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Coronavirus

As news reports continue to focus on the coronavirus, we want to assure our community members that the safety of students, staff, and families is a priority for us, and we are continually monitoring reports about the disease. 

 

Our district nurses are in touch regularly with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), and they received the latest update on the virus on February 4. As of that date, four cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in Northern California, and no cases have been identified in Alameda County. 

 

As such, the risk of contracting the coronavirus in Alameda County (and indeed throughout the United States) is still considered low. Still, we recommend that families practice good health habits to avoid the spread of any type of respiratory viruses this time of year, including:

 

  • Getting a flu vaccination  (i.e., a "flu shot")
  • Washing hands frequently
  • Covering your nose and/or mouth with your arm or a tissue when you sneeze or cough
  • Clean surfaces routinely
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Keeping your children at home when they are ill, especially if they have a fever
  • Avoiding close contact with others who are ill.

At this time, we cannot exclude children from our schools who are asymptomatic. Our health clerks have been told, however,  that if students develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, they should be sent home from school, and ACPHD should be contacted.

 

AUSD staff will continue to monitor the information being provided by government agencies and update our communications to our families and staff as necessary. In the meantime, we ‘d like to emphasize again that the current risk of developing coronavirus is low, and the most important thing you can do for your family and community is to take everyday preventative measures.

 

For more details on the measures that families and schools should take to prevent the spread of coronavirus, please see the documents on the right hand side of this page.  

 

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traveler guidelines

Families or students who have recently traveled from mainland China to Alameda should "self-quarantine" and monitor their health for 14 days before returning to school. (More details on traveler guidelines are available on the CDC's Coronavirus Information for Travelers web page.) This page includes Spanish and Chinese translations.