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Announcement: 4-1-20 Update Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear GVA Families,

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and weathering this crisis as well as possible under these circumstances.

Just a few short days ago, we communicated that the earliest students would return to school would be May 4. We now have further guidance and directives from State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond and Governor Gavin Newsom to keep schools closed through the end of the current school year.

With this new information and an abundance of caution, the Stanislaus County Office of Education and school district superintendents are taking a safety-first approach and immediate action to extend the school facility closures through the end of the school year. The 2019-20 school year is not over, it has transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning. 

We ask for patience and understanding as we all quickly transition into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety impacts of COVID-19. It is challenging for our administrators, educators and our families to learn and communicate and teach in a very new world, but working together, we will meet this challenge.  We do not yet have further details regarding distance learning specifics, and will communicate with you when we do. 

I am grateful to see staff working collaboratively and diligently to engage with students and parents via phone, email, video conferencing and learning software.  It is important for students to stay connected and feel supported as we continue with valuable learning, and I appreciate all you are doing to ensure success for your children.

Great Valley Academy and school staff will continue to:
*Provide breakfast and lunch meals for students
(Drive through on both campuses, M-F 11:00-1:00)
*Maintain our schools, buildings and grounds
*Provide distance learning
*Facilitate school enrollment for 2020-2021 school year and other office duties
(Continue to use school site email addresses for questions)

Please keep in mind that all of us as parents, staff, administrators, and community members are facing these challenging times together. We have elderly relatives to worry about, we are caring for our children at home, and at the same time, many of us, including our teachers, are working from home. We understand that some families are facing challenging employment situations and business slowdowns that are affecting people financially and emotionally. 

If you, a family member or a neighbor are struggling, or could benefit from non-crisis intervention and support, please call the Stanislaus County Warm line at 209-558-4600 (24/7). In San Joaquin County, please call the Consumer Support Warm line. To access this service, please call 209-468-8686 (24/7) and ask to be connected to the Consumer Support Warm Line.

We recognize that the extension of school facility closures and implementation of social distancing practices have created challenges and hardship to many GVA families, we also know this is the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic. We appreciate everyone's hard work, effort, and positive attitude, as we adjust to this situation with the best interests of our students in mind.

We remain so grateful to have you as part of our GVA community where the focus remains on students, staff, and families. Be safe, take care of yourself and each other.  


Most sincerely,
Leah Silvestre Franklin, MBA
Chief Executive Officer