South San Francisco, CA March 30, 2020 Press Release from 3/25/2020
Dear SSFUSD Community,
I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you all for your patience and resilience as we move forward through this challenging time. I also wish to remind you to keep in mind the recommendations shared by the San Mateo County Public Health Officer, Dr. Morrow, who articulated how important it is that we all do our part to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. If you must go out for essential items or services, please be sure to maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) and follow safe and healthy hygiene practices.
Although we will be sharing additional updates with you soon, including details specific to the operations of our schools, please be aware of the following information:
Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020, as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community continue to be our highest priorities among our collective counties.
Please note that although this date has been selected as the day for students to return to school, it should be considered tentative given the rapidly changing circumstances relating to the impact of COVID-19. While it is likely that this date may be extended, we remain committed to working closely with the San Mateo County Public Health department and the San Mateo County Office of Education to ensure that our community is safe before any determinations are made regarding the re-opening of schools.
We will keep you informed as new information is provided. Please also be aware of information we will be sharing later this week regarding school and district office hours of operation, the efforts of our staff to communicate and engage with our families, updated information about our meal distribution program, and other pertinent updates. For more information, please visit our district website.
I also wish to personally thank our staff who have been reporting to work during Spring Break to maintain District operations, including distributing breakfasts/lunches, maintaining our administrative capacity, responding to parent inquiries, and supporting the daily operations of the district. We also thank our teachers for their tireless dedication to supporting distance learning efforts and continuing to provide a meaningful learning experience for our children.
We thank all of you in our community for your support, patience, and endurance. We will continue to work collaboratively across the district to enhance supports for our students, staff, and families.
Shawnterra Moore, Ed.D.