Riverside County Public Health officer extends physical closure of the county’s schools to June 19

Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser extended the physical closure of the county’s schools to June 19 in response to the current conditions of COVID-19.

“After consultation with the districts and the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE), I believe the safest option is to keep the schools closed through the end of the school year,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. “I know this situation is stressful for schools, students and parents alike, and I appreciate everyone’s understanding during this difficult time.”

All public and private schools, colleges and universities were ordered on March 13 to close until April 30. The extension, announced April 1, will include all locations until June 19.

“As the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, the health and safety of our students is top priority; therefore, I wholeheartedly support Dr. Kaiser’s order to close schools through June 19,” said Dr. Judy D. White. “We are grateful for Dr. Kaiser’s leadership and care for the welfare of all.”

However, it is important to remember that learning is not ending. Education for students will continue through distance learning and online resources for the remainder of this school year. RCOE has created a webpage with educational resources for remote learning.

The County Office of Education will continue working with the California Department of Education and school districts to overcome barriers to learning for students with disabilities. Plans to support these students involve providing access to digital tools, childcare options for parents, and at-home learning support for families. 

As more information becomes available, RCOE will share what this extended physical closure of schools will mean for graduating seniors and those students preparing for post-secondary opportunities.  

Meal distribution will continue to proceed at more than 167 school and district locations in Riverside County while maintaining appropriate social distancing, guidance on mass gatherings, and directives for mitigating the spread of the virus. Thanks to educators in Riverside County, more than 1.3 million meals have already been served in the last two weeks of school shutdown.