Coronavirus Information for Schools and Families

Mendocino County education leaders are in close contact with the County Department of Health and Human Services to obtain the most current guidance and information related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Mendocino County School District Openings for 2020-2021 

School DistrictsOpening DateInstruction Type
Anderson Valley UnifiedAugust 25, 2020Distance learning
Fort Bragg UnifiedAugust 19, 2020Distance learning through October 9, 2020
Children's Garden State PreschoolAugust 19, 2020Distance learning - "Family Preschool Collaboratives"
Laytonville UnifiedAugust 24, 2020Distance learning
Leggett Valley UnifiedAugust 18, 2020Distance learning through October 1, 2020
Whale GulchAugust 17, 2020Distance learning through October 1, 2020
Manchester Union ElementaryAugust 24, 2020Distance learning via Zoom, Google Classroom, and various online curriculum support
MCOE Community SchoolAugust 17, 2020Distance learning
Mendocino UnifiedAugust 31, 2020Distance learning
Point Arena,
Arena Union Elementary
August 19, 2020Online using Google Classroom
Point Arena,
High School
August 19, 2020Distance learning
Potter Valley UnifiedAugust 24, 2020Distance learning with some distanced outdoor learning
Round Valley UnifiedAugust 24, 2020Distance learning through September 30, 2020
Ukiah UnifiedAugust 17, 2020Distance learning
Willits UnifiedAugust 31, 2020Distance learning

Mendocino County Charter School Openings for 2020-2021

SchoolOpening DateInstruction Type
Accelerated Achievement Academy, UkiahAugust 17, 2020Distance learning
Eel River, CoveloSeptember 8, 2020Distance learning through October 9, 2020
La Vida, Ridgewood RanchAugust 31, 2020Independent study
Pacific Community, Point ArenaAugust 19, 2020Distance learning with optional outdoor learning days
Redwood Academy, UkiahAugust 17, 2020Distance learning through October 9, 2020; on-campus small-group support available
River Oak, UkiahAugust 19, 2020Distance learning using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous time
Three Rivers, Fort BraggAugust 21, 2020Distance learning through September 30, 2020
Tree of Life, UkiahAugust 17, 2020Distance learning and optional remote tutoring
Willits Elementary CharterAugust 31, 2020Distance learning, flipped classroom model
Willits Charter High SchoolAugust 31, 2020Distance learning or structured independent study

Mendocino County Private School Openings for 2020-2021

School DistrictsOpening DateInstruction Type
Deep Valley Christian School, Redwood ValleyAugust 20, 2020Face-to-face instruction with classes limited to 11 students and one teacher
Instilling Goodness Elementary & Developing Virtue Secondary Schools, TalmageAugust 24, 2020Distance learning
Montessori del Mar, Fort BraggTBDHybrid program with distance learning for all students in the mornings Monday through Thursday and 100% outdoor learning for families that opt in from 1:00-3:00pm.

Outdoor learning is optional for students and teachers and will be in small stable groups.
Saint Mary's of the Angels, UkiahAugust 20, 21, 22, 2020Optional distance learning or in-class instruction. August 20 with half student body, Aug 21 with the other half, then all students by August 22.
Waldorf School of Mendocino, CalpellaAugust 18, 2020Students will be onsite Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 1:00pm with at-home independent projects and enrichment

MCOE Phased Reopening for Schools – July 20, 2020
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MCOE PHASED REOPENING FOR SCHOOLS infographic
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Stage 1 – Restricted Access to School Sites

DISTANCE LEARNING
     – Limited students on campus
     – School staff will be on campus
     – Instruction will occur virtually
     – No athletic competition or practice
     – Check with your local school district for specifics

Stage 2 – Schools Reopen with Modifications and Safety Protocols
HYBRID
     – Some students on campus at some times
     – School staff will be on campus
     – Safety protocols in place, including face coverings, physical distancing, smaller cohorts, frequent handwashing, and facility disinfecting
     – Instruction will occur both in-person and virtually
     – Check with your local school districts for specifics
Full distance learning remains available for students whose families request it.

