Closures to Begin Monday, March 16
Press Release: Ventura County Office of Education
After careful consideration and consultation with Ventura County Public Health, all school districts in Ventura County have decided to close their schools for a limited period in response to the coronavirus. For most school districts, the closures will begin Monday, March 16 and continue through Friday, March 20. Some districts have announced longer closures. The Moorpark Unified School District and the Simi Valley Unified School District will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. The Ventura Unified School District will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 10. Districts will decide whether to extend their closures based on the developing circumstances with the spread of the virus. For details on each districts’ plans, please visit their websites. A list of school district websites is available at this link.
The move to close schools countywide comes after Ventura County Public Health declared a local health emergency, which will provide additional resources for coronavirus response. “The decision to close schools is never any easy one,” said Stan Mantooth, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools. “We are all devoted to the education of our children, but in this case, the health and safety of the community has to take top priority.” The closures are in support of the recommendations from public health officials to encourage “social distancing” to slow the spread of the virus. It is strongly recommended that students stay home during the closures as much as possible and do not gather in public places.
We understand that school closures have significant impacts on our students, families and employees, and we hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible. For the latest updates on how schools are responding to the coronavirus, please visit the coronavirus information page on the VCOE website at www.vcoe.org/coronavirus.
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About the Ventura County Office of Education
The Ventura County Office of Education provides a broad array of fiscal, training and technology support services to local school districts, helping to maintain and improve lifelong educational opportunities for children, educators and community members. VCOE also operates schools that serve students with severe disabilities and behavioral issues, provides career education courses, and coordinates countywide academic competitions including Mock Trial and the Ventura County Science Fair. Learn more at: www.vcoe.org.