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Parent Email on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:00PM


Good Evening, McCabe Families,


As the public health conditions continue to improve, the McCabe Governing Board and Administration are working with staff on the planning and preparation for the reopening of schools. There are many uncertainties ahead, including a downturn in public health conditions that restrict reopening.


With many sources of information, and schools progressing at different rates, it is important for McCabe families to have information specific to McCabe. Expect to receive additional updates as the McCabe district advances through several stages that will eventually lead to in-person instruction for students. 


At this time, there is no tentative date yet for the reopening of McCabe. The reopening will be phased in, prioritizing kindergarten students in the initial phase.  The reality may be that, being so far into the 2020-2021 school year, time may not be sufficient to advance to additional phases. 


COVID-19 Safety Plan


The COVID-19 Prevention Program is one of two important documents that schools are required to complete prior to the reopening of schools.  The McCabe school board recently approved this document and all McCabe employees have participated in a training session of the contents. 

The second required document, a COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist will be developed in the coming weeks. Together, these two documents will represent McCabe’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.  When the Safety Plan is finalized, it will be submitted to the local public health department and to the state for a review process.  

Thank you for your patience  as we proceed through the reopening process. Please continue to follow all of the safety guidance to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.


COVID Prevention Program.pdf 



Notice of Extension of School Facility Closures ~ April 1, 2020

Good Evening McCabe Families,


We hope this email find you and your family healthy and coping well with the Coronavirus outbreak that is impacting each of our lives.

Below please see three (3) attached documents with announcements made over the course of the past 24 hours:

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond's letter underscoring the need to consider safety in keeping school campuses closed to students, while strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.

More information will be forthcoming.  Continue to watch for parent emails or check our website for updates at  For now, please continue to follow all social distancing guidelines and make it a priority to remain at home. 

For questions, please email Becky Gibbs at or call (760) 335-5200 and leave a message.  We’ll return your email/call as soon as possible.


We thank you again for your continued support!

McCabe Administration





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March 12, 2020 


To: All McCabe Union Elementary School District Families 


Attached please find the District's latest plan for responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  As we monitor the updates related to COVID-19, this document will be revised based on the latest advisories from the Imperial County Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization.  Yesterday, the World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 as a worldwide pandemic. This is a serious designation that has not taken place for over a decade. 


The guidance for our plan describes a tiered or staged response with three distinct levels:


We currently have been in the first stage focusing on identifying sick students, staff members and community members who come on our campuses and ensuring our students and staff practice good hygiene, etc.


The second stage will be in effect as of today, March 12, 2020 as recent updates confirm two or more active cases in Imperial Valley.  This development is the primary factor for the implementation of increasing safety measures with a focus on "social distancing" that limit contact between people.  


The third stage focuses on what to do if we have to close school at the direction of one of the mentioned agencies. If  the guidance agencies require school closures in the future, we will have an obligation to continue to provide an education to our students. While there will be many questions surrounding this, we do know that we would not have to make up lost days if directed to close. Our district will have a plan in place to provide access to the curriculum for all our students.


Please review the following directives in effect now, in regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Due to the recommended actions we need to implement, based on the school guidance, all non-essential student and staff gatherings, as well as non-essential travel by students and staff to public places where crowds may gather (fieldtrips, conferences) are cancelled until further notice. 


  • Beginning this week, we will not hold assemblies where parents and extended families and friends are invited. As we are looking for signs of illness of all those who enter our campuses, to do so on a large scale would not be manageable. We encourage our staff to seek alternatives to family-based awards assemblies, perhaps in an electronic format.


  • Our PERFECT ATTENDANCE recognition program is hereby suspended. Any student who had perfect attendance up through March 6th will be recognized.  As we are encouraging students to stay home from school if ill, we do not want students attending school while sick just to be eligible for the perfect attendance recognition. 


  • We are discouraging hand shaking, high fives, etc. This is not just due to coronavirus, but the other illnesses that seem to be at an all-time high.
  • Cleaning supplies are limited, but our district has plenty of cleaning supplies for the near future, with more on the way. Also, make sure to report any cleanliness issues to an administrator so that he/she can discuss them with the proper staff members. Our maintenance department is prioritizing duties and working hard to provide clean surfaces in all classrooms on a daily basis. 

We appreciate your cooperation in our effort to keep students and staff healthy and safe.  Making these decisions is difficult and we ask that you recognize that we are making them with health and safety as a priority.


Laura Dubbe


701 W. McCabe Rd.

El Centro, CA 92243

 (760) 335-5200