March 31, 2020
Dear Livermore Families,
Today we have some reminders, an update from our County Public Health Officials, and some news from the Governor.
We will start with what we learned from the Governor’s press conference today. Governor Newsom indicated that he and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will be making a formal announcement “in the next day or so” about whether schools will resume this academic year. Our smartphones are already sharing posts from the San Francisco Chronicle that indicate the decision has been made. In tomorrow’s letter, we will share any official news and clarify it in terms of its impact on Livermore.
The second piece of important information comes from our County Public Health officials, who have, together, extended the Shelter in Place Order through May 3, 2020. The full press release is attached, for your reference. Like the previous local order, the new order requires people to stay at home except for doing essential activities, such as grocery shopping. In addition, this new order adds some clarifying language around essential business and activities, as well as some new directives, including:
- Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
- Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
- Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
- Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3
- Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited.
- Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending.
- Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities.
- Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only.
Finally a reminder: if students still need chromebooks to continue their distance learning, please visit your school office this week during their scheduled office hours. School offices will be closed during Spring Break.
Our lives have changed so much in these past weeks. By staying home, we are working together to keep our community healthy and bring an end to this pandemic.
Philomena Rambo and LVJUSD Leadership