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Local schools limit gatherings over COVID-19

365体育投注The Davis school district, St. James School in Davis, the school districts in Woodland, Winters and elsewhere around Yolo County announced new policies this week in response to the spreading COVID-19 virus.

Davis school district

The Davis school district announced that:

* All international travel through the summer is canceled.

* All field trips between now and April 30 are canceled. Site principals will determine if rescheduling of a field trip is feasible.

* Staff travel for conferences, professional development and related activities are canceled through April 30.

* All school dances through April 30 are canceled. Site Principals will determine if rescheduling of dances is feasible.

* Student assemblies through April 30 are canceled or will be modified to allow for social distancing.

* Large professional learning events through April 30 are canceled. The DJUSD Instructional Services Team is working to determine whether the meeting format may be changed in light of our social distancing efforts.

* Parent education and information events through April 30 are canceled. Site Principals will be working to find alternative meeting formats in light of our social distancing efforts.

* School Open House events are canceled through April 30. Site Principals will determine if rescheduling these events is feasible. (Note, Kinder Registration will continue this week).

* The 8th Grade Career Fair is canceled. The Instructional Services Team will determine if rescheduling this event is feasible.

The rescheduling of events or amendments to the Davis school district’s guidance will be dependent on changing circumstances in Davis and in our region over the coming months.

365体育投注In addition, the Davis school district announced that:

* Outside use and rentals of school district facilities will be canceled through April 30. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Facility users will be contacted by the school district with details. 

* Junior High and High school athletic events will be held in the largest appropriate venue on campus to promote increased social distancing. Ticketing and/or admission protocols, including venue capacity determinations, will be made by school administrators. (Sporting event restrictions may be changed if additional guidance and/or restrictions are provided by CIF and/or the Yolo County Public Health Department).

* Performances (music, theatre, etc.) for all grade levels will be held in the largest appropriate venue on campus to promote increased social distancing. Ticketing and/or admission protocols including venue capacity determinations will be made by school administrators.

365体育投注“The Yolo County Public Health Department and the Davis school district are not recommending closing schools,” superintendent John Bowes announced. “If a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Superintendent and Yolo County Public Health officials will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted.

“The Yolo County Public Health Department is not recommending school closures at this time because individuals under 18 years of age have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. Should the Public Health Department and Superintendent determine a school closure is warranted, the duration is likely to be the length of time needed to conduct cleaning protocols and determine readmission criteria.”

Bowes added, “Events currently scheduled to occur after May 1, may be postponed, modified or canceled as circumstances and conditions change between now and the end of the school year. Such events include, but are not limited to Senior Week events and Senior Showcase/Awards; school dances; graduation and promotion ceremonies; field days; and summer school.”

“We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging time, and want to underscore the importance of working together and encouraging the respectful treatment of one another. Our interest is to provide a safe and healthy environment for learning and do our part to support the public health mitigation efforts currently recommended,” Bowes concluded.

St. James School

St. James School — a private Catholic school associated with St. James Church in Davis — announced that they will:

* Suspend whole-school Holy Mass. (Parishes are continuing with daily Mass; this only applies to students).

* Suspend schoolwide assemblies (i.e. mass gatherings of students). This includes St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Tea will be for 3rd grade families only, not the whole school; 4th grade CA Museum field trip is cancelled; “Back to Bach” music presentation is postponed; Father Daughter Dance is postponed; Music Program Sunset Concert is cancelled; 3rd grade Link Up Concert is cancelled; Music Program Disneyland trip is cancelled; Spring sports will continue to practice; however, this may change.

* Arrange classroom desks into rows (not pods or other groupings).

365体育投注Some events will continued as planned. “We are allowed to have the junior high dance because it is a small group of St. James students; we are allowed to continue with the Kings On Court Experience because it is for a small group of St. James students and not open to the public.”

Woodland public schools

365体育投注According to a press release, the Woodland public schools are:

Recommending social distancing strategies be used beginning 9 p.m. on Friday, March 13, and continuing through 9 p.m. April 30. This start time will allow for communication with those impacted by this decision.

Canceling trips, events or public gatherings on a case-by-case basis with the exception of those events occurring on WJUSD campuses involving only WJUSD students and where group sizes do not exceed those of a typical classroom at the school.

Cancel rental/use of district facilities by outside agencies or vendors for indoor or outdoor use on a case-by-case basis.

Athletic events (practice and games), Junior. and Senior Prom, and musical performances will continue, however, audience participation shall be significantly reduced.

Winters public schools

365体育投注The Winters school district announced that school field trips, school dances, school assemblies, and community student performances have been cancelled through April 30. Outdoor athletic events will continue, but all attendees and participants are asked to stay home if they are not feeling well.

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