Superintendent orders closure of Three Rivers School due to COVID-19

On Sunday morning, March 15, at an emergency meeting of the TRUS board of trustees, the five-person district board voted unanimously to grant Sue Sherwood, superintendent, emergency powers to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Sherwood immediately recommended the closure of the 134-student school effective Tuesday, March 17, until the end of Spring Break on Tuesday April 14, 2020.

The emergency meeting, and the shutdown of the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school, came from directives issued by the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) and the State of California. Sherwood said staff would be working business as usual this week to implement new procedures that will be in place during the COVID-19 outbreak.

District staff have an extra day to notify parents because Monday, March 16, was already on the calendar as a staff development workday.

“On Monday, we’re asking that staff wipe down entire classrooms to be certain that if any traces of the virus are present, they are disinfected,” Sherwood said. “A maintenance company has been hired to clean and disinfect the bathrooms.”

Sherwood also said there are several unanswered questions as to how students will participate in “independent study” and how school lunches will be made available. Ideas are being discussed to deliver lunches at school bus stops or start a drive-thru pick-up service.

In these video interviews, Part 1 with Superintendent Sherwood (above) discusses the special board meeting (Sunday, March 15) and how the district will deal with the COVID-19 emergency. In Part 2 (below), three TRUS parents react to the school closure and tell how it will affect their day-to-day lives.

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