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Update #13 (March 31): School Closures Through End of the Year

MPUSD Families,

Earlier today, State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond announced that it appears that California schools will not reopen this year given current safety concerns and ongoing social distancing due to COVID-19. Similarly the Monterey County of Schools Superintendent of Schools Dr. Deneen Gus and superintendents across Monterey County aligned with the state and announced that schools will not physically reopen this school year. 

We know this news is not ideal and that there are many impacts and implications. At the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, we will continue to provide support to our students and families. Distance learning begins Wednesday, April 8. Our principals and teachers have been working this week on what this learning will look and feel like for students.

To be clear, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District will continue with distance/online learning until June 5, 2020.

This is disappointing news for all students, but particularly for our seniors. We are working with county and state officials to get more information and details for our seniors to ensure we provide the appropriate support for them in terms of grades, transcripts, graduation and more.

We miss our students and families. We want to assure you that we will continue to feed our students through our Grab and Go Meals, and we will continue to provide teaching and learning support for students. Our drive through elementary Chromebook distribution continues tomorrow at Seaside High between 1 - 5 p.m., as well our middle and high school Chromebook replacement and repair at Los Arboles Middle School and Seaside Middle School between 1 - 4 p.m.

Please continue to look for important announcements via ParentSquare, all calls, our website, and social media.

Thank you so much for your continued support of MPUSD, our schools, teachers, and staff. Please stay safe and healthy.

Please find attached the announcement from the State Superintendent, as well as a letter from the Monterey County Superintendent of Schools.

Sincerely,

PK Diffenbaugh
Superintendent of Schools