COVID-19 Update - Distance Learning Extension
Thu, Apr 2 6:23pm

This is a re-broadcast of todays email from the Nea Admin to make sure all receive - Evan @ Nea PTSA


Greetings CLCS Community,

In a press conference yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom recommended that public schools across the state prepare to suspend in-class instruction for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. This is to help prevent what could be a significant surge in serious illness due to COVID-19 cases over the coming weeks. We continue to work closely with AUSD, the Alameda County Health Department, and the Alameda County Office of Education as we travel through this together. In addition to the Governor’s press conference, we were also informed by the Alameda County Office of Education that “it is now clear that California’s schools will be engaged in distance learning for the remainder of the school year.” Please see below for their full press release.

With the extension of Distance Learning, CLCS has asked each team to take time to make refinements to our programming, ensuring that our teaching and learning is as meaningful and productive as possible over the next nine weeks. When we return from Spring Break, CLCS will ask the team to hold off on any new assignments, office hours, Zoom and Hangout meetings from April 6th through April 8th. During these three days learners can continue to engage in optional distance learning opportunities as it works for their schedule, work completed during this time will not be graded. Learners should be ready to fully reengage in Distance Learning beginning Thursday, April 9th. Staff will use April 6th, April 7th, and April 8th to expand Distance Learning plans, receive additional training, refine curriculum, and prepare for closing out the school year using our online platforms.

CLCS remains focused on continuing our educational mission. We know that the work we have been doing in preparation for this possible scenario was taking the right approach and appreciate the feedback that we have received from learners and families. This pause will give us time to refine our distance learning practices, schedule, and technology to ensure the highest-quality experience for the new, longer duration. In this ever changing environment if new information comes out from CDE, County Health Department, or the Alameda County Office of Education we will be prepared to adjust program accordingly.

Lead Facilitators will email the community with additional information regarding picking up needed technology and supplies and any updates pertaining to their program. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and flexibility as we continue to navigate this unprecedented time together.

In Partnership,

Full Alameda County Office of Education Press Release:




April 1, 2020 

Dear Alameda County Education Community,

Following the Governor’s press conference earlier today, it is now clear that California’s schools will be engaged in distance learning for the remainder of the school year.

Our students’ learning and our teachers’ instruction is not ending, though campuses remain physically closed. Every day of instruction matters, no matter whether it takes place in a classroom or at the kitchen table. There is no question this puts an even bigger burden on families at a time when anxiety is already high. Asking parents and caregivers to take on the daunting task of supporting learning experiences that our incredible, professional teachers normally provide - on top of their needs that many of our families have to continue their own work responsibilities or to ensure their bills can be paid - adds even more stress to everyday home life.

We remain united with our six regional counties in placing the health and learning needs of our students front and center. To that end, school sites may remain open to staff for the purposes of performing tasks deemed essential by school districts and county offices of education. Schools will continue to prioritize childcare for our emergency workers and ongoing meal distribution for our students and families who rely on this crucial service.

The State will provide guidance on grading and graduation requirements for school districts. It is important that these issues are addressed as soon as possible to assist students and families, as well as our school districts, who have been wrestling with these and many other questions. 

Schools still play a vital role in our communities. That much will not change in these ever-changing days.

We will continue to provide updates as often as warranted in these fast-changing days. Please refer to our website for the most updated information at

Standing in partnership,

L. Karen Monroe
Superintendent of Schools