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Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals From Regular School Attendance To Be Extended Through May 1, 2020

San Jose, CA – Seven Bay Area County Health Officers, in collaboration with their six County Superintendents of Schools have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties. 

Building on the regional coordination the Bay Area jurisdictions took on March 16, 2020 in issuing Health Officer orders requiring all residents to shelter in place, the following Bay Area county agencies have been working together over the last several weeks to align strategies and practices during this unprecedented time for public education:

  • Alameda County Office of Education
  • Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • Marin County Office of Education
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • San Mateo County Office of Education
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education

With the support and collaboration of the Public Health Officers in the respective counties, the County Superintendents of Schools recognized the need to extend the period of school closures and student dismissals through May 1, 2020.  School facilities may remain open to staff for the purposes of performing tasks deemed essential by the school district and county offices of education. Education will continue through flexible learning, meals will continue to be provided and, where possible, childcare may be arranged.

“While we know how disruptive school closures are to our students and families, we want to do everything we can to support the imperative for social distancing,” said Lynn Mackey, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools. “We will continue to work with schools and districts in our county to ensure access to resources and support. Our education community, from superintendents, to teachers to custodians and payroll technicians, are working tirelessly to bring continuity to our community.”

During this time, residents are expected to adhere to the “Shelter in Place” Orders issued by the Public Health Officers on March 16 and stay home except for essential activities until further notification from their local health department.

In addition, all residents are urged to keep practicing the guidance provided by Public Health Officers including: 

  • Social distancing
  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying home if you are feeling sick
  • Contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. 
  • Engage in regular exercise or physical activity

The regional connections across our most populous counties in the Bay Area require a coordinated approach.  County Offices of Education will continue to work in close partnership with local health departments and local school districts to support the children, parents, and essential workforce of the Bay Area.

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Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) is working closely with Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) to keep our communities informed regarding the coronavirus. The Department is providing updated information on the coronavirus on its website here.
CCCOE will continue to work with County Health Services to provide updated information and resources to schools and school districts in our county so they can provide accurate information to their communities.

Contra Costa Health Services FAQs related to County Order.

3/23/2020 Respiratory Illness Symptom Screening Tool for Parents and Caregivers

3/22/2020 Contra Costa County Departments - Contact Information

3/22/2020 211 Contra Costa Useful resources for county residents

3/19/2020 Order of the State Public Health Officer to Shelter at Home 

3/16/20 Order of the Health Officer of the County of Contra Costa

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Coping with Stress

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.


Helpful resources when talking to kids about COVID-19:

Staying Healthy During Shelter in Place

We encourage all students, parents/guardians, and staff to follow standard health protocols and hygiene best practices to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated every year.

The California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention; it instead recommends handwashing as a better protection from infectious diseases.

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For More Information

For health-related questions, Contra Costa Health Services Call Center 
Call Center: 1-844-729-8410 - Line available 8am-5pm in English/Spanish 

For questions about childcare and childcare referrals, please visit: 

For information about K-12 schools in Contra Costa County, email

Contra Costa Health Services

CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Health Emergency Information Line:

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