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Coronavirus Update #4
Posted 3/10/20

Dear CUSD Families:

As of today, March 10, 2020 there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in CUSD schools and the Orange County Healthcare Agency (OCHCA) continues to share that the risk of infection in Orange County is believed to be low. Please be assured that we are in daily communication with the Orange County Health Care Agency monitoring the status of COVID-19 in our community and any connection to our school sites. Should anything change, we will be notified by OCHCA and we will communicate our next steps with our families and staff directly.

 

Cleaning our Schools

District staff have received many questions about cleaning our schools and classrooms. CUSD custodial staff already follows proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques on a daily basis. Additionally, we are disinfecting surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails daily. Cleaning products are also available to all staff members.

 

Field Trips (Inside and Outside Orange County) and School Activities

We have also been receiving many questions about field trips, extracurricular activities, and plans for Spring Break travel and quarantine. The Orange County Health Care Agency has stated that school districts do not need to alter any plans at this time. This means that we do not need to cancel social gatherings, events, field trips or daily activities until instructed to do so. District staff continues to review OCHCA guidance and will provide updates in this rapidly changing environment, especially as they relate to trips outside Orange County.

 

Spring Break Travel

Many families are already changing or canceling plans for Spring Break. To slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 into the United States, CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions. Depending on your travel history, you are being asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread. The CDC updates their Level 3 Travel Health Notice which may be helpful as you plan for international travel.
 

Quarantine update

What Happens When Self-Quarantine or Mandated-Quarantine or Isolation is Over?

According to the CDC, someone who has completed quarantine or who has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people (see Fact 3 here).

 

Will the school district share the name(s) of student(s) and/or staff who are being tested for Coronavirus or who are confirmed as having the virus?

It would be a violation of laws, including Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and employment laws, to share the medical diagnosis of a student or staff member. If we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus, the Orange County Healthcare Agency will work with the individual school and the district to take necessary steps to protect the well-being of students, staff, and families.

 

Will the school district share the name(s) of student(s) and/or staff who have been released from quarantine or isolation?

It would be a violation of laws, including Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and employment laws,  If we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus, the Orange County Healthcare Agency will work with the individual school and the district to take necessary steps to protect the well-being of students, staff, and families.

 

Plans for Independent Study and/or School Closures

We are actively drafting plans for school closures, independent study, and tele-school should it become necessary for CUSD to provide these options to our families.

 

The Orange County Health Care Agency shares the following:  

  • Risk of infection to the public in Orange County is believed to be low
  • At this time, there is no recommendation to cancel business or social events
  • All residents should practice good health hygiene which includes washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).
  • CDC guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing an infection.
  • If you have not been to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Italy or been in close contact with someone who has been to one of these countries and is sick, your risk is very low.
  • If you have been to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Italy and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left one of these countries, you should:
    • Seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Do not travel while sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

 

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource.

The following resource is provided by the National Association of School Nurses and National Association of School Psychologists when talking with children about COVID-19:  Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

Tomorrow morning District leadership will participate in a conference call with the Orange County Operational Area Emergency Operations Center and the Orange County Health Care Agency. We will provide updates to families should anything change. In the meantime, we continue to ask students, families, and staff to say home if you are sick and follow these precautions:

  • 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.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Updates can also be found on our website here and on the Orange County Health Care Agency here. As always, thank you for your support!

 

Sincerely,

Ryan Burris Chief
Communications Officer