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Coronavirus Bay Area schools will remain closed until May 1

Bay Area schools will remain closed until May 1

Schools will remain closed across the San Francisco Bay Area until May 1.

The closures have been ongoing to flatten the curve, or contain the spread, of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

The new endpoint was jointly decided on by these agencies: Alameda County Office of Education, Contra Costa County Office of Education, Marin County Office of Education, San Francisco Unified School District, San Mateo County Office of Education, and here close to home, Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Staff may still have access to schools to carry out certain essential and/or educational tasks. Children’s education, meanwhile, will go on in flexible learning form, while meals continue being provided.

In the meantime, area and state residents in general are under shelter in place provisions, and mandated to stay at home unless seeking or providing essential goods or services, such as food or medical care.

“In addition,” Santa Clara County Office of Education officials wrote in a press release, “all residents are urged to keep practicing the guidance provided by Public Health Officers including:

· 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”

Read the SCCOE’s statement here.

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.
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