Temporary School Closure

After careful consideration and review of updated CDC guidelines, as well as closure decisions by several local school districts, we have decided to close school effective Monday March 16 through Friday, March 27.

We will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and will provide updates as necessary. Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yavapai County, this decision was made in light of mounting concerns regarding COVID-19 in the US, updated information from state and national authorities, and with an awareness that many members of our school community are returning from spring break travels and potentially unknown exposures.

We understand that many of you may have questions regarding how this will impact our school year, student instruction, graduation, etc. We are also seeking answers to these questions. Mountain Oak School, along with other Arizona schools will be looking to our local and state officials for guidance in these uncharted waters. We will be continuing to work with these officials and get you answers to these questions as they become available to us. We are exploring options for our students to continue their studies at home, and will provide further information once we have an opportunity to meet with classroom teachers and devise a plan over the next few days. The Directors have made these recommendations to the MOS Governing Board, who will hold an emergency session tomorrow morning (3/16) to formalize this decision per Arizona Department of Education requirements.

We appreciate your patience and support during this time. Be well, and take good care.

Sincerely,
Susan Beck, Director of Education
Jessica Bluff, Director of Operations

March 15th Emergency Board Meeting Minutes

Here are some resources that may assist you in your conversations with your children:
NPR comic for kids:
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

The Week – “How to have a Panic Free Conversation with your Kids”:
https://theweek.com/articles/892668/how-have-panicfree-conversation-kids-about-coronavirus Child Mind Institute “Talking about the Coronavirus”