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School Closure- March 19 - May 1, 2020

Extended School Closure Update – March 26, 2020 

Dear EUSD Community: 

I hope you continue to be safe, healthy, and practicing social-distancing for the sake of yourself, your families, and our community. Many areas in California, including Stanislaus County, are experiencing an increase in respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). When EUSD schools closed on March 19, there were only two confirmed cases and 19 test results pending. As of this morning, there are 13 positive cases. To prevent even more spread of COVID-19, the Stanislaus County Office of Education, in collaboration the Stanislaus Public Health Department, is announcing that our County schools extend closures through May 1, 2020. 

We recognize the significant impact extending school closure will have on our students, families, and staff. We also acknowledge how this uncertainty may cause students and families additional stress. Therefore, it is critical that learning continues for all students while they are away from the classroom setting so their academics continue. 

Our Instructional Services and schools are focused on supporting student learning and meeting social emotional needs. During planning for the initial closure of schools, all students were provided educational guidance and materials packets through April 5, 2020.  Considering this new extended closure period, beginning April 1, 2020 teachers will begin creating new educational guidance and materials through May 1, 2020. Most importantly, we are working to ensure the student packets include skills and knowledge for success in the next grade or course. For this second round of educational packets schools will communicate with parents when additional learning materials are ready for drive up / pick-up at your school site. For those families unable to pick-up the materials, the materials will be mailed home. Please encourage your student to complete all provided learning opportunities and check the EUSD website for a wide variety of enrichment resources. 

This is a challenging time for our all of us, especially the additional burden on staff and working families. EUSD remains committed to keeping students engaged in learning, connected to school, fed, and safe. Additionally, we stand committed to providing our 8th graders with their moment on stage to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments. We remain hopeful at strategizing how and when this will occur. 

Thank you for being hopeful with us and trusting our efforts to do what’s in the best interests of our District community. We will continue to do our very best to keep you informed in a timely, respectful manner. 

David E. Garcia 
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