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COVID-19 Updates: 3/31/20

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Meal service information at http://bit.ly/DUSD-Meals

March 31. 2020 @ 3:30 pm

DUSD Families, 

Here is your update for Tuesday, March 31, 2020:

Board Meeting Tonight - View our Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees today at 5:00PM. You will be able to view the meeting on DublinUSD.TV. Due to the shelter-in-place order, there will be no live audience at this Special Board Meeting. View the agenda here

Only comments related to an item on the special meeting agenda will be read into the record. If you wish to make a public comment for an agendized item, you must submit your public comments by e-mail to BoardComments@DublinUSD.org. In the subject line of the e-mail, please state the item you are commenting on, including the agenda item number and title. You are encouraged but not required to state your name. If you wish to submit a public comment on more than one agenda item, please send a separate e-mail for each item on which you are commenting. Please be aware that written public comments may become public information.

Website Survey - We’d like your feedback! Right now, we are working on developing a refreshed website for our District and schools to be launched next school year. Please take our short survey here.

Meal Services Continue - Throughout our closure, the Dublin Unified School District is providing meals at no charge to any DUSD student. To date, we have served over 5,000 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals, Dublin High and Fallon Middle School. Visit our website for more information. 

Access to Technology Continues - Our IT team and staff have processed 604 requests for Chromebooks at home, and 77 requests for hotspots. Learn more on our website on how to make a reservation.

Follow us on Social Media! - We frequently post updates on our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 30, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

Welcome to the week before Spring Break! We hope your families are staying healthy and finding ways to enjoy time with one another. 

We know it’s challenging to find your new normal under these circumstances, which is why we appreciate the spirit of cooperation everyone has adopted in an effort to support student learning.

This week, we are continuing with our short-term plan where teachers are providing learning opportunities for students to complete that consist of current curriculum, review of current material, and enrichment opportunities. This is essentially a maintenance of learning. New curriculum will not universally be introduced until after Spring Break. Our long-term plan to create flexible independent learning options will be introduced later this week.

In the meantime, here is your update for Monday, March 30, 2020:

Board Meeting Rescheduled - The March 24, 2020 Board meeting has been rescheduled for tomorrow, March 31, 2020, at 5:00PM. You will be able to view the meeting on DublinUSD.TV. Due to the shelter-in-place order, there will be no live audience at this Special Board Meeting. If you have a question or comment you would like read during the public comment period, please email it to BoardComments@dublinusd.org.

Website Survey - We’d like your feedback! Right now, we are working on developing a refreshed website for our District and schools to be launched next school year. Please take our short survey here.

UC/CSU Announcement - The UC and CSU system will be making important announcements at some point this week. More information to follow.

Meal Services Continue - Throughout our closure, we are providing meals for any student in need. To date, we have served over 1,500 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals, Dublin High and Fallon Middle School. Visit our website for more information. 

Access to Technology Continues - Our IT team and staff have processed 551 requests for Chromebooks at home, and 72 requests for hotspots. Learn more on our website on how to make a reservation.

Follow us on Social Media! - We frequently post updates on our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

More information to come soon!

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 27, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

We have made it through the second week of the shelter in place here in Alameda County. Thank you to our students, staff, families, and community for your ongoing support and flexibility during this time. As we start our weekend, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you via video

I’d like to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to the shelter in place guidelines. We live in a time where we have access to technology which gives us the ability to interact with our friends and family via smartphones, social media, and more. 

To our students, remember you are not stuck at home, you are safe at home. Please resist the temptation to visit your friends in-person. Spend this time at home with people in your household, play games and puzzles, have a family movie night, create artwork, read a book, and complete fun projects you’ve had on the back-burner. We must all do our part to help our community during the COVID-19 crisis and not only think of ourselves, but others we could affect by our daily decisions. 

Remember, the longer we are able to stay apart, the sooner we’ll be able to be together!

Here is our update for Friday, March 27, 2020: 

Reminder: City and School Play Structures are Closed - The City of Dublin and the Dublin Unified School District have closed access to all playground equipment. These play structures are not regularly cleaned, making them potential delivery devices for COVID-19, which can live up to 72 hours on a hard surface. Please do not attempt to access City or District play structures until notified otherwise.

