PUSD Coronavirus Update for March 17

Dear PUSD Community,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have worked to plan for what life will look like in our schools after Spring Break ends this week. 

Unfortunately, as is the case in so many areas today, things will look very different.  Effective Monday, March 23rd, Porterville Unified School District school sites will be closed to students until further notice for the health and safety of the community.  While we hope the situation changes to allow for regular instruction to resume April 14th, in Governor Newsom’s address today, he referenced the potential that schools would not re-open before summer.

We know how disruptive such an extended absence of school will be for our families and the community at large and are doing everything we can to assist.  As promised, the State provided additional guidance today to manage these closures and ensure the continuation of essential services to support students.   

PUSD has already been working to assemble the resources to provide these supports, with the first and most important being continued meal service for our students.  Effective Monday, March 23rd, PUSD will be ready to provide combination ‘Grab and Go’ lunches and breakfasts for our students at eight different school sites throughout Porterville and Strathmore.  A flyer with the details of this program will be posted shortly.  We plan to make continual adjustments as necessary to ensure all families in need will have access to these meals.

We are also working on publishing links on our website to free online resources and instructional material organized by grade and subject level to support our students’ continued learning.  We plan to have these resources posted at the beginning of next week.  Staff is also exploring options to provide families who do not have the necessary devices or connectivity the ability to access this content.

Finally, as instructed by the Governor’s Executive Order, we are working with the City and local health authorities to ensure some type of child care will be available with priority assigned to families of first responders and healthcare workers.

Additional information will follow tomorrow with specific guidance to employees regarding their assignments.  In summary, wherever possible, the district will have its staff work remotely.  Employees 65 years of age and older or with underlying medical conditions at any age that may increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19, such as pregnancy or a blood disorder, will only be permitted to work off-site.

We know these are difficult times, but we also know we will get through them together and be stronger as a result.

Dr. Nate Nelson

Superintendent, Porterville Unified School District


We encourage all students, parents, and school staff to take every day preventative actions:

Stay home when sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze, use a tissue
• Wash hands frequently
• Avoid touching face or eyes
• Get a flu vaccine if you have not done so this season

Upcoming Shot Clinics:
May 4 – Pioneer Middle School Library – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Tdap, Flu, HPV, Varicella, Meningitis)

May 5 – Bartlett Middle School Library – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Tdap, Flu, HPV, Varicella, Meningitis)

May 6 – Sequoia Middle School Library – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Tdap, Flu, HPV,
Varicella, Meningitis)

August 10 – Pioneer Middle School Library – 10 a.m. to Noon
(Tdap, Flu, HPV, Varicella, Meningitis)

Please Note: **No MMR or TB skin testing will be provided at these clinics.
Parents need to bring their immunization records and either have no medical insurance or medical insurance with no coverage for immunizations. All Medi-Cal recipients would be covered.

Should there be any changes during this situation, Porterville Unified School District will communicate them to you.

For up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus, visit the California Department of Public Health website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx; or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.


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