The West Constra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) has closed school campuses for the remainder of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision followed recommendations by Gov. Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, a Richmond resident whose daughters attend WCCUSD schools.
“While this means that physical campuses would not re-open to students this school year, it does not suggest that learning is over for the year,” WCCUSD Superintendent Matt Duffy said in a statement.
The District has been developing a more robust distance learning program that will be implemented Monday, April 13, after the district’s Spring Break period ends. During Spring Break, meals will continue to be distributed every day at 17 sites, except for Monday, April, 6, which is a district holiday. There are 17 locations distributing meals.
“Teachers, classified staff and administrators continue to provide meals and learning devices to students who need them, and are working hard to transition to high-quality distance learning, and support the needs of all students,” Duffy said. If you need internet access please visit www.wccusd.net/districtclosure.”
Duffy said the district is now “developing guidelines and procedures regarding second semester grades, transcripts, graduation criteria, promotion, and commencement celebrations.”
“These will be communicated to students and families in the coming days and weeks,” the superintendent said.
The California Department of Education has provided guidance around grading and graduation requirements and the University of California and California State University systems are working with students to ensure they won’t be penalized through grades or graduation requirements due to the school closures.
For Duffy’s full statement, which includes more resources for parents and guardians, go here.