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SRVUSD Community Coronavirus Update 3/5/2020
Posted 3/5/20

As concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to escalate, we wanted to update you on our planning and preparation for keeping our schools safe as we work through this public health issue.  As you know, we have been in close contact with the County Department of Public Health and the Contra Costa County Office of Education and are following their guidelines and recommendations. However, as cases of the Coronavirus continue to increase, we are preparing our sites in a variety of ways.

 

At this time, there are no plans to close our schools. Our schools remain the safest place for many students during the school day.  We recognize that each family will have to make the decision that is best for their circumstances, but the District has the following measures in place to ensure learning continues at our sites:  

 

Student Attendance: 

  • Students returning from an affected area should self-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with CDC guidelines 

  • Any student who is sick or symptomatic should stay at home

  • Students who are ill at school will be sent home, where they should remain for the duration of their illness per the SRVUSD Illness Guidelines

  • Learning will be supported and absences will be excused for students who are staying home out of illness or concern 

  • School work will be provided in the same manner as any other illness. We are not able to offer Independent Study contracts for coronavirus related absences

  • We do not have an online or distance learning program

  • Schools will suspend all positive attendance awards

  • No academic penalties will be imposed for not being at school (i.e. participation points, etc.)

School Hygiene: 

  • Use of shared items, such as pens and other supplies will be discouraged

  • Shared items, such as computers, will be wiped down regularly

  • Soap dispensers will be kept full

  • Elementary students will be given time and strongly encouraged to wash their hands during the school day

Field Trips:

  • Field Trip decisions will be made on a case by case basis  

  • Field trips that are permitted are voluntary, and students who do not wish to attend will be allowed to opt out and will not be penalized academically or otherwise

  • Field trip donations are generally not refundable

We urge you to continue to review the information from Contra Costa County, including their updated Coronavirus webpage and their  Frequently Asked Questions.  You may also review this information from the Center For Disease Control, as well as this guidance sheet for schools from the California Department of Public Health.  We recognize that this situation is changing rapidly, and will continue to communicate with you as we receive updates from our public health agencies.

 

As concerns around this virus escalate, incidents of racism and prejudice involving students have unfortunately followed. We encourage all of our community members to remain respectful of one another and refrain from speculation about who may or may not pose a risk.