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School Closure Update - Distance Learning

Good Morning,

As you know, Governor Newsom has mandated "Distance Learning" for all Merced County districts at this time. Currently, Merced County COVID-19 numbers do not meet the threshold required to allow districts to be eligible for a waiver.

Therefore, we will begin the 2020-2021 school year with a Distance Learning model.

The goal of the district is to provide a safe and effective learning environment for both students and staff and to get back to in-person instruction as soon as possible. We are working diligently on plans to prepare for all possible distance learning and reopening scenarios. The health and safety of our students and our staff continue to be our top priority.

Look for schedules, teacher assignments, and technology distribution information coming soon by way of ParentSquare!

We will continue to update you with the latest information so that you and your child(ren) are prepared for the 2020-2021 school year. We are all in this together and we are here for you. Please contact either school office if you have questions or need assistance.

Kindly,

Mrs. Propes
Superintendent/Principal

As a precautionary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in consultation with Merced County school district leaders and health officials, we are supporting a suspension of school operations in Merced County effective Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 17. By closing effective Thursday, this gives our families time to make arrangements for child care. We plan to reopen on April 20, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time.


This is not a decision we take lightly. We know that temporarily closing a school has a tremendous impact on our families. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority, and we have confidence that this is the proper precautionary course for Merced County. We are working with all of our local education agencies to support the continuity of learning and to ensure students have access to healthy meals.


Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for child care during closure that avoids leaving children with elderly or those with compromised immune systems who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus.

 

This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. For the latest updates, visit the California Public Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019 and for local health updates visit the Merced County Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://countyofmerced.com/coronavirus.

 

We also understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice is challenging and disruptive, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We are grateful to community members throughout Merced County for their tremendous prevention efforts during these challenging times.

 

Sincerely,

Steve Tietjen, Ed.D., Merced County Superintendent of Schools

Sandra Schiber, Ed.D., Atwater Elementary School District

Bliss Propes, Ballico-Cressey Elementary School District

Adolfo Melara, Delhi Unified School District

Justin Miller, Ed.D., Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified School District

Lori Gonzalez, El Nido Elementary School District

Bryan Ballenger, Ed.D., Gustine Unified School District

Isabel Cabral-Johnson, Hilmar Unified School District

Scott M. Borba, Le Grand Union Elementary School District

Donna Alley, Le Grand Union High School District

Andres Zamora, Livingston Union School District

Mark Marshall, Ed.D., Los Banos Unified School District

Mike Crass, McSwain Union Elementary School District

Al Rogers, Ed.D., Merced City School District

Richard Lopez, Merced River Union Elementary School District

Alan Peterson, Merced Union High School District

Kristi Kingston, Plainsburg Union Elementary School District

Jose Gonzalez, Planada Elementary School District

Alison Kahl, Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary School District

John Curry, Weaver Union School District

Randall Heller, Winton Elementary School District

 

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Bliss Propes
Superintendent/Principal
Ballico-Cressey School District
(209)598-3815

As a precautionary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in consultation with Merced County school district leaders and health officials, we are supporting a suspension of school operations in Merced County effective Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 17. By closing effective Thursday, this gives our families time to make arrangements for child care. We plan to reopen on April 20, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time.


This is not a decision we take lightly. We know that temporarily closing a school has a tremendous impact on our families. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority, and we have confidence that this is the proper precautionary course for Merced County. We are working with all of our local education agencies to support the continuity of learning and to ensure students have access to healthy meals.


Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for child care during closure that avoids leaving children with elderly or those with compromised immune systems who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus.

 

This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. For the latest updates, visit the California Public Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019 and for local health updates visit the Merced County Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://countyofmerced.com/coronavirus.

 

We also understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice is challenging and disruptive, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We are grateful to community members throughout Merced County for their tremendous prevention efforts during these challenging times.

 

Sincerely,

Steve Tietjen, Ed.D., Merced County Superintendent of Schools

Sandra Schiber, Ed.D., Atwater Elementary School District

Bliss Propes, Ballico-Cressey Elementary School District

Adolfo Melara, Delhi Unified School District

Justin Miller, Ed.D., Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified School District

Lori Gonzalez, El Nido Elementary School District

Bryan Ballenger, Ed.D., Gustine Unified School District

Isabel Cabral-Johnson, Hilmar Unified School District

Scott M. Borba, Le Grand Union Elementary School District

Donna Alley, Le Grand Union High School District

Andres Zamora, Livingston Union School District

Mark Marshall, Ed.D., Los Banos Unified School District

Mike Crass, McSwain Union Elementary School District

Al Rogers, Ed.D., Merced City School District

Richard Lopez, Merced River Union Elementary School District

Alan Peterson, Merced Union High School District

Kristi Kingston, Plainsburg Union Elementary School District

Jose Gonzalez, Planada Elementary School District

Alison Kahl, Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary School District

John Curry, Weaver Union School District

Randall Heller, Winton Elementary School District

 

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Bliss Propes
Superintendent/Principal
Ballico-Cressey School District
(209)598-3815

As a precautionary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in consultation with Merced County school district leaders and health officials, we are supporting a suspension of school operations in Merced County effective Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 17. By closing effective Thursday, this gives our families time to make arrangements for child care. We plan to reopen on April 20, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time.


