Public health officers representing six Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley announced today the extension of school closures through May 1 to slow the spread of COVID-19.
School facilities will remain open to staff to execute tasks deemed essential by the school district and county offices of education, according to the San Mateo County Office of Education. To support the children, parents, and essential workforce of the Bay Area, schools will continue to provide meals and childcare services wherever possible. Public education will continue through flexible learning.
Offices of education in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara are impacted by the decision.
“Working together to address a virus that respects no boundaries is the right approach,” said Nancy Magee, the San Mateo County superintendent of schools. “San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow and I commend our colleagues across the Bay Area for their commitment not only to public safety but to continuing learning opportunities for students during this challenging time. We also commend our community for taking all possible steps to slow the virus’ spread.”