escolar le notificará al menos una semana antes de la fecha de reapertura. Las escuelas no pueden volver a abrir hasta que los funcionarios estatales y locales hayan determinado que es seguro hacerlo.

Los líderes escolares reconocen que posiblemente las escuelas necesitan permanecer cerradas por el resto del año académico, y proporcionarán actualizaciones periódicas a medida que la situación evolucione. Extender el cierre de una escuela es una decisión local que tomará cada distrito escolar individual.

En el interés de la seguridad pública y la salud de cada residente, estamos pidiendo a las familias que ayuden a reducir la propagación del virus haciendo lo siguiente:

  • Preste atención a las órdenes estrictas de quedarse en casa/refugio en el lugar excepto para obtener o proveer servicios esenciales. La orden completa del Funcionario de Salud del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey.
    Tenga en cuenta que, a la luz del anuncio del Gobernador que la orden de estadía en el hogar es para todo el estado, sin fecha de término, el Funcionario de Salud del Condado de Monterey, Dr. Edward Moreno, volvió a emitir su orden de quedarse en casa/refugio en el lugar que entró en vigencia el miércoles 18 de marzo. El único cambio realizado a esta orden era eliminar la fecha de finalización del 7 de abril para alinearse con la dirección del estado. Tanto los pedidos estatales como los locales son abiertos sin fecha de finalización.

  • No permita que los estudiantes socialicen en persona con amigos. Esto incluye congregarse para jugar deportes, juegos o cualquier otra excursión afuera. Los estudiantes y todos los residentes deben permanecer en sus hogares a menos que viajen para una función esencial.

  • Ayude a los estudiantes a encontrar nuevas formas de conectarse con amigos utilizando aplicaciones móviles, teléfonos, videos, etc. que sean apropiados para su edad. Vea a continuación algunas ideas tecnológicas para mantenernos conectados con otros.

  • Recuerde, cuanto menos tiempo pasemos todos en público, más vidas salvaremos.

Durante este tiempo, los líderes de nuestro distrito escolar y su personal, estudiantes, y familias están haciendo todo lo posible para asegurarnos que continúe el aprendizaje y que se proporcionen servicios vitales de nutrición y comidas. Nuestros educadores están trabajando arduamente para proporcionar recursos educativos para oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia para cada uno de sus estudiantes. Para saber dónde y cuándo su escuela distribuye comidas para estudiantes de 18 años o menos, visite nuestra página de resumen de Servicios de Nutrición. Si alguna familia necesita alimentos, refugio o cualquier otro recurso durante este momento difícil, marque "2-1-1" o visite la página web integral de United Way. Para los empleados esenciales que necesitan trabajar y necesitan cuidado infantil, comuníquese con el Centro de Recursos y Referencias de Cuidado Infantil del Condado de Monterey al 831.757.0775 o use el referencia en línea para cuidado infantil disponible en su área.

Si bien reconocemos que esta extensión del cierre de las instalaciones escolares plantea desafíos y dificultades para muchas familias en el Condado de Monterey, la forma más efectiva de frenar e interrumpir la transmisión de esta pandemia es continuar implementando prácticas de distanciamiento social. Estamos agradecidos con los miembros de la comunidad en todo el Condado de Monterey por sus tremendos esfuerzos de prevención durante este momento único y difícil.

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Sinceramente,

Dra. Deneen Guss,
Superintendente de Escuelas del Condado de Monterey

  • Jim Koenig,
    Distrito Escolar Unido Alisal

  • Jonathan Sison,
    Distrito Escolar Unificado Big Sur

  • Ian Trejo,
    Bradley Union School District

  • Dra. Barbara Dill-Varga,
    Distrito Escolar Unificado Carmel

  • Roberto Rios,
    Distrito Escolar Unión Chualar

  • Dra. Yvette Irving,
    Distrito Escolar Unificado Gonzales

  • Rosemarie Grounds,
    Distrito Escolar de Graves

  • Zandra Jo Galvan,
    Greenfield Union School District

  • Rory Livingston,
    Distrito Escolar Unido de King City

  • Daniel Stonebloom,
    Distrito Escolar Lagunita

  • Dra. Jinane Annous,
    Distrito Escolar Mission Union

  • Dr. PK Diffenbaugh,
    Distrito Escolar Unificado de la Península de Monterey

  • Kari Yeater,
    Distrito Escolar Unificado del Condado de North Monterey

  • Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras,
    Distrito Escolar Unificado Pacific Grove

