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Monterey County Issues "Shelter in Place" order

March 17, 2020


To all our Alisal Union School District employees,

The purpose of this update is to inform you that I am asking all non-essential staff to work from home, effective immediately and until further notice.

Today, Monterey County Public Health Officer Dr. Ed Moreno issued a  “Shelter in Place” order for all residents of Monterey County to enhance measures already being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our county and preserve our health care capacity. 

This order will go into effect at midnight March 18, 2020, and will last for three weeks, until midnight on April 8, 2020. Since we will be on Spring break at that time, we are planning on coming back to our sites on April 14, 2020, although that may change. 

The Monterey County order is similar to the ones issued yesterday by six San Francisco Bay area counties, limiting activity, travel and business functions to the most essential needs: essential business and operations should remain open, including public and private K-12 schools, for the purpose of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions. In anticipation of this directive, the Monterey County Public Health Officer prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions that you’ll find attached to this letter. 

During the Shelter in Place period, all non-essential employees should self-isolate in their places of residency to the maximum extent feasible. 

Employees will continue to be paid.  While working from home, you’ll be expected to be reasonably available during the work day. You may be required to participate in virtual meetings to plan for online/remote/distance learning, pending deadlines, and other issues which may arise.  Additionally, you’re expected to check your email throughout the work day. Once remote learning begins, teachers will be expected to teach using remote learning procedures for all students, including special education. 

Below is a list of non-instructional, essential staff who perform functions associated with providing student meals, keeping sites open, cleaning sites, and districtwide operations. This list may be modified based on experience during operations. Essential staff will work at their respective sites or departments during previously established work hours.



Nutritional Services staff involved in providing meals to students

Public Information Officer

Minimum FRC Staff to assist parents

All Maintenance staff

All Custodians

Transportation Supervisor and Mechanic

Campus Supervisors

Site Front Office Staff

Fiscal Department

Site Administrators

All Information Technology Department

All Educational Services Division

All Human Resources Division

All Whole Child Division Office

All Special Education Department Administration and Clerical Staff

All GLTs

All Intervention teachers


Once again, the District will continue to prepare for remote instruction for our students, as it has been mandated by Gov. Newsom. We realize there may still be a lot of unanswered questions, but we will try to address them as timely as possible. 

History is unfolding before our eyes. These times are challenging, unprecedented, and we are being asked to rise to a situation  heretofore unknown to us. Hopefully you’ll find comfort in the knowledge that we are all in this together as we try to continue to provide the best possible education and services for our students and their families. 



Jim Koenig

Interim Superintendent



"Shelter-in-Place" order by Monterey County Public Health Officer


Frequently Asked Question about Shelter-in-Place from the Monterey County Health Department