Just hours after Humboldt County issued a mandatory shelter-in-place order, Gov. Gavin Newsom made it statewide in an effort to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Newsom's move is an unprecedented step aimed at controlling an outbreak of the pandemic that will have dramatic impacts on the world's fifth largest economy.
This afternoon, following the county’s order, which will stay in place at least until April 10, the Humboldt County Office of Education announced school closures will remain in effect until then.
“Our main priority is the health and safety of our students, families and staff,” Humboldt County Superintendent Chris Hartley said in a press release. “We know the disruption in normal school operations has created many issues and uncertainties — from childcare and remote learning to graduation plans and college preparation. Please know that Humboldt County Office of Education will continue to support our districts, schools and students during this unprecedented time.”
The statewide order, meanwhile, largely mirrors the one Humboldt announced hours earlier, forcing residents by law to remain in their homes except for essential activities and business. Those includes tasks to maintain health and safety (like seeing the doctor or going to the pharmacy), getting necessary supplies (which includes everything from food to pet food), engaging in outdoor recreational activities while practicing social distancing, or caretaking for another person. The orders also don’t prevent essential businesses from continuing on, including banks, gas stations, health clinics and hospitals, pharmacies, farms, outreach organizations, grocery stores, construction companies, hardware stores, educational institutions, Laundromats, shipping companies, delivery services and more.
For more on Humboldt County’s order, click here. And find the full HCOE press release copied below. You can also find more information about various schools' child meal programs and how to access them throughout the shutdown here and watch full video of Newsom's announcement below.
School Closures Extended Due to Shelter in Place Orders
Due to the shelter in place orders from Humboldt County Public Health today and the continued risk to community health posed by the coronavirus, all school districts in Humboldt County will continue to be closed at least through April 10.
This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom advised parents to prepare for the possibility that schools may be closed through the summer break. While that could happen, we remain hopeful that conditions will improve enough to allow schools to reopen before the end of the school year.
School districts throughout Humboldt County will continue to provide meals to students during the closure. A list of school meal pick up locations and times is available on our website at www.hcoe.org/covid-19.
“Our main priority is the health and safety of our students, families, and staff,” states Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Chris Hartley. “We know the disruption in normal school operations has created many issues and uncertainties – from childcare and remote learning to graduation plans and college preparation. Please know the Humboldt County Office of Education will continue to support our districts, schools and students during this unprecedented time.”