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Coronavirus Update #6
Posted 3/12/20

Dear CUSD Families,

California State Education Code has strict legal requirements that school districts must follow, including the number of instructional days and minutes required. School districts must work with their local health care agency to determine if a school closure is warranted and for what length of time. We are working with state and local agencies to determine if California State Education Code rules can be altered. 

Our only recourse locally is to change the 2019-20 calendar and extend the school year if we close. We are awaiting direction from Governor Newsom on the State Education Code.

We understand that families may be considering keeping an at-risk student at home.  We recommend that parents make this decision in consultation and with advice from the student's regular doctor.  However, CUSD will not be requiring a doctor's note after 14 days of absence while we operate under Coronavirus guidelines.  If a student is to be absent, please inform the Principal and teacher in case any at-home lessons may be available.

Finally, as we work to protect the health and safety of our young people, staff, and community members, we want to remind our students, families, staff, and volunteers to stay home if you are sick. Please practice good health hygiene which includes washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).
 
We will continue to urge the state to provide more flexibility to public school districts and we appreciate all you are doing to help us.

Sincerely,

Ryan Burris
Chief Communications Officer