No local school closures reported, districts ramp up cleanliness, cancel large events
County Superintendent of Schools releases COVID-19 update
–James Brecia, County Superintendent of Schools, sent out the following release Thursday afternoon regarding the efforts to lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
San Luis Obispo County School Families, Community, and Employees:
All school districts within San Luis Obispo County continue to work together to monitor, communicate, and prepare for COVID-19. We continue our work of educating all of our students to the greatest extent possible.
The Governor’s Office of the State of California released a statement with a series of recommendations to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. At this time all school districts within San Luis Obispo County are following the guidance of the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Officer and other governmental agencies.
Starting today, we will follow the Governor’s advice to cancel events and gatherings of 250 people or more. Additionally, all non-essential gatherings such as field trips, shows, dances, assemblies, other events, and meetings under 250 people will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by each individual school district superintendent or charter school director.
We will continue to monitor the situation daily and follow the recommendations of the Health Department, CDC, and the Governor’s Office. We continue to reinforce best practices such as hand washing, remaining at home if you are ill, keeping your hands away from your face, and maintaining daily disinfection of surfaces. Individual districts may take additional measures in coordination with public health officials.
James J. Brescia, Ed.D.
County Superintendent of Schools
All San Luis Obispo County school districts are in regular communication and coordination with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, public health, and other agencies. We remain vigilant in our approach to maintaining the wellness of our students, families, and employees. Regular updates will be provided by this office and all school districts.
According to Brescia, schools have increased cleanliness and sanitation procedures and are addressing their individual site readiness for distance learning at this time. Field trips are being considered on a case-by-case basis. Currently, as of 5:15 p.m. Thursday, no schools in the county have closed.