ELITE Pub­lic Schools ex­tend clo­sures

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - NEWS - Times-Her­ald staff re­port

The ELITE Pub­lic Schools Board of Di­rec­tors has ap­proved keep­ing the school closed un­til April 13, which is two weeks past the orig­i­nal March 30 clo­sure date, due to the COVID-19 out­break.

School of­fi­cials said in a news re­lease that the date is ten­ta­tive based on whether county, state or fed­eral agen­cies pro­vide up­dated guid­ance or di­rec­tives in which case the board will ad­just the clo­sure date ac­cord­ingly.

Stu­dents will re­turn after Spring Break and will be able to con­tinue their aca­demic pro­gram and con­nect with teach­ers through dis­tance learn­ing and video con­fer­enc­ing.

“We take the school­ing of our schol­ars se­ri­ously and have pro­vided work pack­ets for each of them. We are also reach­ing out to schol­ars reg­u­larly to pro­vide the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment they need to con­tinue to com­plete the work pack­ets,” said ELITE Schools Pres­i­dent/CEO, Ra­mona Bishop, in the same re­lease from the school.

Par­ents whose child has not re­ceived their work packet can email the school at info@elitepubli­c­schools.org and pro­vide their name, the child’s name and grade. Teach­ers will be com­mu­ni­cat­ing reg­u­larly with schol­ars and will be avail­able to an­swer ques­tions from fam­i­lies as they work with schol­ars on pack­ets.

Par­ents are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter on class dojo to stay con­nected with their child’s teacher and receive a daily in­struc­tional sched­ule that will be avail­able in the com­ing week.

The school has sched­uled times for stu­dents or par­ents to pick up and drop off work pack­ets and com­pleted as­sign­ments. Com­pleted work pack­ets for weeks one and two, March 16 to 20 and March 23 to 27 can be dropped off and work pack­ets for week three, March 30 through April 3 can be picked up on from noon to 6 p.m., March 27 at the school, 100 Whit­ney Av­enue in Vallejo.

School of­fi­cials say drive-thru break­fast and lunch will be served to from 10 to 11 a.m. be­hind the school from the en­trance on Mini Drive. Any child age 0-18 will be served and they do not need to be en­rolled at the school to par­tic­i­pate.

The dis­rup­tion in the reg­u­lar school sched­ule has led par­ents to find ways to ad­just to the changes by send­ing videos of their chil­dren learn­ing at home. The school will an­nounce a video com­pe­ti­tion com­ing soon. Videos can be emailed to the school at info@elitepubli­c­schools.org.

“We’re in the midst of a sit­u­a­tion that no one has ex­pe­ri­enced,” Bishop added. “This is a time for us all to come to­gether, stay pos­i­tive and sup­port one an­other so that we can get through this ex­tremely chal­leng­ing time for our com­mu­nity.”

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