Coronavirus: Solano County school closures extended through May 1

Solano County Office of Education has advised public school districts and charter schools to continue distance learning through at least May 1.

The guidance was issued after consulting with Solano County Public Health and is in accordance with both the county’s stay-at-home order and the similar executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, SCOE officials announced in a news release Thursday.

Previously, the superintendents of Solano County’s school districts had announced closures with tentative dates for reopening beginning in late March and then rescheduled to mid-April. However, since Newsom has called for individuals to stay home and prohibit mass gatherings of more than 10 people indefinitely, SCOE — as well as school district superintendents and charter school leaders — settled on May 1 as a tentative return date but would work with state and local health officials to determine if the date will be extended further.

In the meantime, schools have implemented various tactics for distance learning, including take-home packets, web resources and online lessons.

“Solano County schools are working hard to be flexible, resourceful and inventive in order to bring distance learning options to all students,” Lisette-Estrella Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement. “Equity for every student is critical, and our districts and charters schools have made great strides with innovative solutions for continued learning across the county.”

Over at Vacaville Unified School District, food service will continue for students on a daily basis at the following sites. Both breakfasts and lunches are served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following sites: Markham Elementary School, 101 Markham Ave.; Willis Jepson Middle School, 580 Elder St.; Vaca Pena Middle School, 200 Keith Way; and Will C. Wood High School, 998 Marshall Road.

For additional VUSD resources, go to vusd-ca.schoolloop.com.

While schools are closed, students are encouraged to do all they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including staying home and isolating themselves as much as possible if sick, washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, staying 6 feet or more away from others when outside the house, frequently disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and avoiding touching eyes, noses and mouths.

For more information, go to solanocoe.net.

Source: mercurynews
Coronavirus: Solano County school closures extended through May 1