This is not a decision we take lightly. We know that temporarily closing a school has a tremendous impact on our families. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority, and we have confidence that this is the proper precautionary course for Merced County. We are working with all of our local education agencies to support the continuity of learning and to ensure students have access to healthy meals.


Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for child care during closure that avoids leaving children with elderly or those with compromised immune systems who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus.

 

This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. For the latest updates, visit the California Public Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019 and for local health updates visit the Merced County Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://countyofmerced.com/coronavirus.

 

We also understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice is challenging and disruptive, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We are grateful to community members throughout Merced County for their tremendous prevention efforts during these challenging times.

 

Sincerely,

Steve Tietjen, Ed.D., Merced County Superintendent of Schools

Sandra Schiber, Ed.D., Atwater Elementary School District

Bliss Propes, Ballico-Cressey Elementary School District

Adolfo Melara, Delhi Unified School District

Justin Miller, Ed.D., Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified School District

Lori Gonzalez, El Nido Elementary School District

Bryan Ballenger, Ed.D., Gustine Unified School District

Isabel Cabral-Johnson, Hilmar Unified School District

Scott M. Borba, Le Grand Union Elementary School District

Donna Alley, Le Grand Union High School District

Andres Zamora, Livingston Union School District

Mark Marshall, Ed.D., Los Banos Unified School District

Mike Crass, McSwain Union Elementary School District

Al Rogers, Ed.D., Merced City School District

Richard Lopez, Merced River Union Elementary School District

Alan Peterson, Merced Union High School District

Kristi Kingston, Plainsburg Union Elementary School District

Jose Gonzalez, Planada Elementary School District

Alison Kahl, Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary School District

John Curry, Weaver Union School District

Randall Heller, Winton Elementary School District

 

--

Bliss Propes
Superintendent/Principal
Ballico-Cressey School District
(209)598-3815

As a precautionary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in consultation with Merced County school district leaders and health officials, we are supporting a suspension of school operations in Merced County effective Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 17. By closing effective Thursday, this gives our families time to make arrangements for child care. We plan to reopen on April 20, but that decision will depend on the circumstances at the time.


This is not a decision we take lightly. We know that temporarily closing a school has a tremendous impact on our families. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority, and we have confidence that this is the proper precautionary course for Merced County. We are working with all of our local education agencies to support the continuity of learning and to ensure students have access to healthy meals.


Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for child care during closure that avoids leaving children with elderly or those with compromised immune systems who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus.

 

This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. For the latest updates, visit the California Public Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019 and for local health updates visit the Merced County Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://countyofmerced.com/coronavirus.

 

We also understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice is challenging and disruptive, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We are grateful to community members throughout Merced County for their tremendous prevention efforts during these challenging times.

 

Sincerely,

Steve Tietjen, Ed.D., Merced County Superintendent of Schools

Sandra Schiber, Ed.D., Atwater Elementary School District

Bliss Propes, Ballico-Cressey Elementary School District

Adolfo Melara, Delhi Unified School District

Justin Miller, Ed.D., Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified School District

Lori Gonzalez, El Nido Elementary School District

Bryan Ballenger, Ed.D., Gustine Unified School District

Isabel Cabral-Johnson, Hilmar Unified School District

Scott M. Borba, Le Grand Union Elementary School District

Donna Alley, Le Grand Union High School District

Andres Zamora, Livingston Union School District

Mark Marshall, Ed.D., Los Banos Unified School District

Mike Crass, McSwain Union Elementary School District

Al Rogers, Ed.D., Merced City School District

Richard Lopez, Merced River Union Elementary School District

Alan Peterson, Merced Union High School District

Kristi Kingston, Plainsburg Union Elementary School District

Jose Gonzalez, Planada Elementary School District

Alison Kahl, Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary School District

John Curry, Weaver Union School District

Randall Heller, Winton Elementary School District

ABOUT BCSD
The Ballico Cressey School District resides along the Merced River in Merced County, in the middle of a major center of California Agriculture. Our boundaries incorporate 150 to 200 square miles including the cities/towns/neighborhoods of Ballico, Cressey, Winton, Livingston, Delhi, Denair, and Turlock. The district houses two school sites: Cressey Elementary which services our TK through 2nd-grade students and Ballico Elementary which services our 3rd through 8th-grade students. The two schools that comprise the district have a long and rich history of their own and were separate districts until 1966 when they were combined to form the current district.  In 2018 the District incorporated a Dependent Charter that encompasses our 1st through 8th-grade students that focuses on Agricultural STEM and Project Based Lessons. We are a 1:1 school district with each student having their own digital device. The district also offers free internet to all families who do not have internet access at home with Verizon HotSpots. Learning in and out of school is an important aspect of the district's educational philosophy where KIDS COME FIRST. The district is committed to providing high-quality education to a diverse student body. We are achieving goals through a challenging curriculum, quality teachers, and an atmosphere that emphasizes communication and cooperation. Together, these elements create a safe and engaging learning environment in which all students excel.

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