As the light at the end of the coronavirus outbreak tunnel becomes increasingly more difficult to see, six California school districts have extended their school closures through May 1st.
Announced on Wednesday, this extension will affect school districts in the Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties specifically. However, a few of those schools will still remain open to staff and personnel, education officials say.
"The well being of our students, families and communities is our primary concern," said Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, superintendent for the Santa Clara Office of Education. "We will continue to take all necessary steps to prepare schools for reopening. Meanwhile, it is absolutely crucial that we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the shelter-in-place orders and continuing to support learning at home."
SFUSD also announced on Wednesday they will continue providing free meals to students and families in need.
“We understand public schools are an essential part of our greater community and we need to work together during this time to take care of each other,” said SF Board of Education President Mark Sanchez. “This is a time to make short term sacrifices and set the right example for our young people.”