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Coronavirus Response Plan


Working Together to Keep Our Students Safe
- School Closure Through May 1, 2020 and Anticipated Closure Through Remainder of School Year - 

Originally Posted: 02-27-2020 Updated: 04-02-2020

     On April 2, 2020, Superintendent Dr. Rob Martinez wrote a Friday Letter to the community, including updates about the district's coronavirus response, and a message to students. Dr. Martinez states, "we do not anticipate students returning to our school campuses for the remainder of the school year due to the need for safety as related to the coronavirus." Read the full letter at the link provided. 

     On March 31, 2020, the State Superintendent of Public Education issued an unofficial perspective describing that schools may not reopen for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This is not a directive nor is it a guidance from any state office. 

     The Mount Diablo Unified School District is working to broaden our distance learning opportunities for children and working to prepare for the possibility that the suspension of in-class instruction could extend beyond the current May 1st guidance; we continue to work with the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Governor's Office, and the Office of the State Superintendent, and we will collaborate any change to our current response to any such decision on any new extension of school closures with our Contra Costa Public Health Department. I want to assure you that we will continue to collaborate with our state officials, receive and review guidance, and continue to engage in consultation with many, before issuing any such direction.

     As you know, things are always subject to change. Should there be any official recommendation to extend our current closure, I will strive to inform our public and employees as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will continue with the work we are doing to connect, engage and support our students, their families.  We will strive to work with each other to accomplish great things for our students. We will continue to develop and build quality distance learning for students in all of our schools and work to provide food to our students in need as best we can with the resources we have available.

     On March 25, 2020, six bay area counties and public health officials have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures through May 1, 2020. This is a coordinated response to the continuing expansion of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the bay area, and represents a best effort to reduce the number of affected individuals and to keep our communities as safe as possible.

     Hence, while it is painful to inform our public of this information, we have no other recourse but to continue with our school closure through Friday, May 1, 2020. Mount Diablo Unified School District schools will remain closed through May 1, 2020.

     Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 26-20, the Mount Diablo Unified School District, in collaboration with Districts from across Contra Costa County and our Contra Costa County Office of Education, will continue to expand the District’s Distance Learning programs to the best of our ability. Food services will continue at 9 locations district-wide, and payments to our employees will continue through this period.

     Our district is, like many other districts, expecting guidance from the California Department of Education to address many of our unknowns. Our administrative team is working diligently to provide the best and as much guidance as possible to our staff, and we are proud to have seen a coordinated effort to deliver continued services at a safe distance. This is a difficult and uncharted territory for all of us, and it will require patience, growth, and understanding from all of us.

     Our situation continues to evolve and we will continue to communicate updates with any new information—by phone, email, social media, and here on our district website.

     We are proud to provide free community meals at 9 school sites district-wide for all children 18 years and younger. Please see the attached flyers for a list of locations: English Flyer | Spanish Flyer 

     Please note that there will be no meal services on April 3rd and April 10th in observance of holidays. 

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     Educational options: We are committed to proceeding with the most equitable approaches to instruction available to the students we serve, which will involve both online resources and traditional resources. Our teachers will be working together at their school sites on Monday to develop and create some resources for students, and we will then work to provide access to these materials through our web pages.

     Helpful resources: 

     We will continue to update our website and advise community members and employees of development with the coronavirus as developments occur.

The Facts: 

     A new (“novel”) virus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness called coronavirus (COVID-19). The outbreak began in December of 2019 in Hubei Province, China, but outbreaks are now occurring in other countries around the world. As of April 2, 2020, residents of Contra Costa County following preventative measures and shelter in place orders remain at a low risk of becoming infected with novel coronavirus.

  • Across the United States, as of April 2, 2020, there are 213,144 cases (confirmed and presumptive positive) of infected individuals and 4,513 deaths. Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • In Contra Costa, as of April 2, 2020, there are 276 cases of infected individuals. Source: Contra Costa Health Services

  • There are zero (0) cases of coronavirus reported at our school sites. 

    The World Health Organization maintains an interactive map and issues daily reports tracking Coronavirus statistics across the globe.