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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department continues to work closely with healthcare providers, hospitals, and its partners to address novel coronavirus. The department is taking action to protect the public and keep the community informed.

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Updates from the Sunnyvale School District

 

March 25, 2020

 

Dear SSD Families,

 

We have officially launched our second phase of flexible learning today. Please know that our teachers and staff are working hard to ensure that you are receiving direct communication, activities, and resources regarding your child(rens) education. We appreciate your understanding that the learning will appear different than the usual school year. Be assured that we will continue to make the most of this fluid situation; however, we are working within the limitations of distance learning, while balancing district operations and the needs of our staff during this crisis.

 

The purpose of this message is to update you on the status of school closures. Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community continue to be our highest priorities.

 

Spring Break will continue as previously scheduled during the week of April 13, 2020.

 

The following Bay Area county agencies have been working together over the last several weeks to align strategies and practices during this unprecedented time for public education: • Alameda County Office of Education

• Contra Costa County Office of Education

• Marin County Office of Education

• San Francisco Unified School District

• San Mateo County Office of Education

• Santa Clara County Office of Education

 

Education will continue through flexible learning, and meals will continue to be provided. During this time, residents are expected to adhere to the “Shelter in Place” Orders issued by the Public Health Officers on March 16 and stay home except for essential activities until further notification from their local health department.

 

In addition, all residents are urged to keep practicing the guidance provided by Public Health Officers including:

• Social distancing

• Washing hands often with soap and water

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

• Staying home if you are feeling sick

• Contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

• Engage in regular exercise or physical activity

 

We continue to be here to support you during this time. If you have any questions or if you need a device or internet at home please email covid19concerns@sesd.org or call 408-522-8200 ext. 1107.

 

We thank you and wish you well.

 

Estimadas familias de SSD:

 

Hoy hemos lanzado oficialmente nuestra segunda fase de aprendizaje flexible. Tenga en cuenta que nuestros maestros y el personal están trabajando arduamente para garantizar que reciba comunicación directa, actividades y recursos con respecto a la educación de su hijo (rens). Apreciamos su comprensión de que el aprendizaje será diferente al año escolar habitual. Tenga la seguridad de que continuaremos aprovechando al máximo esta situación fluida; sin embargo, estamos trabajando dentro de las limitaciones del aprendizaje a distancia, mientras equilibramos las operaciones del distrito y las necesidades de nuestro personal durante esta crisis.

 

El propósito de este mensaje es informarle sobre el estado del cierre de las escuelas. Siete oficiales de salud del condado del Área de la Bahía, en colaboración con sus seis superintendentes de escuelas del condado, han tomado una decisión regional unificada para extender el cierre de escuelas y el permiso a estudiantes de la asistencia escolar regular hasta el 1 de mayo de 2020 para reducir al máximo la propagación de COVID-19 En la medida posible. La seguridad y el bienestar de los estudiantes, el personal escolar y la comunidad continúan siendo nuestras principales prioridades.

 

Las vacaciones de primavera continuarán según lo programado previamente durante la semana del 13 de abril de 2020.

 

Las siguientes agencias del condado del Área de la Bahía han estado trabajando juntas durante las últimas semanas para alinear estrategias y prácticas durante este tiempo sin precedentes para la educación pública:

• Oficina de Educación del Condado de Alameda

• Oficina de Educación del Condado de Contra Costa

• Oficina de Educación del Condado de Marin

• Distrito escolar unificado de San Francisco

• Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Mateo

• Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara

 

La educación continuará a través de un aprendizaje flexible y se seguirán brindando comidas. Durante este tiempo, se espera que los residentes se adhieran a las Órdenes de "Refugio en el lugar" emitidas por los Oficiales de Salud Pública el 16 de marzo y se queden en casa, excepto por actividades esenciales, hasta que reciban una notificación adicional de su departamento de salud local.

 

Además, se insta a todos los residentes a seguir practicando la orientación proporcionada por los funcionarios de salud pública, que incluyen:

• Distanciamiento social

• Lavarse las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón.

• Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca

• Quedarse en casa si se siente enfermo

 Comuníquese con su proveedor de atención médica si experimenta algún síntoma como fiebre, tos o dificultad para respirar.

• Participar en ejercicio regular o actividad física

 

Continuamos aquí para apoyarlo durante este tiempo. Si tiene alguna pregunta o si necesita un dispositivo o Internet en casa, envíe un correo electrónico a covid19concerns@sesd.org o llame al 408-522-8200 ext. 1107. Le agradecemos y le deseamos lo mejor. 

 

March 23, 2020

 

Dear SSD Families, 

 

We hope that you and your family are staying healthy and practicing the “shelter in place” guidelines from Santa Clara County Public Health Department officials. 

 

While there is much uncertainty during these dynamic and uncharted times, please know that the Sunnyvale School District is working hard to provide you with credible resources and updates on our website at www.sesd.org. Also on our website is information on access to free breakfast and lunch for students, optional learning resources for home, and answers to frequently asked questions as provided by the county. 

 

As you are likely aware we launched our flexible learning resource last week. We are pleased to see that many of you have been utilizing this resource. This temporary resource allowed our teachers time to plan and gather the necessary materials to provide learning more specific to your child’s grade level needs. As such, you should be hearing directly from your child’s teacher via email or other communication tools already used by your school site by Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Once you hear from your teacher directly, there is no need to utilize the flexible learning document sent out last week.

 

While you will begin to receive more personalized communication, activities, and resources from your classroom teacher(s), learning will appear different than the usual school year. Your child’s classroom teacher(s) will be carefully prioritizing lessons for all students based on what has been taught thus far and the most critical areas for success in the subsequent grade level. For this reason, we strongly encourage all families to have their child(ren) participate in the assigned  lessons and classroom activities. Instruction will be for the purpose of moving students’ learning forward and although feedback will be provided, the assignments will not be graded. Also, regularly scheduled assessments, including State Testing (CAASPP), and ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessment for California) will not be administered during this time.

