As more and more schools close, we are waiting to hear if the SCCOE will come to the same conclusion. If so, we will keep you posted, but it may break in the news first. Our teachers are at the ready in the event of a shutdown.
It's important to note; we have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus at either site. We continue to monitor classrooms for signs of illness and maintain our cleaning protocols.
Because adults are the ones currently being diagnosed, I have decided to limit the visitors on campus beginning Monday, March 16th. I know this causes a burden on the teachers, and we have met to discuss how we will all pitch in to support recess, curb drop off and other activities that we rely so heavily upon parents for.
To be clear, effective Monday, March 16th, please drop your students at the curb and pick them up at the end of the day. Only staff will remain on campus. Please know that YOU are what makes us who we are, and this decision is based upon the need to mitigate the chance of spreading to our community.
Please note if the SCCOE notifies us that they are recommending closure, we will comply and inform you as soon as we are alerted.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this difficult situation.
The guidance from Public Health is that we should review each of the events we have planned, and make decisions regarding cancellation on a case-by-case basis. If your student is scheduled to attend a school trip in the next several weeks, your teacher and/or Field Trip Coordinator will be in contact with you directly with more information about the cancellations. And if the event is not canceled, you will be informed of the precautions that are being taken.
We understand that guidance from Public Health may continue to change in the coming days, but please be assured that we are continuing to monitor this situation closely and are remaining in daily contact with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Public Health Department.
We realize that there is a high volume of information about COVID-19 available and that information is often reported in the news media before we have been given official guidance for schools from Public Health. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work together to make the best decisions possible for students and staff and get critical information to you as soon as we are able. The Public Health Department is not recommending closing schools at this time. If a staff member or student in one of our schools is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted.
The reason that Public Health is not recommending school closures at this time is because children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. Should the Public Health Department determine a school closure is warranted, the duration is likely to be the length of time needed to conduct cleaning protocols. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities. However, we know that some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Parents and caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.
There has been some confusion about what constitutes exposure to COVID-19. For exposure to have occurred, there has to be a direct link between the person exposed and a person that has been confirmed to test positive with COVID-19. Exposure to a person that has merely been exposed does not have COVID-19 and is only quarantining/isolating out of caution is not considered to have put you at risk for COVID-19. If you have reason to believe you have been exposed directly to an individual that has tested positive with COVID-19, you should immediately call your health practitioner who will then inform the Public Health Department.
You should also call your health practitioner if you are experiencing serious health symptoms and you should always stay home from school if you are sick. The Public Health Department has continued to emphasize that the vast majority of people who became infected with COVID-19 do not become seriously ill, and fully recover.
Thank you again for your understanding as we work together to protect students, families, and staff.
County Health Department
Center for Disease Control
The County Public Health Department is not recommending closing schools at this time. If a staff member or student in a specific school confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted. The reason we are not recommending school closures at this time is because children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities.
Some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.
In the event of a school closure, your teachers have planned how to provide a curriculum to your children and they will communicate how to receive that with you directly.
Please watch the parent .io groups for more information or check back here.
You may also keep up on the situation by going to these links;
County Health Department
Center for Disease Control