Send Us Your Artwork! - If you create artwork, videos, haiku, or music this weekend, email it to us at communications@dublinusd.org for us to share on our social media accounts next week. Tell us your first name, school, and title of your piece. We’d love to hear from you. 

Update on Access to Technology: Our IT team and staff have processed approximately 500 requests for Chromebooks at home, and 50 requests for hotspots. We are continuing to accept reservations for both at  https://www.dublin.k12.ca.us/Page/15488

Meal Services Continue - Throughout our closure, we will continue to provide meals for any student in need. To date, we have served over 1,500 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals. Thank you to our Child Nutrition Services team for making this happen!

Board Meeting Rescheduled - The March 24, 2020 Board meeting has been rescheduled for March 31, 2020 starting at 5PM. You will be able to view the meeting on DublinUSD.TV. Due to the shelter-in-place order, there will be no live audience at this Special Board Meeting. If you have a question or comment you would like read during the public comment period, please email it to BoardComments@dublinusd.org no later than 3:00PM on Monday, March 31.

Have a great weekend. 

Cannot thank you enough,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 26, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families,

Here is our update for Thursday, March 26, 2020: 

Student Expectations - By the end of next week, we will be providing information on how student work done remotely, to date, and moving forward, will be factored into their ongoing assessment and academic progress. Please refrain from contacting your teachers regarding grading questions until you have received more information from the District. 

No Picking Up Items - Many students and families have asked if they can stop by our schools to pick up items including instruments, clothes, items in lockers, learning materials, and more. During the shelter in place, schools are closed and students and families are not allowed back on campus. We will let you know when there is an opportunity to come by your school.

No Reported Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases within DUSD - We’ve received inquiries regarding whether or not there have been reported confirmed positive COVID-19 cases within our community. As of today, there are still no reported confirmed positive cases for any DUSD students or staff members. If there were to be a reported confirmed positive case in our school community, we will inform you if we receive a notification from the Alameda County Public Health Department.  

School Year Not Extended - Although the school closures have been extended to May 1, 2020, the school year has not been extended and will end on May 29, 2020. We are in the process of finalizing our long-term plans to create flexible learning opportunities that deliver the best possible experiences for all of our students in a way that is sustainable for the duration of this crisis. 

With appreciation,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 25, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families,

Three months ago, we never thought we would find ourselves in this situation. Yet, our school community, including our students and staff, have amazed us with their versatility, and ability to adapt to these changing times. We are in the process of finalizing our long-term plans to create flexible independent learning options that deliver the best possible experiences for all of our students in a way that is sustainable for the duration of this crisis. 

Here is our update for Wednesday, March 25, 2020: 

School Closures Extended Through May 1 - Today, seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent. This decision means DUSD schools will be closed, along with all other schools in the region, until May 1st. We still plan to observe our previously scheduled Spring Break from April 6 through April 10th. Read the full press release here.

We want you to know that we have been preparing for this eventuality. Beginning the week of April 13th, we will be changing the focus of our distance learning plan from review to the teaching of new material while progressing on standards not previously covered. We will have a comprehensive update for you next week, as we continue to prepare for this phase of our closure. We know you continue to have questions and we are committed to keeping you updated on things like grading, graduation, other spring events, advanced placement testing, athletics and field trips as we receive further national, state and regional guidance and directives. 

Meal Services Will Continue - Throughout our closure, we will continue to provide meals for any student in need. To date, we have served over 1,000 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals. Thank you to our Child Nutrition Services team for making this happen!

Update on Access to Technology - To date, we have had 408 requests for Chromebooks and 54 requests for internet hotspots. Our IT team and staff will be distributing the bulk of those devices tomorrow at Dublin High School and Fallon Middle School. They have been working hard to get these devices cleaned, prepped, and ready-to-go so all our students have access to their teachers and materials. Thanks for your hard work!

