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.

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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