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Updated April 2, 2020
All Ventura County School Districts to Close Campuses Through Remainder of School Year
All Ventura County School Districts have jointly agreed to keep their campuses closed and continue distance learning through the end of the 2019-20 school year in support of the coronavirus mitigation effort. The decision was made on Wednesday, April 1 in consultation with Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin. It comes after recommendations from California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for schools to continue providing distance learning in lieu of in-class instruction for the remainder of the current semester.
“While we would like nothing more than to welcome students back to campus before the end of the year, the health and safety of our communities has to be the first priority,” said Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Stan Mantooth. “We realize the situation is fluid and schools are prepared to alter their plans as conditions warrant.”
Superintendent Mantooth emphasized that the closure of school facilities does not mean the current school year is over. Ventura County school districts are already providing distance learning opportunities for students and will continue making them more robust. Many have transitioned to online learning platforms and provided laptops and wi-fi hot spots to students who need them. Others are using paper-based materials when technological solutions are not practical.
“We understand that these closures place a tremendous burden on families and we will do everything we can to expand distance learning and continue providing meal service to students in need,” Mantooth said. Grab-n-go school meals continue to be widely available throughout Ventura County. A list of pick-up locations is available at www.vcoe.org/meals.
One of the most difficult aspects of the closure is the disruption to traditional end-of-year activities including graduation ceremonies. Schools are already exploring alternative ways to celebrate the end of the year and recognize our students for their accomplishments.
The Ventura County school districts that jointly agreed to extend their campus closures are listed below. Most Ventura County charter schools are expected to follow suit.
- Briggs School District
- Conejo Valley Unified School District
- Fillmore Unified School District
- Hueneme Elementary School District
- Las Virgenes Unified School District*
- Mesa Union School District
- Moorpark Unified School District
- Mupu Elementary School District
- Oak Park Unified School District
- Ocean View School District
- Ojai Unified School District
- Oxnard School District (K-8)
- Oxnard Union High School District
- Pleasant Valley School District
- Rio School District
- Santa Clara Elementary School District
- Santa Paula Unified School District
- Simi Valley Unified School District
- Somis Union School District
- Ventura County Office of Education
- Ventura Unified School District
For the latest updates on the impact of the coronavirus on Ventura County public schools including closures, meal service and distance learning, please visit the Ventura County Office of Education website at www.vcoe.org.
* Las Virgenes Unified School District is based in Los Angeles County, but serves a portion of Ventura County.
Meal Service During School Closures
School meal service will still be widely available in Ventura County while schools are closed due to the coronavirus.
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Access VCOE distance learning resources and links to at-home enrichment information from school districts throughout Ventura County.
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Answers to Common Questions
Get answers to questions about testing, graduation, childcare and more.
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Talking to Kids about Coronavirus
Giving kids accurate, age-appropriate information in a calm and reassuring way can help them cope with uncertainty created by the coronavirus. Click the links below for valuable advice about how to best talk to kids about coronavirus.
Spring Break and International Travel
With spring break and possible vacations approaching, families should be aware that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued advisories regarding travel to countries that have been most affected by coronavirus. Travelers returning to the US from certain countries may be screened by federal authorities and, in some cases, may be subject to quarantine. Additional details can be found on the CDC travel page.
Preventing the Spread of the Coronavirus
Actively working to prevent the spread of disease remains the most important thing we can do at this point. Standard precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as cold and flu apply to coronavirus. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid hugging and shaking hands.
- Try to stay at least six feet away from anyone who appears to be sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is available, cough into the crook of your arm.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
- Get vaccinated for flu every year.
Social distancing involves measures that reduces opportunities for person-to-person virus transmission that can help delay the spread and slow the exponential growth of a pandemic during severe, very severe, or extreme pandemics while minimizing the secondary consequences of the measures. Social distancing measures can be implemented in a range of community settings, including educational facilities, workplaces, and public places where people gather (e.g., parks, religious institutions, theaters, and sports arenas). The choice of social distancing measure depends on the severity of the pandemic. Social distancing measures include the following:
- Closure of schools or work environments.
- Lessening the contact between individuals through cancelation of non-academic events.
- If schools remain open during a pandemic, divide school classes into smaller groups of students and rearrange desks so students are spaced at least 3 feet from each other in a classroom. This applies to apparently healthy persons without symptoms. In the event of a very severe or extreme pandemic, this recommended minimal distance between people might be increased.
- Persons in community settings who show symptoms consistent with cold or flu and who might be infected with pandemic illness should be separated from well persons as soon as practical, be sent home, and practice voluntary home isolation.
- Modify, postpone, or cancel mass gatherings.
- A video about social distancing with Dr. Robert Levin from VCPH can be viewed at this link.
Additional information about social distancing is available on page 5 of this document: VCOE School Action Steps for Pandemic Outbreak.
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