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3/10/20 Update from Superintendent Stephanie Anello Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Good morning,

We continue to be in close contact with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding the spread of COVID-19. Although the complete clinical picture regarding COVID-19 is not fully understood at this time, new guidance (see attached) released by the CDHP outlines four scenarios for responding to the virus. As of yesterday, we are currently experiencing Scenario II meaning that there are two or more confirmed community transmission cases of COVID-19 in the County, but no confirmed individuals within our schools that have tested positive. While this situation is fluid and constantly changing, at this time the CDHP recommends the following:

  • Teachers and staff with any fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms should not come to work. Teachers and staff should self-screen (i.e. check themselves for subjective fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough) for respiratory infection symptoms each morning before interacting with students.
  • Limit visitors to the  school by not allowing those with symptoms of fever and/or respiratory infection or who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notice. Currently these include: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

Should the CDPH confirm a case of COVID-19 within the District, they will notify my office and we will work together to decide what steps to implement to ensure the safety of staff and students. In the interim, we will continue to disinfect all hard surfaces, light switches, doorknobs, etc. each evening. Schools are also encouraged to consider limiting events where large groups congregate and to ensure that field trip venues are safe and disinfected prior to students and staff attending. I will continue to update you should new information become available. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to navigate this evolving situation.

Sincerely,

Stephanie