Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Latest Communication

COVID-19 Update 3-23-20

Dear Benicia Community,

I hope this communication finds everyone safe and sound as we enter our second week of school closures, distance learning and a state-wide shelter in place. Understandably, all of this is a considerable challenge for us as a society and community as there are many unknowns with a good deal of fear out there. However, I am confident we will get through this together. I realize there must be a good deal of adjustment taking place within your homes and I am so appreciative of the “we-are-in-this together” response from our parents, staff, and community members. 

With challenges comes a silver lining, and I am so proud of our teachers and team members in all departments of BUSD. The response from all levels has been impressive and inspiring. Learning is taking place and students are being fed daily. Teachers, support staff, site and district leaders are staying in close contact with their school communities and are here to provide support and answers to your questions. 

Our goal is to continue providing a reasonable level of learning opportunities for our students, knowing we are all balancing our social, emotional, and physical well being.  

I will continue to keep you updated regarding any changes and am sending all of us thoughts of strength, compassion and resolve.  

Thanks for being an amazing community! 

Dr. Charles F. Young

Extended School Closure Update 3-17-20

Dear Benicia Parents and Guardians. 

In light of recent guidance from the State and Federal Government regarding Covid-19, the Benicia Unified School District is extending its school closure through April 10, which includes spring break. We are monitoring all of this daily and will continue to provide updates.

We deeply appreciate everyone’s patience and partnership during this critical time in world history.  

I came across the following from one of my favorite authors Brene Brown:  “”

Fear and anxiety can drive us to become very self-focused. This global pandemic is a real case of ‘getting sick together’ or ‘staying well together.’ Our choices affect everyone around us. There is no such thing as ‘individual risk’ or ‘individual wellness.’

In partnership,
Dr. Charles Young

COVID-19 Update 3-16-20

March 16, 2020

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust to the new information and requirements as it relates to COVID-19.  

We worked closely with Site and District leaders today to refine the guidelines for staff to use as they create distance learning opportunities for your children.  We know these learning opportunities will not mirror the complexities and quantity of what children do day to day in school. Instead we focused on providing reasonable levels of learning opportunities for students to practice, reinforce, and explore some new content along with teachers providing feedback and being available to answer questions, coach and support students virtually. 

You will be hearing from your Principal today and your child’s teacher by Wednesday with more information about what the learning will look like. 

In addition, we want to let you know we are able to offer free lunch and breakfast to all students and sent out a communication regarding this earlier today. 

We feel grateful to be part of this amazing Benicia Community who is pulling together to support all families during this crisis. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

In partnership,
Dr. Charles Young

Food Service Communication

Date: March 15, 2020

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

You are receiving this letter to inform that during the school closures, the Food and Nutrition Services Department will be serving free meals for all of our students.

Parents and students may drive or walk up to any of the two locations listed below to pick-up breakfast and lunch. If at all possible please bring your students to receive those meals. Each student will receive a lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day. They will be all put together in a grab and go bag for your convenience. It’s food that’s in, while school is out. Come one day or come every day it is your choice, but don’t miss this opportunity!

Meal Pick-Up Procedures:

  • Start date: Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27
  • Locations:
    • Robert Semple Elementary
      • 2015 E 3rd St, Benicia, CA 94510
      • *Entrance of the Staff Parking Lot
    • Benicia High School
      • 1101 Military W, Benicia, CA 94510
      • *Turn into Plaza de Oro and keep right past the gates until you see us
  • Time: 11:00AM – 1:00PM

We are asking you to respond to this email:  if you would like your child(ren) to participate in this program and which of the two serving schools they will pick up their meals. Please include their names, so we can anticipate how many meals to prepare.

Tania P. Courtney
Director of Nutrition & Food Services Department
Benicia Unified School District
1101 Military West, Benicia, CA 94510
Phone: (707) 748-2758

Fecha: 15 de Marzo de 2020

Estimado padre (s) o tutor (es),

Recibirá esta carta para informarle que durante el cierre de la escuela, el Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición estará sirviendo comidas gratis para todos nuestros estudiantes.

Los padres y los estudiantes pueden conducir o caminar hasta cualquiera de los dos lugares enumerados a continuación para recoger el desayuno y el almuerzo. Si es possible por favor llevar a sus estudiantes a recibir esas comidas.  Cada estudiante recibirá un almuerzo para el día y un desayuno para el día siguiente. Todos se juntarán en una bolsa para llevar para su conveniencia. Es comida la que está adentro, mientras que la escuela está afuera. ¡Ven un día o ven todos los días, tú eliges, pero no pierdas esta oportunidad!

