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Coronavirus Update for UUSD Schools & Families 3.15.2020

Parents and Guardians:

 

The safety and wellness of students, families, and staff are the highest priorities at Ukiah Unified School District. Due to increased concerns about the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our schools and community, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that we will suspend all site-based instruction and transition to remote learning at all Ukiah Unified School District schools beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Spring Break, Monday, April 13.  All after school activities, child care, and field trips will be canceled during this time as well. Prior to April 13, we will evaluate the situation and make a determination if we are able to resume site-based instruction.   

 

Although there are no current positive cases in our county at this time, we have decided to preemptively suspend site-based instruction to try and protect our most vulnerable community members from COVID-19. It is important to note that there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 among our students or staff. This decision allows our community to reduce community spread of the virus by implementing social distancing practices.

 

Remote Learning

Remote Learning means that students do not physically attend school, but receive and complete lessons at home.  Your individual schools will be providing instructional materials online (grades 6 - 12) and in paper format (grades TK - 5).  Students in grades 6 - 12 who do not have internet access will be provided with paper copies of assignments. Your principal will be providing more detailed information about the process of delivering and returning these materials. Your teacher(s) and principal will be working during the period of remote learning from a safe location to continue to provide student assignments and instructional support.  All employees will be available by email during normal school hours. Please be patient as this process begins. We are working on developing more specific information for students and parents. 

 

Meals 

We will continue to provide drive-thru/carryout breakfasts and lunches to students during this unprecedented crisis beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

 

Social-Emotional Support

If students are struggling with emotional overwhelm, mental health challenges, or safety issues due to the suspension of site-based instruction, our counselors are available during this time.  More information will be available soon about how to contact them.

 

We will continue to do our best to keep you informed. Facts and circumstances change quickly, so we encourage you to check our website at www.uusd.net and the district Facebook page. If you have questions related to school, contact your principal or Doug Shald, UUSD Communications Officer, at dshald@uusd.net.

 

I am so sorry to have to take this action - we will miss your kids greatly!  I look forward to having our students back at their schools as soon as possible.

 

Deb Kubin, UUSD Superintendent

 

Resources for how to talk to children about coronavirus.

Mendocino County Health and Human Services

California Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control