Central Unified announced that schools in the district will be closed through the end of spring break due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
Children can still pick up free breakfast and lunch at certain designated schools between 11 am and 1 pm.
Spring break in Central Unified is Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13.
Classes should resume on April 14th.
Fresno Unified School District: They will close their schools starting Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13.
Central Unified School District: closing all its schools and programs from Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 20.
Clovis Unified School District: closing all schools through April 13.
Visalia Unified School District: closed March 16 through April 13.
Sanger Unified School District: March 16 through April 13.
Sierra Unified School District: March 16th through April 13th.
Hanford Joint Union High School District: March 16, through Monday, April 13.
Caruthers Unified School District: through April 13th.
Parlier High School: Reopening Monday March 16 after deep cleaning.
Yosemite High School: shut one day waiting for COVID 19 test results.
Fresno State: cancels in-person classes Monday, March 16 – Thursday, March 19. Online instruction begins on Friday, March 20. Campus will remain open.
Fresno Pacific University: moving all classes online through April 12
The Fresno Pacific University community received the following message from President Joseph Jones on COVID-19 decisions March 13, 2020:
In light of the continuing global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Fresno Pacific University has established a plan to safeguard our community while fulfilling our commitment to provide education to our 4,100 students throughout the Central Valley.
The university is temporarily suspending all in-person, on-campus classes from Monday, March 16, through Saturday, March 21. During that week we will equip faculty to conduct all classes online through April 12, after which time we will assess the situation and review the plan to see how best to complete the semester. This will apply to students in the traditional undergraduate, bachelor’s degree completion, graduate and seminary programs at all our campuses.
Many classes and even programs are already online, or have an online component, so the foundation for this action is well-laid. The university will provide assistance to faculty during this week and beyond and we are confident the changeover will be successful.
We also recognize that not all students have the resources to be fully functional in an online environment. Those students are encouraged to contact their faculty members to see what accommodation can be made. Resources are also available for students with disabilities.
What Students Need to Know
Starting Monday, March 23, all classes will be fully online. Faculty will be contacting you next week with instructions, either through email or your Moodle course shell.
Students who live on campus are welcome to stay, or return home if they would prefer and are able. Residence hall and dining facilities remain open, and service offices—including, but not limited to, the Student Financial Services Office, the Academic Success Center, computer labs, Hiebert Library and the Health Center—are open for their normal business hours.
Many students are involved in clinicals, internships and placements. The decisions on whether those continue or any changes in procedure will be made by the sponsoring organization. Please contact that organization for guidance.
What Faculty Need to Know
Provost Gayle Copeland, the academic deans and the Center for Online Learning are already working to provide the resources you need to move your instruction online. More information will be forthcoming soon. We have this week to prepare, engage and support one another to continue to serve our students during this difficult time.
What All Employees Need to Know
Administrative offices will be open and staffed. However, any regular or student employee who feels ill is highly encouraged to stay home. Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions or concerns. At work, please remember that Coronavirus is a respiratory-tract illness—similar to colds and flu—and follow preventative practices on handwashing, social distancing and limiting contact with others.
FPU and COVID-19
Through our Emergency Management Team—made up of representatives from across the university—Fresno Pacific has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and providing health updates and resources since February 27. We have also been in regular contact with the Fresno County Department of Public Health. While there are, as of Friday morning, March 13, three cases of diagnosed COVID-19—one each in Fresno, Madera and Tulare counties—in the area served by our campuses, the departments of health in both Fresno and Madera counties still refer to this as a “low-risk” and point out there is no “community spread” of the virus.
It was this rising tide of legitimate concern in the area and our desire to act with an abundance of caution that brought us to taking these steps. We will continue to carefully monitor this ever-changing situation and remain in contact with health experts and our peers at other area institutions of higher learning.
The FPU Department of Athletics has been informed by the PacWest Conference that all athletic contests are suspended until at least March 30. Effective immediately all practices, workouts and team activities are canceled through March 22 and will be reassessed after that date. Facilities will remain open on campus for students to use at their regularly scheduled hours. If practices and workouts do eventually resume they will be voluntary and student-athletes will be able to opt out of any team activity with no penalty to their status on the team or their athletic scholarship.
All events between March 16 and April 12 where 50 people or more are expected are to be rescheduled or cancelled. This includes the main campus and all regional campuses as well as FPU-sponsored events at offsite locations. We will review the situation again starting April 13 and see how to best move forward. We sincerely hope we will be able to host commencement ceremonies as scheduled in May, but we will make a final decision based on the best information available at the time.
Thanks and Prayers
I thank all of you dedicated, talented professionals for your energy and willingness to adapt and continue to serve the mission of Fresno Pacific University to “develop students for leadership and service through excellence in Christian higher education.” Administrators, faculty and staff have already pulled together and will continue to do so as we navigate the changes to come.
There are challenges ahead for the FPU community, but I am confident we are proceeding wisely and we will always, of course, look to our merciful God for guidance. I am reminded of the wisdom and comfort of Deuteronomy 31:8: “He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
PHOTO: Members of the FPU community prayed at the cross in Alumni Plaza on the main campus March 13 for guidance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation Brian Davis, center, led the event.
College of the Sequoias: classes online until at least April 13th. Student Services offices, computer labs and library remain at all three campuses.
State Center Community College District: suspended in-person classes for all campuses, including Fresno City College, Clovis Community College, Reedley College, satellite campuses in Madera and Oakhurst.
While there are currently no community transmitted cases of COVID-19 in Fresno and Madera counties, State Center Community College District is planning to make some changes in response to the growing threat of coronavirus.
We will be temporarily suspending in-person, on-campus classes between Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19. During these four days all faculty, staff, and administrators will use this time for further preparation to move toward online instruction.
However, there will be some courses that we know cannot migrate that will be meeting March 16 – March 19. Those include labs, Career Technical Education courses, nursing and child development practicum classes. The goal of this planning effort is to allow for greater social distance, as recommended. Students should check with their instructors if they are unsure if their course falls in one of these categories. Online classes, Design Science and Reedley Middle College High School will also continue without interruption.
Classes will resume on Friday, March 20 using an alternate online delivery method when possible, in person when necessary.
We will remain open and allow students to come to school for use of WiFi.
Our Child Development Centers, food pantries and limited student services will also remain open.
We currently anticipate the conclusion of alternative delivery of instruction and resumption of regular operations on Monday, April 27; however, that may change depending upon the status of the situation and recommendations of our health agencies.
UC Merced: Looking at remote learning, canceling large events, prepared to quarantine students.