Procedimientos de recogida de comidas:

  • Fecha de inicio: martes 17 de marzo a viernes 27 de marzo
  • Ubicaciones:
    • Robert Semple Elementary
      • 2015 E 3rd St, Benicia, CA 94510
      • * Entrada del estacionamiento del personal
    • Benicia High School
      • 1101 Military W, Benicia, CA 94510
      • *Gire a la Plaza de Oro y manténgase a la derecha pasando las puertas hasta que nos vea
  • Hora: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Le pedimos que responda a este correo electrónico: si desea que sus hijos participen en este programa y cuál de las dos escuelas que sirven recogerán sus comidas. Incluya sus nombres para que podamos anticipar cuántas comidas preparar.

Tania P. Courtney
Director del Departamento de Nutrición y Servicios Alimenticios
Distrito escolar unificado de Benicia
1101 Military West, Benicia, CA 94510
Teléfono: (707) 748-2758
Correo electrónico:

Follow up Parent Communication Regarding School Closure

March 13,2020

Dear Benicia Families,

Earlier today you received our Solano County School Closure information.  As you know, all schools in Solano County are closed from March 16-27. Our staff has been working diligently to create at-home learning lessons and activities  for our students. The purpose is to provide a reasonable amount of learning opportunities and activities that students will complete during this school closure.  Students are expected to complete the assignments from their teachers. 

Families can expect to get further directions from their teachers by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 about the ongoing plans for  learning opportunities for their specific classes. Please be sure to complete the survey regarding your child’s ability to access technology and internet from home from this morning’s communication if you have not done so.  

While it is not possible to match the instructional practices in our classrooms, our teachers and staff are dedicated to doing what they can to make sure learning continues.  We are so appreciative of their hard work.

For students who received specialized instruction and services, please look for a separate communication from our Student Services Director, Mrs. Julie Corona. 

We will continue to update you as we learn more information.  We feel so grateful to work with our amazing community and staff as we navigate these difficult decisions and times.  Thank you for your support and flexibility.  

Dr. Charles Young

13,2020 de marzo

Estimadas familias de Benicia:

El día de hoy recibió nuestra información sobre el cierre de escuelas del condado de Solano. Como saben, todas las escuelas del condado de Solano están cerradas del 16 al 27 de marzo. Nuestro personal ha estado trabajando diligentemente para crear lecciones y actividades de aprendizaje en el hogar para nuestros estudiantes. El propósito es proporcionar una cantidad razonable de oportunidades de aprendizaje y actividades que los estudiantes completarán durante el cierre de esta escuela. Se espera que los estudiantes completen las tareas de sus maestros.

Las familias pueden esperar obtener más instrucciones de sus maestros el miércoles 18 de marzo de 2020 sobre los planes en curso para oportunidades de aprendizaje para sus clases específicas. Asegúrese de completar la encuesta sobre la capacidad de su hijo para acceder a la tecnología e Internet desde su casa desde la comunicación de esta mañana si no lo ha hecho.

Si bien no es posible igualar las prácticas de instrucción en nuestras aulas, nuestros maestros y el personal están dedicados a hacer lo que puedan para asegurarse de que el aprendizaje continúe. Estamos muy agradecidos por su arduo trabajo.

Para los estudiantes que recibieron instrucción y servicios especializados, busque una comunicación separada de nuestra Directora de Servicios Estudiantiles, la Sra. Julie Corona.

Continuaremos actualizándolo a medida que obtengamos más información. Nos sentimos muy agradecidos de trabajar con nuestra increíble comunidad y personal mientras navegamos por estas decisiones y tiempos difíciles. Gracias por su apoyo y flexibilidad.

Dr. Charles Young

Solano County School Closure Communication



Solano County School Closure Communication

March 13, 2020

Dear Benicia Unified Families,

In light of the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, Solano County schools will be closed ­­­­­­­­­for 2 weeks beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  We will make a determination at that time about any further closures.

We did not take this decision lightly and recognize that this may cause a hardship for some families.  Each school district and charter school will continue to communicate directly with families and staff with updates about re-opening, learning alternatives, and the availability of school meals.

School administrators across Solano County appreciate the proactive illness prevention steps that our families and staff have committed to. Illness prevention steps make a significant difference in safeguarding the health of our communities, and we encourage continued attention in this effort.

We will be sending follow-up communication regarding specifics for BUSD school closures.

Dr. Charles Young
Benicia Unified School District Superintendent

COVID-19 Update 3-13-20

Dear Benicia Families.

Like all school districts, we are working closely with the health department regarding the effects of the CoronaVirus. Regarding the possibility of school closure, our staff has been working to provide continuous learning opportunities during any planned school closure timeline. All students have access to an online Virtual Learning Platform through Google Classroom.  

Your students will be checking today to see if they can log into their Google Classroom and will be bringing home their login information so they can access their classes from home. While we will not be able to mirror the regular classroom experience, staff is working to provide a level of ongoing learning with the goal of keeping students engaged as we navigate potential school closure timelines.  

We are asking every family to complete this SHORT SURVEY about your child’s ability to access technology devices (i.e. phone, computer, iPads, etc.) and internet at home. Thank you for completing this survey as early as possible so we can plan to address any potential needs. 

We know closing schools for any duration can be a burden to families and we want to provide as many services as possible during this time. We are also working on plans to continue providing student meals at selected schools during any closure.   

We will keep you updated throughout the day including additional details and information as we continue to develop plans to keep learning going in the event of school closure.

Thank you for your patience and partnership during this challenging time.  

Dr. Charles Young

COVID-19 Update 3-12-20

Dear Families,

Benicia Unified School District (BUSD) continues to monitor the COVID-19 with on-going, regular guidance and communication from Solano County Health Department (SCHD) who works directly with the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the State Department of Health (SDH) and the California Department of Education (CDE).  The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority. At this time, BUSD has not been notified of any confirmed cases. As schools are deemed an essential service, schools will remain open unless ordered to close by The Solano County Department of Public Health. If the situation changes, BUSD will follow the COVID-19 school protocols established by the SDH in partnership with the agencies listed above regarding any further measures.

The Health Department continues to recommend and we continue to promote the following:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • BUSD staff are taking extra measures to deep clean buildings and classrooms each night

In addition, we are implementing social distancing protocols effective through the end of Spring break April 12, 2020, as outlined in new guidelines from SCHD. Therefore we will be:

  • Postponing all events at our facilities outside of the school day, including outside user groups
  • Postponing or canceling all field trips, fundraisers, music events, performances, enrichment activities, school assemblies, and club meetings
  • Having no classroom volunteers on campuses
  • Having no guest speakers or outside group performances
  • Having only Diablo Athletic Leagues (DAL)  sanctioned sporting events and practices 
  • Having no spectators, including, parents and guardians at sporting events; only those adults needed to manage the event will be allowed at the event

We are working on plans to provide a continuity of learning should the situation change or school(s) need to be closed in the future. As part of our ongoing partnership, we are asking our parents to look ahead and make contingent plans in case things change and we are forced to close schools. If your child has extenuating health circumstances, please contact your health care provider to get additional recommendations. 

Please continue to refer to Solano County Public health and the CDC websites for updated information pertaining to the virus.  We will continue to provide updates as information is made available to us. Thank you for your patience and your partnership. 

Dr. Charles Young

COVID-19 Update 03-05-2020

Dear Benicia Unified Parents and Guardians,

Below is an update from the Solano County Public Health Department regarding the Corona Virus. We will continue to keep you informed and updated with any new information that is shared with us from the Health Department who works in close partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Information regarding Corona Virus

Dear Benicia Unified Parents and Guardians,

School districts across the United States have been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to urge our sites to prepare for possible 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks. Benicia Unified School District has been actively working within the CDC guidelines and Solano County Public Health to ensure student and staff safety.

Last night, the CDC confirmed the first case of Novel Coronavirus in Solano County. Solano Public Health is working with local, state and federal partners to identify, notify and monitor individuals who may have been exposed to the virus. The Health Department is reporting the risk to the Solano County residents and the general public is low at this time.  While the virus may be concerning, we encourage our school community to remain calm.

BUSD can assure you that our staff is doing everything in their power to keep school sites clean and disinfected for all students. It is our standard protocol to wipe down all surfaces every day with disinfectants; however, we have increased the frequency of these measures. 

Per CDC protocols, we are encouraging all students and staff to frequently wash their hands, cover their nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and encouraging staff and students to stay home if they are sick. 

We understand the Novel Coronavirus is a concern for many of our parents and students. We ask that you keep in mind that this is a virus and it is not specific to any single race or ethnicity. Please speak with your children about cultural sensitivity during this challenging time.

We will continue to provide further updates from the CDC and Solano Public Health. 

Thank you,

Benicia Unified School District
Additional Resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<>
Solano County Updates

In light of the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, Benicia Unified schools will be closed ­­­­­­­­­beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through July.Click Here for The Latest Info
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