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School is closed through March 27

Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE)  and Sonoma County Public Health is recommending school closures through March 27. VCS is following this recommendation. Staff will work on getting remote learning set up for students. As of right now school will resume on Monday, March 30.

DHS, SCOE Recommend Temporary Suspension of In-Person Classes Following Spring Break

COVID-19 Update

Dear VCS Community,


I want to take this opportunity to update you on recent and rapid developments that impact our students, families and the broader community relative to the spread of COVID-19 in Sonoma County. I know you have questions and concerns and my hope is that this communication will help clarify how we at VCS are addressing this situation.


In the past couple of days, we have heard about schools closing is other counties, and planned school and public events cancelled with the goal of limiting exposure to COVID-19. Based on this escalating trend, there is a possibility that VCS and Sonoma County schools will be faced with an order to close as early as Monday, March 16 (post spring break).


The decision to close The Village Charter School will be made in partnership with The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and other state and regional agencies. Closing VCS is not a decision I will make in isolation. SCOE acts as a liaison between all schools/school districts and the public health officer. For this reason, SCOE is in close, regular communication with county health officials in order to provide up-to-date guidance to school leadership.
 

In the event that VCS needs to close, the decision will be made in collaboration with the county public health officer and SCOE. For the most up-to-date information from SCOE and health officials, please visit https://www.scoe.org/ or https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/


In the classroom, we are encouraging social distance, regular hand washing, and flu-season cleaning protocols, including the regular wipe down of commonly touched surfaces. All currently planned field trips have been cancelled or postponed and larger events like the Creek-Clean-A-Thon are on hold until further notice.


Some parents have opted to keep their children home this past week as a preventative measure. We are fortunate that this decrease in attendance can be supported through Independent Study (please let Carolyn know so we can put packets together for you). If VCS faces a school closure due to COVID-19 with local health department concurrence, we will be allowed to file a J-13 waiver to avoid an instructional time audit penalty for not meeting our required minutes and/or days (in regular talk, we won’t be required to make up this time nor lose funding).


In an effort to be prepared in the case of school closures, we are compiling a list of resources and activities that our students can use at home in order to continue their learning. When and if this becomes a need, I will be communicating lesson plans, activities and any necessary scheduling details via class emails.


I realize there are many unknowns right now. I appreciate your patience, grace and partnership as we navigate these next few months. We will communicate school closure updates by email, text, our website www.villagecharterschool.com and the SCOE website. Please feel free to email me over spring break if you have any questions.


Stay healthy,


Rebecca