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MARCH 13, 2020 - SCHOOL CLOSURES

Based on the current and best information we have today, and in partnership with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the Santa Clara County Office of Education, we have decided to close schools to students for three weeks beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3. Monday, March 16, was already scheduled as a non-instructional day for all FUHSD schools. During this three-week period, instruction will continue for our students, with staff providing lessons and assignments through our online tools, including School Loop, Schoology and Google Classroom.

All school activities, including athletics practices and games, extracurriculars and student performances, will be cancelled for the duration of this three-week period.

Public Health and the CDC have shared that they do not have concrete evidence that the closure of schools slows the spread of the coronavirus. However, today, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced new guidelines for public gatherings related to groups that are significantly smaller than outlined in their previous guidance. It is for this reason that we are closing so that we can have time as a district and county to determine how we can best implement these new guidelines.

Schools are an essential service and crucial to our communities, and the decision to close all Santa Clara County schools was not taken lightly. We are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community, and new information is surfacing rapidly. It is likely our community will be seeing many more cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months.

Plans for Instruction and Student Learning

School and district staff will report to their worksites for several days where they will develop and implement at home learning plans while practicing careful social distance. Students and parents should login into School Loop and/or Schoology to access the lessons and assignments that teachers will be providing beginning Wednesday, March 18.

Food Services

We are working on plans around how else to support our students and families during this difficult time, including developing strategies by which we will provide meals to students who rely on us for support.

District Office

Our District Office will remain open for the next three weeks to provide our students and staff with the support they need. Other critical staff, including custodial and cafeteria staff, will also be reporting to work to ensure key tasks such as deep cleaning and food service continue as needed.

Special Education

We are working on plans to best support the unique needs of our students in special education. More information will be forthcoming to those families served by our Special Education Department

Student Guidance

It is critical that students stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. Children have been shown to be a low-risk group for serious illness from this virus. However, they can transmit the virus to those most vulnerable.

We will be sharing more detailed information as soon as possible about how families can support student learning during this period of closure. As we navigate through unchartered territory, thank you for your support and flexibility.


Comunidad de FUHSD,

Basado en la información actual y mejor que tenemos hoy, y en colaboración con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara, hemos decidido cerrar las escuelas a los estudiantes durante tres semanas a partir del Martes, 17 de Marzo hasta el Viernes, 3 de Abril. El 16 de Marzo, ya estaba programado como un día sin instrucción para todas las escuelas de FUHSD.  Durante este período de tres semanas, la instrucción continuará para nuestros estudiantes y el personal proporcionará lecciones y tareas a través de nuestras herramientas en línea, que incluyen School Loop, Schoology y Google Classroom.

Todas las actividades escolares, incluidas las prácticas y juegos de atletismo, actividades extracurriculares y actuaciones estudiantiles, se cancelarán durante el período de tres semanas.

Salud Pública y los de CDC han compartido que no tienen evidencia concreta de que el cierre de las escuelas retrasará la propagación del coronavirus. Sin embargo, hoy, el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara anunció nuevas directrices para reuniones públicas relacionadas con grupos que son significativamente más pequeñas que las descritas en su guía anterior. Es por esta razón que estamos cerrando para que podamos tener tiempo como distrito y condado para determinar cómo podemos implementar mejor estas nuevas directrices. 

Las escuelas son un servicio esencial y crucial para nuestras comunidades, y la decisión de cerrar todas las escuelas del condado de Santa Clara no se tomó ligeramente. Estamos enfrentando una crisis de salud sin precedentes en nuestra comunidad, y nueva información está surgiendo rápidamente. Es probable que nuestra comunidad vea muchos más casos de COVID-19 en las próximas semanas y meses.

Planes para la Instrucción y Aprendizaje Estudiantil

El personal de la escuela y el distrito se reportarán a sus sitios de trabajo durante varios días, donde desarrollarán e implementarán planes de aprendizaje en el hogar mientras practican una cuidadosa distancia social. Los estudiantes y los padres deben iniciar sesión en School Loop y/o Schoology para acceder a las lecciones y asignaciones que los maestros proporcionarán a partir del Miércoles, 18 de Marzo. 

Servicios de Alimentos 

Estamos trabajando en planes sobre cómo apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y familias durante este momento difícil, incluido el desarrollo de estrategias mediante las cuales proporcionaremos comidas a los estudiantes que dependen de nosotros para su apoyo.

Oficina de Distrito 

Nuestra Oficina del Distrito permanecerá abierta durante las próximas tres semanas para proporcionar  a nuestros estudiantes y al personal el apoyo que necesitan.  Otro personal crítico, incluido el personal de custodia y cafetería, también se presentará al trabajo para garantizar que las tareas clave como la limpieza profunda continúen según sea necesario.

Educación Especial

Estamos trabajando en planes para apoyar mejor las necesidades únicas de nuestros estudiantes en educación especial.  Se enviará más información a las familias servidos por nuestro Departamento de Educación Especial.

Es muy importante que los estudiantes se queden en casa y reducir al mínimo el contacto social tanto como sea posible para mantener a los cuidadores y miembros de la familia adulto seguro. Se ha demostrado que los niños son un grupo de bajo riesgo de enfermedad grave por este virus. Sin embargo, pueden transmitir el virus a las personas más vulnerables.

