School Campuses Closed Through the End of the School Year
April 1, 2020
Dear Santa Clara Unified Community,
Today, Wednesday, April 1, Santa Clara County superintendents, along with other Bay Area school districts, jointly announced an extension of the school campus closures through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
On March 31, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond stated, “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.” Superintendent Thurmond urged all school districts in California to move towards or continue to strengthen distance learning programs and opportunities for students. With this new information and an abundance of caution, our county superintendents are taking a safety first approach and immediate action to extend the school facility closures through the end of the school year.
To be clear, the 2019-2020 school year is not over. This new update just means that we will continue to strengthen our distance learning program for our students with the added clarity for everyone about the duration of our campus closures.
We are extremely concerned about the social and emotional well-being of all of our students and staff and are working on ways to stay connected even at a distance. We also know that many students, especially our seniors who we know were looking forward to celebrating promotion and graduation ceremonies, are very concerned about missing out on momentous celebrations and milestones. Please know that district leaders are planning how we might offer these experiences in different formats. In the coming days and weeks, we will provide you with information regarding grades, graduation, transcripts, scholarships, summer school, and important calendar events such as spring break. Some students may feel additional stress and anxiety during this period of uncertainty. Students can speak with our wellness counselors by filling out a request form on our Wellness Check In Appointments webpage.
While we recognize this extension of school facility closures poses challenges and hardship to many families, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this new virus is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to our students, families, staff, and community for your tremendous prevention efforts during this unique and difficult time. I know that we will get through this together.
Please stay safe,
Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.