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Paso Robles School District extends school closures ‘indefinitely,’ distance learning starts Monday 

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On Friday afternoon, Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Superintendent Curt Dubost issued a statement extending school closures indefinitely:

The Board of Trustees has agreed with my recommendation to close school indefinitely pending clearance from the Health Department that we may reopen without compromising the health and safety of our students and staff. We anticipate the earliest possible date we could reopen would be May 4th. It is our hope that this can happen so that we can conclude the school year and seniors in particular can return for traditional activities and ceremonies.

During the closure, we will continue to distribute meals and provide instruction including the time period which would have been spring break. Expect frequent updates as the situation is fluid. Further discussion can be expected with the Board on April 7th at the Regular Board Meeting, with a formal update to follow. Under no circumstances will we reopen without taking all reasonable steps to protect our community.

We all appreciate the cooperation of our employees and their unions, the many volunteers who have offered help, the City of Paso Robles, especially City Manager Tom Frutchey, Mayor Steve Martin, and Police Chief Ty Lewis, Dr. Jim Brescia, and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. I also want to thank the district management team and other district and site support staff for their many extra hours of dedicated service to our kids and community.

School district says distance learning starts Monday

On Friday afternoon, Paso Robles School District Chief Academic Officer Carol Kenyon sent the following letter to parents:

Dear PRJUSD Families,

First and foremost, we wish you and your families well during this time. We hope you have been accessing the learning opportunities we have been providing on our website over the past two weeks and through the learning packets we have been distributing at the meal distribution sites. Next Monday we will shift from district provided learning opportunities to individual teacher provided distance learning for all grade levels. We know that some of our TK-8th grade families prefer to pick up paper copies of learning activities and that our elementary students do not have district provided chromebooks at this time, so we will continue to provide weekly packets with the meal distribution (PRHS & Culinary Arts) during the hours of 11:00-1:00. Since these are weekly packets, please pick them up next week on Monday or Tuesday.

On Monday, March 30th, every student will hear from their teacher and school with a plan for the week. Please stay in communication with your students’ teachers around expectations for completion of work and resources for helping your student’s individual learning needs. Teachers are available throughout these days of school closure and they are eager to work together with you and to support their students. 3rd-5th grade parents, please look for communication early next week about Chromebook check out options for students who do not have access to devices at home.

Students or parents concerned about the state’s standardized tests that were to begin this month, can rest assured that California schools will not be participating in the yearly student standardized testing. The requirement has been waived nation-wide due to the extenuating circumstances.

More than anything, please take this time to encourage your children to read or read together, spend time talking and exploring the things that interest them, exercise and take care of each other. Thank you for partnering with us at this critical time and we look forward to when we can all be together again.

County Superintendent James Brescia on Thursday issued an update to the community




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