 

We have been and will continue to distribute materials from school including Chromebooks or iPads. To help us prepare for your flexible learning needs please email us if you need a device or internet access at covid19concerns@sesd.org or call 408-522-8200, Ext. 1107. 

 

We recognize that there is no replacement for in-classroom instruction and we appreciate your understanding and partnership in making sure our students have some continuity in their learning. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new means of learning and are excited by the opportunity to grow together. We thank you and we wish you well. 

 

Respectfully, 

 

Benjamin H. Picard, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

23 de marzo de 2020

 

Estimadas familias de SSD:

 

Esperamos que usted y su familia se mantengan saludables y practiquen las pautas de "refugio en el lugar" de los funcionarios del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara.

 

Si bien hay mucha incertidumbre durante estos tiempos dinámicos e inexplorados, sepa que el Distrito Escolar de Sunnyvale está trabajando arduamente para proporcionarle recursos y actualizaciones creíbles en nuestro sitio web en www.sesd.org. También en nuestro sitio web hay información sobre el acceso a desayuno y almuerzo gratis para los estudiantes, recursos de aprendizaje opcionales para el hogar y respuestas a las preguntas frecuentes según dispone el condado.

 

Como probablemente sepa, lanzamos nuestro recurso de aprendizaje flexible la semana pasada. Estamos ansiosos por ver que muchos de ustedes han estado utilizando este recurso. Este recurso temporal permitió a nuestros maestros tiempo para planificar y reunir los materiales necesarios para proporcionar un aprendizaje más específico a las necesidades de nivel de grado de su hijo. Como tal, debe contactar directamente al maestro de su hijo por correo electrónico u otras herramientas de comunicación que ya haya utilizado su escuela antes del miércoles 25 de marzo del 2020. Una vez que contacte a su maestro directamente, no hay necesidad de utilizar el documento de aprendizaje flexible enviado la semana pasada.

 

Aunque van a  recibir comunicación, actividades y recursos más personalizados de los maestros de su clase, el aprendizaje será diferente al del año escolar. El maestro(a) de la clase de su hijo (a) priorizará cuidadosamente las lecciones para todos los estudiantes basado en lo que se les ha enseñado hasta ahora y las áreas más críticas para el éxito en el siguiente grado. Por esta razón, recomendamos a todas las familias que hagan que sus hijos participen en las lecciones asignadas y las actividades del aula. La instrucción tendrá el propósito de hacer avanzar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes y, aunque se proporcionarán comentarios, las tareas no serán calificadas. Además, las evaluaciones programadas regularmente, incluidas las Pruebas estatales (CAASPP) y ELPAC (Evaluación de dominio del idioma inglés para California) no se administrarán durante este tiempo.

 

Hemos distribuido y seguiremos distribuyendo materiales de la escuela, incluyendo Chromebooks o iPads. Para ayudarnos a prepararnos para sus necesidades de aprendizaje virtual, envíenos un correo electrónico si necesita un dispositivo o acceso a Internet a covid19concerns@sesd.org o llame al 408-522-8200, ext. 1107.

 

Reconocemos que no hay reemplazo para la instrucción en el aula y apreciamos su comprensión y colaboración para asegurarnos de que nuestros estudiantes tengan continuidad en su aprendizaje.

 

Agradecemos su paciencia mientras navegamos por este nuevo medio de aprendizaje y nos entusiasma la oportunidad de crecer juntos. Le agradecemos y le deseamos lo mejor.

 

Respetuosamente,

 

Benjamin H. Picard, Ed.D.

Superintendente de Escuelas

 

 

Update March 17, 2020

Santa Clara County has made the decision to close all schools from March 16 through April 10 or longer, as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID19.
 
We recognize that this is an unprecedented time and recognize that this may impact your family. We continue to be committed to your child’s education and growth during this trying time.
 
The leadership team in Sunnyvale has prioritized developing plans in the following two areas to support your child/ren and family.
 
Child Nutrition
• Starting on Monday, March 16, five sites will be open for a free combined breakfast and lunch pick up (not for onsite eating).
• Please help us to encourage families to come by Bishop, Lakewood, San Miguel, Vargas, or Columbia Middle School.
• Hours are Monday-Friday from 11-1 p.m.
• Children DO NOT have to  be present to receive a breakfast and lunch bundle.
 
Flexible learning / distance learning.
• In order to support families in this unique learning experience, please fill out the daily distance learning assignment survey with a short description of the optional work completed at home.  
• If you need devices and Internet access please email covid19concerns@sesd.org or call 408-522-8200 ext. 1107.
 
As we continue to develop plans and next steps, we remain committed to timely and transparent communication and supporting your child in their continued academic and social-emotional growth.
 

Actualización 17 de marzo de 2020 

 
El condado de Santa Clara tomó la decisión de cerrar todas las escuelas del 13 de marzo al 10 de abril como medida preventiva para detener la propagación de COVID19. La decisión se tomó temprano esta mañana. Reconocemos que este es un momento sin precedentes y reconocemos que esto puede afectar a su familia. Seguimos comprometidos con la educación y el crecimiento de su estudiante durante este momento difícil.
 
El equipo de liderazgo del Distrito de Sunnyvale ha priorizado desarrollar planes concretos en las siguientes dos áreas para apoyar a su estudiante y su familia.
 
