West Side Will Suspend Classes after Spring Break

March 14, 2020
Dear West Side Families,
After thoughtful consideration and consultation, I have decided to suspend site-based learning for the West Side Union Elementary School District through April 5th, and to provide student assignments to be completed at home. In summary:
  • West Side will suspend site-based learning at all schools beginning at Spring Break, from March 16 - April 5, 2020.
  • After Care is canceled from March 16 - April 5, 2020.
  • Field Trips are canceled through the end of the year, until new Public Health guidance is provided.
  • Large gatherings will be postponed, until new Public Health guidance is provided.
  • Classroom volunteering and visits are suspended as a safety precaution.
This decision was made in collaboration with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS), Sonoma County Office of Education and nearby school districts. We are implementing these measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) through social distancing. It is important to note that there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 among our students or staff. This decision allows our community to “flatten the curve” and reduce community spread of the virus.
During this time, students will remain at home. West Side will provide instructional materials in paper format, and supplemental online materials. These will be available for pick up beginning Tuesday, March 24th in the school office. Please be patient as this process begins.
West Side meals are provided by the Healdsburg Unified School District. We are working, under the guidance of the State, to provide meals to students during this unprecedented crisis. We are hopeful that meal service will be able to begin on Monday, March 23rd. More specific details regarding meal availability will be available later this week.
After Care
After Care will be suspended through April 5, 2020.
COVID-19 Information
We understand there are many concerns around COVID-19, and the amount of information available can be overwhelming. For the latest information on COVID-19 from a reliable community source, we recommend you visit the Sonoma County Emergency website: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/ Sonoma County also has an information and resource hotline: dial 2-1-1 on your phone, or text your zip code to 898211, which lets you text with a 2-1-1 call taker who can answer questions. For school-related updates,please visit our website at www.westsideusd.org.
As new conditions and details emerge, West Side will update our families. During this time, I encourage you to monitor your texts, email and check our website regularly. Finally, if you have any questions related to school, please feel free to reach out to me.
Please be safe and mindful of your family’s health and our responsibilities to one another as a community.
West Side is looking forward to having our students back to school and normal activities as soon as possible.
Kris Menlove
West Side Superintendent-Principal