Coronavirus update




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Update, Feb. 3, 2020

As recommended by Santa Clara County Health Department (summarized from federal guidelines): 
    1.) Any staff or student who has been in the Hubei province within the last 14 days should
not attend school. They should monitor for symptoms and report any symptoms to Public Health. They should not seek medical care without calling ahead first and letting care providers know of their exposure history (mandatory quarantine).
    2.) Any staff or student who has been in China, in a province other than Hubei province, within the last 14 days should also not attend school.

Click here for the quarantine notice from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department

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 Jan. 31, 2020

Dear Parents and Staff Members,

Understandably, it is worrisome to hear the news of the novel (new) coronavirus that originated in China. This is an evolving situation and while there are many factors we cannot control, please know we are closely monitoring it and working to make our schools as safe as possible. To read an extensive outline of the coronavirus, please visit the Santa Clara County Public Health website here (Spanish).

We continue to work closely with the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and other county, state and national health organizations to monitor the latest about the coronavirus. While the Santa Clara County Public Health Department is the lead agency during a public health emergency in our county, MVWSD is strengthening its own sickness prevention actions. 

Our District is going above the recommended basic actions to help protect against the coronavirus. Here’s what we’re doing:

  * If children are sent to school sick, please note that they can be sent home as deemed appropriate by our staff and nurses. Difficulty breathing, cough and fever are symptoms of the coronavirus and should be considered. 

  * We are encouraging and reminding students and staff members about handwashing, which should be done multiple times a day. We also will be providing alcohol-based sanitizing wipes for times when handwashing is not practical.

  * Our District nurses will be talking to students and staff members on Monday about how to prevent the spread of viruses.
  
  * This weekend, our custodial staff is working to deep clean schools.

  * We are currently cleaning for flu prevention, with special attention to door handles, drinking fountains and computers. The disinfectants used are effective also against coronavirus. Additionally, after school hours, we will be using industrial-grade misters to disinfect common, high-traffic areas and classrooms regularly.

  * We are tracking student absences for trends in numbers and illnesses. Extra cleaning for affected classrooms is scheduled as needed.

We need help from you, too. In order to stop the spread of the flu, which we are currently experiencing, as well as potential new viruses, like coronavirus, please follow these guidelines:

  * Please do not send your child to school if he or she may be sick. Keeping your sick child home is important to not spread sickness.  Children must stay home if they have: A temperature of 100 degrees or above (students must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication - such as Tylenol or Motrin - for at least 24 hours before returning to school), vomiting and/or diarrhea, uncontrollable cough, wheezing or shortness of breath, suspected communicable disease or infection. 

  * If you, your child, or family recently traveled to or from China and you begin to get sick with a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and call your healthcare provider and let them know your travel history and your symptoms. 

If we all continue to work together and follow these important guidelines, we can help keep our students, staff, and community healthy. Please share this information with your family and caregivers. Thank you for your support of our students, staff, and community.

Respectfully,
Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, 
Superintendent
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