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Dear Parent/Guardian,

After consultation with the Kern County Department of Public Health, and the other 46 Kern County School Districts and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools,  Semitropic will follow the recommendation of Governor Gavin Newsom, and complete the 2019-20 school year utilizing alternative teaching methodologies, including online distance learning.  This is part of a concerted effort to limit the community spread of COVID-19 and address the important continued safety of our students.

We understand how challenging this decision is for our families and we appreciate your support, dedication and patience. We are very grateful for all that our students, parents and staff are doing to support safety, continuity of education and addressing the nutritional needs of our students during school closures.

Over the past several weeks, we have rapidly adapted to this pandemic to provide online distance learning, “grab-and-go" meal distribution, and telecommuting for our employees and will continue to do so despite the physical closure of our schools.  

In the coming days and weeks, districts will receive clarity regarding how grades, transcripts, summer school, continued distance learning instruction, and a myriad of other issues will be addressed.  We will communicate that information to you as soon as it becomes available.

Extended School Closure Timeline 

Semitropic  will remain physically closed through the current 2019-20 school year, in response to the COVID-19 emergency.   Teachers, students and staff will continue to work remotely to provide distance learning and other critical services.

Meal Service Distribution 

Semitropic will continue to provide “Grab and Go” daily lunches and breakfast for the following days to children 18 years and younger at the following times and locations:

Wasco High School Cafeteria 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
James Forrest Elementary School 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Teresa Burke Elementary School 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Semitropic Elementary School 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wasco locations will continue to serve meals through Spring Break (Monday, April 6th - Thursday, April 9th).


During school closures, it is important that staff, students and families follow the Governor’s orders to stay home and minimize social contact to the extent possible.

Furthermore, Kern County Public Health recommends the following everyday personal prevention actions:  

  • If you are sick or mildly sick for any reason, stay home! Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or if 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 6 feet or more away from strangers and those who are ill. 
  • Do not shake hands with others. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve; safely throw away tissues in a safe manner.  

This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. We are grateful to you and our entire school community for your tremendous care, collaboration, and understanding during these challenging times.


Bethany Ferguson

Semitropic History

Semitropic Elementary School District was established as a one room school house on April 1, 1895. Mrs. C. J., Clayton was the first teacher. The first class of students numbered only seven. Since its establishment in 1895, the mission has been to provide each child with the tools, techniques, attitudes, and values required for a student to become successful and contributing members of society.

The Semitropic School District is comprised of one school - Semitropic Elementary School Semitropic Elementary School is a traditional site based school that serves students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Semitropic School District's predominant ethnic group is Hispanic (92%). Caucasian students make up 5% of the student population. African American students comprise 2%, while Asian students are 1% of the student population . Many of our students come to school from a variety of cultures and speak languages other than English. Semitropic Elementary School has one full-time administrator and 10 teachers, 100% of which are fully credentialed.

Semitropic School District has the goal of having 70% of all students performing on or above grade level as measured by district multiple assessment measures by 2015. The school provides staff with the necessary support to enable students to meet district grade level standards. Development of supplementary instructional opportunities is ongoing. Students have many opportunities to participation in extracurricular activities. Application of technology in the district-wide curricula is ongoing. Semitropic School District supports the development of a positive supportive school culture that fosters positive community and parent relations.

Vaccination Information
  • Semitropic School District has no reported cases of measles
  • Parents/guardians can feel confident sending their children to Semitropic School.
  • Semitropic School District School Nurses are in the process of providing outreach, vaccine referrals and support to students without immunizations
  • Persons born before 1957 may have protection from past infection with measles.  Those between 30 – 56 years of age represent over 60 % of the current measles cases.  The Kern County Public Health Services Department recommends that adults who have not had measles disease have a total of two measles containing vaccine.
  • For more information about the measles, please visit or
  • Additionally, you may contact the Kern County Public Health Services Department (661) 321-3000 for further information.