Stratford Elementary

Public Health Notice

Public Health Notice - Coronaviruses
Posted on 03/17/2020
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March 13, 2020 Update

Dear Families and Community members,

The Central Union School District continues to assess the constant changes and status of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in California. The heightened awareness of this virus has led the District to implement precautionary measures for cleanliness, such as increasing the frequency of disinfecting countertops, doorknobs, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces. Additionally, we maintain watchfulness with our students. As a staff, we will remind students about frequent handwashing or using hand sanitizing procedures. Especially when students are entering or leaving areas where there are large groups of students.

The District and Site administration has evaluated additional preventative measures to help limit exposure or community transmission of this virus. At present, the decision has been made by our school sites to cancel or postpone scheduled community events, field trips, open houses, awards assemblies, and other supplementary student activities that may place our students in a vulnerable situation. While the risk of community transmission has been low, this situation is quickly changing. Our primary concern is student safety, and we thoughtfully and carefully considered each of these decisions, as we recognize any decision will have impacts.

The District and site administration will re-evaluate the need to continue limiting activities following spring break. At that time, the District may also know of any additional guidance from the Kings County Public Health Department that may aid District decisions. We will continue to work with local agencies and monitor decisions and directions on the state and national levels.

We are thankful for your understanding and support in this challenging and uncertain situation. Please be assured that we will do all we can to keep our children safe and protected. If you have questions, please feel free to contact your school site administration.

Sincerely,

Thomas Addington, M.A.
Superintendent



February 28, 2020

Dear Central Union Families,

The coronaviruses is a part of the family of viruses that cause symptoms of colds and other respiratory conditions. This is a “novel” virus, originating in China in late 2019. Until recently, this particular strain of coronavirus circulated among animals only. Now it appears to have spread to humans, and can be spread between humans. The abbreviated term for this virus is COVID-19.

As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions (which we encourage at school, too) to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Promote basic hygiene habits
  • Ensuring that all family members are up-to-date with their flu shots.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • Any coughing or sneezing should be directed into ones sleeve, rather than into hands or the air.
  • Wash hands after using and handling used tissues, after blowing nose, before/after eating, and after toilet use.
  • Wash for 20 seconds with soap, rub between fingers and under nails; and then rinse and dry. Use alcohol (60%+) hand gel if sinks are not readily available.
  • Avoid rubbing your own eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Do not share utensils, cups etc.

As a Public School District in Kings County, we work collaboratively with the Kings County Public Health team and administration, and will follow all directives to reduce exposure in school based upon the guidance from this agency.

The Central Union School District continues to check and verify with the CDC, State Agencies, and Kings County Agencies regularly for updates in data and recommended guidelines. For now there is no recommendation that we, in our schools, do anything differently than what we have in place at CUESD.

As a District, we continue to follow the directed recommendations from our County Public Health Department and California Department of Public Health. We will continue to be responsive to any directive changes that may be forthcoming from the agencies responsible for local, state, and national public health.

As new information becomes available, we will post it on our District webpage at www.central.k12.ca.us.

Resources
Information on this virus and how to control its spread may change in the following days and weeks. This District will update the information, as it becomes available. The following resources are also available for up to date, accurate information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California Department of Public Health

Kings County Public Health

​World Health Organization

Parent Resources for discussing the Coronavirus with your children:

Child Mind Institute

National Associations of School Psychologists

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