March 13, 2020

  • Dear Livermore Families,

    This afternoon, acting in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community, our Board of Education, at the recommendation of our superintendent, Dr. Kelly Bowers, voted unanimously to dismiss schools, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020. We expect to resume in-class learning at our schools on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, following our regularly scheduled Spring Break (April 6 - 13, 2020).

    We understand that our community depends on schools to educate our students as well as to provide important and necessary services. We considered this fact carefully and, due to the unprecedented health crisis gripping our area, state, and country, made the decision to dismiss schools in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Public health officials expect COVID-19 cases to rise over the next few weeks, and we believe school dismissal, in combination with actions by other local government agencies, will help to slow the spread of this virus.

    Our Child Nutrition Services Department will offer all children aged 18 and younger free meal pick-up service at East Avenue Middle School (3951 East Ave.), Junction Avenue K-8 School (298 Junction Avenue) and Marylin Avenue Elementary School (800 Marylin Avenue). We will offer delivery from the inside (center) of the drop off loop from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Each child will receive a breakfast and lunch. 

    In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, we strongly recommend that students stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. Children congregating in groups and/or in close proximity could effectively nullify any community benefit from school dismissal. Children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus; however, they can transmit the virus to those most vulnerable. Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for childcare during closure that avoid leaving children with elderly people who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus. 

    During school dismissal, we will be offering flexible learning opportunities that can be accessed from home. We will send an email to all families next week with more information. 

    We have kept our schools open as long as possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. We know that in addition to education, schools provide vital support to our communities and that closure will have a major impact on our families. Making the decision to dismiss schools is the result of serious consideration. We believe this is a necessary step to mitigate the pandemic.

    Thank you to our entire community for your strength and flexibility as we all face this unprecedented public health crisis. We wish you all good health. 

    Sincerely,

     

    Philomena Rambo

    Director of Community Engagement