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School District Shifts To Online Lesson Plans

With the “Stay Home” order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, March 19, Escalon Unified School District officials have worked to put plans in place to help meet student needs.

“Escalon Unified is continuing to work toward providing distance learning opportunities for its students,” District Superintendent Ron Costa wrote in a letter to parents that was posted on the district’s website,

He noted that elementary student work packets were given to students and parents on Friday, March 20 and secondary student work packets were available for pick up at El Portal and Escalon High School on Monday, March 23. It took longer to put the middle and high school packets together, said Costa, because of the different class schedules for those students.

“Regarding distance learning, staff is working to ensure that students will be able to access curriculum through the internet with their teacher. If you do not currently have internet connectivity, please check to see if you have hotspot capability through your cell phone provider or check on our district webpage under the families and COVID-19 tabs to see free internet offers from providers,” Costa also wrote.

School lunches were provided on Wednesday, March 18 when food service personnel handed out over 1900 student lunches.

“C.A.R.E. Escalon is also accepting food donations and providing food to our families in need who meet federal guidelines. Please contact them at 209-417-2048 if you are interested in donating food items or if you are in need,” said Costa.

A limited number of staff members are at school sites this week, available by phone from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to answer questions.

“We are cognizant of the difficult times that we are all experiencing. With that in mind, we have been asking staff to assist as needed in providing services to our students and our community,” Costa noted. “We are working to provide our community with services while keeping everyone healthy and safe. Let’s keep each other safe by doing our part in following the “Stay Home” order.”