The Orcutt Union School District announced closure of its schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year due to coronavirus.
In a letter, superintendent Dr. Debbie Blow said while the campuses will remain closed, online learning will still continue.
"While we understand this poses serious hardships to many families, it is the most effective way to slow the transmission of this pandemic and do our part by continuing to implement social distancing practices," Blow said in a statement.
The district said it is working to provide meals for students, high-quality distance learning and assistance with connectivity and technology needs.
District officials said they will soon provide details about grades, grading periods, credits and plans for alternative end of the year ceremonies for graduating seniors.
The following resources are still in place for students, their families and staff members:
• Meals will be served at the four campuses throughout the school year, including spring break. The one exception being that no meals will be distributed on Friday April 10th, as it is a local holiday. However, two meals will be provided at the pick-up locations on Thursday, April 9th. 2
• The District team has worked hard to identify many powerful learning resources that will help your students continue to learn while our school facilities are closed. These can be accessed through our district website by clicking on the “online learning” button.
• For those who do not have access, the district be distributing a paper enrichment packet at the same time as the lunch distribution at Orcutt Junior High School from 10:30 to 11:30 Monday through Wednesday, April 6th through the 8th. Distance learning will begin the week of April 20th.
• For those needing a device to access our distance learning curriculum, please go to our district web-site to the “request a device” button. We have opened up more distribution sites, and have open appointments for device pick-up