Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser extended the closure of the county’s schools in response to the current conditions of COVID-19. All public and private schools, colleges, and universities were ordered on March 13 to close until April 30. The new extension will include all locations until June 19.
“After consultation with the districts and the County Office of Education, I unfortunately believe the safest option is to keep the schools closed through the end of the school year,” said Kaiser. “I know this situation is stressful for schools, students, and parents alike, and I appreciate everyone’s understanding during this difficult time.”
“The closure of schools for the remaining of the school year exemplifies the seriousness of the coronavirus,” said Board Chair V. Manuel Perez, Fourth District Supervisor. “In consultation with superintendents, it was agreed that the best measure we can implement to flatten the curve is to cancel school for the rest of the year. With that said, school districts will be working hard to ensure that youth have access to education through distance learning and access to school meals. As a former educator and school board member, I empathize with our students and their families. Please stay in place. Maintain your space. Cover your face.”
Individual school districts will have the discretion to determine essential personnel to support critical functions within their districts.
“As the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, the health and safety of our students is top priority; therefore, I wholeheartedly support Dr. Kaiser’s order to close schools through June 19,” said Dr. Judy White, Riverside County Superintendent of Riverside County Office of Education. “We are grateful for Dr. Kaiser’s leadership and care for the welfare of all.”
As of April 1, Riverside County had 429 confirmed cases, 13 deaths, and 40 recoveries. Recoveries are defined as people who have completed the quarantine period, no longer have symptoms and their public health cases are now closed. Updated information is provided at www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.