Stage 3 – Schools Reopen with Modification and Safety Protocols
5-DAY-A-WEEK INSTRUCTION
     – Staff and students on campus
     – Safety protocols in place, including face coverings, physical distancing, smaller cohorts, frequent handwashing, and facility disinfecting
     – Instruction will occur in-person
     – Check with your local school district for specifics
Full distance learning remains available for students whose families request it.

Stage 4 – Schools Reopen Without Restrictions
RETURN TO TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION
   – Staff and students on campus Monday through Friday
   – No additional safety protocols in place

MCOE Back-to-School Guide 2020-2021
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If you are in need of Child Care for children up to age 12, please email Rural Communities Child Care at childcare@ncoinc.org or call (707) 263-4688 ext. 410 and provide your name, phone number where you can be reached, the days and hours of child care needed, and age of child(ren) needing care. 

Distance Learning Resource for Families (English) – Click here

Distance Learning Resource for Families (Spanish) – Click here

Distance Learning Support for Educators – Click here

Distance Learning Support for Professional Development – Click here

Distance Learning Resources for Early Childhood (for Families) – Click here

Distance Learning Resources for Early Childhood (Staff & Administrators) – Click here

 

Mendocino County Public Health Orders 

Click here for the latest Mendocino County Public Health information.

Distance Learning Extended Through the End of the School Year 

April 24, 2020 – Based on recommendations from Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Mendocino County public schools just announced the extension of distance learning through the end of the school year for the safety of students and staff, and to allow families to plan for long-term homeschooling, according to Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools Michelle Hutchins.

In a letter to county superintendents this week, Supt. Thurmond said, “[Not returning to the classroom] is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.”

Hutchins noted that public schools are an essential service, and as such they will continue to provide educational instruction, meals, and other support to students, depending on district resources.

The long-term impact of modified learning related to COVID-19 is still unknown, but the California Department of Education is regularly updating their guidance to California schools, including recent announcements that California’s public university systems are relaxing admission requirements and will work with California school districts to ensure that students are not penalized for coronavirus-related disruptions.

In the meantime, Hutchins said, “We will continue to collaborate with Mendocino County Public Health. If the situation changes and it’s safe for students to return to the classroom, we’ll do so, but I do not expect this to be the case. I know this is hard for everyone. I remain impressed with and grateful to local teachers and administrators who are facing this challenge with grace while coming up with creative solutions. And my heart goes out to parents who find themselves overwhelmed by the need to serve simultaneously as full-time, stay-at-home workers and homeschoolers. Please remember, parents, that teachers remain available to support you and your student.”

Hutchins promised to provide updates as they become available. For details about modified learning schedules, meal delivery, access to educational material, and more, contact your local school district.

District-Specific Information About On-Site and Distance Learning 

ANDERSON VALLEY UNIFIED
For more information, visit the website here or the Facebook page here.

FORT BRAGG UNIFIED
For more information, visit the website here or the Facebook page here.

LAYTONVILLE UNIFIED
For more information, visit the website here or the Facebook page here.

LEGGETT UNIFIED
For more information, click here.

MANCHESTER UNION ELEMENTARY
Schools is closed.

MENDOCINO COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL
School is closed.

MENDOCINO UNIFIED
For more information, visit the website here or the Facebook page here.

ORR CREEK SCHOOL
School is closed.

POINT ARENA SCHOOLS  
For more information, click here.

POTTER VALLEY COMMUNITY UNIFIED
For more information, visit the website here or the Facebook page here.

ROUND VALLEY UNIFIED
To visit the RVUSD website, click here or the Facebook page here.

TALMAGE STATE PRESCHOOL
School is closed.

UKIAH UNIFIED
For more information, visit the website here or the Facebook page here.

WILLITS UNIFIED
For more information, visit the website here or the Facebook page here.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 

  • To watch the CDC’s Explainer Video, click here.
  • COVID-19 is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Symptoms most commonly include fever with cough or shortness of breath. (Some people have few or no symptoms.) 
  • The virus is spread through droplets (coughs and sneezes). After exposure, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days. 
  • Most people with this infection will recover on their own. 
  • People most at risk are those older than 60 years and medically frail (e.g., those with heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and other immunocompromised people).

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools

  • Encourage students and staff to stay at home when they are sick.
  • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication. 
  • Isolate sick students and staff from others until they can go home.
  • Facemasks should only be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water and/or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette – cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (not into your hands).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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