For Immediate Release: March 25, 2020
Contact: Johanna Villareal, 650 999 0950
Evergreen Schools Shut Down and Student Dismissals
From Regular School Attendance Extended Until May 1, 2020
San Jose, CA – Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. Evergreen School District's (ESD) highest priority is the safety and wellness of all students, school personnel, and the community.
Building on the regional coordination the Bay Area jurisdictions took on March 16, 2020 in issuing Health Officer orders requiring all residents to shelter in place, the following Bay Area county agencies have been working together over the last several weeks to align strategies and practices during this unprecedented time for public education:
- Alameda County Office of Education
- Contra Costa County Office of Education
- Marin County Office of Education
- San Francisco Unified School District
- San Mateo County Office of Education
- Santa Clara County Office of Education
With the support and collaboration of the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and Department of Public Health (DPH), we recognized the need to extend the period of school closures and student dismissals through May 1, 2020. Evergreen School District (ESD) will continue to serve our students with Grab and Go Lunch Service throughout the shut down period. Plans for long distance learning are currently being worked on and ESD will be sending out information to our families as soon as they are finalized.
During this time, all residents are expected to adhere to the "Shelter in Place" Orders issued by the Public Health Officers on March 16 and stay home except for essential activities until further notification from the Department of Public Health.
In addition, all residents are urged to keep practicing the guidance provided by the Department of Public Health including:
- Social distancing
- Washing hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Staying home if you are feeling sick
- Contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
- Engage in regular exercise or physical activity
The regional connections across our most populous counties in the Bay Area require a coordinated approach. Evergreen School District and Santa Clara County Office of Education will continue to work in close partnership with Department of Public Health to support the children, parents, and essential workforce in our community.
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