Nutrición Infantil
• SSD está trabajando en la apertura de 5 sitios escolares para proveer desayuno y almuerzo gratis a nuestras familias. El servicio de desayuno y almuerzo comenzara lunes 16 de marzo. Este servicio será continuo de lunes a viernes de las 11 am a 1 pm.
• Las cinco escuelas que estarán abiertas ofreciendo el servicio de alimentos son Bishop, Lakewood, San Miguel, Vargas, y Columbia Middle School.
• Horario: lunes a viernes 11-1pm
• Los niños no tienen que estar presentes para recibir un paquete de desayuno y almuerzo
 
Aprendizaje Flexible / Aprendizaje a Distancia
• Para apoyar a las familias en esta experiencia de aprendizaje única, complete la encuesta de asignación diaria de aprendizaje a distancia con una breve descripción del trabajo opcional realizado en el hogar.
• Si necesita una computadora/ipad o acceso a Internet, mandenos un correo electrónico a covid19concerns@sesd.org o llámenos al 408-522-8200 ext. 1107.
 
A medida que continuamos desarrollando planes y los próximos pasos a seguir, continuaremos enviando comunicación oportuna y transparente con el propósito de continuar apoyando el crecimiento académico y socioemocional de su estudiante.

                                                                                                                                                     

Update March 16, 2020

 

Dear SSD Families,

 

As you may be aware, Sunnyvale schools are now closed through April 10 or possibly longer as determined by the county. We wanted to provide an update with you regarding our flexible learning plan which will be deployed on March 18, 2020. We are providing you with resources to ensure student learning continues, because we are committed to your child’s education and growth.

 

As we launch our flexible learning program, we want to identify students and families who have technology needs (including devices and internet access). Once we have identified families who need devices and internet access, we are prepared to lend them for the extended flexible learning period. 

 

If you need a device or internet access, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing us at covid19concerns@sesd.org or by calling 408-522-8200 ext. 1107.   We will contact you to let you know when you can pick up your device. 

 

Thank you for your partnership and trust as we work together through these unprecedented times. Stay healthy and safe. 



Sincerely, 

Benjamin H. Picard, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

Estimadas familias de SSD:

 

Como Ud. ya sabe, las escuelas de Sunnyvale están cerradas hasta el 10 de abril o más según lo determine el condado. Queremos darles mas informacion con respecto a nuestro plan de aprendizaje flexible que se implementará el 18 de marzo de 2020. Este programa incluirá recursos educacionales para garantizar que el  aprendizaje de su estudiante continúe. Nosotros seguimos comprometidos a la educación y el crecimiento de su hijo.

 

Antes de poder lanzar nuestro programa de aprendizaje flexible, primero debemos identificar las necesidades tecnológicas de los estudiantes y las familias, que incluyen computadoras/ipads y acceso a Internet. Una vez que hayamos identificado a las familias que necesitan computadoras/ipads y acceso a Internet, estaremos preparados para prestarlos durante el período de aprendizaje flexible.

 

Si necesita una computadora/ipad o acceso a Internet, mándenos un correo electrónico a covid19concerns@sesd.org o llamenos al 408-522-8200 ext. 1107. Nos pondremos en contacto con usted para informarle cuándo puede recoger una computadora o ipad.

 

Gracias por su colaboración y confianza mientras trabajamos juntos en estos tiempos sin precedentes. Les deseamos salud y tranquilidad durante estos tiempos difíciles.

 

Atentament, 

Benjamin H. Picard, Ed.D.

Superintendente

                                                                                                                                  

Update March 13, 2020

COVID-19 School Closure/Cierre de la Escuela March 16-April 10

Santa Clara County has made the decision to close all schools from March 16 through April 10, as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID19. The decision was made March 13.
 
We recognize that this is an unprecedented time and recognize that this may impact your family. We continue to be committed to your child’s education and growth during this trying time.
 
The leadership team in Sunnyvale has prioritized developing plans in the following two areas to support your child/ren and family.
 
Child Nutrition
• Starting on Monday, March 16, five sites will be open for a combined breakfast and lunch pick up (not for onsite eating).
• Please help us to encourage families to come by Bishop, Lakewood, San Miguel, Vargas, or Columbia Middle School.
• Hours are Monday-Friday from 11-1 p.m.
• All children under the age of 18, regardless of income, must be present to receive a breakfast and lunch bundle.
 
Flexible learning / distance learning.
• We will be contacting you by March 18 with a flexible learning plan for your child.
• Our plan will include identifying student and family technology needs and supporting families who may need devices and Internet access.
 
As we continue to develop plans and next steps, we remain committed to timely and transparent communication and supporting your child in their continued academic and social-emotional growth.
 
If you have any questions please email them to covid19concerns@sesd.org or call 408-522-8200 ext. 1107.
 
 
El condado de Santa Clara tomó la decisión de cerrar todas las escuelas del 13 de marzo al 10 de abril como medida preventiva para detener la propagación de COVID19. La decisión se tomó temprano esta mañana. Reconocemos que este es un momento sin precedentes y reconocemos que esto puede afectar a su familia. Seguimos comprometidos con la educación y el crecimiento de su estudiante durante este momento difícil.
 
El equipo de liderazgo del Distrito de Sunnyvale ha priorizado desarrollar planes concretos en las siguientes dos áreas para apoyar a su estudiante y su familia.
 
Nutrición Infantil
• SSD está trabajando en la apertura de 5 sitios escolares para proveer desayuno y almuerzo a nuestras familias. El servicio de desayuno y almuerzo comenzara lunes 16 de marzo. Este servicio será continuo de lunes a viernes de las 11 am a 1 pm.
• Las cinco escuelas que estarán abiertas ofreciendo el servicio de alimentos son Bishop, Lakewood, San Miguel, Vargas, y Columbia Middle School.
• Horario: lunes a viernes 11-1pm
• Los niños menores de 18 años deben estar presentes para recibir un paquete de desayuno y almuerzo
 
Aprendizaje Flexible / Aprendizaje a Distancia
• Nos pondremos en contacto con usted a mediados de la semana que viene con plan flexible de aprendizaje.
• Nuestro Distrito de Sunnyvale comunicará un Plan de Aprendizaje Flexible a todas nuestras familias el 18 de marzo.
• Nuestro plan incluirá la identificación de las necesidades tecnológicas de su estudiante y el apoyo a las familias que puedan necesitar computadoras y puntos de acceso wifi.
 
