March 13th, 2020 - School Closure Announced
As you know, the coronavirus pandemic continues to be rapidly evolving, and PBA is taking a proactive approach to protecting our community. As concerns about coronavirus have risen, the PBA academic faculty, music staff and I have been working closely with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE). Last night I attended a COVID-19 county video conference, led by the Alameda County Health Advisor, Erica Pan and Karen Monroe, the County Superintendent of Schools; the goal was to discuss the possible closure of districts within the county. PBA has continued to stay in contact with local agencies that have kept us up-to-date on the best recommendations for how to conduct school business during this time of uncertainty. This is why we have kept our schools open until today. As of 6:00 p.m. today, the Pacific Boychoir Academy, along with all schools within OUSD will be closed to students through Sunday, April 5, the end of Spring Break. Because of the evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic, we hope to be able to resume instruction on Monday, April 6, but will continually assess the conditions to determine if this is the best time for reopening school. There will be no rehearsals or previously scheduled events throughout the closure, including this evening’s Studio Launch and Listening Party and the Shakespeare production. We will notify families when these events are rescheduled. During this period of closure, our school will receive a deep cleaning.
Hopefully this time will allow all students, choristers, school staff and families to do what they need to do to keep themselves healthy and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. This is an imperfect solution, because ACPHD experts tell us that unless children stay in their homes away from other people for the duration of the closure, then they still run the risk of potential exposure.
Choristers can expect updates from the music faculty regarding any additional performance postponements or cancelations. Our day school families will receive lessons and instructions within the week, including information on laptop and book check out that will be available within the next few days. Day school faculty will provide assignments to our students throughout the closure using Gradelink and other platforms that our students are already familiar with; families can expect to hear from teachers by Monday, March 16. This effort is not designed to replace in-person classroom instruction, but it will help keep students engaged and prepared to resume class when it is safe to do so. We will continue to communicate with you as information becomes available.
Again, thank you for your support and cooperation as we work together to keep our students and PBA community safe.
Head of School