Coronavirus Forces the Closure of All BVUSD Schools Beginning Monday, March 16th

Tuesday, 17 Mar, 2020

"Beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29, Beaver County schools will be closed and will not be in session for students". She promised more details on the "next iteration" to parents over the weekend. Classes are projected to resume in-house on April 6th.

All athletic and extracurricular events and practices are also canceled for the week of March 16-20, as well. "However, I have heard from superintendents, school board members, teachers, parents, and students that it has now become impossible to functionally operate schools due to workforce issues and student absences".

When Gov. Baker declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon, it also included some considerations for schools.

The risk to the general public remains low.

California officials are calling for the cancellation of all gatherings with 250 or more people to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Refunds for those already holding tickets will be offered next week. Information about locations will be sent out by Tuesday.

"The District recognizes that our schools are providers of essential services, including not only education but also food, mental health services, and other valuable resources", KHSD said in a statement.

Angela Harris, a mother of El Morro Elementary and Thurston Middle School students, said she's pleased with district leaders' decision to close schools. Public schools will now be closed until March 30 at the earliest.

Butler Area School District administrators are not viewing the next two weeks as a school closure.

Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro said the district will not be sending paper lessons home with students, but it will be developing online lessons. Michigan, Ohio and New Mexico are closing their schools for at least three weeks; Maryland and OR officials closed schools for two weeks.

Several states, including Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, New Mexico and OR, announced Thursday that schools in those states would be closed statewide. This is not an easy decision and not one we take lightly. Schools will be closed starting on Monday and they will be closed for three weeks. Both schools will be open 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. today to give parents the opportunity to pick up textbooks.

"This is a hard decision, but necessary, as we try to slow the spread of the virus", Beutner said.

"The league was notified (Thursday) that all facilities we utilize have been shutdown of all activities". Students in grades K-4 will take the bags - which are modeled after packets the superintendent used to assemble for students on snow days in another district - home Monday regardless of whether a school closure has been announced, in order to be prepared. We will be in touch with you with any changes.

Because public schools in Mountain View and Los Altos have spring breaks scheduled April 6 through 10, local school closures are set to extend an additional week beyond that.

"We understand that this remote learning plan will cause significant impact on your family, our community, and our staff".

Please see the March 12 letter to families and staff from the Superintendent of Schools, Gerald Fitzhugh, II, Ed.D., in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. With District Speech suspended by NSAA, we have no out of district events planned for this week. Administration will be meeting on Sunday to begin working out specifics. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process.