Sonora High

Tuolumne County and Calaveras County schools will be closed beginning Monday due to the threat of coronavirus.

In Tuolumne County, spring break is the following week so school will not be in session until March 30, at the earliest.

Calaveras schools tentative reopening date is April 6.

Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Cathy Parker said in a news release Sunday the closures were done to "provide time for planning for a possible long term shut down."

No cases have been confirmed in Tuolumne County. Two cases have been confirmed in Calaveras County but no new cases since then. 

"Student, staff and community safety is our biggest concern," a news release from Debbie Strand of Calaveras County schools said.

The decision was reached "for safety precaution, and recent guidelines to limit exposure," a message from Sonora Elementary said.

Ben Howell, superintendent of Summerville Elementary School District, said the superintendents of the all districts are working together with the county superintendent to come up with a plan to provide food service for those with free and reduced lunch and to give kids some online access to learning materials.

He said he and his staff were having a Zoom call this afternoon to begin planning.

"It is very difficult in our area," he said, noting there was no universal plan for online education and some families do not have internet access.

He said there are online apps that students could access and packets could be provided.


This is a developing story. Check back for more school information. 

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