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


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

For immediate release

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.”

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan
County Superintendent of Schools
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Dr. Hilaria Bauer
Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
Dr. Roxane Fuentes
Berryessa Union School District
Dr. Carrie Andrews
Cambrian School District
Dr. Shelly Viramontez
Campbell Union SD
Dr. Robert Bravo
Campbell Union High School District
Dr. Craig Baker
Cupertino Union School District
Chris D. Funk
East Side Union High School District
Dr. Emy Flores
Evergreen School District
Juan Cruz
Franklin-McKinley School District
Polly Bove
Fremont Union High School District
Dr. Deborah A. Flores
Gilroy Unified School District
Dr. Sean Joyce
Lakeside Joint School District
Lisa Fraser
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
Jeffrey Baier
Los Altos School District
Paul Johnson
Los Gatos Union School District
Dr. Michael Grove
Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District
Edith Mourtos
Interim Superintendent
Luther Burbank School District
Alyssa Lynch
Metropolitan Education District
Cheryl Jordan
Milpitas Unified School District
Mary Kay Going
Moreland School District
Steve Betando
Morgan Hill Unified School District
Mariann Engle
Mount Pleasant Elementary School District
Dr. Ayindé Rudolph
Mountain View Whisman School District
Dr. Nellie Meyer
Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District
José Manzo
Oak Grove School District
Dr. Wendy Gudalewicz
Orchard School District
Dr. Donald Austin
Palo Alto Unified School District
Nancy Albarrán
San José Unified School District
Dr. Stella Kemp
Santa Clara Unified School District
Dr. Kenneth Geisick
Saratoga Union School District
Dr. Benjamin Picard
Sunnyvale School District
Denise Coleman
Union School District
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.