April 20 is the earliest the San Joaquin County superintendent of schools recommends allowing students and teachers to return to public school campuses.

Superintendent James Mousalimas announced his new recommendation Wednesday afternoon in response to orders from the governor and county leaders last week that people should stay home as much as possible to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Tracy Unified School District

Tracy Unified School District distributed a letter from Superintendent Brian Stephens to students' families and the local community Wednesday confirming that schools will not reopen April 6, as originally announced. 

"We believe coming back for only 4 days would not be in the best interest of our students," the letter from Stephens reads.

Instead, TUSD schools will remain closed at least through April 17, the end of the district's scheduled spring break, and "there is a very good chance that school closures may be extended."

Rob Pecot, TUSD's director of student services, said students can continue to work on the optional educational packets distributed this week during the extended closure.

An assortment of Math and English language arts activities for kindergarten through 12th grade have been available for download from the district website since Monday. Printed copies can be picked up at each school campus this Thursday and Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Pecot said that if the school closures last beyond April 20, the district will work on a plan for students at home.

Many families have expressed a desire to have their students resume graded school work as soon as possible.

TUSD has also increased the number of sites offering grab-and-go meals while schools are closed.

Food service workers have started handing out lunch and breakfast at Jacobson Elementary and Monte Vista Middle schools in addition to the five other campuses where meals were already distributed:

  • Central School, 200 W. Eaton Ave.
  • Jacobson Elementary School, 1750 Kavanagh Ave.
  • Monte Vista Middle School, 751 W. Lowell Ave.
  • North School, 2875 Holly Drive
  • South/West Park Elementary School, 550 W. Mount Diablo Ave.
  • Williams Middle School, 1600 Tennis Lane
  • West High School, 1775 W. Lowell Ave.

Drive-up pickup times are Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meals will not be distributed April 10-17 during what would have been spring break.

TUSD is also helping provide food to families who live in remote locations on a limited basis. 

Parents can find more information on the TUSD website or call the Student Services Department at 830-3280.

Lammersville Unified School District

Lammersville Unified School District in Mountain House, which began distance learning March 18, will take its regularly scheduled spring break March 30-April 3. Distance learning will continue April 6-20.

On-campus classes will resume April 21 unless the county superintendent revises his recommendations again.

"It is important to note that this extension is being made thoughtfully and with the intention to follow a prudent course," Superintendent Kirk Nicholas wrote in a letter to families. "We will continue to follow the advice of experts."

Drive-through meals are provided at Mountain House High School, 1090 S. Central Parkway, for all children up to age 18. The meal service will continue until the end of the school closures, Monday through Friday, 10:30-a.m.-12:30 p.m., except during spring break, March 30-April 3. 

More information is available on the district website. Families can also get help with distance learning questions by calling their schools directly.

Tracy Learning Center

Millennium High School is putting measures into place to convert to all-online schooling starting Monday. Students will get right into the fourth quarter, considering the past two weeks without classes as their spring break in lieu of the planned break April 6-17.

Students can check out Chromebooks to complete graded assignments through Google Classroom.

Families of Primary Charter and Discovery Charter students can also check out Chromebooks to continue working on activities and enrichment lessons. More information is at tlccharterchatter.com.

New Jerusalem School District

New Jerusalem School District is providing online access to curriculum as well as printed packets to students who attend New Jerusalem School, Delta Charter High School, Delta Charter K-8 and Delta Bridges.

Independent study materials for this week and next week are available through the district’s websites, www.deltacharter.net and www.njesd.net. Some teachers are also sending out work by email to provide multiple options for families.

Food for students is available at the Koster Road campus between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

After its regularly scheduled spring break, the district hopes to resume on-site classes April 20.

Banta Elementary School District

Teachers at Banta School are testing out distance learning using school-owned Chromebooks and iPads that families check out to use at home.

The school has been distributing grab-and-go meals in the school parking lot. As of next week, instead of picking up a meal each day, families will pick up a few days’ worth of lunches and breakfasts for each child on Mondays and Thursdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Spring break is still planned April 10-17, and no meals will be provided during that time.

For updates, resources, and more information about COVID-19 and schools in San Joaquin County, go to sjcoe.org/healthsafety. For updates and local information about the countywide response to COVID-19, please go to sjready.org.

As of Wednesday afternoon, San Joaquin County Public Health Services has confirmed 71 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths in the county.

The latest numbers from California Department of Health, released today, include 2,535 positive cases and 53 deaths statewide. Results are in from at least 18,276 tests, and 48,600 tests are still pending.

Contact the Tracy Press at tpnews@tracypress.com or 835-3030.

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