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SRVUSD Coronavirus Update 3/11/2020
Posted 3/11/20

 

Concerns around the coronavirus continue to escalate in our community, in Contra Costa County and California.  We, like you, are concerned for the health and safety of our students, staff and parents during this uncertain time. The San Ramon Valley Unified School District continues to be in daily contact with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, County Department of Public Health and other school districts in order to determine and enact the best course of action.  We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we work through this crisis together as a community. We appreciate the support of our Parent Teacher Association and the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation in working through the coronavirus challenges.

 

In light of the most recent information available to us from the County Department of Public Health, the SRVUSD has made the decision to postpone all events at our facilities outside of the school day through March 21, 2020. This includes all outside user groups that use our facilities. For the safety of our staff and students, the SRVUSD is actually setting an above and beyond standard when it comes to some protocols.

 

As schools are deemed an essential service, schools will remain open unless ordered to close by the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health.  All public schools throughout the county will be open. As part of our ongoing partnership, we are asking our parents to look ahead and make contingent plans in case things change and we are forced to close schools. We are not there, yet, but we cannot rule it out as a possibility in the future.

 

Our protocols for today, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 through Saturday, March 21, 2020, or until circumstances change, are as follows:

  • Events, gatherings, extra- and co-curricular activities outside of our instructional school day which are scheduled through March 21st will be postponed.  This includes all field trips, music and arts performances, dances, fundraisers, club meetings, enrichment activities, etc. 

  • Only CIF/NCS sanctioned sporting events and practices will go on.  In order to comply with the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health mass gathering threshold guidelines of 50 people at arm’s length, we will not allow spectators, including drivers, parents and guardians, on campus for these activities.  Only those adults needed to manage the event will be allowed (e.g. judges, officials, timers, coaches).  

  • Community members deemed at a higher risk should not attend any public event at our schools. People at higher risk include: 

    • People who are 50 years old or older. Current evidence indicates that the risk of severe illness increases with age. The highest risk group are those 80 years and older. 

    • People of any age who have underlying medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or chronic lung diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), as well as those who are immunocompromised.

  • We are aware that there are multi-day trips in our District scheduled after March 21st. We are waiting for more guidance from the Department of Public Health to determine the status of those trips and will address each trip individually as information becomes available.  

  • Any student or staff member who has traveled from a country with a Level 3 Advisory (China, Iran, Italy or South Korea), or has had close contact with someone who is ill, or is ill, themself, should not come to school and should follow all recommendations from their medical provider and public health agencies. 

  • In order to minimize contact between our students, staff and the outside public, we are asking that only SRVUSD employees and employees contracted through special education are on campus during the school day. 

    • Parent meetings and conferences will be held as scheduled

    • Students should be picked up outside of the school gates

    • We will be postponing guest speakers and outside speakers who are scheduled to be on our campuses

    • No volunteers will be allowed on campuses

 

As of right now, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within SRVUSD schools, nor are there any confirmed cases at any K-12 school within Contra Costa County. Should anyone within our schools have a confirmed case of the virus, the county public health agencies will contact the District. Should that happen, we would proceed according to their recommendations and with their guidance.  Again, it is important to remember not to engage in spreading rumors about positive cases and to refrain from speculation about who may or may not pose a risk. 

 

We realize the coronavirus creates worry for many within our community and we continue to support you in making the best decision for your family when it comes to school attendance. Students will be allowed to make up work missed due to coronavirus-related absences. We do not offer an online or distance learning plan at this time.  

 

To make it easier to keep up with the latest information, we have added a coronavirus page to our website. Please visit that page to view all SRVUSD coronavirus communications as well as for a list of links to resources. We will continue to communicate with you on a regular basis. We want to emphasize that this situation is fluid and things can change at any time.