COVID-19 Update, 3/5/2020
March 5, 2020
The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our highest priority. We continue to closely monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation and will provide updates as necessary.
We understand that many parents and families are concerned about the potential spread of the virus in our schools and have asked at what point we would consider closing our sites. Our obligation under state law is to continue daily operations as long as our sites remains safe for students and staff. State and federal laws empower the local public health officer with broad authority to take all actions needed to control the spread of an infectious disease, including orders to close schools. In our county, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has this authority and is the lead agency in managing the county’s response to this threat. We have been assured by public health officials that school closures are unwarranted at this time and could create unintended consequences that would hurt their efforts to protect our community.
We will remain in close contact with public health officials throughout the duration of this threat and will comply with their restrictions. At this time, our focus continues to be on prevention and preparation. Our staff is cleaning and disinfecting classrooms regularly. Additionally, our nurses and health staff have been trained to monitor symptoms and are provide support to families.
You can support us by following these standard precautionary measures:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not available;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home when sick and call your school to report fever and respiratory symptoms;
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
- Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional;
- And continue to receive an annual flu shot
We also want to share that on March 4, local health officials updated their guidelines for when a student should remain home. If your child has respiratory symptoms and fever of >100 F / >37.8 C (lowered from 100.4 F), they should remain home from school and other activities until they have no fever for 24 hours, without fever medication. In addition, if your child has severe productive coughs (i.e., spewing respiratory droplets) that are not typical for them, they should stay home.
The Del Mar Union School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. If you have questions about these topics, please contact me. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Director of Student Services
Del Mar Union School District