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ROWUSD District Closure 3/16/2020 -3/20/2020

Dear Rim of the World Unified School District Families:

As you know, the health and safety of our students, staff and our surrounding community is a priority. With the evolving 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 situation has caused educational institutions and organizations of virtually all industries to make difficult decisions about their business operations.

While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any of the schools in the Rim of the World Unified School District or anywhere in San Bernardino County, we are taking this step to help protect public health.

We have decided to act with caution and remain ahead of a potential outbreak that could result in further spread of the coronavirus. In collaboration with the Mountain/High Desert Superintendents the Rim of the World Unified School District and other Mountain/High Desert School Districts will suspend in-class instruction and all school activities, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 20, 2020. Schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 23, 2020. A decision about any possible future school closure will be announced based on circumstances as they develop. Extensions of this closure are possible.

Since schools will be closed, please consider alternate care for your student or talk with your employer about sick leave and telework options in case you need to stay home with your child. Please discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Please encourage your child to read and write daily.

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include washing hands with soap and water, coughing into sleeve/tissue, staying home if sick, and getting a flu shot. If your child is exhibiting signs of illness such as fever, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing, please contact your healthcare provider.

The Rim of the World Unified School District has remained in constant contact with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and local health officials about the most current developments. We are following guidance provided by the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health, and we will continue to share that information immediately with staff, families and students via email, text, phone, websites and social media.

Up-to-date information about Rim of the World Unified School District can be found at our website https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/. More information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 can be found at SBCSS COVID-19 information.

Sincerely,
Michelle Murphy
District Superintendent