Bay Area counties extending school closures through May 1

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Public school systems in six counties, including the Contra Costa County Office of Education, will extend school closures through May 1 in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, it was announced today.

The extension was decided upon by health officers and school superintendents in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

According to the Contra Costa County Office of Education, school facilities will remain open to staff for the purposes of performing tasks deemed essential by the school districts and county offices of education. Education will continue through flexible learning, and meals will continue to be provided where possible. See meal pickup sites for the West Contra Costa Unified School District here. Childcare may be arranged.

“While we know how disruptive school closures are to our students and families, we want to do everything we can to support the imperative for social distancing,” said Lynn Mackey, Contra Costa County superintendent of schools. “We will continue to work with schools and districts in our county to ensure access to resources and support. Our education community, from superintendents, to teachers to custodians and payroll technicians, are working tirelessly to bring continuity to our community.”