In a precautionary effort to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, in Sonoma County and the state, Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) and Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), are recommending that Sonoma County school districts temporarily suspend in-person classes through at least March 27, 2020
Most school districts are on spring break March 17-21, 2020, so these recommendations would be enacted the following week, beginning March 23, 2020. Under this guidance, students will remain home while staff will report to their school sites to provide extended at home learning opportunities and other support services for students.
The recommendation comes after thoughtful, deliberate consideration between the county health department and school officials. As County health officials continue to work with healthcare providers to test and evaluate for coronavirus, this precautionary step is part of a community-wide effort to practice social distancing and slow the spread of the virus.
“Schools are vital community hubs and service providers. This recommendation to postpone in-person classes was not made lightly,” said Dr. Steve Herrington, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools. “We know that suspending classes creates a significant disruption to the lives of students, staff, and families. School districts have been diligently preparing for how to offer continuity of education, meals, and other vital services even if students are not physically at school.”