Compartiremos información más detallada lo antes posible sobre cómo las familias pueden apoyar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes durante este período de cierre. Mientras navegamos por un territorio desconocido, gracias por su apoyo y flexibilidad.

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MARCH 12, 2020

As you know, all Santa Clara County school districts continue to be regularly briefed by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on COVID-19. As we shared last week, the guidance from Public Health continues to evolve as new developments occur and we are writing to share some important new information with you around athletics.

While we have already postponed and cancelled a great deal of school activities in the last two weeks, we are now postponing all athletic games and competitions effective tomorrow, Friday, March 13 until further notice. While all games and competitions between schools will be suspended, regular practices will continue as scheduled.

This decision was made in partnership with all the school districts in our league. Please know that this decision was made with a great deal of thought and care for our students, and while we know there will undoubtedly be disappointment at this announcement, we believe it is in the best interest of our students and consistent with the guidance shared by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

If you have not had the opportunity to read our prior messages pertaining to COVID-19, guidance from Public Health and the precautions we are taking as a school district, please take a moment to review this information our website.

Please remember to stay home when you are sick. You can continue to support the health and safety of our school communities by following these standard precautionary measures:

  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not available;
  • avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • stay home when sick and call your school to report fever and respiratory symptoms;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional; and
  • continue to receive an annual flu shot.

We are hearing from many families about individual concerns over possible exposure to COVID-19. Please remember that for an exposure to have occurred, there has to be a direct link between the person exposed and a person that has been confirmed to test positive with COVID-19. Being around another person that has only been exposed but does not have COVID-19 and is only quarantining/isolating out of caution is not considered to be an exposure by Public Health. If you have reason to believe you have been exposed directly to an individual that has tested positive with COVID-19, you should immediately call your health practitioner who will then inform the Public Health Department. You should also call your health practitioner if you are experiencing serious health symptoms and you should always stay home from work if you are sick.


Como usted sabe, todos los distritos escolares del Condado de Santa Clara continúan siendo informados regularmente por la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara y el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara en COVID-19. Como compartimos la semana pasada, la guía de Salud Pública continúa evolucionando a medida que ocurren nuevos desarrollos y estamos escribiendo para compartir información nueva importante con usted en torno al atletismo.

Aunque ya hemos pospuesto y cancelado una gran cantidad de actividades escolares en las últimas dos semanas, ahora estamos posponiendo todos los juegos deportivos y competiciones efectivas mañana, 13 de Marzo. Si bien todos los juegos y competiciones entre escuelas serán suspendidos, las prácticas regulares continuarán según lo programado.

Esta decisión fue tomada en asociación con todos los distritos escolares de nuestra liga. Por favor, sepa que esta decisión fue tomada con mucho pensamiento y cuidado para nuestros estudiantes, y aunque sabemos que sin duda habrá decepción en este anuncio, creemos que es en el mejor interés de nuestros estudiantes y consistente con la orientación compartida por el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara.Si usted no ha tenido la oportunidad de leer nuestros mensajes anteriores relacionados con COVID-19, la orientación de Salud Pública y las precauciones que estamos tomando como distrito escolar, por favor tome un momento para revisar esta información en www.fuhsd.org/newsroom/coronavirus-updates.

Si no ha tenido la oportunidad de leer nuestros mensajes anteriores relacionados con COVID-19, orientación de Salud Pública y las precauciones que estamos tomando como distrito escolar, tómese un momento para revisar esta información en www.fuhsd.org/newsroom/coronavirus-updates.

Recuerde quedarse en casa cuando esté enfermo. Puede continuar apoyando la salud y la seguridad de nuestras comunidades escolares siguiendo estas medidas de precaución estándar:

  • lavarse las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos y usar un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol cuando no haya jabón disponible;
  • evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca y evite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas;
  • quedarse en casa cuando esté enfermo y llamar a su escuela para reportar fiebre y síntomas respiratorios;
  • cubra la tos y los estornudos con un pañuelo desechable, tire el pañuelo a la basura y limpie y desinfecte objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia;
  • las personas con problemas de salud crónicos y / o las personas que experimentan síntomas graves deben ser evaluadas por un profesional médico; y
  • continuar recibiendo una vacuna anual contra la gripe.

Ha habido cierta confusión sobre lo que constituye una exposición a COVID-19. Para que haya ocurrido la exposicióntiene que haber una relación directa entre la persona expuestay una persona que ha sido confirmada para dar positivo con COVID-19. La exposición a una persona que simplemente ha estado expuesta, no tiene COVID-19 y solo está en cuarentena/aislamiento por precaución no se considera que lo haya puesto en riesgo de COVID-19. Si tiene razones para creer que ha estado expuesto directamente a una persona que dio positivo con COVID-19, debe llamar de inmediato a su profesional de la salud, quien informará al Departamento de Salud Pública. También debe llamar a su profesional de la salud si experimenta síntomas de salud graves y siempre debe quedarse en casa y no trabajar si está enfermo.


March 11, 2020

Over the last two days, Santa Clara County school districts were briefed several times by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on COVID-19. As we shared last week, the guidance from Public Health continues to evolve as new developments occur.

Please take a moment to review the updated guidance for schools and the broader community below and the new actions we will be taking.

Guidance for Schools

The Public Health Department is still not recommending closing schools at this time. As we shared in our last update to the community on March 6, if a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted. The reason we are not recommending school closures at this time is because children have been shown to be at low risk for COVID-19. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education. Some children have underlying health conditions, such as severely weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home from school.

The Public Health Department has emphasized that the social disruption caused by closing schools would be significant and currently outweighs the potential benefits of using school closure to slow disease transmission. If schools shut down, vulnerable families who rely on schools and staff for basic needs, including regular meals, are at a higher risk of being negatively impacted. Another factor to consider is that closing schools may unintentionally impact our healthcare community and our collective response to COVID-19. There may be parents of students who are working as healthcare providers or in the health field on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. If schools close, parents may not be able to work and provide support to those who need it. Closing schools is a last resort and will be done with great care, transparency, and in partnership with Public Health.

We have been urged to continue to consider more alternatives to large events, based on criteria including size of event, length of event, the mix of participants and the size of the venue. We will be exploring some alternate approaches to performances, assemblies or other events, including live streaming and webcasts.

With that in mind, we have decided to take the following actions, which are in addition to the event cancellations that we announced on Friday, March 6:

  • We have extended all previously announced event and travel cancellations through April 10. This includes all rallies, dances, student performances and travel to student competitions.
  • We have cancelled any sports tournaments/invitationals where multiple schools are participating and coming from disparate locations. Regular season games between two teams will continue as scheduled.
  • Spectators will not be allowed at indoor sporting events. Spectators at outdoor sporting events must be able to sit an arms-length distance apart.
  • All non-essential, non-instructional events should be cancelled or postponed if they are in spaces that do not permit participants to remain at arms-length distance from one another. Individuals in high-risk categories should not attend. Individuals who are not feeling well should not attend.

If your student is scheduled to attend a school trip or tournament in the next several weeks, a site administrator and/or advisor of the trip will be in contact with you directly with more information about the cancellations.

Countywide Prohibition on Mass Gatherings of more than 1,000 People

The County Health Officer has issued an order, effective at 12 a.m. on March 11, 2020, prohibiting public or private mass gatherings. A mass gathering is any event or convening that brings together one thousand (1,000) or more people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, theater or any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space. A mass gathering does not include normal operations at schools, airports, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 1,000 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments or retail or grocery stores where large numbers of people are present, but where it is unusual for them to be within arm's length of one another. Schools are not subject to this prohibition.

Previous Updates and Guidance

Once again, we realize that there is a high volume of information about COVID-19 available and that information is often reported in the news media before we have been given official guidance for schools from Public Health. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work together as a district to make the best decisions possible for students and staff and get critical information to you as soon as we are able. We thank you for your understanding as we work together to protect students, families and staff.

For all updates that FUHSD has previously shared with our community, visit our Coronavirus Updates webpage.


Estimada Comunidad de FUHSD,

Esta tarde, todos los distritos escolares del condado de Santa Clara fueron informados por la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara y el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara sobre COVID-19. Como compartimos la semana pasada, la guía de Salud Pública continúa evolucionando a medida que ocurren nuevos desarrollos.

Tómese un momento para revisar la guía actualizada para las escuelas y la comunidad en general a continuación y las nuevas acciones que vamos a tomar.

Orientación para Escuelas

El Departamento de Salud Pública todavía no recomienda cerrar las escuelas en este momento. Como compartimos en nuestra última actualización para la comunidad el 6 de Marzo, si se confirma que un miembro del personal o estudiante en una escuela específica tiene COVID-19, el Departamento de Salud Pública considerará, según los hechos y circunstancias específicos de ese caso, si el cierre de esa escuela está justificado. La razón por la que no recomendamos el cierre de escuelas en este momento es porque se ha demostrado que los niños tienen un bajo riesgo de COVID-19. Como sea posible, los niños deben poder continuar con su educación y sus actividades normales. Algunos niños tienen condiciones de salud subyacentes, como sistemas inmunes severamente debilitados, que los ponen en mayor riesgo. Cuidadores de niños con problemas de salud subyacentes deben consultar con profesionales de la salud acerca de si sus hijos deben ir a la escuela.

El Departamento de Salud Pública ha enfatizado que la interrupción social causada por el cierre de escuelas sería significativa y actualmente supera los beneficios potenciales de usar el cierre de escuelas para retrasar la transmisión de enfermedades. Si las escuelas cierran, las familias vulnerables que dependen de las escuelas y el personal para las necesidades básicas, incluidas las comidas regulares, corren un mayor riesgo de verse afectadas negativamente. Otro factor a considerar es que el cierre de escuelas puede impactar involuntariamente nuestra comunidad de atención médica y nuestra respuesta colectiva a COVID-19. Puede haber padres de estudiantes que trabajan como proveedores de atención médica o en el campo de la salud en la primera línea de la respuesta de COVID-19. Si las escuelas cierran, es posible que los padres no puedan trabajar y dar apoyo a quienes lo necesitan. El cierre de las escuelas es el último recurso y se realizará con gran cuidado, transparencia y en colaboración con la Salud Pública.

