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Santa Clara County Schools Closed for Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year

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Santa Clara County School Superintendents’ Response to State Leaders’ Recommendation

For immediate release
04/01/2020

SAN JOSE, CA - Santa Clara County Office of Education and Santa Clara County District Superintendents today offered a county wide response to the new shelter-in-place recommendations for schools based on guidance provided by Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond.

Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond have announced that school campuses in California will not be able to reopen this school year.

The 2019-2020 school year has not ended. Instead, the remainder of the school year has transitioned from in-person classroom instruction to instruction and support for students through distance learning options as described by The California Department of Education (CDE).

“Thank you all for your dedication as we continue to navigate the regional and state shelter-at-home order for the safety and well-being of our students and families. The unified effort as we persist through these unprecedented and challenging times together has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Santa Clara County Superintendent, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan. “We will work through this pandemic locally with the guidance of Dr. Sara Cody and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department so that we can ensure the health and safety of our students and their families as well as for our staff. We also recognize the importance of our regional collaborative with our Bay Area county partners.”

District leaders acknowledge that distance learning comes with its own set of challenges, and they are committed to providing students, families and educators with ongoing support. As all districts within Santa Clara County further implement distance learning options and academic strategies, the social and emotional well-being of all students is of utmost importance. The districts are working together to find ways to stay connected which will continue to help everyone learn together and celebrate important milestones. In the coming weeks, districts will provide families with information regarding how grades, graduation, transcripts, scholarships, summer school, and continued distance learning instruction will be handled.

“Our community is strong,” said Dr. Dewan. “Together, we will overcome the negative impact of these life-changing events. When school sites re-open, we will enthusiastically welcome back our students, staff, and families to our campuses. In the meantime, thank you for your patience flexibility, and understanding.”

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Dr. Mary Ann Dewan
County Superintendent of Schools
Santa Clara County Office of Education
 
Dr. Hilaria Bauer
Superintendent
Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
 
Dr. Roxane Fuentes
Superintendent
Berryessa Union School District
 
Dr. Carrie Andrews
Superintendent
Cambrian School District
 
Dr. Shelly Viramontez
Superintendent
Campbell Union SD
 
Dr. Robert Bravo
Superintendent
Campbell Union High School District
 
Dr. Craig Baker
Superintendent
Cupertino Union School District
 
Chris D. Funk
Superintendent
East Side Union High School District
 
Dr. Emy Flores
Superintendent
Evergreen School District
 
Juan Cruz
Superintendent
Franklin-McKinley School District
 
Polly Bove
Superintendent
Fremont Union High School District
 
Dr. Deborah A. Flores
Superintendent
Gilroy Unified School District
 
Dr. Sean Joyce
Superintendent
Lakeside Joint School District
 
Lisa Fraser
Superintendent
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
 
Jeffrey Baier
Superintendent
Los Altos School District
 
Paul Johnson
Superintendent
Los Gatos Union School District
 
Dr. Michael Grove
Superintendent
Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District
 
Edith Mourtos
Interim Superintendent
Luther Burbank School District
 
Alyssa Lynch
Superintendent
Metropolitan Education District
 
Cheryl Jordan
Superintendent
Milpitas Unified School District
 
Mary Kay Going
Superintendent
Moreland School District
 
Steve Betando
Superintendent
Morgan Hill Unified School District
 
Mariann Engle
Superintendent
Mount Pleasant Elementary School District
 
Dr. Ayindé Rudolph
Superintendent
Mountain View Whisman School District
 
Dr. Nellie Meyer
Superintendent
Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District
 
José Manzo
Superintendent
Oak Grove School District
 
Dr. Wendy Gudalewicz
Superintendent
Orchard School District
 
Dr. Donald Austin
Superintendent
Palo Alto Unified School District
 
Nancy Albarrán
Superintendent
San José Unified School District
 
Dr. Stella Kemp
Superintendent
Santa Clara Unified School District
 
Dr. Kenneth Geisick
Superintendent
Saratoga Union School District
 
Dr. Benjamin Picard
Superintendent
Sunnyvale School District
 
Denise Coleman
Superintendent
Union School District
 
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About the Santa Clara County Office of Education
 
Working collaboratively with school and community partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 22 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.