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4/1/20 Update from Superintendent Anello Regarding COVID-19

A short time ago, Governor Gavin Newsom reiterated State Superintendent Tony Thurmond's sentiment that schools should remain closed for the rest of the school year. According to Newsom, "We should not prepare to bring our children back into the school setting." While we know this is difficult, at this time, we will be closing schools for the remainder of the school year and will continue to focus on providing on line learning opportunities.

Our heart goes our to our families as we know that many are struggling at this time and that there are many essential workers who must go to work each day for whom distance learning creates hardships. We are doing our best to mitigate those hardships and no child in AUSD will be penalized if he or she does not have access to technology and/or if family challenges prevent a child from participating in the learning activities. Please know our approach to distance learning will be one of compassion and support.

As stated yesterday, a letter is going out to families today sharing how they can access our enhanced online learning and technology beginning the week of April 6th.

Also, we know that for many of our families, their needs extend beyond what schools normally provide but we encourage you to please reach out to your child's principal or to private message me if there is anything we can do to support you.

Thank you again for your continued support and we wish you and your family the very best as we work through this challenging time.

With sincerity,

Stephanie Anello
Superintendent