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UPDATE June 12, 2020: Fall Term Classes

June 12, 2020


Dear Acalanes Adult Education Students and Staff,


Spring, 2020 brought about uncertain and unprecedented times.  The health and safety of our students and staff are paramount.  I am so proud of our staff, who jumped into action in March, and revamped their instructional practices.  The students of Acalanes Adult Education (AAE) continued to support our programs and we came together, as a community, through Distance Learning.


We are eager to present our Fall class offerings, yet know there are still many questions as we move forward.  Our staff have explored multiple options for class offerings, knowing that the traditional face-to-face instruction, for now, will no longer be available.  As we prepare for our Fall courses, know that we will continue to follow the guidance from state and local health officials, and follow the guidelines established by our District.


During our school closure, many students reached out to me, letting me know how much they appreciated their courses in an online format.  That said, for the Fall, some courses will be offered in a face-to-face, on-site fashion, but class sizes will be limited to not more than 15 students to allow for proper social distancing.  Some classes may be offered in a hybrid face-to-face and online format, while others may be offered as strictly online/distance learning formats.


Enhanced Health and Safety Measures:

  • Physical distancing and capacity measures:  AAE will implement physical distancing guidelines based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.  For example, to allow for proper physical distancing, classroom capacity may be not more than 15 students per classroom.
  • Cleanliness and sanitization:  We are planning increased cleaning and disinfection, determining where that should take place (for example, in high-traffic areas), and the cleaning products and processes we will use.  We are working closely with our District Custodial Department on these specific measures.
  • Screening and prevention support: We will follow guidance from the government and the medical community regarding enhanced screening procedures and prevention measures, including those related to personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face coverings.  Some measures, like adding hand sanitizers, have already been implemented.

Please note we will be adjusting our refund policy to properly address the current situation, so please refer to our Fall brochure, when it becomes available, for our current refund policy.


Thank you for your ongoing support of AAE.


In Good Health,

Steven France, Director Del Valle Education Center




March 25, 2020


Dear Acalanes Adult Education Students and Staff,


I hope this update finds you and your families remaining healthy during this COVID-19 shelter-in-place.


There has been a joint press release statement issued earlier today, Wednesday, March 25, stating, "Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools, have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.  The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties."


Given this new directive, the Acalanes Union High School District and Acalanes Adult Education will remain closed through May 1, 2020.


The entire staff at the Del Valle Education Center thank you for your patience and understanding as we all, together, navigate this unprecedented event.


Thank you,

Steven France, Director Del Valle Education Center




March 12, 2020


Dear Acalanes Adult Education Students and Staff,


The entire staff at Acalanes Adult Education are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students and staff.  I understand the increase in questions and concerns regarding our programs in conjunction with the continual developments as they relate to Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health.


The Centers for Disease Control and Contra Costa Health Services recommend older adults and those with severe chronic medical conditions take special precautions as they are at a higher risk.  Additionally, guidance recommends adults over 50 and those with underlying medical conditions that put them at risk should avoid attending large events.


Our students and staff health is paramount.  Currently, there are no confirmed cases directly affecting Acalanes Adult Education.


Acalanes Adult Education will postpone the start of our Spring Session to Monday, April 6, 2020.  Classes will not be in session March 16 – 27, and we are on Spring Break March 30 – April 3, 2020.


For our fee-based classes, we will provide a pro-rated refund once we commence the start of our Spring Term in April.


You may find updates, as they become available, by visiting


Thank you,


Steven France, Director