Coronavirus Updates and Information
Superintendent Update #3, 4/3/20
April 3, 2020
Dear Magnolia School District Parents, Guardians and Staff,
On April 1, 2020, Governor Newsom and Orange County Department of Education Superintendent Mijares recommended keeping schools closed to students for the remainder of the school year due to safety concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In response to these statements, and in consensus with our Board of Trustees, it was determined that in order to stay safe we will extend the closure of our schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Although schools will be closed to the public, At-Home Learning Plans, online instruction and student work packets will continue to be provided through the last day of school, June 11, 2020. All schools and Online and At Home Learning will be closed for our scheduled Spring Break, April 10-17, 2020. Our talented teachers will continue to provide Online and At-Home Learning before and after Spring Break. We ask that our parents/guardians remind their children to do the following:
- Complete assignments/activities on At Home Learning plans and as assigned by teachers
- Reach out to teachers with any questions
- Make use of our student learning resources page for fun online learning activities at www.magnoliasd.org
- Read and write as much as possible
- Wash hands frequently, do not touch face/eyes/mouth, cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, practice social distancing
- Check our website for regular updates www.magnoliasd.org
We are saddened that the end of the school year will not look like what we had planned. We realize this means we will no longer hold end-of-the-year activities as we have done for the past 125 years. We are working on alternative ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and staff. It is difficult to think that we can no longer hug our friends and gather in crowds; however, we make these social distancing sacrifices to keep ourselves, and our loved ones safe, and to save lives. The 2019-2020 school year will be remembered for many things. We hope it will be remembered for a time when we all came together during difficult circumstances to place “family and others first.”
Stay strong, stay healthy, stay safe and please stay home,
Frank Donavan, Ed.D.
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Superintendent Update #2, 3/19/20
The following is an important update regarding the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19:
In order to continue our safety measures to prevent the potential spread of the Coronavirus, all schools in the Magnolia School District will remain closed through April 17th. If this date is extended we will contact you immediately.
We are working closely with multiple agencies including the California Department of Education, Orange County Department of Education, and the Orange County Health Care Agency to do everything we can to keep our students, staff and community safe.
Our schools and district office will not be open to the public during this time; however, parents can pick-up or drop off necessary materials and information during each school's designated hours or between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM at the district office. We ask that you contact us during these hours by telephone.
We will continue to post information on our website so please check frequently for important updates.
We will continue to provide At Home Learning opportunities, and Grab and Go Meal services at all of our schools.
Superintendent Update #1, 3/15/20
Dear Magnolia School District Families,
The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. With that in mind, an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees was convened Friday evening, March 13th, 2020. The Board provided direction authorizing me to take all appropriate action to respond to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Out of an abundance of caution, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, and with guidance from local, state, and federal health experts, students will be dismissed from school beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. To date, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Magnolia Elementary School District or any other districts in Orange County. We will be providing additional communication should it become necessary to extend school closures beyond this time. This is not an easy decision and not one that was taken lightly. The closing of any school has real consequences beyond the loss of instructional time.
Federal, state, and local health agencies advise that students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. While children have not been shown to be at high-risk for serious illness from COVID-19, these steps are critically important in supporting public health as children can transmit the virus to those that are most vulnerable.
Our District is taking the following steps to provide support to our families:
- All students were sent home with At-Home learning materials on Friday, March 13. We will be providing additional At-Home learning updates and resources as they are developed.
- At-Home Learning plans may be accessed digitally by visiting www.magnoliasd.org/apps/pages/homelearning
- Families can also use our regular MSD technology resources available by visiting http://students.magnoliasd.org
ACCESS TO MEALS
Starting Tuesday, March, 17, the District will be providing school meals at all nine schools so that students have access to breakfast and lunch during the two weeks that school is closed. Meals will be provided through a drive-up/walk-up service where students may take their meals to-go during the following time periods:
- Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 AM
- Lunch: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The menus will be available on the Food Services website at https://www.magnoliasd.org/menus/ There is no registration required but children must be present to receive a meal.
ACCESS TO INTERNET
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/ or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. More information about Internet Access can be found by http://www.magnoliasd.org/internet-access/
We will continue to send updates to families via phone and web messages on any developments that may impact student attendance at school. This information will also be posted on the district website, www.magnoliasd.org.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our entire district staff, I thank each of you for your patience and trust as we all work together through this unprecedented public health crisis.
The Orange County Health Care Agency on Monday, February 3 published a new infographic with some basic facts
The one-pager, explains how it’s spread, what symptoms are associated with the illness, and what steps you can take to protect yourself from airborne respiratory diseases.
CHOC's COVID19 Telephone Advice Line