All RivCo schools closed for remainder of school year

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser extended the closure of the county’s schools to June 19 in response to the current conditions of COVID-19.

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“After consultation with the districts and the County Office of Education, I unfortunately believe the safest option is to keep the schools closed through the end of the school year,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. “I know this situation is stressful for schools, students and parents alike, and I appreciate everyone’s understanding during this difficult time.”

All public and private schools, colleges and universities were ordered on March 13 to close until April 30.

Today’s extension will include all locations until June 19.

“The closure of schools for the remaining of the school year exemplifies the seriousness of the coronavirus,” said Board Chair V. Manuel Perez, Fourth District Supervisor.

“In consultation with superintendents, it was agreed that the best measure we can implement to flatten the curve is to cancel school for the rest of the year,” Perez continued. “With that said, school districts will be working hard to ensure that youth have access to education through distance learning and access to school meals. As a former educator and school board member, I empathize with our students and their families. Please stay in place. Maintain your space. Cover your face.”

Individual school districts will have the discretion to determine essential personnel to support critical functions within their districts.

To date, more than 1.31 million lunches have been provided by local school districts to students during the school closure order.

“As the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, the health and safety of our students is top priority; therefore, I wholeheartedly support Dr. Kaiser’s order to close schools through June 19,” said Dr. Judy White, Riverside County Superintendent of Riverside County Office of Education. “We are grateful for Dr. Kaiser’s leadership and care for the welfare of all.”

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As of April 1, Riverside County has 429 confirmed cases, 13 deaths and 40 recoveries. Recoveries are defined as people who have completed the quarantine period, no longer have symptoms and their public health cases are now closed.

Residents are urged to visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus for updated information. COVID-19 related informtion and updates can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

Submitted by Riverside University Health System


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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.

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