Announcement Regarding Coronavirus

  • UPDATE February 9, 2020
     
    Dear MPCSD Community,

    The California Department of Public Health released new guidance for schools concerning novel coronavirus. While the Department recognizes the health risk to the general public in California remains low, there has been an increase in cases worldwide, and travel anywhere in China in the past 14 days is considered a risk factor for novel coronavirus infection. As such, all students who traveled from mainland China and arrived in the United States since February 3, 2020 should plan to stay home from school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. Please note, at this time, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are not included in this guidance. If this applies to you or your family, please be sure to contact your physician and inform your child’s school principal.
     
    To protect the health of our students and staff, we consistently follow the California Department of Public Health’s guidance for children who appear to be sick. There are also important steps that you can take at home to help prevent the spread of illnesses, including influenza and gastroenteritis:
    • Stay home when sick.
      • Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
      • Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.
    • Use “respiratory etiquette” and cover cough with a tissue or sleeve.
    • Wash hands frequently.
    • If you haven’t done so yet, ensure you and your family have received a flu shot. While the flu shot won’t prevent coronavirus illnesses, it can protect from other illnesses.
    • Face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms.

     

    Ensuring a safe, supportive, and positive school climate reflects our core values and is essential to high quality learning for every student. In light of the fact that travel restrictions regarding novel coronavirus are focused on mainland China, we urge you to avoid behaviors or conversations that may stigmatize students, their families, or our staff.


    If you have any concerns, please contact your school or the district office.

     

    Best regards,

    Erik Burmeister, Superintendent


     
    Estimados padres,

    El Departamento de Salud Pública de California publicó una nueva guía para las escuelas sobre el nuevo coronavirus. El Departamento reconoce que el riesgo para la salud del público en general en California sigue siendo bajo, aunque ha habido un aumento de los casos en todo el mundo, y viajar a cualquier
    parte de China en los últimos 14 días se considera un factor de riesgo de una infección por el coronavirus.
     
    Como tal, todos los estudiantes que viajaron desde China continental y llegaron a los Estados Unidos desde el 3 de febrero de 2020 deberían planear quedarse en casa y no ir a la escuela durante 14 días, comenzando el día después de que salieron de China. Tenga en cuenta que, en este momento, Hong
    Kong, Macao y Taiwán no están incluidos en esta guía.
     
    Si esto se aplica a usted o su familia, asegúrese de contactar con su médico e informar al director de la escuela de su hijo.
     

    Para proteger la salud de nuestros estudiantes y nuestro personal, seguimos de manera constante la orientación del Departamento de Salud Pública de California para los niños que parecen estar enfermos. También hay pasos importantes que pueden tomar en casa para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de
    enfermedades, incluidas la gripe y la gastroenteritis.

    • Quédese en casa cuando esté enfermo.
      • Permanezca en casa hasta que la fiebre haya desaparecido durante al menos 24 horas
        sin el uso de medicamentos para reducir la fiebre.
      • Busque atención médica inmediata si los síntomas se vuelven más graves, por ejemplo,
        fiebre alta o dificultad para respirar.
    • Use “etiqueta respiratoria” y cubra la tos con un pañuelo o una manga.
    • Lavarse las manos con frecuencia.
    • Si aún no lo ha hecho, asegúrese de que usted y su familia hayan recibido la vacuna contra la gripe. La vacuna contra la gripe no previene las enfermedades por coronavirus, pero puede proteger contra otras enfermedades.
    • Las máscaras faciales son más útiles para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades cuando las usan personas con síntomas.

     
    Garantizar un clima escolar seguro, de apoyo y positivo refleja nuestros valores fundamentales y es esencial para el aprendizaje de alta calidad para cada estudiante. En vista del hecho de que las restricciones de viaje con respecto al nuevo coronavirus se centran en China continental, le recomendamos que evite comportamientos o conversaciones que puedan estigmatizar a los estudiantes, sus familias o nuestro personal.

    Si tiene alguna inquietud, por favor comuníquese con nuestra oficina.


     
    UPDATE February 5, 2020
     
    Dear MPCSD Community,
     
    We continue to take direction regarding precautions for the Coronavirus from the San Mateo County Health Department. The Health Department clarified their guidelines as of February 4, 2020. While some counties with confirmed cases of Coronavirus have slightly altered their recommendations, San Mateo County, from which we seek our direction, has not. MPCSD continues to monitor the situation and recommendations daily and will adjust as new directions are provided. In light of the concerns related to differing recommendations throughout California, MPCSD reminds you of the following: 
     
    It would be very rare for an MPCSD student or employee to miss school to travel in China. However, if your plans include upcoming travel to anywhere in mainland China, please contact your site principal or the District's Human Resources Department (hr@mpcsd.org) to make arrangements for a safe and healthy return to your classroom or place of work. MPCSD will work with you to arrange voluntary quarantines out of an abundance of caution. 
     
    The following guidelines for the flu and other infectious diseases are your best defence regardless of travel:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Wait for 24 hours after a fever has ended – without the use of fever-reducing medicine – before sending your child back to school.
    • Have your child and other family members wash their hands with liquid soap and water, rubbing them for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette in your household – cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
    • Consider not attending large gatherings, as this is where cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses often spread.
    • Get your flu shot to protect against the flu, which can produce symptoms similar to novel coronavirus.
     
    To read earlier communications from MPCSD about Coronavirus, please see below.
     
    Best regards,
    Erik Burmeister, Superintendent
     

     
    January 28, 2020
     
    Dear MPCSD Parents, Guardians, and Staff,
     
    The Centers for Disease Control and Bay Area public health departments, including San Mateo County Health, are closely monitoring developments regarding an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020 in the State of Washington, and it has since been confirmed in California as well. Public health departments are working to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak.
     
    As concerning as this sounds, it is important to know that San Mateo County residents are at low risk of becoming infected, and we have no reported symptoms here in MPCSD. When new viruses surface, there can be lots of anxiety and stress. We acknowledge the impact that the news of this outbreak is having on our community, and on those who have friends or relatives who are affected. We are thinking of you.
     
    The health of our students, families, and staff is our top priority. Please be assured that MPCSD is in close communication with San Mateo County Health and will update you should new information need to be shared. Here is some information that we hope will assure you:
     
    What you need to know:
    • If your child has traveled from Hubei Province, China, within the last 14 days and has any of these respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), keep your child home from school and contact your health care provider, who will reach out to San Mateo County Health if the case warrants. It’s important to call your health care provider in advance, before arriving at a clinic or doctor’s office.
    • If your child has traveled to China but is not showing any symptoms, they should attend school.
     
    We encourage you to work with your family to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Wait for 24 hours after a fever has ended – without the use of fever-reducing medicine – before sending your child back to school.
    • Have your child and other family members wash their hands with liquid soap and water, rubbing them for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette in your household – cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
    • Consider not attending large gatherings, as this is where cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses often spread.
    • Get your flu shot to protect against the flu, which can produce symptoms similar to novel coronavirus.
     
    San Mateo County Health has a webpage dedicated to novel coronavirus that includes resources and FAQ. This link can also be found on our website homepage (under Announcements and Quick Links). We will monitor the developing situation and inform you of any additional public health recommendations.
     
    Best regards,
    Erik Burmeister