Dear New Haven Families,
I am writing this letter to share with you that, at New Haven Unified, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus information. As you may be aware, on Tuesday, February 25, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and what steps should be taken moving forward. In Alameda County, school districts are working with the the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) to prepare for a response in case this virus spreads to our area.
It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. The New Haven Unified School District will continue to work closely with our public-health partners and the ACOE to ensure that we are taking every step possible to comply with public health directives and to keep our students, families, and staff safe.
It is also important to remember that, while the global situation is evolving rapidly, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Alameda County and the CDC considers California to be a “low risk” area.
At this time, the best way to prevent the spread of any virus is to implement common sense precautions such as:
Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
Separate sick students and staff from others, ideally in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home
Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or
arm (do not use hands).
Perform routine surface cleaning.
Be vigilant when attending large gatherings, as this is where respiratory viruses often spread.
If you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs.
To assist in communicating effective preventative strategies, we are sharing this video with families and school sites related to hand washing, coughing etiquette, and when to stay home.
For more information regarding what parents can do to help minimize the spread of colds and flu, please click here.
In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and togetherness of this community; and as always, we appreciate your cooperation and support!
John Thompson, Ed.D.