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Updated April 17, 2020
The impacts of the coronavirus are touching every aspect of our lives and forcing all of us to find creative ways to adapt to this unprecedented situation. We know the disruption in normal school operations has created many issues and uncertainties – from childcare to meals to graduation plans. On this page, we will answer some of your most pressing questions as best we can.
When will school reopen?
All Ventura County School Districts have 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 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.
Will graduation and promotion ceremonies be held?
Like all of you, we want nothing more than to honor our students for their accomplishments. The thought of graduation and promotion ceremonies being cancelled is heartbreaking, and we will do all we can to make them happen. In the event that in-person ceremonies are not possible due to public health concerns, we will explore alternative ways to recognize our students for their achievements. Schools and community members are busy brainstorming alternative ways to recognize our students' achievements. Some ideas that have been proposed include holding drive-through graduation ceremonies or delaying graduation events until July or August in hopes that social distancing requirements will be lifted by then. Individual school districts will be sharing their plans as they are confirmed.
What’s happening with SAT, ACT, AP and IB testing?
All testing services are making adjustments and accommodations for students as a result of the coronavirus crisis. For the latest information, use the links below:
Will remote learning be provided for students at home?
Yes. School districts and VCOE will continue providing remote learning and notifying parents about how their students can participate. VCOE has created a Distance Learning page at vcoe.org/distance where you can access resources for teachers and families as well as links to at-home enrichment information from your local school district. Also, Southern California PBS TV stations are offering TV-based at-home learning opportunities for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Additional information can be found at www.kcet.org/at-home-learning.
Are students required to participate in remote learning?
Once our remote learning plan is in place, students are expected to participate. Families who have situations that make participation difficult or impossible should contact their child's school.
What if there is no internet access at my home?
Some school districts are providing students with wi-fi hot spots that can be used to provide internet access at home. In addition, many internet access providers are providing free service for a limited amount of time for families who meet certain conditions. Information on these offers is available at www.everyoneon.org/vcoe.
Will state CAASPP testing take place?
The state CAASPP testing in math and English language arts has been canceled for the current school year and will not take place.
Will school meals continue to be provided?
Yes. Many local schools across Ventura County will continue to provide school meals, which are a vital source of nutrition for a large number of students. A list of meal pickup locations and times throughout Ventura County is available at www.vcoe.org/meals or www.vcoe.org/comida.
Will schools provide child care?
Because of the importance of social distancing, child care is not being widely provided at local school sites. However, a limited number of child care spots are available for children of parents who provide essential services in our community. The Local Planning Council of Ventura County in partnership with Child Development Resources has created a list of available child care resources. More information is at www.voce.org/childcare.
Please know there are dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff working hard to provide for your children’s academic needs and overall well-being during these challenging times. This situation is evolving rapidly and we will continue to share new information with you as we have it. For the latest updates, please visit our website at www.vcoe.org.