MDUSD schools to shut down Tuesday March 17

This is an important update about the district’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.

According to Contra Costa Health Services, as of last evening, there have been zero (0) confirmed cases of coronavirus to students or staff at any of our schools. We have been diligent to implement preventative measures and to follow the guidance of our county’s public health authorities.

However, in an abundance of caution, I have decided to formally close schools starting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please note that Monday is a scheduled Professional Development Day for teachers, with no students present.

More specifics will follow this afternoon regarding the parameters of the closure, and plans to maintain some services for students during the formal closure to schools.

We are working directly with any school sites where we have any new information that may prompt any immediate need to close school today, and will everyone with additional information as it is available.

We do not make this decision lightly, as we understand that school closures can be difficult on our families. We believe that this decision is in the best interest of our students and we will continue to monitor the situation and to communicate openly with our community.

Still, our district is committed to providing as many services as possible, including food services at select school sites. Principals will communicate with their respective communities with a comprehensive list of continuing services.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students as safe as possible.

Dr. Robert Martinez is the Superintendent of Mount Diablo Unified School District.