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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

March 18, 2020—From Dr. Clint Harwick, Superintendent

Key excerpts:

“Huntington Beach Union High School District schools will be closed through Friday, April 17, 2020.  We will evaluate this fluid situation in the coming weeks and extend the closures if necessary.

During this period, we will provide grab and go lunches to students from all school sites. Distribution sites will be at Westminster and Ocean View High Schools Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.


The State Superintendent of Instruction, Tony Thurmond, and the California Department of Education delivered guidelines for distance learning and enrichment activities on March 17, 2020.  In addition, he suspended all state testing. We will continue to monitor Advanced Placement testing and provide updates when they become available. To ensure equity and access for all students, we are working to align our educational plan with state provided guidelines.”

Read the full notice here.



March 13, 2020—From Dr. Clint Harwick, Superintendent

Key excerpts:

“Today, the HBUHSD Board of Trustees voted to close schools effective March 16, 2020, through March 27, 2020.”


“Students should stay home and minimize social contacts as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe.”


Read the full notice here.


March 13, 2020—From From Dr. Morgan Smith, Principal

11:18 a.m.

We have an immediate event update; SAT this Saturday will be canceled. College Board who helps facilitate this opportunity for our students will work with us on rescheduling this event for a future date.



March 12, 2020—From Dr. Clint Harwick, Superintendent

5:05 p.m.
Key excerpt:

“All extracurricular and cocurricular activities will be postponed until further notice. Examples include, but are not limited to, performing arts, banquets, field trips, conferences, etc. The Sunset and Goldenwest Leagues have postponed all atheletic competitions until further notice.


This guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services.”


Read Dr. Harwick's full message


March 12, 2020—From Dr. Morgan Smith, Principal

10:14 a.m.

  • HBUHSD will issue a formal message to the community today.
  • School events are currently being evaluated based on the recommendations from the California Department of Public Health.
  • Please be patient as we continue to gather more information until official communication can be shared.


March 9, 2020—From Dr. Morgan Smith, Principal


As an update to the ongoing conversation about the Coronavirus aka COVID-19, and it's impacts on our school and district, we are able to share some of the following guidance as shared by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and our school district:


District Guidance:

  • Any staff or student that has traveled to a CDC level 3 or greater area will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Stay home when sick. Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.
  • Use “respiratory etiquette.” Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.
  • Wash hands frequently. Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies.
  • Our district has ordered additional cleaning and sanitization supplies. Classroom spray bottles have been ordered and will be distributed. Our custodial team will disinfect high touch areas nightly.
  • All restrooms will be updated with soap dispensers where lacking and checked regularly.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has recommended the following talking points for Parents and Teachers when discussing anxiety surrounding the Coronavirus:


Talking points for parents and teachers


Remain calm and reassuring. Discuss all the measures being taken by the school to keep students safe (this decreases anxiety). Give students specific strategies for them to keep themselves healthy e.g. good hygiene, maintain good eating and sleeping habits, etc.


Give your teens age-appropriate information that helps them to accurately gauge the threat presented by this disease. Upper middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.


Additional points:

  • Limit television or access to the internet and social media. Avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting when your children are present.
  • Speak to your child about how many stories about COVID-19 on the internet may be based on rumors and inaccurate information. Without facts, children and teens will often imagine situations far worse than reality.
  • Students should treat each other with respect and not jump to conclusions about who may or may not have COVID-19. Avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus. Bullying or negative comments made toward others should be stopped and reported to the school.

According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), all schools will need to be prepared out of an abundance of caution should a large number of students stay home. If a student or staff member contracts the Coronavirus, the CDPH may recommend a full school closure. Classes will shift to remote learning when possible.