Se nos ha instado a que siga considerando más alternativas a los grandes eventos. Exploraremos algunos enfoques alternativos para presentaciones, asambleas u otros eventos, incluyendo transmisión en vivo y transmisiones web.

Con eso en mente, hemos decidido tomar las siguientes acciones, que se suman a las cancelaciones de eventos que anunciamos el viernes 6 de Marzo:

  • Hemos extendido todos los eventos anunciados previamente y cancelaciones de viaje hasta el 10 de abril. Esto incluye todas las manifestaciones, bailes, presentaciones de estudiantes y viajes a competiciones estudiantiles
  • Hemos cancelado todos los torneos deportivos/invitaciones en los que participan varias escuelas y proceden de distintas localidades. Los juegos de la temporada regular entre dos equipos continuarán según lo programado.
  • Los espectadores no serán permitidos en los eventos deportivos de interior. Los espectadores en eventos deportivos al aire libre deben poder sentarse a una distancia de un brazo de distancia
  • Todos los eventos no esenciales y no instructivos deben cancelarse o posponerse si están en espacios que no permiten que los participantes permanezcan a una distancia de un brazo de uno al otro. Los individuos en categorías de alto riesgo no deben asistir. Los individuos que no se sienten bien no deben asistir. 

Si su estudiante está programado para asistir a un viaje escolar o un torneo en las próximas semanas, un administrador del sitio y / o asesor del viaje se comunicará con usted directamente con más información sobre las cancelaciones.
 
Prohibición en todo el condado de reuniones masivas de más de 1,000 personas

El Oficial de Salud del Condado emitió una orden, actualmente a las 12 a.m. del 11 de Marzo de 2020, que prohíbe las reuniones masivas públicas o privadas. Una reunión masiva es cualquier evento o reunión que reúne a mil (1,000) o más personas en una sola habitación o espacio al mismo tiempo, como un auditorio, estadio, arena, gran sala de conferencias, sala de reuniones, cafetería, teatro o cualquier otro espacio cerrado interior o exterior cerrado. Una reunión masiva no incluye operaciones normales en aeropuertos, centros comerciales y centros u otros espacios donde 1,000 o más personas puedan estar en tránsito. Tampoco incluye entornos de oficina típicos o tiendas minoristas o de abarrotes donde hay un gran número de personas presentes, pero donde es inusual que se encuentren al alcance de la mano. Las escuelas no están sujetas a esta prohibición.

Actualizaciones anteriores y orientación
 
Nos damos cuenta de que hay un gran volumen de información sobre COVID-19 disponible y que la información a veces se informa en los medios de comunicación antes de que se nos brinde orientación oficial para las escuelas de Salud Pública. Agradecemos su comprensión y paciencia mientras trabajamos juntos como un distrito a tomar las mejores decisiones para estudiantes y personal y obtener información crítica para usted tan pronto como nos sea posible.
 
Para todas las actualizaciones que FUHSD ha compartido previamente con nuestra comunidad, visite nuestra página de actualizaciones de Coronavirus.


March 6, 200

We are writing to provide you with an update from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, as there has been new guidance issued since our last update on Wednesday, March 4.

The Public Health Department is now recommending the postponement or cancellation of some mass gatherings and large community events, depending on a number of specific factors which we were briefed on today during a call with Dr. Sarah Cody. The guidance from Public Health is that we should review each of the events we have planned, consider each of the factors outlined by Dr. Cody and make decisions regarding cancellation on a case-by-case basis.

At this time, utilizing this new guidance, we have decided the following:

  • To cancel all travel to school-sponsored festivals and competitions, including trips both inside and outside of California until April 3.
  • To cancel all school rallies, assemblies and dances beginning immediately until April 3.
  • Events that do not allow for participants to be at arms-length distance apart from one another will be cancelled.

Additionally, while all CIF-sanctioned sporting events will continue to occur, spectators are discouraged from attending if they are at higher risk and those present should stay at arms-length distance form one another. 

If your student is scheduled to attend a school trip in the next several weeks, your principal and/or advisor of the trip will be in contact with you directly with more information about the cancellations.

We understand that guidance from Public Health may continue to change in the coming days, but please be assured that we are continuing to monitor this situation closely and are remaining in daily contact with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Public Health Department.

We realize that there is a high volume of information about COVID-19 available and that information is often reported in the news media before we have been given official guidance for schools from Public Health. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work together as a district to make the best decisions possible for students and staff and get critical information to you as soon as we are able.

While the Public Health Department has issued the above new guidance, it is still not recommending closing schools at this time. If a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted. The reason that Public Health is not recommending school closures at this time is because children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. Should the Public Health Department determine a school closure is warranted, the duration is likely to be the length of time needed to conduct cleaning protocols. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities. However, we know that some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Parents and caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.