Major School Events - We understand how important events like graduations, promotions, and Senior Balls can be to our students and their families. These are hard-earned memories that are cherished for a lifetime. Our goal is to provide these experiences so our students, families, and staff end the school year on a positive note. That said, current circumstances make it difficult to say when, how, or if this will happen. At this moment, we are waiting for more direction from state and federal agencies about current shelter in place orders to determine what will happen with regards to these year-ending events. Absent of state assistance, we are working with our neighboring districts to develop a common plan for end of the year decisions.

Correction - We sent the below information regarding registration yesterday and should not have included it. This only applies to new families. Please disregard.

Registration - Due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandate, schools are closed and therefore not able to accept the return of registration documentation until further notice. Please note, this delay will not impact the order in which your online registration was submitted. We will provide further updates on the registration section of our website as they become available.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

With appreciation,

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 25, 2020 @ 11:10 AM

En español -  In Mandarin 

Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals From Regular School Attendance To Be Extended Through May 1, 2020

San Jose, CA – Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties.

Building on the regional coordination the Bay Area jurisdictions took on March 16, 2020 in issuing Health Officer orders requiring all residents to shelter in place, the following Bay Area County Offices of Education have been working together over the last several weeks to align strategies and practices during this unprecedented time for public education: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

“As our schools continue to move through these extraordinary circumstances, regional educational leaders prioritized a unified approach for the appropriate extension of school closures,” said Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, L. Karen Monroe. “Being able to come to this collective decision as a region, with the involvement of our health officers, is an important step for our districts and our families in terms of safety, as well as planning and expectations.”

With the support and collaboration of the Public Health Officers in the respective jurisdictions, the County Superintendents of Schools, based on conversations with district leaders, recognized the need to extend the period of school closures and student dismissals through May 1, 2020. If further extensions become necessary, those decisions and announcements will be made at the appropriate time.

School facilities may remain open to staff for the purposes of performing tasks deemed essential by the school district and the county offices of education. Education will continue through flexible learning, meals will continue to be provided and, where possible, childcare may be arranged.

“Schools play a vital role in our communities and balancing that role with the need for additional planning for social distancing at school sites is essential at a time when community transmission is widespread in Alameda County,” said Dr. Erica Pan, Alameda County Public Interim Health Officer.

During this time, we expect our communities to continue adhering to the “Shelter in Place” Orders issued by the Public Health Officers on March 16 and stay home except for essential activities until further notification from their local health department.

In addition, all residents are urged to keep practicing the guidance provided by Public Health Officers including:

  • Social distancing
  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying home if you are feeling sick
  • Contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Engage in regular exercise or physical activity

County Offices of Education will continue to work in close partnership with local health departments and local school districts to support the children, parents, and essential workforce of the Bay Area.

“While we would like to get our students and staff back into classrooms as soon as possible, we understand where we are at this moment,” Superintendent Monroe said. “We continue to support our districts and the students and families they serve in every way possible to ensure they have critical learning opportunities and are equipped with the resources they need.”

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About ACOE
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), under the leadership of County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe, serves as liaison between the California Department of Education and the 18 Alameda County public school districts that serve more than 200,000 students and 10,000 teachers. ACOE provides oversight of district budgets and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). ACOE also directly operates schools that serve Alameda County most vulnerable students: Court Schools at the Juvenile Justice Center, ACOE Opportunity Academy schools serving students 16 and older seeking a high school diploma, and Community Schools that serve foster youth, students in substance abuse treatment, pregnant and parenting teens, Probation-referred youth, and students expelled from their resident school districts. ACOE also runs the Infant & Family Support Program, which provides individualized service for children from birth to three years and their families. For more information, visit www.acoe.org.

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March 24, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

DUSD Families, 

We trust that you find these updates helpful as we navigate these uncharted waters together.  These are indeed strange times! To that end, we are updating our website every weekday at 5:00pm with reminders and new information from our District. Some of the communications may be brief, others more extensive. For more information, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/DUSD-COVID-19.

Here is your daily update for Tuesday, March 24, 2020: 

Measure J Passes! - Today we received the official certification from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters that Measure J passed with 57.83% of the vote in support. In a time of uncertainty, this is great news for our district. Thank you to the many staff and community members who supported this effort! Priority projects for Measure J funds include the completion of the second comprehensive high school, building a middle school at Dublin Crossing, work at Dougherty Elementary and more. Click here for more information on Measure J.

