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According to a notice published by Anaheim Union High School District, all District schools will close March 16 through March 27 in response to COVID-19. Locally, this includes Cypress High School, Oxford Academy, Lexington Junior High School, Kennedy High School (La Palma), and Walker Junior High School.

The notice from AUHSD Superintendent Michael B. Matsuda:

Dear AUHSD Staff and Families,

After long and careful deliberation, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close schools to students for 2 weeks beginning Monday, March 16 and through the end of regularly scheduled spring break (Friday, March 27). All Staff will still be working on Monday (3/16) and Tuesday (3/17) during this time preparing and training on how to educate and support community health during this pandemic. Due to the rapid changes of this situation, we may ask staff to come in for additional days.

To be clear, we remain safe and there are zero presumptive or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) related to our District.

Schools are an essential service and crucial to our communities. We are facing an unprecendented health crisis in our community, and new information is surfacing rapidly. It is likely our community will be seeing many more cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months and this will require a measured, sustained response.

We are exploring with our partners what we can do to support our students and families during this difficult time. We will be setting up ways to continue to provide meals for our students who rely on them. We are considering what, if any, childcare options we can extend to families over the next two weeks during this unplanned closure.

Students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. Children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for seriuos illness from this virus. However, they can transmit the virus to those most vulnerable. Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for childcare during closure that avoid leaving children with elderly people who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus.

As parents and caregivers, you are your child’s first teacher, and you are your child’s most influential teacher. Ongoing developments regarding COVID-19 may be overwhelming, especially to younger children. Parents and caregivers can help children understand the situation better by discussing children’s questions and concerns.

We will continue to update you via email, text, and phone sharing more detailed information as soon as possible about how families can support student learning during school closures. Please check with our website and our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Thank you for your trust as we continue to make decisions that affect the health of our students, staff, and community.