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Distance Learning Extended

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (April 3, 2020) - Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond recommended on Wednesday that school classes should take place via distance learning rather than on school campuses throughout the remainder of the 2019/20 school year in California.

The Lake County Office of Education (LCOE) and the District Superintendents, after consulting with Dr. Gary Pace, Lake County Health Officer, agree with those recommendations for the safety of students and the community during this health crisis.

Suspension of in-classroom instruction has become necessary to help Lake County and California “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19 so that emergency medical responders have as much time as possible to prepare for an influx of patients and save lives.

Lake County schools will deliver distance-based instruction through the end of the school year, unless the situation improves and warrants a safe return to the classroom as determined by Dr. Gary Pace, Public Health Officer.

Students and their families will continue to receive specific plans and instructions from their child’s school district regarding ongoing remote learning.

Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools says, “There is frustration that it has not been possible to determine an exact date to reopen campuses. But as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States top infectious-diseases expert says, ‘You don’t make the timeline; the virus makes the timeline.’”

School districts have been hard at work since mid-March building distance learning programs from the ground up to serve students remotely, including English learners and those with disabilities. LCOE has diligently supported these efforts with virtual, county-wide trainings for educators, as well as individualized support for school districts.

Falkenberg adds, “Teachers, support staff, and administrators are working long hours to provide students access to their academic education. They are also providing the social and emotional support that is so necessary during this health crisis.”

Although students may not be returning to campus, school sites will stay open for staff to perform tasks that have been deemed essential by their districts, including the preparation of student meals. In Lake County, every child under the age of 18 can receive these meals. Please check with your local school for details.

Falkenberg adds, “I recognize this difficult but necessary decision may cause disappointment. I am a parent of a graduating senior. I understand the disappointment and challenges first-hand.”

Due to the ever changing nature of this health crisis, please visit lakecoe.org/COVID-19 or the Lake County Office of Education Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Please visit your local district website, for information pertaining to specific schools.

For more information about the county response to COVID-19, visit health.co.lake.ca.us