DUSD Child Nutrition Services Team in an Alameda County Office of Education videoACOE created this piece to honor school and district employees across our county making a profound difference for students and families during a uniquely challenging time. 

Dublin High School Teacher Interviewed by KPIX - Michael D’Ambrosio, DHS video production teacher, was featured in a recent story regarding students craving social interaction during online homeschooling. The story also features an image of Cottonwood Creek's Lori Beth Eisenstadt in a video conference with her class. 

Registration - Due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandate, schools are closed and therefore not able to accept the return of registration documentation until further notice. Please note, this delay will not impact the order in which your online registration was submitted. We will provide further updates on the registration section of our website as they become available. 

Board Meeting Rescheduled - The March 24, 2020 Board meeting has been rescheduled for March 31, 2020. More details on how to view and participate will be shared in a future update. 

Reminder: City and School Play Structures are Closed - The City of Dublin and the Dublin Unified School District have closed access to all playground equipment. These play structures are not regularly cleaned, making them potential delivery devices for COVID-19, which can live up to 72 hours on a hard surface. Please do not attempt to access City or District play structures until notified otherwise.. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.


With appreciation,

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 23, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Subject: DUSD Family Update - March 23, 2020

DUSD Families,

Starting today, we will be updating our website at 5:00pm with updates, reminders, and new information from our District. Please visit our website online at http://bit.ly/DUSD-COVID-19.

Here is the information for Monday, March 23, 2020:

Update on Meal Services
To date, we have served over 800 breakfast/lunch Grab and Go meals across our District. We’ve seen a steady increase in students visiting our two sites serving meals. Thank you to our Child Nutrition Services team for making this happen!

Update on Access to Technology
To date, we have had 280 requests for Chromebooks and 39 requests for internet hotspots. Our IT team and staff will be distributing the bulk of those devices tomorrow at Dublin High School and Fallon Middle School. They have been working hard to get these devices cleaned, prepped, and ready-to-go so all our students have access to their teachers and materials. Thanks for your hard work!

Teachers Available During Normal School Hours
Teachers are available during normal school hours. While you are free to reach out to them, please remember our teachers are not used to virtual engagement with their students and there will be some learning curve involved for some. In many cases, they are trying to manage their student’s education with their personal lives, so be patient and do not expect on-demand service.

Special Education
We are continuing to receive new information from state and federal agencies on legal requirements and best practices for distance learning for students who receive special education services. Service and support strategies for staff, students, and families are being developed and will be made available as soon as possible.

Play Structures Closed
Over the weekend, the City of Dublin closed access to all playground equipment. These play structures are not regularly cleaned, making them potential delivery devices for COVID-19, which can live up to 72 hours on a hard surface. DUSD is following the city’s lead and has closed its play structures. Staff are currently posting closure notices on play structures. We ask that you be safe and avoid these play areas until further notice.

Board Meeting Postponed
The Board meeting scheduled for March 24 has been postponed. More details on the new date and time are pending. We will provide an update as soon as details are available.

Thank you for your ongoing support, flexibility, and positivity during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 19, 2020 @ 11:45AM

DUSD Community, 

We acknowledge that many of you have questions about how we are going to proceed with student learning. We continue to ask for your patience and flexibility as we develop our short-term and long-term plans for our District. It’s important to understand that our situation is changing daily, and in some cases hourly. We are doing our best to create flexible independent learning options which not only deliver the best possible experiences for all of our students under the circumstances, but will be sustainable for the duration of this crisis. 

Below are adjustments to our short-term plan and the beginning of a long-term plan moving forward: 

Short-Term - March 23 - April 3, 2020 

  1. Teachers are providing learning opportunities for your students to complete that consist of current curriculum, review of current material, and enrichment opportunities. This is essentially a maintenance of learning. New curriculum will not universally be introduced until after Spring Break.
    1. Student Expectations - Students are highly encouraged to complete these assignments to the best of their ability to support their continued learning progress. How these assignments are factored into a students grade, given different levels of access, ability, and responsibility, are still being determined. Understand that our students will not be penalized adversely during this COVID-19 shelter in place directive.
  2. We’ve adjusted our approach and teachers will now be available via email starting on Monday, March 23. You can contact them as needed during their normal school hours to answer questions about posted educational opportunities and lessons. 
    1. Initially, we chose to limit access to our teachers. We did this to give them time to take care of their families and adjust to this unfamiliar environment in which we are all now living. Our staff, just like our students and families, are important to us and with everything changing so quickly, we felt it was crucial to give them a moment to breathe. 
  3. Families can view ongoing communication on the District website every weekday at 5:00PM starting Monday, March 23. These communiques may be very brief if there is nothing significant to add, but we are committed to keeping you informed.