A medida que continuamos desarrollando planes y los próximos pasos a seguir, continuaremos enviando comunicación oportuna y transparente con el propósito de continuar apoyando el crecimiento académico y socioemocional de su estudiante.
 
Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíenos un correo electrónico a covid19concerns@sesd.org o llame al 408-522-8200 ext. 1107.
 
                                                                                                                            

Update March 11, 2020

 

Dear SSD Community,


We are writing to provide you with an update as there has been new guidance issued from the County Department of Public Health and Santa Clara County Office of Education (SSCOE) since our last update on Saturday, March 7. The following guidance is for March 11-April 10 and will be re-evaluated and updated as additional information becomes available.


I. SCHOOL CLOSURES


Why aren’t schools being closed since COVID-19 appears to be spreading?


Santa Clara County Public Health Department is working closely with SCCOE to provide guidance to districts and schools. Broadly closing schools is a decision that is not taken lightly and is a last resort as it causes significant community disruption. The most important reason we are not recommending school closures is because children are at low risk for COVID-19.


Another very important reason we’re not closing schools right now is because of how much it disrupts society. Not every family or parent has the time off or the financial security to stay home from work with their child. Many families also rely on schools and staff for basic needs for their children, including regular meals, health care and child care. If schools shut down, vulnerable families will experience the greatest burden and suffer negative impacts.


Potential workforce shortages due to closed schools may blunt our health care system’s response to COVID-19. Additionally, there may be an increase in exposure for the most vulnerable people in our community – older individuals as they may be caring for children at home.


We recognize that 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 from school.


Currently, if a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will work with individual schools, school districts and the County Office of Education, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted.


No school closures will occur without the authorization of Public Health in consultation with the district and the County Superintendent of Schools. Closure events may be of short duration to allow deep cleaning to occur, or of longer duration, depending on the circumstances of the situation, and will be decided on a case by case basis.


II. EVENT CANCELLATIONS


The most recent guidance from Public Health is that there are 4 considerations in evaluating events; 1) the size of the gathering, 2) the mix of individuals from various areas and age brackets, 3) the ability of individuals at events to remain at arms-length distance from each other, and 4) the duration of the event.


1) Any events for which the four considerations listed above cannot be assured should be cancelled or postponed.
2) All non-essential, non-instructional events should be cancelled or postponed if they are in spaces that do not permit participants to remain at arms-length distance from one another. Individuals in high-risk categories should not attend. Individuals who are not feeling well should not attend.

 

III. TRAVEL
At the present time, Public Health recommends that non-essential travel of both students and staff be suspended due to the potential to increase the risk of transmission of novel coronavirus into other communities.


All district sponsored events involving travel outside of the county, athletic league area, or outside a 30-mile radius should be cancelled or postponed


District sponsored out of state travel (DC, festivals, competitions, international travel) should be cancelled pending further updates.

 

IV. SCCOE OUTDOOR SCHOOL SCCOE


The Outdoor School Program at Walden West will remain open. SCCOE will employ enhanced cleaning and safety protocols. Students and staff will maintain arms-length proximity during meals, sleeping, and other activities. Individuals who are not well should not attend and all attendees should adhere to public health guidelines for those with existing medical conditions.

 

V. ATTENDANCE


School districts recognize that the added burden of oversight and threats of truancy due to absences are counterproductive at this time. Therefore, efforts to address chronic absenteeism and implementing rules around truancy will be suspended.


That being said, the Santa Clara County Health Department and the Santa Clara County Office of Education continue the guidance that school sites remain open and that students who are well continue to attend school. As such, we will continue to code any student who chooses to not attend school based on the concern of contracting the COVID-19 virus as “Unexcused.” We will not be taking any truancy action or disenrolling students accruing “Unexcused Absences.”


However, please be informed that we do not have the capacity to provide instructional support for well students who stay at home. If a student has extenuating health circumstances, please contact your site administrator to identify appropriate next steps.


We thank you again for your understanding as we work together to protect students, families and staff. We will continue to work with school site administrators to update and refine our guidelines as needed.


Respectfully,
Benjamin H. Picard, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

11 de marzo de 2020

 

Estimada comunidad SSD:

Le escribimos para proporcionarle una actualización ya que ha habido una nueva guía emitida, desde nuestra última actualización el sábado 7 de marzo, entregada por el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara (SSCOE por sus siglas en inglés). La siguiente guía es para el 11 de marzo hasta el 10 de abril y será reevaluada y actualizada a medida que haya información adicional disponible.

  1. CIERRE ESCOLAR

¿Por qué no se cierran las escuelas ya que COVID-19 parece estar extendiéndose?

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara está trabajando en estrecha colaboración con SCCOE para proporcionar orientación a los distritos y las escuelas. El cierre general de las escuelas es una decisión que no se toma a la ligera y es un último recurso, ya que causa una interrupción significativa en la comunidad. La razón más importante por la que no recomendamos el cierre de escuelas es porque los niños tienen un riesgo bajo de COVID-19.

Otra razón muy importante por la que no estamos cerrando escuelas en este momento es por lo mucho que perturba a la sociedad. No todas las familias o padres tienen el tiempo libre o la seguridad financiera para quedarse en casa con sus hijos y no trabajar. Muchas familias también dependen de las escuelas y el personal para las necesidades básicas de sus hijos, incluidas las comidas regulares, la atención médica y el cuidado infantil. Si las escuelas cierran, las familias vulnerables experimentarán la mayor carga y sufrirán impactos negativos.

