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March 9, 2020 Coronavirus Update
Posted 3/9/20

March 9, 2020

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns continue to increase around the Bay Area, we want to provide students and families with factual information from trusted sources. We understand that this is a time of high anxiety and we want to assure you that we are taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and plan for any possible cases of COVID 19 in our community. We have received updated guidance from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the California Department of Education. 

Here is what we do know at this time:

  • There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 that affect any of the students or staff in our schools.

  • The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) is the lead agency in our county with regard to this virus. Any decisions made for our schools in relation to coronavirus will be made with the close guidance of this agency.

  • The ACPHD is tasked with monitoring all suspected/confirmed cases of the virus in our community and will let us know if there is any action to take regarding our schools.

At this time, community transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in California. It is incumbent on educational institutions to prepare for possible impacts of COVID-19 and take everyday preventive actions. 

Important preventative actions:

  • Stay home when sick and remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. 

  • Use respiratory etiquette: Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve (cough into your elbow). 

  • Wash hands frequently: Staff are encouraging that students practice proper handwashing habits during the school day. 

I appreciate how our community has come together during this time of uncertainty. Please be mindful that the overwhelming amount of news about coronavirus can cause children to be fearful and confused. The National Association of School Psychologists provides helpful information about how to talk to kids about coronavirus.  I also want to encourage you to refrain from sharing misinformation or rumors that could further cause alarm in our community. Thank you for your support!