Update: April 1, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 1, 2020 Schools Closed Through End Of Current School Year
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff And Community,
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and weathering this crisis as well as possible under these circumstances.
Originally it was shared with you that the earliest students would return to school would be May 4. We now have further guidance and directives from State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond and Governor Gavin Newsom to keep schools closed through the end of the current school year.
This is a fluid situation and I will do my best to keep everyone updated in the coming days. Meanwhile encourage your students to work on the curriculum packets they each have and to do their best. Most importantly follow the guidelines established by the shelter in place order and please encourage all members of the household to use good hygiene. These are tough times, but we will get through this as a community. Remain positive and take care of your loved ones. Keyes Union School District will continue to work on how to best support our students and families.
With this new information and an abundance of caution, the Stanislaus County Office of Education and school district superintendents are taking a safety-first approach and immediate action to extend the school facility closures through the end of the school year. We want you to understand that 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 student's teachers and administrators for confirmation of specific plans. Distance learning can look different 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 transition into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety impacts of COVID-19. It is challenging for many educators and our families to learn and communicate in a very new world, but working together, we can and will meet this challenge.
I am proud to see staff working collaboratively and diligently to engage with students and parents via phone, email, and learning software. It is important for students to stay connected and feel supported as we continue with valuable learning.
The county Office and Keyes School District staff will continue to:
- Provide breakfast and lunch meals for students
No meals provided during spring break April 10- through April 17, 2020
- Plan for graduation ceremonies
- Assist with school enrollment for 2020-2021 school year and other office duties
- Update website with additional resources and materials to support parents
(Please visit our website: www.keyes.k12.ca.us for important and helpful resources)
In the coming days and weeks, our district will provide our families with information regarding graduation, grades and transcripts, scholarships, summer school, and continued distance learning instruction.
Please keep in mind that all of us as parents, teachers, district staff, administrators, and community members are facing these challenging times together. We have elderly relatives to worry about; we are caring for our children at home, while many of us, including our teachers, are working from home. We understand that some families are facing challenging employment situations and business slowdowns that are affecting people financially and emotionally. Our counseling staff is available via email and Parent Square if your student needs someone top speak with.
We recognize that the extension of school facility closures and implementation of social distancing practices has created challenges and hardship to many families in Stanislaus County, we also know this is the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic. We appreciate everyone's hard work, effort, and positive attitude, as we adjust to this situation with the best interests of all students in mind.
Please be safe out in the community and take care of one another.
Dr. Helio Brasil