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Update #7: School Not in Session Through April 8

March 17, 2020




We recognize that this is a challenging and unprecedented time with constantly changing conditions. The health and safety of our community and families remain at the center of all decision making. 


Thank you to those who participated in this morning’s staff Q & A session. Since that session, the Monterey County Department of Public Health has issued a Shelter In Place effective midnight on March 18, 2020, that will last for three weeks until midnight on April 8, 2020. (Click here for order.)


The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District schools and sites will now be closed to students and non-essential employees through April 8, 2020. Extending school closures beyond this date and/or moving toward non-classroom based instruction will be reassessed based on regional/local COVID-19 activity and guidance from the Monterey County Department of Public Health and the State Department of Education. We will continue to communicate any changes as they occur.


Shelter in Place Order


Our decisions continue to support mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, minimizing risk to our staff and school community, and providing continuity of education and essential services. The “Shelter in Place” order for Monterey County directs all individuals to shelter at their place of residence except to leave to access essential services or engage in essential activities and work for essential businesses and government services. To view the public health order, click here


The district is currently working on strategy and plans for potential virtual professional development for online learning. Further information will be sent as soon as additional guidance is released from the state. Additionally, a special Board of Education meeting is being planned for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office Community Room (700 Pacific Street in Monterey)


MPUSD has identified the following as essential and non-essential positions to help employees determine whether or not they are to report to work in person or remain at home to work remotely. NOTE: This list is subject to change based on updated information from local, state or federal guidance. We will be sure to communicate to staff as soon as possible.



Essential positions are those who need to physically come to work. For those that report to work, we ask that employees observe social distancing protocol (6 feet apart). For those employees in Maintenance & Operations, the district is working on protocols to isolate one employee per district vehicle.


  • Business Office
  • Cabinet
  • Custodial Staff
  • Directors / Senior Directors
  • Homeless/Foster Youth Liaison
  • Information Technology
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Management
  • Nutrition Services
  • Payroll
  • School Site Leadership (Principals/Assistant Principals)
  • Warehouse Delivery Driver / District Delivery Mail



Non-essential positions are those that do not need to physically report to work and will work from home. These employees shall be available to be called to report to work if needed. We will be working with our unions to confirm potential working conditions and projects that can be completed from home.


  • Academic Coaches
  • Cabinet Assistants
  • Career Technical Education
  • Clerical Staff
  • Community/Bilingual Liaisons
  • Coordinators
  • Counselors
  • Data Team
  • Educational Services
  • Family Service Specialists
  • Human Resources
  • Instructional Aids
  • Mental Health Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Preschool
  • School Office Supervisors
  • School Psychologists
  • Special Education Staff
  • Stone Soup
  • Student Support Services Support Staff
  • Support Clerical
  • Teachers
  • Teachers on Special Assignment
  • Transportation

For those identified on the non-essential list, but need materials to continue working from home, please come to your site on Wednesday morning to collect necessary items. If we have overlooked your work classification or if you have any questions regarding the lists above, please contact Dr. Manny Nuñez, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at or Director of Human Resources, Leslie Barrow at


Due to the ever-changing landscape, we will host another Q & A session for all staff tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18) at 11 a.m. You must register in advance to log-in to the session.


Thank you for coming together during this critical time. We appreciate your patience, understanding.


Respectfully yours,


PK's Signature 

PK Diffenbaugh