There has been some confusion about what constitutes an exposure to COVID-19. For exposure to have occurred, there has to be a direct link between the person exposed and a person that has been confirmed to test positive with COVID-19. Exposure to a person that has merely been exposed, does not have COVID-19 and is only quarantining/isolating out of caution is not considered to have put you at risk for COVID-19. If you have reason to believe you have been exposed directly to an individual that has tested positive with COVID-19, you should immediately call your health practitioner who will then inform the Public Health Department. You should also call your health practitioner if you are experiencing serious health symptoms and you should always stay home from work if you are sick. 

The Public Health Department has continued to emphasize that the vast majority of people who became infected with COVID-19 do not become seriously ill, and fully recover.

We thank you again for your understanding as we work together to protect students, families and staff.


Estimada Comunidad de FUHSD:
 
Le escribimos para proporcionarle una actualización del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara, ya que se ha emitido una nueva guía desde nuestra última actualización el Miércoles 4 de Marzo.
 
El Departamento de Salud Pública ahora está recomendando el aplazamiento o cancelación de algunas reuniones masivas y grandes eventos comunitarios, dependiendo de una serie de factores específicos que nos informaron esta mañana durante una llamada con la Dra. Sarah Cody. La guía de Salud Pública es que debemos revisar cada uno de los eventos que hemos planeado, considerar cada uno de los factores descritos por el Dr. Cody y tomar decisiones con respecto a la cancelación caso por caso.

En este momento, utilizando esta nueva guía, hemos decidido lo siguiente:

Cancelar todos los viajes a festivales y competencias patrocinados por la escuela, incluidos los viajes dentro y fuera de California durante el resto de Marzo.
Cancelar todas las celebraciónes escolares (school rallies), asambleas y bailes que comiencen inmediatamente por el resto de Marzo.
Se cancelarán los eventos que no permitan que los participantes estén no más de un brazo de distancia de uno del otro. 

Además, mientras que todos los eventos deportivos sancionados por el CIF continuarán ocurriendo, se les desanima a los espectadores no asistir si corren un mayor riesgo y los presentes deben mantenerse no más de un brazo de distancia de uno al otro.
 
Si su estudiante está programado para asistir a un viaje fuera del estado en las próximas semanas, su Principal y/o asesor del viaje se comunicarán con usted directamente con más información.
 
Entendemos que es probable que exista preocupación por otros viajes y reuniones, y la orientación de Salud Pública puede cambiar en los próximos días, pero por favor tenga la seguridad de que continuaremos monitoreando esta situación de cerca y mantendremos un contacto diario con la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara y Departamento de Salud Pública.  Nos damos cuenta de que hay un gran volumen de información sobre COVID-19 disponible y que la información a veces se informa en los medios de comunicación antes de que se nos brinde orientación oficial para las escuelas de Salud Pública. Agradecemos su comprensión y paciencia mientras trabajamos juntos como un distrito a tomar las mejores decisiones para estudiantes y personal y obtener información crítica para usted tan pronto como nos sea posible. 
 
Mientras que el Departamento de Salud Pública ha emitido la nueva guía anterior, todavía no recomienda cerrar las escuelas en este momento.  Si se confirma que un miembro del personal o estudiante en una escuela específica tiene COVID-19, el Departamento de Salud Pública considerará, en función de los hechos y circunstancias específicos de ese caso, si el cierre de esa escuela está justificado.  La razón por la cual Salud Pública no recomienda el cierre de escuelas en este momento es porque no se ha demostrado que los niños sean un grupo de alto riesgo para enfermedades graves por este virus. Tanto como sea posible, los niños deben poder continuar con su educación y sus actividades normales.   Sin embargo, sabemos que algunos niños tienen problemas de salud subyacentes, tales como los sistemas inmunes debilitados, que los ponen en mayor riesgo.  Los padres y cuidadores de niños con problemas de salud subyacentes deben consultar con profesionales de la salud acerca de si sus hijos deben quedarse en casa.
 
Ha habido cierta confusión sobre lo que constituye una exposición a COVID-19.  Para que haya ocurrido la exposicióntiene que haber una relación directa entre la persona expuestay una persona que ha sido confirmada para dar positivo con COVID-19.  La exposición a una persona que simplemente ha estado expuesta, no tiene COVID-19 y solo está en cuarentena/aislamiento por precaución no se considera que lo haya puesto en riesgo de COVID-19.  Si tiene razones para creer que ha estado expuesto directamente a una persona que dio positivo con COVID-19, debe llamar de inmediato a su profesional de la salud, quien informará al Departamento de Salud Pública.  También debe llamar a su profesional de la salud si experimenta síntomas de salud graves y siempre debe quedarse en casa y no trabajar si está enfermo. 
 
El Departamento de Salud Pública ha seguido haciendo hincapié en que la gran mayoría de las personas que se infectaron con COVID-19 no se enferman gravemente y se recuperan por completo.


March 4, 2020

We are writing to provide you with an update from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health. There has been new guidance for persons with a higher-risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 and also some new recommendations for travelers. The County has also announced that there are now 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. At this time, of the total confirmed cases in the county, only two have been determined to be community transmission; four are travel related; three are close contacts to known cases; and the two new cases remain under investigation.
 
