Prior Updates

April 1, 2020


As we continue to navigate the many changes brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, our hope remains that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

We previously shared that the earliest students would return to school is May 4. We now have further guidance and directives from State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond and Governor Gavin Newsom to keep schools closed through the end of the current school year. With this new information and an abundance of caution, the Ceres Unified School District, in cooperation with the Stanislaus County Office of Education and other Stanislaus County school districts, is taking a safety-first approach and immediate action to extend school closures through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, June 4, 2020.

We appreciate the incredible resilience with which CUSD students, families, and staff have responded to this ever-evolving situation, and want to assure you that the 2019-2020 school year is not over. Between now and spring break, we will provide additional information to facilitate the continued transition to distance learning instruction for the remainder of the school year. Please know that CUSD teachers, administrators, and staff are here to provide support throughout this crisis, and we will continue to work collaboratively and diligently to engage with students and parents and ensure students feel connected to school.

CUSD will also continue to:

  • Provide breakfast and lunch for students 18 and under (including limited locations during spring break; please see the schedule on our FAQ page)
  • Plan for high school graduation ceremonies, even if they must be rescheduled to a later date
  • Assist with school enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Update our website with additional resources and materials to support parents 


In the coming days and weeks, we will provide information regarding graduation, grades and transcripts, scholarships, and summer school.

We recognize that distance learning is not a perfect substitute for in-person learning, and that you will have many questions about the impact on students, families, and staff.  As we continue to make decisions that prioritize the health of our CUSD community and students’ learning needs within these extraordinary circumstances, please check for updates and resources here and through ParentSquare.

Although the extension of school closures and implementation of social distancing practices has created challenges and hardships, we know this is the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic. All of us as parents, teachers, district staff, administrators, and community members are facing these challenging times together. If students need support in managing their response to this crisis, please contact our Ceres Healthy Start Family Resource Center at (209) 556-1559 for access to mental health services.

Please be safe and take care of one another.


 March 26, 2020


 Many areas in California, including Stanislaus County, are experiencing an increase in the number of cases of the COVID-19 respiratory illness. When public schools closed on March 19, there were only 2 known cases and 19 pending test results in our county. Today, there are 12 positive cases in our county. To minimize continued spread of COVID-19, the Ceres Unified School District, in collaboration with the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, the Stanislaus County Office of Education, and other Stanislaus County school districts, will extend school closures through at least May 1, 2020.

We appreciate all that our families and staff are doing not only to minimize the spread of illness within our community, but to ensure continuity of learning and vital services for students. Thank you. 

March 18, 2020

To maintain social distancing in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, all CUSD school and district offices will be closed to the public effective March 19.

Although our offices will be closed to the public, office staff will be available and responding to phone calls and e-mail weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. We will address specific needs and make arrangements to provide documents or other materials as needed.

March 15, 2020

After careful deliberation, and in consultation with Stanislaus County school district Superintendents, all schools in the Ceres Unified School District will temporarily close, effective Thursday, March 19 through the end of spring break, Friday, April 17.
We recognize that the schools and services operated by the CUSD are vital to families, and the decision to temporarily close schools was not taken lightly. CUSD is prepared to provide resources to ensure continuity of learning and nutrition for our students:

  • Breakfast and lunch pick-up will be available for K-12 students on a drive-through basis at the school they normally attend, weekdays between 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Thursday, April 9 (spring break begins Friday, April 10).  A student under 18 years of age must be present in the vehicle to receive the meals.
  • Educational materials will be provided for students at all grade levels. We intend to continue most high school classes online through Google Classroom, and have secured mobile hot spots that families of high school students without Wi-fi may check out for home use. These will be distributed in reverse grade level order, starting at 12th grade. Additional information will be forthcoming through ParentSquare. If there are enough additional hot spots to distribute to students in grades K-8, a notice will be sent to families.  

We understand the uncertainty families, staff, and our community may be feeling, and appreciate your partnership and support during this unprecedented time. Preventive measures remain the best course for protecting health and limiting the spread of COVID-19. We know there are likely to be questions, and we will continue to communicate through ParentSquare and update this webpage with new information and resources as we navigate this evolving situation.