Grossmont Union High School District

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.  
 
For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website or contact the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency’s Epidemiology Unit at 619-692-8499.
 
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GUHSD Schools and District Office Closure Updates

Date
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03/18/2020: District Closure Memo
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03/12/2020: School Closure Memo
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03/12/2020: GUHSD COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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 02/28/2020: GUHSD Initial COVID-19 Communication Letter
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Last updated: 3/18/2020

 

About COVID-19

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. 

General Guidelines for Schools

  • All children and staff members with respiratory symptoms or fever (>100 F / >37.8 C) should remain home (from school and other activities) until they had no fever for 24 hours, without fever medication and respiratory symptoms are gone. If respiratory symptoms are not completely gone but they are improving and one week has passed since onset of illness, the student can return to school. 
  • Students and staff members who present at school with fever and/or symptoms of a respiratory infection should be sent home.
    • Students who typically have coughs from underlying, known diseases (like asthma, allergies) may remain if there is no new symptom.
    • Until the person leaves school, you may place a surgical mask on that student or staff member if available and if tolerated.
    • If possible, keep that person isolated (students must still be visible and supervised by a staff member); otherwise try to keep a 3 to 6 foot distance between that student (or staff member) and others.
    • Persons excluded from school or work for fever may return to school when; (a) they have been free of fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications). In addition, (b) all respiratory symptoms must be fully resolved OR seven days have passed since the onset of symptoms and the individual’s symptoms have been improving (whichever is earlier).
    • Persons excluded from school or work for respiratory symptoms and who have not developed a fever may return to school when (a) all respiratory symptoms are fully resolved or (b) seven days have passed since the onset of symptoms and the individual’s symptoms have been improving (whichever is earlier).
  • Students and staff members who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notices should be excluded from school for 14 days. This list can be found at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
    • As of date of this version, these countries are: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea. (Japan is Level 2, and although travel to Japan is discouraged, travelers from Japan are not included in this restriction, at this time.) Check CDC website for most up to date information.
    • Exclude these people from school for 14 days, beginning the day they departed that country.
    • Schools are advised to find methods to provide educational support for students who are at home for these weeks, so that they do not fall behind. These students or staff members should stay at home and limit contact with anyone outside the home.
  • Healthy members of a household who did not travel, but where someone else from that household returned from CDC Level 2 or 3 country are not required to stay away from school as long as all members of that household are healthy (i.e., no new respiratory symptoms and no fever).
  • Students and staff members who have visited one of these countries within the past two weeks should be advised to call their doctors for instructions if they have fever or symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Students should not be excluded from school or any school activities based on race or country of origin.
  • A student or staff member who has been in close contact with a person with a laboratory-confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus over past two weeks will be excluded from school until cleared by the local public health department.
  • If any student or staff member at school is suspected to have the virus (i.e., becomes a County Health Department “patient under investigation”; or PUI) for COVID-19, the school district will work with public health authorities who will collaborate with that student’s or staff member’s own physician to guide further restrictions and public notifications.
  • As a reminder, all student and staff health information is confidential and cannot be shared with other students or with school site staff. Confidential health information can be shared only with School District health team leaders and with the County Public Health Department.
  • When confirmed COVID-19 cases are reported to school officials (confirmed cases of students, school employees or their household contacts), the school site should assign one person to notify central nursing office.
  • Any disease notification letters sent from school to the general school community and to schools’ parent community will always be cleared first with the District’s health leaders, and be done in consultation with the Public Health Department. If you have questions about this step, please contact SDCOE's Corinne McCarthy at corinne.mccarthy@sdcoe.net.

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.
  • Wearing of face masks by students and staff members: Wearing of masks in public is not recommended for Americans by the CDC nor by our local public health department. It will be discouraged in schools. Hand washing is considered the best protection from infectious diseases. 

Resources

 

California Health Alert Network (CAHAN) / California Department of Public Health (CDPH) / CDC Alerts

 
Last Updated 3-11-20