"Due to our almost daily increase in cases, the Public Health Department is issuing new guidance today to protect the health of vulnerable individuals," said the County's Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody. "We ask for the public's help in sharing these new recommendations, staying calm, and following prior guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control." Public Health also shared that it is important to remember that, for about 80% of the population, this disease will be mild. 
 
To review the County Public Health Department recommendations for individuals who are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract COVID-19, including those individuals 50 and older and individuals with underlying medical problems, please visit the Public Health website. These recommendations include avoiding mass gatherings with large numbers of people.
 
While we certainly understand there are concerns around travel and large group events for schools and students in light of his evolving situation, when all school districts were briefed by Dr. Cody from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Ann Dewan earlier this week, they did not recommend the cancellation of trips or large school gatherings, including assemblies, athletics or other school events. This recommendation is based on the data that is currently available to Public Health. One exception to this would be for students or staff that are immunocompromised or at high risk. 
 
If the guidance from Public Health and the CDC should change, we will let all families know immediately. Dr. Cody stressed that anyone that is ill -­ staff, student or family member ­- should not be traveling on a school trip, just as they should not be attending school or work.
 
Recommendations for Travelers

The current recommendations for those returning from international travel are:

  • If you have symptoms, stay home, contact your healthcare provider, and provide your travel history. 
  • If you have traveled to countries experiencing coronavirus outbreak and have no symptoms, you may choose to stay home out of an abundance of caution, but it is not currently mandatory. If you develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them your symptoms and recent travel history.

We do understand that the many unknowns in this rapidly developing situation have caused concern for many in our school community, but we will continue to rely on the advice of the experts from Public Health and the CDC and follow all of their recommended actions. Please continue to follow all prior guidance from Public Health and the CDC on proper hand hygiene, staying home from work and school when sick and consulting your family physician if you experiencing severe symptoms. We appreciate your support and cooperation through what we know is a challenging time.

Additional information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions can continue to be accessed on the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website.


March 1, 2020

As we shared with you on Friday morning, we continue to closely monitor the new coronavirus, now named COVID-19, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
At this time, our county is reporting seven known cases of COVID-19, with each being carefully monitored by medical professionals. However, because community transmission within California and Santa Clara County has now been confirmed, the CDC and Public Health have advised that both individuals and organizations need to take action to help slow the spread of the disease. At this time, all Fremont Union High School District schools continue to be open and ready to serve students. That status would only change under the direction of the county health officer, with any student absence due to quarantine by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department excused.
 
Per the recommendations of Public Health we have been enhancing our cleaning of classroom and school surfaces. Our custodial staff has been trained using the Santa Clara County School Outbreak Toolkit and each of our schools has increased the regular disinfecting of classroom surfaces, including desks and doorknobs, since the start of February. With the first community transmission of the coronavirus reported in Santa Clara County late Friday, we will continue to follow any further instructions from Public Health regarding disinfection practices. We will be adding additional hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the campuses as well.
 
Tomorrow afternoon, we will be briefed by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and will inform you if the situation changes or if the Public Health Department has additional information and/or direction that we are able to share with our families and staff. Our district nurse has also been in regular contact with Public Health and is an expert in watching for symptoms and providing guidance to families.
 
You can continue to support the health and safety of our school communities by following these standard precautionary measures:

  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not available;
  • avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • stay home when sick and call your school to report fever and respiratory symptoms;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional; and
  • continue to receive an annual flu shot. 

You will find additional information on COVID-19 on the websites of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thank you for practicing good hygiene and following the advice of medical professionals. We appreciate your support and cooperation through what we know is a challenging time.


Feb. 27, 2020

On February 25, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), held a press conference and shared that the immediate risk of the novel coronavirus (now referred to as COVID-19) to the public is still low at this time. It was also shared that although the risk at this point in time is low, COVID-19 could begin spreading in communities and we all should begin preparations now. Our schools are taking the necessary steps to prepare and the health and safety of our students is our priority. We recognize that the unknown can be concerning and will continue to provide regular updates as we have them.

We are working closely with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). SCCOE is in daily contact with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and also monitors the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)s' information updates daily.

All schools in California are required to have Emergency Safety Plans that address emergency situations (including pandemic flu) and articulate protocols and roles of staff. School staff are required to review these plans together annually, and subsequently review if future emergencies are foreseen or occur, and update the plans as needed.

In case of an emergency, it is our school's protocol to notify parents and guardians via our emergency communication program with both a phone and email message.

As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated every year.

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. We thank you for your cooperation and support.


Feb. 3, 2020

Please take a minute to review this update and important new guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on the coronavirus. If you have specific questions that are not covered by the information provided below, please contact Public Health directly at (408) 885-3980.

I am writing to provide an update regarding the novel coronavirus in our county, and to share updated guidance for students and staff who have recently traveled to China. 

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department has now received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of two cases of novel coronavirus, one on Friday January 31, and the second on Sunday February 2. Both of these cases had traveled to Wuhan, China in the 14 days before they became ill. Both have been self-isolating at home. The cases are not related to each other. We are reaching out to anyone who may have been in close contact with either case to determine whether they were exposed to the novel coronavirus. All exposed close contacts are being quarantined at home and monitored for symptoms.  