Spring Break - April 6 - April 10, 2020 
During this week, students and staff will be on break. No work and no emails! We ask that everyone take this week off to recharge.

Long-Term - April 13, 2020 - Beyond
This COVID-19 shelter in place is an evolving situation and will likely extend beyond spring break, resulting in the need for a long-term distance learning plan. We are constantly reviewing state, local, and federal guidelines as we develop our plan for delivering curriculum, and the extent to which it will be graded. Our teachers will be sending out work for DUSD students to complete, while complying with relevant distance learning guidelines. Details will be shared once they are finalized. 

Access to Technology
To better ensure equity of access, we have created a program allowing students to check out Chromebooks and internet hotspots if needed. If your student has a computer available, we ask that you not reserve a Chromebook in order to ensure availability for students who require this support. Families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program ("Free and Reduced") are eligible to check out a mobile Internet hotspot if they do not have Internet available at home. Chromebooks are limited to one per student per year. Hotspots are limited to one per family per year. You can find more information in the March 18 update on our COVID-19 page http://bit.ly/DUSD-COVID-19.

Please understand, we have a limited number of Chromebooks.

Meal Service Change
Students have access to a "Grab and Go" bagged combination breakfast/lunch for the duration of the suspension period, with the exception of Spring Break. These meals are currently available at two DUSD locations from 10:00AM-12:00PM. While meals will be available, seating will not be offered at either site. You can access the meal order menu form here to select food choices. Students must be present to receive meals.

March 16 - March 20, 2020

  • Meals are served at two sites:
    • Cottonwood Creek School 
    • Dublin High School

March 23 - March 27, 2020

  • Meals will be served at two sites: 
    • Fallon Middle School (please note this change from Cottonwood Creek School) 
    • Dublin High School

For today, March 19, 2020, we want you to know the following about our long-term plans:

District leadership, to the very best extent possible, will ensure the needs of all DUSD students will be met in a distance learning scenario: student learning, equity of access, safety and security, technology, nutrition, social emotional support, and providing additional support for students with special needs.

The most important thing we must do right now is to come together as a community. We need to  accept responsibility for the role that each one of us plays in ensuring that we are doing what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes what the District must do in order to comply with the shelter-in-place mandate. 

We realize that the uncertainty surrounding what comes next causes concern and worry. It is important to remember that we are not in this alone. Many states have closed their schools completely. This broad response to a crisis is unprecedented. While I would love to say there are no more challenges ahead, it’s very likely there will be more surprises. Being adaptable and understanding is critical in this time. 

Please take this time in the next hours and days to relax, and reflect on what is truly important including being patient, connecting with family, and staying healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 18, 2020 @ 6:30 PM

Chromebook and Hotspot Checkout
The Dublin Unified School District has a limited number of Chromebooks available for student check out if the student does not have access to a computer at home.  If your student has a computer available, we ask that you do not reserve a Chromebook in order to ensure availability for students who require this option.
To request a Chromebook, please fill out the form at the following location:
https://forms.gle/Tq6JMW5fBmS6vRHv8

Families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program ("Free and Reduced") are eligible to check out a mobile Internet hotspot if they do not have Internet available for their student(s) at home. Mobile hotspot checkouts are limited to one per family per year.
To request a mobile hotspot, please fill out the form at the following location:
https://forms.gle/Rc6y8nrdhnpH15KQ6

Devices will be picked-up at the meal distribution location of your choosing.

March 17, 2020 @ 4:30PM

DUSD Community, 

First of all, we want to acknowledge that we know many of you are concerned, unsure, and to some extent, confused about what is going on in our school district and in our daily lives. These are unprecedented times, and all aspects of our lives are being impacted in ways that would have been hard to predict just a short time ago. 

