School Closure Update

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March 15, 2020



Dear Families:


I want to extend a heartfelt thank you all for your continued support as we work together through these very challenging times with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I wish you all health and peace of mind as we navigate this unchartered territory. In preparation for the week ahead, I wanted to provide the following updates and informational items.



FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR KIDS:

Hayward Unified is providing free breakfast and lunch served as a “grab and go” style starting Monday, March 16. Every child under 18 years old will receive meals with no identification required. There are distribution locations throughout Hayward. (If more convenient to your home location, Castro Valley USD and San Lorenzo USD also have similar “grab and go” programs for any student under the age of 18 at select school locations. Those programs begin later in the week.)



ACADEMIC CALENDAR CHANGES:

Golden Oak Montessori is closed to normal classroom instruction through Friday, April 3. We are monitoring the situation and will notify families if this changes. To make up for the loss of instructional time, we will move our Spring Break to be during this closure window. This means we will have regular instruction April 10-17.



RESOURCES FOR CONTINUED LEARNING AT HOME:

Teachers are currently developing home learning resources so that students can engage in educational activities while not in school. The California Department of Education indicates schools will receive specific guidance on how best to provide these resources mid-week. As soon as those details are provided, we will communicate with families. Until that time we suggest students in all grade levels spend time reading every day and participating in practical life, art, and math activities that can be done at home. These include assisting with laundry, preparing food, measuring, journaling, building, painting, coloring, getting outside, organizing and sorting projects, and even cleaning activities like sweeping, dusting, and washing.



COMPUTER RESOURCES:

For families that do not have a computer at home for a student to access online educational resources, we are checking out a limited number of school Chromebook computers to those who need them. Please email info@goldenoakmontessori.org if you need this resource. In addition Comcast is offering a temporary free Internet service for qualifying families during this time. Learn more at internetessentials.com/covid19.


END OF TERM CONFERENCES:
Information will be sent to families soon regarding how we will manage end of term conferences which will most likely be conducted virtually or by telephone.



IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS:

Staff are working and accessible during the closure. Front Office phone coverage likely will not have our usual hours, but we will be checking phone messages through the day if you leave a message. Email is currently the fastest way to reach individual people. Please use the guide below to direct your questions.




Thank you again for your patience as we work through the details of the next few weeks. We will continue to update our community as we learn more and have more plans in place.


In partnership,


Jennifer Heeter

Head of School