Parents, please note that educators will be working tirelessly to plan next steps. These are unchartered waters. It is important for our children that we, as adults, remain calm. This is a great time to focus on the 7 habits. Stay healthy everyone.
As you may have heard, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide “shelter-in-place.” This latest directive aligns closely with actions taken earlier this week by our San Diego County officials, which means we will continue limiting gatherings to no more than 10 individuals and enforcing social distancing.
In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, the Chula Vista Elementary School District and other school districts countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to remain closed indefinitely. We will send you weekly updates while our schools are closed until further notice. We are taking a proactive and aggressive approach to maintain the health, safety and well-being of our schools and communities.
The Governor’s order does not change or impact the role of CVESD, which is considered essential, nor our duty to carry out the following essential services:
- Meals being prepared and distributed to students.
- Any function associated with keeping the continuity of learning moving forward.
As we all adjust to the ongoing reality of school closures, I want to provide a message of encouragement and support to you, our families. CVESD is comprised of staff, parents, students, and our community partners. Together each of us is being asked to do our part. These are truly unprecedented times and ones that can be challenging for our children to understand. I appreciate the difficult task that families face in keeping their loved ones healthy, safe and informed.
Please know that our Board, District Leadership Team, Teachers and Staff are making student-based decisions with the health and safety of our learning community as our top priority. Most recently, we announced the extension of meal service for students through Spring Break. Please view our District website and social media channels for information about resources for you and your loved ones.
I also want to thank you for your continued cooperation and support as we make our way through this historic situation. Our District remains in regular contact with local, state, and federal officials. Please be reassured in that we are developing and putting plans into place that will provide students with resources they need.
Again, thank you for your ongoing flexibility, understanding, and grit. Please remember to focus on modeling calm. Keep your family and loved ones healthy and safe. We will get through this together.
Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.