We know you have questions, we have them too. The situation is shifting daily, if not hourly, and we understand how frustrating that can feel. 

Here is what is happening next in our District:

  1. This afternoon, I am meeting with superintendents and health officials from Alameda County. 
  2. Tomorrow morning, I am meeting with the California Department of Education, led by California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
  3. Following these meetings, our district leadership will regroup, discuss their implications, and provide an update to our staff and community tomorrow evening.

These meetings could result in new directives and a change in plan, so we want to hold off on providing updates until they are done. At the same time, it’s important for you to be in the loop, so we wanted you to be aware of our next steps.

We are two days into a four week suspension of normal activities, driven by highly unusual and unforeseen circumstances. It may take a few days for the dust to settle and for some clarity to emerge. Until then, focus on your families, relax to the best extent possible, schedule a game night, and know that we will all get through this.

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 17, 2020 @8:30AM

DUSD FAQ: Will the school year be extended due to the COVID-19 shelter in place? 
 
At this point, the school year will not be extended. The last day of school is Friday, May 29, 2020. Please understand that all information is changing at a rapid rate and we will be following all state requirements.
 
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March 16, 2020 @5:30PM

MEAL SERVICE
Meals will be provided for students at Dublin High School or Cottonwood Creek School only from 10:00AM-12:00PM to pick up a combination breakfast/lunch grab-and-go meal. Due to recent county restrictions, we will now only be serving combination breakfast/lunch meals once per day. We will not be serving meals the week of spring break from April 6-10, 2020.

STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS.

Meal Order Menu and Form During School Suspension
Use this form to select food choices. Complete one form for each student. Meals will be available at Dublin High and Cottonwood Creek School between the hours of 10am and 12noon. A Hot Lunch will be available and a cold breakfast will be included. All meals will be "Grab and Go" bagged meals to be taken away from the site.
 

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March 16, 2020 @3:30PM

Subject: Shelter-in-Place for Alameda County

A shelter in place order has been declared for Alameda County.

All staff at your child’s school, including teachers, are sheltering in place, therefore, will not be required to answer questions via email, phone call, or other means of communication now through Friday, April 10, 2020. Please do not contact them. 

What this means for Dublin Unified School District students and families:

    • All schools and the District Office will be closed through Friday, April 10, 2020. Our employees are not allowed on campus and the doors will be locked.
      • One Exception: Meals will be provided for students at Dublin High School or Cottonwood Creek School only from 10:00AM-12:00PM to pick up a combination breakfast/lunch grab-and-go meal. Due to recent county restrictions, we will now only be serving combination breakfast/lunch meals once per day. We will not be serving meals the week of spring break from April 6-10, 2020.
    • Teachers are, to the best of their ability, pushing out enhanced learning opportunities for students today and tomorrow. 
    • All enhanced learning opportunities provided to students will not be graded.
    • Given the shelter-in-place, we have no way of distributing laptops and hotspots to families that do not have them. This may change.
    • We ask that everyone shelter-in-place per Alameda County guidelines.

Thank you for your patience in this constantly changing scenario. There is no risk greater today than yesterday. The county has decided to do this out of extreme caution in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

Please take time to connect with your families, relax and stay healthy.

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 14, 2020

EDCC, our on-site child care providers, will remain closed along with our schools, reopening on April 13. Parents will receive regular updates via the center's Shutterfly websites and can call 925-479-0785 with questions.

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March 13, 2020, @ 4PM

Subject: Details for Families Re: Classes Suspended Through April 10, 2020

Dear DUSD Community, 

Unprecedented times require unprecedented actions. With each passing day, and each passing hour, the landscape regarding COVID-19 is changing. As the Superintendent, it is my responsibility to oversee the day-to-day operations of our School District. I’d like to personally thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support, and patience during this time of uncertainty and assure you that our school community will get through this time together. 

Today, I made the decision and presented to the Board of Trustees that all DUSD schools suspend classes beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020, with classes resuming on Monday, April 13, 2020. I’d like to thank the Board for their quick unanimous advisory vote to suspend classes and allow our staff to do the necessary work to implement these directives and complete next steps for your students and families.

