MVLA aims to support student mental health during closure

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Los Altos High School sits empty as schools remain closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Now that the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and the county’s Office of Education declared that public schools will remain closed through at least May 1, most local students will take online courses for more than a month.

COVID-19 prompts Junior Olympics cancellation

The long-standing Los Altos School District Junior Olympics has been canceled because of the coronavirus.

This year would have been the 60th anniversary of the inter-school track meet. Fourth- through sixth-graders from all seven district elementary schools compete against each other in events including basketball free throws, chin-ups and hurdles.

The event was scheduled April 25 at Los Altos High School, but schools aren’t slated to open until at least May 4. According to Gaynor Ferrari, one of the organizers, the timing just wasn’t going to work.

“We’re really sad that it’s been canceled, especially because it’s the 60th,” Ferrari said.

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.

Local students adjust to college closures, online classes

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Mountain View High School graduate Elena Dagan, pictured in Shanghai during her time in college there, has returned home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In recent weeks, colleges and universities have shut down on-campus learning, moved most students out of dorms and migrated coursework online due to the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus causes schools to move to online learning

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Almond School principal Raquel Matteroli works with teachers during a training on remote instruction.

With schools across Santa Clara County closed in response to the expanding coronavirus pandemic, local educators are working to ensure learning continues, even if it can’t be done in the classroom.

Teachers and administrators plan to provide remote instruction using a variety of online tools.

BCS facilities planning delayed amid outbreak

The Los Altos School District is putting the process to identify long-term facilities for Bullis Charter School on hold, at least for now.

The district’s board of trustees had planned to review an analysis of various facilities scenarios at a special meeting last week but delayed the discussion, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

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