Sonoma County Office of Education

Coronavirus Information for Schools and Families

03/31/2020 -

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SCOE is working closely with the county health department and office of emergency services to respond to Coronavirus within Sonoma County.

Review the FAQs about SCOE’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
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Latest Information

Sonoma County Schools Plan for Distance Learning To Continue Through the End of the School Year

To reduce the spread of COVID 19, Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond advised Wednesday that school classes should continue to take place via distance learning rather than on school campuses throughout the remainder of the 2019-20 school year in California. Sonoma County schools are responding to this guidance by working hard to ensure quality learning opportunities for students via distance learning through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Learn more.

Status of Sonoma County Schools

SCOE works closely with local public schools and the Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center in the event of disasters that impact school. However, SCOE cannot determine whether a school district should close or suspend in-person classes. Each school district independently makes these decisions, based on local conditions and guidance from the county health department. In the case of Coroanvirus, districts consult with the county's public health officer to make any necessary decisions around suspension of classes or school closures. SCOE receives official school status reports from superintendents only. SCOE then reports school status information to the media and posts closures on their web page. Information on suspension of in-person classes or school closures can be found here, and all information is posted when formally announced by the district superintendent.

Helpful Links for Parents & Community Members

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus in Sonoma County, please visit the county's main Coronavirus page. You can also get the latest information on Coronavirus and schools at the county health department's How to Prepare page or by calling 2-1-1.

School Lunch

SCOE has partnered with school districts and 2-1-1 to provide the following map of schools providing free meals to any child 18 and under. Additional information about food assistance can be found via the Redwood Empire Food Bank's Food Finder or by calling 2-1-1.

Press Release: Many School Districts Offer Grab 'n Go Meals to Students | En Espanol

Child Care

Childcare Available for Emergency Healthcare Workers:
A partnership between Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs), the County of Sonoma Emergency Operations Center and First 5 Sonoma County has resulted in a rapid deployment of emergency child care for hospital workers and possibly, other essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more.

Mental Health and Emotional Support

General Information

Academic Support

  • To parents who have suddenly become teachers: This article by County Superintendent Steve Herrington and Early Literacy and School Readiness Coordinator Brulene Zanutto provides practical, compassionate guidance to parents on supporting their child's learning at home.

Correspondence & Information for School Districts

As the Coronavirus situation evolves, SCOE is in direct daily contact with educational leaders throughout the county. Below you’ll find some relevant links to correspondence and information for Sonoma County school districts.

Relevant Press Releases

Helpful Information & Prevention Tips for Anyone

A variety of information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be found at the California Department of Public Health Coronavirus web page or the Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Information page. Good hygiene practices are key to staying healthy. Here are some easy ways to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and stay healthy:

  • wash hands frequently for at least 20 second. This CDC guide helps families establish good handwashing practices with their children.
  • avoid touching your eyes/face
  • cough or sneeze into your sleeved elbow
  • stay home when ill
  • only use a mask if you are symptomatic - according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. This is why people are asked to wear a mask at doctors’ offices and hospitals if they are coughing or sneezing.

A video message on Coronavirus from the Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools can be found below.