Anza children learn at home

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Members of the Sjostrand clan work on crafts at home during the school closures statewide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

All schools in Riverside County have been ordered closed to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer of Riverside County, ordered a school closure of all Riverside County public schools starting Monday, March 16.

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Sofia Salazar practices her home economics skills at home during the school closures statewide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

This order also applies to preschools, charter schools, private schools and all colleges and universities in Riverside County. The closure may extend past April.

Parents in the Anza Valley scrambled to make arrangements for their schoolchildren, adopting online classrooms, home-school lesson plans and becoming home-economics, math, reading, language, physical education, health and special education teachers.

Families are making the new mandate work and making it fun, as they adjust to the new normal for Anza Valley students.

The Hemet Unified School District is continuing to offer drive-up meals for children 18 and younger. Up to 150 children are served every day, providing a break from lessons at home.

For more information regarding the school closures, visit the Riverside County Office of Education at https://www.rcoe.us.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.

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Sofia Salazar concentrates on her art project at home during the school closures statewide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
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Five-year-old Ethan James Farnum works on his lesson book at home during the school closures statewide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo