In an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 18, members of the Escalon Unified School District board voted to return all students to distance learning effective Thursday, Nov. 19.
The action is scheduled to run through Wednesday, Dec. 2.
In a letter posted on the district website, two reasons were outlined for the emergency action.
First, the increase in San Joaquin County COVID cases; with cases rising from seven cases per 100,000 people per day up to 19 cases daily for 100,000 people. Second, the number of individuals currently quarantined through the Escalon Unified School District – with two confirmed COVID-positive cases at Escalon High School and one at Dent Elementary – now includes over 200 students and nine staff members.
“In person learning at all Escalon school sites is expected to resume on Thursday, Dec. 3,” the letter stated. “This decision is not mandated, but it is supported by the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer, therefore allowing the District to determine when in person instruction can resume.”
District officials added that the school board will be meeting weekly to continue monitoring and reviewing the COVID data and guide the district accordingly.
“You should be receiving communication from your school sites with additional details,” the letter concluded. “Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact your child’s school.”