School shutdown extended through May 1

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Oak Avenue School, above, as well as all other local public schools, will now remain closed until at least May 1.

It’s going to be a while before local students head back to the classroom, with the announcement today that public schools throughout the Bay Area will remain closed through at least May 1.

Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools, jointly extended school closures through May 1 to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Previously, schools were set to be closed only through April 3. Some local school districts, including the Los Altos School District and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, had spring break scheduled April 6-10 and had planned to reopen April 13. Now, they won’t reopen until at least May 4.

“I don’t know if we expected it, but it surely isn’t surprising either, just watching what’s going on in the world,” LASD Superintendent Jeff Baier said of the closure being extended.

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A new pop-up on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District website alerts about the extended closures.

Teachers in the Los Altos School District have been providing remote instruction to students during the closure, and Baier said the district is prepared for that to continue.

“We actually feel like we are in a pretty good place,” Baier said. “We will need to make adjustments along the way and course correct, but in terms of the structure we have set up, we think we’re headed in the right direction.”

In a press release, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan said the well-being of students, families and communities is the primary concern.

“We will continue to take all necessary steps to prepare schools for reopening,” Dewan said. “Meanwhile, it is absolutely crucial that we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19, by adhering to the shelter-in-place orders and continuing to support learning at home.”

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