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.

Suspension of On-Site Instruction in Schools

ANDERSON VALLEY UNIFIED
No school on Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17. The school board will meet Tuesday night to decide whether schools will reopen on Wednesday or remain closed for an extended period. 
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FORT BRAGG UNIFIED
Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 3.
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LAYTONVILLE UNIFIED
Schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Spring Break (April 13).
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LEGGETT UNIFIED
Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 17. 
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MANCHESTER UNION ELEMENTARY
Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 10.

MENDOCINO COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOL
School will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 10.

MENDOCINO UNIFIED
Schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through March 27.
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ORR CREEK SCHOOL
School will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 10.

POINT ARENA SCHOOLS 
Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 10. 
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POTTER VALLEY COMMUNITY UNIFIED
Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through Spring Break. 
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ROUND VALLEY UNIFIED
Schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through April 20.
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TALMAGE STATE PRESCHOOL
School will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 10.

UKIAH UNIFIED
Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 17 through April 10. 
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WILLITS UNIFIED
School will be closed Monday, March 16 through Spring Break (April 13). Schools will be open March 16 for students to get any materials they need, but normal in-class instruction will be suspended.
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Mendocino County Public Health Order 3/18/2020

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A Letter from Superintendent Hutchins

March 17, 2020

Dear Mendocino County School Families, Community, and Employees:

Although no one in Mendocino County has tested positive for COVID-19, the Mendocino County Public Health Officer has declared an order to ban all non-essential gatherings of 50 people or more. Last night’s press release said:

Due to this rapidly evolving situation and in alignment with the CDC guidance on mass gatherings from March 15, 2020, Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan has ordered a ban on all non-essential public or private gatherings of 50 people or more. For gatherings of 10-50 people, COVID-19 mitigation measures must be implemented, including social distancing by allowing all attendees to stand or sit at least six feet from any other attendee. A violation of an order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

As a result, MCOE campuses are closed to the public during this time. Members of the public, including agency partners and school district employees, can still connect with us by phone and teleconferencing. California and Mendocino County are working hard to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE) has been working in collaboration with local school districts and health officials to determine how to best and fully support districts as they suspend on-site school instruction.  

MCOE Superintendent Michelle Hutchins shares her full support of temporary school closures and anticipates that most county districts are announcing school closures to their respective communities today. She said, “We all share the same primary concern–the safety and well-being of all students, staff, and our community. Given the uncertainty of the situation, we feel it is best to err on the side of caution by doing all we can to prevent the spread of the virus.”

All Mendocino County public school districts are suspending site-based instruction either today (March 16) or tomorrow (March 17). The lengths of the closures vary and details can be found on district websites as well as www.mcoe.us.

At MCOE, we are suspending site-based MCOE instruction as of Tuesday, March 17 through April 13 as a precautionary measure. Before re-opening on April 13, we will collaborate with health officials to evaluate the situation to determine whether it is safe to resume site-based instruction. Given the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, we believe suspending classroom instruction and moving to remote learning will help protect vulnerable people in our communities.

Remote Learning

Remote Learning means that students do not physically attend school, but receive and complete lessons at home. We will provide instructional materials online and in paper format to keep students engaged in learning. Your principal will provide more detailed information about the process of delivering and returning these materials. Your teacher(s) and principal will be working during the period of remote learning from a safe location to continue to provide student assignments and instructional support. All employees will be available by email during normal school hours. Please be patient as this process begins. We are working on developing more specific information for students and parents, and will be sending out more information soon.

Meals 

We work in collaboration with Ukiah Unified for our school meals. They have offered to continue to provide drive-thru/carryout breakfasts and lunches to students beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. When we learn more about the specifics and details about how this service will be provided, we will share them with you.

Stay Safe

We encourage all families to maintain social distancing, which includes staying away from groups as much as possible. We also ask that everyone practice increased personal hygiene such as frequent hand-washing. To keep everyone as safe as possible, we suggest canceling any travel plans and keeping kids safe at home rather than allowing them to go out into the community. The less we interact with each other face-to-face, the more likely we are to slow the spread of the virus. 

Sincerely,

Michelle Hutchins, County Superintendent of Schools

Update 3/13/2020

Although there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mendocino County, Mendocino Unified School District and Round Valley Unified School District have decided to close schools starting March 16. School closures are a district-by-district decision unless there is a public health order to close schools. If you have questions or concerns about school closures, please contact your local district office.

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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