COVID-19 : School Closures & Protections offered by order of California Gov. Gavin Newsom

The Coronavirus has impacted so many lives across the world, and as the number of cases increase in our local communities, “social distancing” and “isolation” have started to drive closures of several community gathering places and most importantly, our Bay Area schools. Most impacted are our Special Needs students, who will get further isolated during this period, due to lack of the ability to collaborate with their otherwise tech-savvy neuro-typical student peers. The “Special Day Class” for many of our children are "segregated" in nature which limits their access to general student community. With school closures being announced, many in the student and parent community are unclear and unsure of what these closures actually mean.

Does it mean your children are having an earlier Spring break ?

Does it mean your children have time off during this difficult period to “just chill” ?

Does this mean “no homework” “no learning“ for the next few weeks ? The answer to all of the above questions is a BIG FAT NO ! At least, according to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order signed on March 13, 2020. The order signed today ensures California public school districts retain state funding even in the event of physical closure. The order directs school districts to use those state dollars to fund distance learning and high quality educational opportunities, provide school meals and, as practicable, arrange for the supervision for students during school hours and extend all services and supports in accordance with IDEA and FAPE for students with Disabilities.