School Closure Extended to May 1
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Today the Alameda County Office of Education announced that seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. If further extensions become necessary, those decisions and announcements will be made at the appropriate time.
You can read the news release here.
Although this is not the news we all wanted to hear, as a community we will do our best to rise to the occasion. Golden Oak Montessori’s focus of the moment is the health and safety of our school’s families and staff, and to provide support to our students as best as possible during this unprecedented situation.
Teachers continue to expand the academic offerings for our students through new online delivery structures. It is a work in progress as we all learn the new tools and identify the resources families need to access them. Our teachers are reaching out to families by telephone this week to check in with students and to assess their home resources (computer access, ability to print, etc.) Families can also feel free to contact teachers and support staff at school directly as well. You can visit this School Contacts and Technical Resources webpage for contact details.
When we received the original recommendation to close until April 3, we messaged we would move spring break dates to make up for the lost instructional time. With this new information, we have determined we will maintain our originally calendared spring break dates (April 10-17). Students can continue to work on the shared resources if they need something to occupy their time during the break.
Chromebooks are available for check out if students do not have a computer at home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will coordinate a time with you to pick one up.
Grab and Go style breakfast and lunch service continues to be offered in numerous locations throughout the area. Any child under 18 years old can pick up these free meals on a first-come, first-served basis. No identification is required. If your family is having an issue accessing these meals, please contact email@example.com.
We all are doing our best right now. These are difficult times for our children, as they are faced with new learning platforms, missing their classmates and friends, and having different daily routines. Our staff and school psychologist are working and are available remotely if you need support. We will continue to try and iterate on these new systems and routines so please stay connected for updated information. If you are interested, here are some additional resources, tips, and suggestions for Montessori parents while your student is at home, including a section on how to talk to your child about Coronavirus.
Head of School