La potencial escasez de mano de obra debido al cierre de escuelas podría mitigar la respuesta de nuestro sistema de atención médica al COVID-19. Además, podría haber un aumento en la exposición de las personas más vulnerables de nuestra comunidad, personas mayores, ya que podrían tener que estar cuidando a los niños en el hogar.

Reconocemos que algunos niños tienen afecciones de salud subyacentes, como un sistema inmune debilitado, que los pone en mayor riesgo. Los cuidadores de niños con afecciones de salud subyacentes deben consultar con los proveedores de atención médica sobre si sus hijos deben quedarse en casa y no ir a la escuela.

Actualmente, si se confirma que un miembro del personal o estudiante en una escuela específica tiene COVID-19, el Departamento de Salud Pública trabajará con las escuelas individuales, los distritos escolares y la Oficina de Educación del Condado, en función de los hechos y circunstancias específicos de cada caso, para decidir si el cierre de esa escuela está justificado.

No se cerrarán las escuelas sin la autorización de Salud Pública en consulta con el distrito y el Superintendente de Escuelas del Condado. Los eventos de cierre pueden ser de corta duración para permitir la limpieza profunda, o de mayor duración, dependiendo de las circunstancias de la situación, y se decidirán caso por caso.

 

II CANCELACIÓN DE EVENTOS

La guía más reciente de Salud Pública es que hay 4 consideraciones en la evaluación de eventos; 1) el tamaño de la reunión, 2) la combinación de individuos de diversas áreas y grupos de edad, 3) la capacidad de los individuos en los eventos para permanecer a una cierta distancia uno del otro, y 4) la duración del evento.

1) Cualquier evento para el que no se puedan asegurar las cuatro consideraciones mencionadas anteriormente debe cancelarse o posponerse.

2) Todos los eventos no esenciales y no instructivos deben cancelarse o posponerse si se encuentran en espacios que no permiten a los participantes permanecer a una cierta distancia el uno del otro. Las personas en categorías de alto riesgo no deben asistir. Las personas que no se sienten bien no deben asistir.

 

III. VIAJE

En la actualidad, Salud Pública recomienda que se suspendan los viajes no esenciales de los estudiantes y el personal debido a la posibilidad de aumentar el riesgo de transmisión del nuevo coronavirus a otras comunidades.

Todos los eventos patrocinados por el distrito que involucren viajes fuera del condado, el área de la liga atlética o fuera de un radio de 30 millas deben cancelarse o posponerse.

Los viajes patrocinados por el distrito fuera del estado (DC, festivales, competencias, viajes internacionales) deben cancelarse a la espera de nuevas actualizaciones.

 

  1. SCCOE ESCUELA AL AIRE LIBRE SCCOE

El programa de escuela al aire libre en Walden West permanecerá abierto. SCCOE empleará protocolos mejorados de limpieza y seguridad. Los estudiantes y el personal mantendrán la proximidad de los brazos extendidos durante las comidas, el sueño y otras actividades. Las personas que no están bien no deben asistir y todos los asistentes deben cumplir con las pautas de salud pública para aquellos con afecciones médicas existentes.

 

  1. ASISTENCIA

Los distritos escolares reconocen que la carga adicional de supervisión y las amenazas de ausentismo escolar debido a ausencias son contraproducentes en este momento. Por lo tanto, se suspenderán los esfuerzos para abordar el ausentismo crónico y la implementación de reglas en torno al ausentismo escolar.

 

Dicho esto, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Santa Clara y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara continúan siguiendo la pauta de que los planteles escolares permanezcan abiertos y que los estudiantes que están bien continúen asistiendo a la escuela. Como tal, continuaremos registrando como "Sin excusa" a cualquier estudiante que decida no asistir a la escuela debido a la preocupación de contraer el virus COVID-19. No tomaremos ninguna acción de ausentismo escolar ni cancelaremos la inscripción de los estudiantes que acumulen "ausencias injustificadas". Sin embargo, tenga en cuenta que no tenemos la capacidad de proporcionar apoyo educativo a estudiantes que se quedan en casa. Si un estudiante tiene circunstancias de salud atenuantes, comuníquese con el administrador de su plantel escolar para identificar los próximos pasos que sean apropiados.

Le agradecemos nuevamente por su comprensión mientras trabajamos juntos para proteger a los estudiantes, las familias y el personal. Continuaremos trabajando con los administradores del plantel escolar para actualizar y refinar nuestras pautas/ guías según sea necesario.

 

Respetuosamente,

Benjamin H. Picard, Ed. RE.

Superintendente de Escuelas

                                                                                                                                         

Update March 7, 2020

 

Dear SSD Community,

 

We are writing to provide you with an update as there has been new guidance issued from the County Department of Public Health since our last update on Tuesday, March 3. 

 

The following guidelines were developed in a joint effort with all Santa Clara County school districts in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the County Department of Public Health. The following guidance is for March 7-April 3 and will be re-evaluated and updated as additional information becomes available. 

 

The Public Health Department is now recommending the postponement or cancellation of some mass gatherings and large community events, depending on a number of specific factors, which we were briefed on during a call with Dr. Sarah Cody Friday. The guidance from Public Health is that we should review each of the events we have planned, consider each of the factors outlined by Dr. Cody and make decisions regarding cancellation on a case-by-case basis.


 

I. SCHOOL CLOSURES 

 

The Public Health Department currently is not recommending closing schools. Among other reasons, individuals under 18 years of age have been identified as a low-risk group relative to the virus. If a staff member or student in a specific school 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. Public Health’s guidance is that the disruption caused by school closure currently outweighs the potential benefits of using school closure to slow disease transmission. Closing schools is a last resort and will be done with great care, transparency, and in partnership with Public Health. These recommendations may be updated upon further evaluation and public health need. 

