On Wednesday, Superintendent Dana Eaton of the Brentwood Union Elementary School District announced that they have extended school closures through May 1, 2019 due to the coronavirus (Covid-19).
The move comes after Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.
According to Eaton, the earliest students would return to school is May 4, however, it could be longer depending on the evolving situation with COVID-19.
Eaton says the District is now working to organize educational resources for students and find ways to prepare and support students with distance learning opportunities. These resources are expected to be available the week of April 6.
“Most of our employees are going to be working from home through distance learning. What a student in kindergarten is going to look like will be much different than someone in 8th grade. We are trying to figure it out as we go,” explained Eaton. “Our luxury right now is we are in spring break and have a little bit more time to work out the kinks, whereas other districts are doing it day by day on the fly so we can learn from them. Our teachers return on Monday and it’s not realistic for them to hit the ground running on day 1 when they have never done it before. Its going to be a learning process for everyone but I am confident not only our staff, but our community will get through it.”
At this time, its estimated the District will be doing distance learning for about 30-days and will re-evaluate by May 1. They are also looking at loaning out chrome books and trying to make this as easy as possible for families to have access to both resources and information being provided by teachers.
By next week, the District will communicate with a plan to families and figure out what they need. We anticipate the bulk of the lessons and instructions will start a week later.
The District continues to advocate to continue to practice social health guidelines by public health officers which include:
- Social distancing
- Washing hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Staying home if you are feeling sick
- Contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
- Engage in regular exercise or physical activity
For more information, please visit the Contra Costa Health Services website. The District has also placed a link on the front of their webpage that has in depth COVID-19 information. They have also placed learning resources on their website.