To date, we do not have any evidence to suggest that that novel coronavirus is circulating in Santa Clara County or the Bay Area, and public health departments are working hard to keep it that way. As we have all been communicating, the situation is evolving rapidly, and we anticipate this pace of change to continue. 

One change is that a recent published report has documented asymptomatic transmission of the virus. Asymptomatic transmission is when a person who does not yet have symptoms nevertheless spreads infections to others. How often this occurs is not known, but if asymptomatic transmission does occur, it would likely occur in the day or two before the infected individual starts showing symptoms. 

This evidence of asymptomatic transmission is in part why the federal government has made the decision to formally quarantine all travelers returning to the US from Hubei province (where Wuhan city is located), China, and to ask people returning from other parts of China to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days since their last day in China.  

Because of the concern of asymptomatic transmission, especially from travelers who returned from Hubei province, we are now asking schools to do the following: 

1. Students or staff who have been in Hubei province within the last 14 days, should immediately return home and call the public health department during regular business hours (408-885-3980, M-F 8-5) so that we can provide guidance on monitoring themselves carefully for symptoms for the 14 days since their last day in China.

a. Family members of travelers who visited Hubei province within the last 14 days do not need to quarantine at home, but they should also monitor for symptoms and avoid attending large gatherings.  

2. Students or staff who have been to other areas of mainland China (this excludes Hong Kong) within the last 14 days should also not come to school. They should monitor themselves for symptoms for the 14 days since their last day in China. Per federal guidance being released today, they should also call the public health department during regular business hours (408-885-3980, M-F 8-5) for further guidance.  

In either case, if they become symptomatic within 14 days since their last day in China with fever (including chills or night sweats), cough, or shortness of breath, they should call a healthcare provider and let them know their travel history and symptoms.

We encourage all students and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu:

  • Encourage all students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
  • Those who have a fever at school should go home immediately and stay there for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Separate sick students and staff from others in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home.
  • Promote hand hygiene through education and availability of soap, hand sanitizers, and tissues.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm. Do not use your hands.
  • Perform routine surface cleaning, particularly for high-touch surfaces.
  • Consider not attending or hosting large gatherings. This is where cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses are often spread.

The Public Health Department has a webpage dedicated to novel coronavirus in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese at sccphd.org/coronavirus. We will keep the webpage updated as we know more. We will monitor the developing situation and inform you of any additional public health recommendations. We also greatly appreciate everyone's efforts in staying informed, calm, and thoughtful as we all do our part to help keep our communities safe.

All the best, Sara H. Cody, MD, Health Officer and Director County of Santa Clara Public Health Department


Jan. 31, 2020 

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department received confirmation today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that an adult male resident of the county has tested positive for the novel (new) coronavirus. 

This case recently traveled to Wuhan, China and became ill upon returning home. He was seen at a local clinic and hospital, but was never was sick enough to require hospitalization. He is in stable condition and is self-isolating at home, and he did not leave home while he had symptoms except to seek medical care. Public Health Department staff are in regular contact and monitoring his symptoms and condition. Further information about the individual will not be released for reasons of medical privacy. 

“We understand that this news may be concerning, but based on what we know today, the risk to residents of our community remains low,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer, Santa Clara County. “This news is not unexpected. Santa Clara County has the largest population in the Bay Area, and many of our residents travel for both personal and business reasons.” 

Even with news of this case, the risk to the general public remains low because the patient remained at home. Santa Clara County residents, students, workers, and visitors should continue to engage in their regular activities and practice good health hygiene since this is the height of flu season. Healthy people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel. Anyone with respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, sore throat, or fever, should stay home, practice proper cough etiquette and hand hygiene, and limit their contact with other people. 

County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is working closely with the CDC and the California Public Health Department, and other partners as this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. Information will be updated as it becomes available on our website: http://sccphd.org/coronavirus.   

Key Points: 

  • The case has been confirmed by the CDC. 
  • There is no evidence of person-to-person spread in our community and the risk to the public remains low. 
  • The person is in stable condition and self-isolating at home and being monitored by the Public Health Department. In order to protect patient privacy/confidentiality, no other details about this person will be released. 
  • Public Health Department officials are following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with this person to determine their risk of infection, monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness and to take measures to limit the spread of the virus. 

This is the only case of novel coronavirus in Santa Clara County. There are currently six other confirmed cases in the United States. 

In January, County of Santa Clara Public Health Department activated its Emergency Operations Center to ensure regular communications to the public, providers and partners, as well as to handle any reports of potential novel coronavirus infection. The department will continue to provide regular updates and to work with healthcare providers as the situation evolves. 

Healthcare professionals are reminded to use appropriate infection control practices at all times. Public Health will continue to provide updated information about the diagnosis and management of cases of novel coronavirus to healthcare providers and hospitals in the County and relevant partners to both identify and prevent any future cases. 

This situation is rapidly changing, so the public should visit the PHD website for updated local information at http://sccphd.org/coronavirus. The CDC provides more information about novel coronavirus at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.


Jan. 30, 2020

Please take a minute to review this update from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on the coronavirus.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is working closely with our local, state, and federal public health partners to closely monitor novel (new) coronavirus developments. We are preparing locally because this is a new and rapidly evolving situation. We have staffed our public health emergency operations center to coordinate our work. This includes working actively with healthcare providers, schools, and many other partners. 

