Colusa County Office of Education accounts COVID-19 Information and School Closures

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The entire Country, California, and Colusa County are working hard to fight the spread of COVID – 19. The Colusa County Office of Education (CCOE) has facilitated several meetings with local school districts and has been in contact with Colusa County Public Health to determine how to best support the health of students, staff, and our communities, said in a press release Tuesday morning.

 “After extensive conversations and discussions with school Superintendents around the county, as well as consultation with the Colusa County Public Health Officer and staff, Colusa County Superintendent of Schools Michael P. West announced (Tuesday, March 17)  that he made the recommendation to close all in-person instruction in schools in Colusa County effective Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 17, 2020.  This decision is with the full intention to resume school activities on Monday, April 20, 2020,” said Jennifer Jelavich, CCOE Public Relations Coordinator.

 Wes thas  also recommended that Districts notify families with specific details regarding closures.

“School leaders should reassess the situation weekly and make decisions as to whether to curtail or extend the school closures beyond April 20,” said Colusa County Superintendent of Schools Michael P. West in the statement. “This four-week closure would allow schools the necessary time to assess the needs of their communities and to develop a plan for providing support to students and their families. It would also give school leaders an opportunity to plan and prepare for future educational delivery systems for teaching and learning, especially if longer-term closures become necessary.”

Each district will continue to communicate directly with families and staff with updates regarding meal distribution, optional enrichments activities or distance learning, and any childcare options that may be available.

“Thus far, over forty counties in California have made similar choices to close their school operations, including the counties of Sutter, Butte, and Lake, just to name a few,” said Jelavich.  

“This decision was not made in haste as all district Board Members, Superintendents, and staff recognize the hardship this may cause for many families,” West said. “After the Governor’s announcement last Sunday his guidance regarding ‘social isolation’ for all persons over the age of 65 as well as those with chronic health issues and President Trump’s request to limit gatherings to no larger than ten, the decision became clear. All of us have a duty to protect our staff, as well as the safety and wellness of our students and families.”

 For updated information, please visit the Colusa County Office of Education website at www.ccoe.net or visit your local school districts website.