  • Martha L. Martinez,
    Distrito Escolar Primario de la Ciudad de Salinas

  • Dan Burns,
    Salinas Union High School District

  • Josh Van Norman,
    Distrito Escolar Unido de San Antonio

  • Dra. Catherine Reimer,
    Distrito Escolar Unido de San Ardo

  • Jessica Riley,
    Distrito Escolar Unido de San Lucas

  • Tim Ryan,
    Distrito Escolar Unido de Santa Rita

  • Tim Vanoli,
    Distrito Escolar Unificado Soledad

  • Dr. Brian Walker,
    Distrito de Escuelas Secundarias de la Unión Conjunta del Condado de South Monterey

  • Eric Tarallo,
    Distrito Escolar Spreckels Union

  • Gina Uccelli,
    Distrito Escolar Unido de Washington


March 17, 2020

In response to the Monterey County Health Officer's Shelter-in-Place Order, Monterey County schools will remain closed through April 8, 2020. Each district will communicate to their families regarding extending closure dates past April 8. During the Shelter-in-Place, essential services including nutrition, remote instruction (in various formats), and payroll services will still be provided.

March 13, 2020

Monterey County School Communities,

The safety and well-being of students, families, and school personnel are the highest priorities of all Monterey County schools, districts, and programs serving our infants, children, youth and young adults. Our school communities have been following guidance and directives from the local, state and national health departments.

Our state and local health and government entities have expressed the need to increase our preventative measures to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the various ways we as communities can work together to do so. There are no confirmed cases in Monterey County as of today, March 13, 2020, but in an abundance of caution and after long and careful deliberation, the Monterey County Office of Education and Monterey County School District Superintendents in conjunction with the Monterey County Health Department have decided to close all public schools and extracurricular programs in Monterey County schools for the remainder of March. Schools will be closed for students starting Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31. Each district will communicate to their families regarding extending closure dates past March 31.

Our school staffs will work together during this time to prepare and explore options of alternate education methods. We also will work to ensure that throughout the closure, districts provide the vital services and resources our schools offer to our community, including, but not limited to, free and reduced meal programs. Schools will be contacting families in the coming days about services available to them throughout the closure.

Schools are an essential service and crucial to our communities. We are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community, and new information is surfacing rapidly. It is probable our community will see cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months and this will require a measured, sustained response.

While we recognize this decision may pose challenges and hardship to many families in Monterey County, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by implementing social distancing practices. In order for these preventative measures to be effective, students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. Children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. However, they can transmit the virus to those most vulnerable. Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for childcare during closure that avoid leaving children with elderly or those with compromised immune systems, those who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus.

We know this decision creates a number of pressing questions and concerns. More detailed information will be shared as soon as possible about this unique situation, how employees will be impacted, and how families can support student learning during school closures. As a priority, we are working to provide nutrition services to all families in alternative formats.

As parents and caregivers, you are your child’s first teacher, and you are your child’s most influential teacher. Ongoing developments regarding COVID-19 may be overwhelming, especially to younger children. Parents and community members can help children and youth understand the situation better by discussing their specific questions and concerns. Resources for how to talk to children and youth about COVID-19 will be shared in future communications.

This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. For the latest updates, visit the California Public Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website and for local health updates visit the Monterey County Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website. The Monterey County Office of Education also provides school-related updates on the COVID-19 webpage.

We also understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice is challenging and disruptive, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We are grateful to community members throughout Monterey County for their tremendous prevention efforts during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Dr. Deneen Guss,
Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

  • Jim Koenig,
    Alisal Union School District

  • Jonathan Sison,
    Big Sur Unified School District

  • Ian Trejo,
    Bradley Union School District

  • Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga,
    Carmel Unified School District

  • Roberto Rios,
    Chualar Union School District

  • Dr. Yvette Irving,
    Gonzales Unified School District

  • Rosemarie Grounds,
    Graves School District

  • Zandra Jo Galvan,
    Greenfield Union School District

  • Rory Livingston,
    King City Union School District

  • Daniel Stonebloom,
    Lagunita School District

  • Dr. Jinane Annous,
    Mission Union School District

  • Dr. PK Diffenbaugh,
    Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

  • Kari Yeater,
    North Monterey County Unified School District

  • Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras,
    Pacific Grove Unified School District

  • Martha L. Martinez,
    Salinas City Elementary School District

  • Dan Burns,
    Salinas Union High School District

  • Josh Van Norman,
    San Antonio Union School District

  • Dr. Catherine Reimer,
    San Ardo Union School District

  • Jessica Riley,
    San Lucas Union School District

  • Tim Ryan,
    Santa Rita Union School District

  • Tim Vanoli,
    Soledad Unified School District

  • Dr. Brian Walker,
    South Monterey County Joint Union High School District

  • Eric Tarallo,
    Spreckels Union School District

  • Gina Uccelli,
    Washington Union School District

Contacts

Jessica Hull

Communications & Public Relations Officer
jhull@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.784.4245

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