March 25, 2020
Dear WCCUSD Community,
I just want to thank you for continuing to work with us through the school closures due to the coronavirus crisis that is gripping the world. Today, six Bay Area counties announced that schools would remain closed through May 1 in order to help reduce the spread and transmission of COVID-19. More on the joint county announcement can be found in this release (https://bit.ly/2Uil7Rv) from Contra Costa County Office of Education.
This news has been expected and we have been working under the assumption that an extended closure would be likely and would need a strategy to support the long-term needs of the students and families we serve. At this time, we plan to implement a more permanent remote learning program by April 13 that will be mandatory for all district students.
While the details are still being worked out, we do know that it will be led by District teachers and staff and meet the academic needs of students. While we are excited for the expanded distance learning, we still encourage students to remain engaged in the opportunities and resources (https://bit.ly/3ah08UN) that have already been provided.
Tentatively, the timeline is as follows:
Week of March 23: Expectations for students, teachers, and administrators will be outlined.
Week of March 30: Teachers and administrators will be trained and preparing for a more robust distance learning curriculum.
Week of April 6: Spring Break. This is a non-instructional week.
Beginning Monday, April 13: Mandatory distance learning begins for all grades at all schools.
By April 13, we also hope to have the answers to many of the lingering questions around subjects like graduation, grades and class credits. This is a new endeavor for us all and I am asking for your continued patience as we embark on this uniquely new challenge of delivering instruction remotely.
Please remember that everyone is expected to adhere to the “Shelter in Place” Orders issued by the Contra Costa County Health Office on March 16 and stay home except for essential activities. In addition, all residents are urged to keep practicing the guidance provided including:
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
We will also continue student meal pick up at the 17 locations (https://bit.ly/2wuEIVK) during the extended closure. Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., unless noted, at the 17 locations for children, ages 18 years and younger.
For all the District Closure news, please check the District’s web page at https://www.wccusd.net/districtclosure. Lastly, if you are not receiving updates for the District, make sure we have your correct contact information by completing this Google Form (https://bit.ly/2wDBWgL).
Thank you for continuing to work with us through this crisis.
Matthew Duffy Superintendent