March 26th, 2020

Dear ACA I and ACA II families,

After reviewing the guidance from the health officers in seven Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa County, ACA and ACA II staff members made the decision to extend our school closures through May 1, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. We are canceling all school events scheduled in April, with the hope that we may be able to schedule them at a future date.

While we understand that this news in not completely unexpected, it is still difficult news to share and receives for all of us. We all want students back in our classes, we miss them and their energy in our schools. We miss all of you too! While our school facilities our closed, our communication and compassion remain open.

Although our facilities will be closed, learning continues! Staff members are currently teaching through distance learning activities in a variety of ways. They are reaching out to families and students daily. Feel free to reach back to let us know your needs.

Sincerely,

Co-Administrators

Marianne Dubitsky, Kevin Fuller, Edna Heller, Todd Heller, Elisa McCutchen, and Sarah McLean

Below is what we received from the CCC Office of Education.

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.

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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March 18th, 2020

Dear Families,

Based on the shelter-in-place directive from the Contra Costa County Health department, ACA I & II campuses will be closed to students through the end of spring break. Our current plan is to return to on-site instruction on Tuesday April 14th, if it is recommended that it is safe to do so.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd through Friday, April 2nd, teachers will provide at home learning opportunities for students. We will be taking our planned spring break off between April 6th-13th.

With so many uncertainties and news constantly changing, having a routine helps students feel calmer. Our teachers want students to keep learning. We want to be sure every student has access to the learning that each level provides. Each level’s distance learning curriculum will be tailored to the needs of the students at that level and may utilize different learning methods than other levels. Each level will send out information regarding daily schedules for consistency, assignments, and procedures for any online learning components. Look for information coming directly from your student’s level.

Curriculum will be made available to families in a variety of ways. Levels may be sending out emails with attached videos, links, online assignments, and attached pdf assignments that may be printed at home. Paper copies of packets and worksheets are available if you are unable to print at home. Look for days/times you can come pick up from your school, or call the office to request the papers be mailed to your home. Chromebooks, mice, and headphones can be checked out by families for use at home. Call the office or email your child’s teacher to let us know you need to borrow a device or devices. Books can be borrowed from school classroom libraries in order to facilitate reading at home. Teachers will be available to answer emails and phone calls at scheduled times during the day. Look for more information to come out in level emails which provide available times for virtual teacher office hours.

The county shelter-in-place does include educational institutions in the “allowed” essential services, “for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible”.  If you are unable to come to school to pick up packets or technology, please let us know so we can find another way to get equipment to your student.

We appreciate your patience as we all work together to figure out the best way to keep students learning.

Thank you,
The Staff at
Antioch Charter Academy II
1201 W 10th Street
Antioch, CA 94509
925-755-1252
Fx 925-755-7527

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March 13, 2020

Dear ACA/ACAII families,

 

These are very unique times and in many ways unprecedented circumstances. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has presented remarkable challenges and we are all responding as thoughtfully as possible. Out of an abundance of caution and an attempt to keep students, staff, and the community safe, we have made the difficult decision to close ACA and ACAII next week (March 16 – 20).  Staff will be using the week to prepare for distance learning/independent study work if it should be necessary to keep students off campus for longer than one week.  As you know, the information about the Corona virus is constantly being updated.  We will continue to closely monitor recommendations and guidelines issued by Contra Costa Health Services department, the California Public Department of Health, and the State Superintendent and will make decisions on a week by week basis for re-opening the school or temporarily moving to an all independent study model.

 

Further detailed information about the upcoming weeks will be sent early next week. Here are the key points we want to communicate today regarding learning for your student(s):

 

  • Next week our teaching staff will collaborate with one another and develop lessons and materials that can be created and shared with students as we build learning experiences for students. More specific information will be shared early next week.
  • During the March 16th through March 27th closure of schools students who receive free and reduced lunch can get meals Monday through Friday at any of the following locations and at the following times:
  • Belshaw Elementary: 8:00-8:30 am, 12:00-12:30 pm
  • Fremont Elementary: 8:00-8:30 am, 12:00-12:30 pm
  • Lone Tree Elementary: 11:30-12:30 pm
  • Marsh Elementary: 8:00-8:30 am, 12:00-12:30 pm
  • Muir Elementary: 8:00-8:30 am, 12:00-12:30 pm
  • Park Middle School: 8:00-8:30 am, 12:15-1:00 pm
  • Turner Elementary: 11:30 am -12:30 pm
  • During the closure, we cannot predict with certainty what directives and/or guidance may be designated by local and/or state governments. We recognize that COVID-19 will not be gone in one week. However, we will be working to try and further adjust school practices, procedures, and policies to decrease physical contact, increase good hygiene practices, and increase student safety related to COVID-19. Additionally, we will be working to further clean all aspects of our school campuses.
  • At this time, we do not know if the missed days will need to be made up at a later date, but will keep our families informed once we receive information from the state.

 

This decision was not made lightly.  As always, students are at the center of our decision making progress.  We want what is best for the students, our families, and our staff.  Please look for more information by midweek next week to be sent by email and posted on our website.

 

Sincerely,

Marianne Dubitsky, Kevin Fuller, Edna Heller, Todd Heller, Elisa McCutcheon, and Sarah McLean

ACA and ACAII Co-administrators