Dear GCC Families,
I know I speak for each of you when I say we continue to wish for a return to a ‘normal’ school experience. Our entire GCC family is eager to get students back in classrooms with their teachers and friends. Unfortunately, tonight I bear the bad news that this is not going to happen this school year.
On Wednesday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, stated that he did not think students would be able to return before the end of the school year. On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed that schools should not be reopening for the rest of the school year to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Today, GCC is joining all the other Sacramento and Yolo County School Districts, and the Sacramento and Yolo County Offices of Education in announcing that we are keeping our campuses closed through the end of the school year to support the coronavirus mitigation effort. While the physical campuses may be closed, school is NOT and our schools continue to provide high quality educational programs for all of our students in a variety of ways per campus. The decision to keep our campuses closed was made at the recommendation and guidance of both the Sacramento County and Yolo County Health Officers. Please know, this decision was not made lightly, but due to the severity of the situation, and the guidance given it was a necessary decision. Our number one priority in this and every decision is the health and well-being of our students, staff, families, and the community.
School is far from over. Together in partnership with you, our parents and guardians, we will continue to ensure that our students make academic progress. Our administrators, teachers and support staff will continue to do everything they can to meet the educational needs of all students. We could not have a better team in place as we continue to serve the needs of our students in a distance learning format for the remainder of the year. Next week is Spring Break in our school calendar. Our staff will be taking this week to rest, refresh and reset. We hope that you and your family will also take this time for yourself. When we return on April 13th together we will be focused on ensuring that each student is on a journey of educational excellence.
We recognize that our families and communities need many avenues of support right now: School meal pickups will continue to be available throughout both Sacramento and Yolo Counties. We have placed a link on our GCC website to the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services who has published an interactive map of local meal distribution sites (including West Sacramento) established by local school districts to provide meals to our students for the remainder of the schools.
These unprecedented times have asked more of all of us than we could have ever imagined. We are so grateful to our parents, guardians, students and families. Thank you for your continued patience with navigating this unknown path. I am so very grateful for your dedication and commitment during this time.
Cindy Petersen, Ed.D.
Gateway Community Charters
5112 Arnold Ave., Suite A
McClellan. CA. 95652