 

No school closures will occur without the authorization of Public Health in consultation with the district and the County Superintendent of Schools. Closure events may be of short duration to allow deep cleaning to occur, or of longer duration, depending on the circumstances of the situation, and will be decided on a case by case basis. 

 

II. EVENT CANCELLATIONS 

 

The most recent guidance from Public Health is that there are 4 considerations in evaluating events; 1) the size of the gathering, 2) the mix of individuals from various areas and age brackets, 3) the ability of individuals at events to remain at arms-length distance from each other, and 4) the duration of the event. 

 

1) Events should be cancelled if they are in spaces that do not permit participants to remain at arms-length distance from one another. 

 

2) All indoor middle school sporting events will continue to occur but spectators present should stay at arms-length distance from each other. Spectators in high risk groups are discouraged from attending. 

 

3) All non-instructional meetings, gatherings, and events where large numbers of individuals are within arm’s length distance of one another should be cancelled or postponed. The number of individuals that trigger cancellation relates to the size of the meeting or event venue and the nature of the event. 

 

4) School-sponsored festivals and competitions, including music festivals, concerts, trips to Disneyland or Great America, for example, which involve large numbers of individuals in close proximity should be cancelled or postponed. 

 

III. TRAVEL 

 

At the present time, Public Health recommends that non-essential travel of both students and staff be suspended due to the potential to increase the risk of transmission of novel coronavirus into other communities. 

 

District sponsored out of state travel (DC, festivals, competitions, international travel) should be cancelled pending further updates. 

 

IV. SCCOE OUTDOOR SCHOOL SCCOE 

 

The Outdoor School Program at Walden West will remain open. SCCOE will employ enhanced cleaning and safety protocols. Students and staff will maintain arms-length proximity during meals, sleeping, and other activities. Individuals who are not well should not attend and all attendees should adhere to public health guidelines for those with existing medical conditions.

 

We thank you again for your understanding as we work together to protect students, families and staff. We will continue to work with school site administrators to update and refine our guidelines as needed. 

 

Respectfully,

Benjamin H. Picard, ED. D.

Superintendent of Schools

                                                                                                                                                              

 

Update March 3, 2020

Good afternoon SSD families, 

 

We continue to closely monitor the new coronavirus, now named COVID-19, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 

All Sunnyvale School District schools continue to be open and ready to serve students. That status would only change under the direction of the county health officer, with any absence due to quarantine by the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department excused. We will inform you if the situation for any of our schools changes.

 

Per the guidance of Public Health, we have been enhancing our cleaning of frequently used surfaces. Each of our schools has increased the regular disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, counters in front offices and health offices, light switches, faucets, drinking fountains and sinks. Our nurses also are experts in watching for symptoms and providing guidance to families. 

 

The following guidelines are highly recommended by Public Health. 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

 

You will find additional information on COVID-19 on the websites of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please watch and share the attached video on the proper technique to wash hands. 

 

Per the guidance of the CDC, all nonessential travel to China and Iran should be avoided, as well as to South Korea and Italy. CDC recommends that older adults or those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel to Japan. For the most up to date information on travel restrictions please go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

 

The CDC is recommending anyone who has been to these counties should stay at home for 14 days after leaving to monitor for any symptoms. This will be an excused absence and your school will work with your student on continuing learning while they are at home. 

 

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is not recommending that anyone who is not sick, or has not traveled to the affected countries should stay at home. If a family chooses to keep their child home when they are not sick, they will be marked unexcused and homework during this time will not be supported. 

 

Public Health has also shared recommendations for individuals who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract COVID-19.

 

Who is at higher risk?

Information about risk factors for COVID-19 infection is evolving, but the best evidence currently available makes clear that risk of severe illness begins to increase at age 50 for those who contract COVID-19, and increases with age (i.e., an 80-year-old person is at greater risk than a 70-year-old person).  The highest risk group are persons age 80 and over. 

Persons with underlying medical problems also are likely at higher risk for severe disease, including persons with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD, as well as those who are immunocompromised.

 

What should I do if I am at higher risk?

The County Public Health Department is recommending that persons at higher risk avoid mass gatherings such as parades, sporting events, and concerts where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another. This would not include typical office environments, grocery stores, or shopping centers, where it is unusual for large numbers of people to be within arm’s length of one another.

 

We appreciate your understanding and support. 

Hand washing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=IisgnbMfKvI&feature=emb_logo

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Update Feburary 26, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation. As of Feb. 21, County health officials report there are only two known cases of coronavirus in Santa Clara County. One individual is fully recovered and the other is self-isolating and is being monitored by medical professionals.

 

You may be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered their level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional detail about these warnings can be found on the CDC website.

 

The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. We are working with county school and health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in Santa Clara County. More information will be shared as this plan develops. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDCCalifornia Department of Public Health and Santa Clara County Public Health websites.

 

As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • 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.
  • Get vaccinated every year

 

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

 

Sunnyvale School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. If you have questions about these topics, please contact District Communications Coordinator Alia Wilson at alia.wilson@sesd.org. We thank you for your cooperation and support.

                                                                                                                             

Update February 19, 2020​

The following is a novel coronavirus update from Sara Cody, MD, County of Santa Clara Health Officer and Director of Public Health: 

Current status of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) 

  • Since February 18, 2020, there have been 2,000 additional cases of COVID-19. Cases continue primarily in mainland China and globally it is estimated that there are nearly 75,000 cases with about 2,000 associated deaths.  
  • To date there are 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and California has a total of 8 cases. 
  • Santa Clara County remains at 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the Public Health Department is currently monitoring over 300 travelers who have returned from mainland China within the last 14 days. 
  • As of this week, public health officials have cleared the five health care workers from Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. These individuals never tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 
  • While the situation in China is unprecedented, public health departments in the US are working to prevent the spread of the disease. Measures being taken include disease surveillance, case identification and contact tracing.  To support this work and other activities in response to the outbreak, the Medical Health Joint Operations Center has been and continues to be activated.  
  • Currently, there is not an increased risk to the residents of Santa Clara County, and the novel coronavirus is not circulating in our community. Since this is a new virus, we cannot predict how long the virus might continue to spread in mainland China or if it may spread in other locations. 

