Hello Amazing Community,
After careful consideration, we have decided to close campuses to learners for the two weeks prior to Spring Break with Spring Break occurring as planned. We will re-evaluate our status during the week of Spring Break and notify families if any additional closures will occur. No school beginning Monday, March 16 through at least Friday, April 3. On Monday and Tuesday staff are working on instituting new distance learning strategies for the weeks when learners would have normally been on campus. Distance learning will begin on Wednesday, March 18th and end Friday March 27th.
Please look for an email on Monday from the Lead Facilitator outlining what learning will look like over the coming weeks. This will be different across grade levels and schools and will include online material as well as access to offline material. We are working to provide technology supports to learners who need them. If you are in need of technology support please reach out directly to the main office no later than noon on Tuesday, March 17th.
We ask that you continue to monitor calls and emails from school in order to be an active partner in your child’s learning over the coming weeks. If a learner receives counseling services or Special Education services on campus, mental health counselors and/or case managers will reach out to them about how to access services in the interim.
AUSD will provide breakfast at 9am and lunch at noon during the closure. For Monday and Tuesday food will be distributed from our site. Beginning Wednesday learners can pick up breakfast and lunch from any of the following locations:
- Ruby Bridges
- Academy of Alameda
- Encinal High
- Wood Middle
- Alameda Point Collaborative
During the closure learners should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. Children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. However, they can transmit the virus to those most vulnerable. Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for childcare during closure and that they avoid leaving children with elderly people who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus. Closing CLCS schools for three weeks mid-year is unprecedented, and we recognize the significant impact this extended closure will have on our entire community, learners, families, and staff.
We acknowledge the anxiety this may cause our learners, especially our seniors who are focused on graduation and those learners who depend on CLCS for critical services. We also recognize the burden this will place on our staff and working families. Schools are an essential public service and crucial to our communities. We made this decision in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in light of this global pandemic and new information that is surfacing rapidly. We will continue to work in partnership with public agencies and all of you to keep our learners and communities safe.
We are committed to keeping you updated with information as we learn it. Thank you again for working with us as our entire community responds to COVID-19.
Please contact your Lead Facilitators or Annalisa with any questions or concerns.
Annalisa Moore, M.A., Education
Community Learning Center Schools, Inc.
1900 Third Street
Alameda, CA 94501