District Extends School Dismissals through End of School Year

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Buena Park, Fullerton Elementary, La Habra City, Lowell Joint, and the Fullerton Joint Unified School Districts serve nearly 40,000 students combined in the North Orange County area. As the Superintendents for each of these districts, we continue to collaborate and communicate daily with each other and with the Orange County Department of Education while following the guidance received from the Orange County Health Care Agency, the CA Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control. During the school dismissal, distance learning expectations for students to continue their educational experiences has become the “new norm”. As you are aware and out of an abundance of caution and care for our students, families, and staff, and in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), school buildings were closed, with the intent of returning to our classrooms in May.

However, recent information from both Governor Gavin Newsom and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has been released. State Superintendent, Tony Thurmond, sent out a letter late Tuesday afternoon to California district superintendents stating:
“Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing, it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.”

In a press conference held yesterday afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom affirmed Mr. Thurmond’s message, stating:
“Although school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, learning will continue through Distance Learning.”

Although this was not the news we had hoped for, we are confident that our staff, students, and families will continue to demonstrate the same level of commitment and passion to embrace and excel through distance learning through the remainder of the school year, May 29, 2020. Each District/School will update you about distance learning expectations moving forward and for the remainder of the school year.
Superintendent Dr. Ramon Miramontes

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