Bennett Valley Union School District

In an effort to keep everyone in the loop find important information below from BVUSD.

School Closures Expected Through May 1

Dear Bennett Valley Families and Staff,

We just received the press release below from the Sonoma County Office of Education indicating that the schools of Sonoma County and adjacent counties are now we are expecting to remain on remote instruction through May 1 to help stop the spread of Covid 19.  While I know this news is distressing, your school district is here for you!

Our staff is busily working to ensure that students are supported and have access to high quality learning opportunities.  Many thanks to Tina Barrett and Josh Wilson for their distribution of computer devices today to families who needed them.  I believe we have now distributed all of our devices we have that could be set up as loaners.

Some parents have asked what to do with the completed work.  Please keep it in a folder at home.  We will determine the best way to get it to teachers soon.

If your child is experiencing significant anxiety at this time and you would like you to have school counselor, Jeanette Wendt, in with your child, please email Ms. Wendt at your child's name, the nature of the issues you are concerned about, and your phone number and she will get back to you via email with a phone appointment when she will call you.

A Message from BVEF President Heather Gruenbaum:  Please stay tuned for information about how the Bennett Valley Education Foundation's biggest fundraiser, Valley of the Arts (VOTA) 2020 will be done this year.  BVEF is committee to raising the funds needed to keep art, music, and dance instruction in our district.  If we all work together at this challenging time, we can raise the funds we need.  "Let's Have a Heart for the Arts!"

Take care and stay healthy!

Sue Field, Ed.D., Superintendent


March 25, 2020

Sonoma County Schools Plan for Distance Learning Through May 1

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jamie Hansen, Communications Director | 707-524-2620;

Access the press release in Spanish

Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) on Wednesday recommended that  Sonoma County school districts plan to continue distance learning through at least May 1. This guidance was based on consultation with the Sonoma County Health Officer and was also made in consultation with the county superintendents in Napa, Marin, and Solano counties. These counties will also be advising schools to plan for in-person classes to be canceled through May 1.


Previously, Sonoma County school districts had announced that they would suspend in-person classes at least through the end of the Sonoma County health officer’s shelter in place order, which was set for April 7. Then Gov. Newsom called for individuals to stay at home state-wide and prohibited mass gatherings of more than 10 people indefinitely. 


Following this order, and in consultation with Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase, schools are preparing for the possibility of conducting distance learning through May 1. SCOE and school district leaders will reconvene mid-April to reassess and determine a date to resume in-person classes. 


Should the governor’s order end before April 30, school districts will be flexible and consider resuming classes earlier. 


“The goal is to get students back into the classroom as soon as it is considered safe to do so,” said Dr. Herrington. “While difficult for working parents, school closures are necessary at this time to protect the health of students, staff, and family members with compromised immune systems.”


During this time, only school and district personnel who perform essential functions such as feeding children, providing childcare or ensuring business continuity are coming to physical work locations. All school district personnel are on-call to perform school support functions as identified in the Governor’s order by their respective school district. 


Over the past two weeks, SCOE and school districts across the county have rapidly adapted to the emergency to provide remote learning, “grab-and-go" meal distribution, pop-up childcare for emergency/medical providers during the school day, and telecommuting.


Above all, SCOE continues to recommend that everyone practices prevention and hygiene protocols, including:  

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. 

  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100 degrees; respiratory illness such as cough or difficulty breathing. 

  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. 

  • Stay six feet or more away from strangers and those who are ill. 

  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve; safely throw away used tissues. 


Resources for schools and families related to COVID-19, including a map of school lunch locations, resources for parents at home with their children, and more, can be found at


For more information about the county response to COVID-19, visit

10/2/20 Update and Supportive Resources for Families and Staff

A message from BENNETT VALLEY USD Dear Bennett Valley Families and Staff,  I hope you are safe and doing well!  What a harrowing week!   Thanks to the amazing work of the fire crews, it appears that the district is mostly out of danger at this time, although several...

Friday Fliers: VOTA Info (May 3-10)

Attached are the VOTA Sponsorship Flier and the Online Auction info flier.BVEF is very thankful that all of their generous 2020 community sponsors have stayed with them through this difficult time.  Thank you sponsors!!Please check out the BVEF website...

Friday Fliers (Not even COVID-19 can stop the Friday Fliers!)

A message from BENNETT VALLEY USDAttached is flier for the Virtual VOTA (Valley of the Arts) Online Auction Fundraiser which will be held May 3-10.Below is a link to the California Census.(take a look) and a digital version of Family Life magazine.. ...

April 10, 2020

Dear BVUSD Families and Staff, I hope you are doing well and staying healthy! Congratulations on completing the first official week of Distance Learning!  A big shout out and thank you to our fabulous teaching staff for their very hard work connecting with their...

Fast Lane “Home Run” Hot Line

During this school year if your child has participated in THE FAST LANE to receive extra help in math and/or reading. Good news! That help can still continue! The Fast Lane is excited to offer the “Home Run” Hot Line beginning April 6th. Check out the attached flyer...

Dine and Donate and VOTA Online Auction Information

Fliers are attached for two upcoming BVEF (Bennett Valley Education Foundation) Events:Dine and Donate at Los Tres Chiles on Tuesday, 4/7.  Please note that the donate event applies to Takeout/Pick up and Curbside/Pick up orders only, not on delivery orders.  See...

Distance Learning to Continue throughout the 2019-20 School Year

Dear BVUSD Families and Staff,Very sadly, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID 19, Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced today that school should continue to take place via distance learning rather than on school campuses...

Online Action Format for VOTA 2020

The BVEF (Bennett Valley Education Foundation) Board has decided to move to an online action format for VOTA 2020 in light of the recent situation.  Stay tuned for more information.File attachments:VOTA 2020 Online stay tuned.pdf

Monday, March 23, 2020 Update

Dear BVUSD Families and Staff,I hope you are staying healthy and are adjusting to this unprecedented situation!   Today, students should have started to work on their learning packets (sent in paper and/or digitally on Friday, March 13).  The learning packets were...

Friday 3/20/20 Update

Dear BVUSD Families and Staff, I hope you are all safe and healthy and were able to find at least some fun and relaxation during spring break! In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, please know that your school district is here for you and your child!   The...

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