Community transmission is ongoing in Santa Clara County. As the community follows the Health Officer Order to Shelter in Place issued on March 16, 2020, notification regarding potential contacts to cases will no longer be provided, and school districts are not required to provide any notifications. Everyone, except for those providing or receiving essential services, should be staying home, especially anyone who is feeling ill. Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, should call their healthcare provider for further guidance before going to the doctor. Only the severely ill should seek care at an emergency room and should, if at all possible, call first.
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ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA DIRECTING ALL INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE COUNTY TO SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE EXCEPT THAT THEY MAY LEAVE TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICES OR ENGAGE IN CERTAIN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES; EXEMPTING INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS FROM THE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER BUT URGING THEM TO FIND SHELTER AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO PROVIDE IT; DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO CEASE NON-ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS IN THE COUNTY; PROHIBITING ALL NON ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS; AND ORDERING CESSATION OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL
DATE OF ORDER: MARCH 16, 2020
March 13, 2020
Dear Morgan Hill Unified Staff and Community,
The safety and wellness of students, families, and school personnel are the highest priorities of all Santa Clara County schools and districts. The Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools and all county district superintendents have determined that all public schools in the County will close for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through April 3, 2020. School will end today at normal dismissal times. Since MHUSD’s scheduled spring break falls immediately after this period (April 6th - April 13th), Morgan Hill Unified schools intend to resume normal school schedule on Tuesday, April 14th.
This closure is to plan for the implementation of guidance from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health. School district central offices will remain open.
During this closure, district administration will have the time to create long-term plans and operate in ways that facilitate social distancing, provide necessary hygiene and cleaning supplies. Under the guidance of the Public Health Department, districts will determine adequate staff time and resources, and create plans to address the possibility that a significant portion of their staff could be impacted and unable to work for a variety of reasons. The District Office will remain open at the regular office hours during school closures.
The Department of Public Health has reported that COVID-19 may be present in our community for months to come. It is our goal that our schools will develop plans quickly in order to operate in a manner that complies with all applicable public health guidance, and implement school reopening procedures on April 14, 2020.
Our school district staff will work together throughout the closure to provide the vital services and resources our schools offer to our community, including, but not limited to, free and reduced meal programs. School districts will be contacting families promptly about services available to them throughout the closure.
We will continue to work in close partnership with the Department of Public Health and local school districts to support the children, parents, and essential workforce of Santa Clara County.
We will update our current information as changes occur but please check the District’s website for updates.
Due to the high volume of calls to each site and the district office, please be considerate to the priority or urgency of your questions that have not already have been addressed in this communication.