Palo Alto Unified School District students and teachers will start flexible learning options this week, according to a new set of guidelines released this afternoon following the closure of all schools for a minimum of four weeks.

For secondary students, flexible online learning will be available through Schoology, although, according to a Schoology message from Palo Alto High School Principal Adam Paulson on Friday, the assignments are not required and will not impact students’ grades.

Earlier today, Deputy Superintendent Karen Hendricks released guidelines for employees during the closure. Only essential employees, such as nutrition services staff who will continue to serve lunch to students at select schools, will continue to report to work. Teachers are expected to work remotely, with secondary school teachers continuing to provide assignments online through Schoology.

“Teachers will provide flexible learning options for students during closure, without the expectation of fully replicating classroom instruction,” Hendricks stated in the release. “Teachers will remain available for electronic interactions with students during normal business hours.”

Seven Bay Area counties, including Santa Clara County, announced a shelter in place order in a press conference this afternoon, mandating all residents to stay at home whenever possible for a minimum of three weeks.

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