What You Can Do 

Practice these common infection control practices to help lessen the spread of all viruses: 

  • Wash your hands regularly 
  • Stay home if you are sick 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth 

Further Information 

Updated FAQs in English can be found at the Public Health Department website at: 

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/ncov-faq.aspx 

FAQs in additional languages will be posted soon.

To stay informed, visit the Public Health Department website regularly for the latest information at: www.sccphd.org/coronavirus 

                                                                                                                                                      

February 10, 2020

Update on Guidance for Students returning from Travel to Mainland China

The situation regarding the coronavirus continues to evolve rapidly. The CA Department of Public Health has issued new guidance for schools and school districts which is provided below. This guidance does not apply to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, where the transmission of the novel coronavirus is not widespread.

NEW GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Please note that there have been reports of students and others being stigmatized. We urge schools to ensure students’ and staffs’ privacy to help prevent discrimination.

Students and staff returning from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020 should be excluded from school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. This is a change from the previous guidance.

CDC guidance on returning travelers is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/php/risk-assessment.html

For students & staff who came back to the U.S. prior to February 3 and do not have respiratory illness, they may wish to consider staying home for 14 days after they left mainland China, but it is not mandatory.

In the unusual event that a student or staff member who returned from mainland China prior to February 3, 2020, and who:

• has symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever and cough, AND

• became ill within 14 days after their departure from China,

Please take the following steps:

• separate the individual from others as much as possible and arrange for the individual to go home, and

• contact the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department during regular business hours (408-885-3980, M-F 8-5) for further guidance.

Precautions to Prevent Spread of All Infectious Diseases

At this time the health risk to the general public in Santa Clara County from novel coronavirus remains low, but schools can take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. These precautions will be helpful to prevent the spread of other common illnesses such as influenza and gastroenteritis.

Encourage all students, parents, and staff to take everyday preventive actions:

  • 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.

Use “respiratory etiquette”.

• Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC’s Cover Your Cough page (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm) for multilingual posters and flyers, posted at the bottom of webpage.

• Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.

• Wash hands frequently. o Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies.

• Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces.

• Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home. When feasible, identify a “sick room” through which others do not regularly pass.

• Encourage flu vaccine for those who haven’t had it this season to reduce illnesses and absences on campus (but won’t prevent coronavirus illnesses).

A note about face masks: face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. People are asked to wear a mask at doctors’ offices and hospitals if they are coughing or sneezing.

Develop policies to respond to outbreaks and communicable diseases:

• Establish relationships with the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health for ongoing communication.

• Update emergency plans to ensure they are in place before an outbreak occurs.

 

                                                                                                                                                      

10 de febrero de 2020

Actualización sobre la Orientación para Estudiantes que regresan de viajes a China continental

La situación con respecto al coronavirus continúa evolucionando rápidamente. El Departamento de Salud Pública de California ha emitido una nueva guía para las escuelas y distritos escolares, la cual se proporciona a continuación. Esta guía no aplica a Hong Kong, Macao y Taiwán, donde el contagio del nuevo coronavirus no está muy extendido.   

NUEVA GUÍA PARA ESCUELAS Y DISTRITOS ESCOLARES

Tenga en cuenta que han habido reportes de estudiantes y otros que han sido estigmatizados. Instamos a las escuelas a garantizar la privacidad de los estudiantes y el personal a fin de ayudar a prevenir la discriminación.

Los estudiantes y el personal que regresen de China continental y que lleguen a los Estados Unidos del 3 de febrero de 2020 en adelante, deben faltar a la escuela durante 14 días, comenzando a partir de un día después de que hayan salido de China. Éste es un cambio a la guía anterior.

La guía de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (en inglés, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ó CDC ) para los viajeros que regresan, se encuentra disponible aquí: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html

Para los estudiantes y el personal que regresaron a los Estados Unidos antes del 3 de febrero, y que no tienen enfermedades respiratorias: pueden considerar quedarse en casa durante 14 días después de haber dejado la China continental, pero no es obligatorio.

En el caso inusual de que un estudiante o miembro del personal que haya regresado de China continental antes del 3 de febrero de 2020, y que:  

• tenga síntomas de una enfermedad respiratoria, como fiebre y tos, Y ADEMÁS

• se haya enfermado dentro de los 14 días después de su salida de China,  

Por favor, siga los siguientes pasos:  

• separe a esta persona de los demás lo más que se pueda, y haga los arreglos necesarios para que se vaya a casa, y

• comuníquese con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara durante el horario laboral habitual (408-885-3980, lunes a viernes de 8 am a 5 pm) para obtener más orientación. 

Precauciones para prevenir la Propagación de todas Las Enfermedades Infecciosas

En este momento, el riesgo de salud para el público en general en el Condado de Santa Clara por el nuevo coronavirus sigue siendo bajo, pero las escuelas pueden tomar precauciones de sentido común para prevenir la propagación de todas las enfermedades infecciosas. Estas precauciones serán útiles para prevenir la propagación de otras enfermedades comunes como la gripe y la gastroenteritis. 

Aliente a todos los estudiantes, padres y personal a tomar medidas preventivas diarias:  

• Quedarse en casa cuando se esté enfermo.  

o Permanecer en casa hasta que la fiebre haya desaparecido durante al menos 24 horas sin el uso de medicamentos para reducir la fiebre.

o Buscar atención médica inmediata si los síntomas se vuelven más serios, por ejemplo, fiebre alta

o dificultad para respirar.  

