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.