Student health and well-being are the primary interests of our District. We, like all school districts in the County, are fortunate to have strong partnerships with our County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency and the San Diego County Office of Education. Through these partnerships we are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause symptoms of colds. However, this is a “novel” virus, originating in China in late 2019 (hence the original name, 2019 Novel Coronavirus). Until recently, this particular strain of coronavirus circulated among animals only. Now it appears to have spread to humans, and can be spread between humans. The abbreviated term for this virus is COVID-19.
Current Understanding of Virus
Symptoms most commonly include: fever with cough or shortness of breath; some people have fewer or no symptoms at all. Headache, sore throat, and runny nose also occur with this virus.
Spread is most likely from droplets (cough and sneezing)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health threat, but with health risk from this virus to be low at this time.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.
Most people with this infection will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for novel coronavirus infection yet.
For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care.
Basic Prevention of Virus Spread
Make sure all family members are up-to-date with their flu shots.
Promote basic hygiene:
Any coughing or sneezing should be directed into ones sleeve (inside elbow), rather than into hands or the air.
Wash hands after using and handling used tissues, after blowing nose, before/after eating, and after toilet use.
Wash for 20 seconds with soap, rub between fingers and under nails; and then rinse and dry. (May use alcohol (60%+) hand gel if sinks are not readily available.)
Schools should encourage hand washing (by students and staff) through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies
Avoid rubbing your own eyes, nose and mouth.
Do not share utensils, cups etc.
Stay home when sick.
Avoid contact with those who are sick.
Face Coverings: As of April 1, county and state public health officials recommended that individuals should wear a face covering when leaving their home to conduct essential activities. Cloth facial coverings don’t have to be medical grade but should cover your nose and mouth. Homemade masks, bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters are acceptable since you can wash and reuse them.
Guidance also stated that all employees who may have contact with the public in any grocery store, pharmacy/drug store, convenience store, gas station, restaurant or other business establishment that serves food shall wear a cloth face covering as described in the California Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance. We recommend districts comply with the order by requiring employees involved in food service to wear a cloth face covering as noted above. Because the County Public Health Officer also strongly recommends that everyone wear a face covering when they have business outside their homes, we also recommend that districts require all employees to wear face coverings when working anywhere other than in their homes.