Tener "buenos modales de higiene respiratoria":  

• Cubrir la tos con un pañuelo o manga. Consulte: Página de los CDC “Cubra su Tos” (https://espanol.cdc.gov/enes/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm). Y para obtener carteles y folletos en español u otros idiomas, diríjase a la parte más inferior de esa misma página web.

• Proporcionar los suministros adecuados y que estén fácilmente disponibles, incluidos pañuelos desechables y botes de basura ‘a manos libres’ (sin contacto).

• Lavarse las manos frecuentemente.  

o Fomentar el lavado de manos por parte de los estudiantes y el personal a través de la educación, programar un tiempo para el lavado de manos y para el abastecimiento de los suministros adecuados. 

• De rutina, limpiar las superficies que se tocan con frecuencia.

• A los estudiantes y al personal que estén enfermos, separarlos de los demás hasta que puedan irse a casa. Cuando sea posible, designar un "cuarto para enfermos" por donde otros no pasen regularmente. • Fomentar la vacuna contra la gripe para aquellos que no la hayan recibido esta temporada, a fin de reducir enfermedades y ausencias en la escuela (aunque esto no evitará las enfermedades por coronavirus).  

Una nota sobre las mascarillas faciales: las mascarillas faciales son más útiles para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades cuando las usan las personas que tienen síntomas. En los consultorios médicos y hospitales, se pide a las personas que estén tosiendo o estornudando que usen una mascarilla.

Desarrollar políticas para responder a brotes y enfermedades transmisibles: 

• Establecer relaciones con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara para una comunicación continua.

• Actualizar los planes de emergencia para asegurarse de que éstos ya estén implementados antes de que ocurra un brote.   

                                                                                                                                                     

Update February 4, 2020​

 

As a clarification to yesterday’s update, the section that instructed students & staff returning from mainland China to remain home for 14 days only applies to students & staff who returned on February 2 or later. 

For students & staff who came back to the U.S. before February 2, they may wish to consider staying home for 14 days after they left mainland China, but it is not mandatory, and they should continue monitoring themselves for symptoms until the end of the 14 days. ​

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

February 3, 2020

 

Dear Administrators, Teachers, Staff, Parents, and Guardians:

 

The CDC and state and local public health departments are continuing to closely monitor new developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. A woman in the Bay Area who became ill after returning from a trip to China has become the ninth person in the U.S. to test positive for the Coronavirus, bringing the national total to 11.

 

“I understand that people are concerned, but based on what we know today, the risk to general public remains low,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer, Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD). “With our large population and the amount of travel to China for both personal and business reasons, we will likely see more cases, including close contacts to our cases.”

 

Dr. Cody emphasized that there is no evidence that the virus is spreading anywhere in the county, Bay Area or Northern California. The confirmed cases are being monitored closely coupled with confidentiality as required with any medical condition. Dr. Cody also stated that there was no risk of infection for the general public from the Santa Clara County cases.

 

Federal Guidelines are summarized by Dr. Sara Cody below and state the following:

 

1)      Any staff or student who has been in the Hubei province within the last 14 days should not attend school. They should be at home, in a separate room, with separate bath, until 14 days after last exposure to Hubei. 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.

 

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. This would be voluntary quarantine, with symptom watch.

 

Dr. Cody reiterated the importance of common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:

  1. If you’re sick, stay home.
  2. Wash your hands and don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Recommends to get your Flu shot.

 

Below are revised health guidelines for schools in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national public health emergency declaration issued Friday, January 31, 2020.

 

Updated Federal Guidelines


As part of the emergency declaration, which went into effect today (Sunday, February 2) at 11 a.m. PST., Americans returning to the United States, who have been in China’s Hubei province within 14 days, will face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. Americans returning to the United States from other parts of China will face enhanced screening and a self-quarantine of up to 14 days to ensure they do not pose a health risk. 

 

Updated Guidelines for Santa Clara County Schools


In response to the new federal guidelines, schools will exclude students who are under mandatory quarantine from school for 14 days from their last exposure and will communicate with Santa Clara County school districts, colleges and universities to ensure high-risk students remain out of school for the identified period.  Students who are under voluntary self-quarantine will be excused from school during this period. 

It should be noted that the risk to the public remains low.

 

Guidelines for Students Under Mandatory and Self-Quarantine 


Please know that Santa Clara County is committed to maintaining the privacy of our students.  Our schools will work with students and families under mandatory or self-quarantine with sensitivity and confidentiality. 

 

Mandatory Quarantine 

  • Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) will notify districts of any students under mandatory quarantine, who have been excluded from attending school due to recent travel from China’s Hubei province within 14 days.
  • Once SCCPHD has received notification these individuals are cleared to return to campus, schools will communicate with affected families to make arrangements.
  • Schools will work with students to support continued learning at home.
  • Related absences will be excused.

 

Self-Quarantine

  • Students who have recently returned from other parts of China are asked to self-quarantine and provide schools with documentation.
  • Schools will work with students to support continued learning at home.
  • Related absences will be excused.

 

Missing school, for any reason, can cause concern and stress for our families and students.  We will work collaboratively with families throughout this process.  However, to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and families, these guidelines have been put into place. 

In addition, we ask parents, caregivers or others, who may be under mandatory or self-quarantine to remain off campus as well. 

 

Masks


At this time, public health officials say there is no need to wear facemasks in the United States. However, as a precaution, students should be allowed to wear face masks on school campuses. Please note, students who are sick must follow health guidelines and should not be sent to school sick, even if they wear a mask. 

 

Additional Information and Resources


For the most up to date information about the Coronavirus, visit:  http://bit.ly/2OnX4x3. For tips and information click on the flyer here.

The SCCOE in partnership with the SCC Public Health Department will continue to closely monitor this situation, which is evolving as countries and expert health agencies learn more about the Coronavirus.  As we have updates, information and resources from SCCPHD or other agencies, they will be provided to our communities.