COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
- California Department of Public Health
- California Department of Education (CDE)
- School at Home Resource Site
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
March 19, 2020
COVID-19 has dramatically altered life for all of us in California. During this time of crisis, it is our top priority to keep our students, staff, and family members safe. In response to recent guidance from the Governor, the California Department of Education, health officials and school boards, we have determined that a temporary COVID-19 closure of our schools is necessary from March 20, 2020, through April 20, 2020.
A temporary COVID-19 school closure provides the flexibility necessary to address school-provided services and extenuating circumstances for students, families, and staff, as we manage illness, navigate changed households, and face other challenges that may arise. Despite the closure, our unique educational model allows us to continue partnering with parents to support student learning.
Teachers will continue to provide support for families during this closure. We will work with all families to flexibly provide support where needed. Our teachers will check in with you regularly (no in-person meetings) to offer support and provide resources necessary for you and your students as you continue in your learning plans to the best of your ability during this unprecedented time.
- Enrichment Ordering:
- Product orders will continue to be processed when approved by HST
- Service orders will be approved for virtual services ONLY. No service certificates for in-person activities or services will be approved at this time.
- Order requests for activities that require travel are prohibited until further notice (family-led trips or tours, for example, in accordance with state guidelines)
- Field trips are currently canceled or postponed during school closure. Many amazing virtual field trips are available on our School at Home site
- Curriculum orders and subscriptions will continue to be processed
- Special Education Department: case managers will be reaching out directly via email to parents with more information and support
- High School: We are working closely with the state to ensure that all high schoolers will earn credits for courses in progress.
- Students enrolled in online high school courses (CPA, Edgenuity, etc.) will receive additional information and updates following each class and as necessary
- Pending Federal approval, all mandated state testing will be waived for California this year (CAASPP, ELPAC, PFT)
During the closure, we are continuing to plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.
- Intent to re-enroll email and survey will be coming soon - watch your email listed in Pathways.
- New student open enrollment begins on Monday, March 23rd and will continue through April 30th. Tell your friends!
Our hearts are with you, our families, wishing for your health and well-being during this unprecedented time. We look forward to returning to our regular routines, and times ahead when we can offer our support to you in person. In the event that we need to extend the temporary closure past April 20, 2020, we will communicate with staff and families. Thank you for your grace, patience, and partnership.
March 11, 2020
Dear Families and Staff:
In recent news, you may have heard how other districts in the area are taking action in response to the COVID-19. Our administration and staff recognize the questions and concerns that have arisen due to the fluid COVID-19 situation and how this could affect our North family of schools, students, staff and families. Fortunately, our students have the ability to participate in their education remotely while being fully engaged and can remain free of large gathering places, if they so choose.
As an administrative team, we have made the following decisions regarding our school activities:
- All meetings between HST’s and families will be virtual through Spring Break.
- We are not directing families and/or vendors to cease classes and activities; we will leave that decision up to the discretion of the vendor and family.
- We are working to determine which Community Connections events can continue as planned.
- Mobile Library activities will be paused through Spring Break.
- Field trips: We are working to determine which field trips will continue as planned. We will provide regular updates as soon as they become available. Please wait to be contacted by the Field Trip Coordinator on the status of specific field trips.
- Starting tomorrow, March 12th, the PFT - Group Physical Fitness Testing (5th, 7th, and 9th grade only) will be paused until further notice. We will be sending out instructions on how to proceed.
- We will continue to monitor state testing requirements and communicate the most up-to-date information as we receive it.
We are in communication with our authorizers and public health officials in order to monitor the situation closely and will follow all guidance from public health officials as it relates to protecting the health and safety of our students, our employees, and our community. Of course, the situation is fluid, and our administration will respond immediately, should the recommendations of public health officials change.
Our team will also continue to communicate the practical measures advised by county and state health officials in helping to combat the spread of this virus.
- Frequent handwashing for students and staff
- Frequent and deep sanitizing of surfaces touched at school events such as testing, field trips, and Community Connections events
- Advising anyone who is ill to stay home and not return until they have been fever-free--without medication--for at least 24 hours
If new guidance is issued by state and federal officials, our North family of schools will communicate the information to you and act on it immediately. We will keep you notified of any changes to planned events or activities as quickly as possible. The focus is to keep our students, families, and staff updated on our response and action to this challenge. Emails will be sent and school websites will be updated.
Please rest assured that the well-being, health, and safety of our students, families, and staff remains our top priority.
If you have questions, please feel free to email me directly.
March 6, 2020
We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation in Northern California. We understand that with the strong media coverage, anxieties are heightened and you may have questions.
We want to assure you that every precaution is being taken to ensure the health and safety of you, our students and staff. As we continue to monitor the situation, we would like to provide current information about precautions and preparations we are taking as a family of schools in Northern California.
As always, the safety and wellness of our students and staff is a priority. We will be monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions.
Thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us to maintain healthy and safe learning environments. Any official updates will be posted on our school websites.
What Are We Doing Now?
We are closely monitoring the California Department of Health Care Services, the California Department of Public Health - as well as the California Department of Education (CDE) for ongoing information, guidance, and coordination. We will continue to follow their expert recommendations.
Testing: Any site where students gather in groups (testing sites) will be cleaned utilizing EPA-recommended cleaning solutions, methods, and devices. That list can be viewed here.
While public health officials say that there is no need to alter current routines, we are open to alternatives to in-person HST meetings, should that become a necessity.
What Can You Do?
Our team has received CDC recommended strategies for staying healthy during cold and flu season which are:
- Handwashing remains our No. 1 defense against illness. Please wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If children are not feeling well, or exhibiting signs of illness at an event or on a field trip, have them check in with an HST. We will notify parents immediately.
- Communicate all health concerns with your physician.
- If employees or children have a fever, please stay home until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication.
- The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks among healthy individuals, however, it is important that anyone wearing a mask be treated with respect and not fear. N95 respirator masks are not designed for and should not be worn by children.
For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by local counties, please visit the CDC website.
This is an evolving situation and we will update you regularly with important information and instructions. The safety and wellness of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. Unless otherwise informed, please plan for all regular school activities as scheduled.
Thank you for partnering with us.