We know people are anxious and concerned about this new virus. Because it is so new, there is still a lot we do not know, including exactly how it is spreads, how easily it spreads, and whether people with no symptoms can spread the virus. 

One thing we do not know is whether masks will protect you from this virus, mainly because there is no evidence of person-to-person spread in our community right now. Our best advice right now is you don't need to wear a mask since there is little risk of getting the illness.  

The one exception is if you are sick with respiratory symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath – wear a mask to protect others. Simple surgical masks can help prevent spreading the flu and other viruses to your family, friends, colleagues, and community. 

People who have traveled to where virus is circulating should closely monitor their health for 14 days after they have returned. If you begin to get sick with a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and wear a mask around others in your household. Call your healthcare provider and let them know your travel history and your symptoms. 

If you have mild symptoms like a cough, runny nose, or sore throat, you do not need to go to a hospital emergency department. Please do not go to an emergency department unless your symptoms are more severe, such as having difficulty breathing. 

If you are at home sick, please wear a mask and separate yourself from others to protect them from your illness. If your symptoms get worse, contact your healthcare provider again to determine what treatment may be needed. 

With any virus, we know they spread easily in large groups people. If you can, avoid large gatherings, especially if you do not feel well. And if you have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, please do not attend Super Bowl parties this weekend. Whether it's the flu or another virus, you can help us limit the spread of many illnesses by staying home when you are sick.  

Responding to outbreaks like this one is what public health departments do. It is our responsibility to take action to limit the spread of disease and protect the public's health, and we thank you for doing your part.  

Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer, County of Santa Clara 


Jan. 27, 2020 

Dear FUHSD community,
 
The CDC and state and local public health departments are working together to closely monitor the novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020, and just over the weekend, several cases in Southern California have been confirmed. Public health departments are working to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. To date, there are no confirmed cases in Santa Clara County. 
 
When new viruses surface, there can be lots of anxiety and stress, so it is critically important to stay informed.
 
What you need to know 
- In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified who recently traveled from Wuhan, China, and who has any of these respiratory symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath), they should be sent home from school/work, and the Public Health Department should be contacted at 408-885-3980 for additional guidance.

We encourage all students, parents and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu:
- Students and staff should stay home when they are sick.
   - Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
   - Sick students and staff should be separated from others until they can be picked up to go home.
- Promote good hand hygiene practices through regular handwashing and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Practice proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
- Perform routine surface cleaning.
- Consider not attending large gatherings, as this is where cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses often spread.

The Public Health Department has a webpage dedicated to the novel coronavirus at sccphd.org/coronavirus; which will be updated as the Public Health Department has additional information. 
 
Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
 
What is happening? There has been an outbreak of a new illness called "novel coronavirus." While the illness started in China, the situation is changing rapidly.
 
What do we know about novel coronavirus? People with the virus have been confirmed in a number of countries including China, Vietnam and the United States. Since this virus is very new, health authorities are carefully watching the situation and how this virus spreads. The U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Controls will provide updated information as it becomes available.
 
What is the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department doing? Public health officials are taking action to protect the public. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring the outbreak.
 
Is my family at risk of getting novel coronavirus? At this time, there is low risk to Santa Clara County residents, unless they recently traveled to Wuhan or were in close contact with someone who was ill who recently traveled in that area.
 
What should I do now to protect my family?

1. Get your flu shot to protect against flu or symptoms like the ones for the novel coronavirus.
2. Wash your hands with liquid soap and water, rub for at least 20 seconds.
3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, sleeve or arm. Do not use your hand.
4. Stay home if you are sick with a fever, cough, shortness of breath and are feeling tired.
5. Try staying away from large groups of people.
6. For people who are traveling to Wuhan: www.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/novel-coronavirus
 
Should we avoid going to public events?  Please remember that flu and other respiratory viruses are very common right now, and large group gatherings are places where viruses can spread. Remember, if you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs. 
 
What happens if someone has traveled to China and they are now sick? In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified who recently traveled from Wuhan, China and has symptoms of respiratory illness, they should be sent home from school/work and the school should immediately contact Public Health.  
 
What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus? Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath. Some people may have pneumonia or more serious illness.  

I'm sick. How do I know if it is coronavirus or something else, like the flu? If you have traveled to Wuhan, China in the last 14 days or have been in close contact with someone who has been there and have cold or flu symptoms, please contact your doctor.
 
How is novel coronavirus spread? Are my children and family at risk? It is unclear how easily or frequently the virus may spread from person to person, so it's important to practice good hygiene (cover your cough and sneeze, and wash hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol based sanitizer). We are still learning about this new virus.
 
Should we cancel travel plans to Asian countries? At this time, the CDC has issued a Level 3 travel advisory, recommending to avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China. Please check the CDC website for current advisories to other countries: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
 
I'm feeling stressed and overwhelmed, who can I talk to? An anonymous crisis line is available 24 hours, 7 days a week including holidays at 1-800-704-0900 (Mental Health Services) and/or SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline 24 hours at 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746 (Press 2 for Spanish).