Because we are in uncharted territory, this process will likely include some speedbumps and we ask for your patience as we navigate this journey together. We understand that nothing can replace the interaction between students and instructional staff in the classroom. 

Students Expected to Complete Assignments

Teachers will be communicating with students and families on lesson plans. Your student is expected to complete assignments during this time and they will be graded. We’d like to make it clear - do not, under any circumstances, expect individual learning plans for each and every one of our over 12,900 students.  

Special Education

Our Special Education Department has worked tirelessly to put the pieces in place to accommodate our special needs students during this challenging time. We’d like to thank Robbie Kreitz, President of the Dublin Teachers Association and our Special Education Department for working collaboratively to ensure all of our Special Education students are supported during this time. Details will be provided soon.

All Offices Are Closed 

All of our school offices and our District office will be closed to the public during this time and will not be receiving phone calls or in-person visits. 

Meal Assistance

Registered DUSD students whose families currently receive meal assistance will have access to a "Grab and Go" bagged breakfast and lunch during the duration of the suspension period, including the week of Spring Break. The District will make meals available at Dublin High School and Cottonwood Creek from 7:00AM-9:00AM for breakfast and 11:00AM-1:00PM for lunch. While meals will be available, seating will not be offered at either site. Next week, families will be able to go to the District website to review the menu and pre-order their meals. 

If you would like to receive meal assistance, you can apply online on the Dublin Unified School District website at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application at least 48 hours before you plan for your students to receive breakfast and lunch. 

Technology Needs

While many in our district have home computers and Internet, some do not. The District is finalizing a plan to allow students to borrow a Chromebook and/or wireless Internet access point so that they may continue to have access to online curricular resources for the duration of the suspension of regular school activities. These devices will be checked out and returned in a similar fashion to a library book. More details on this program will be made available shortly. 

Please Do Not Allow Students To Travel

The way to make this work, and by that we mean the elimination of COVID-19, is to take complete control of your household. The greatest spread of this virus includes crossing geographic areas, including within our own nearby communities, and people-groups. Traveling anywhere could potentially continue the spread of COVID-19 rather than eradicating it. 

During this time, we highly encourage you and your family to resist the temptation to take trips, or allow your students to travel.

If you have questions, please fill in this Google form and we will do our best to provide answers as soon as they are available. 

Thank you for your patience in this constantly changing scenario. 

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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Tema: Detalles para familias Re: Clases suspendidas hasta el 10 de Abril, 2020

Querida Comunidad DUSD, 

Tiempos sin precedentes requiere acciones sin precedente.  Con cada dia que pasa, y cada hora que pasa, el panorama con referencia COVID-19  está cambiando. Como Superintendente es mi responsabilidad el supervisar las operaciones de dia a dia de nuestro distrito. Quiero personalmente darles la gracias por su constante flexibilidad, soporte, y paciencia durante este tiempo de incertidumbre y asegurarles que nuestra comunidad escolar saldrá de esto, juntos.    

Hoy, Tomé la decisión y se la presente a La Junta Directiva que todas las escuelas de DUSD suspenden las clases comenzando el Lunes 16 de Marzo, 2020 hasta el Viernes 10 de Abril, 2020,  Con las clases resumiendo el Lunes 13 de Abril, 2020. quiero darle las gracias al Junta Directiva por su rápido voto unánime consultivo de suspender las clases y dejar que el personal haga el trabajo necesario para implementar estas directivas y completar los siguientes pasos para nuestros estudiantes y familias.                           

Porque estamos en un territorio desconocido, este proceso puede encontrar algunas dificultades solicitamos su paciencia mientras navegamos este viaje juntos.  Nosotros entendemos que nada puede reemplazar la interacción entre el estudiante y el personal educativo en el salón de clases.

Se Espera que los Estudiantes Completen el Trabajo Asignado
Las maestros se estarán comunicando con los estudiantes y familias acerca de las lecciones. Se espera su estudiante completen Todo el trabajo asignado durante este tiempo  y será calificado. Queremos aclarar - que bajo ninguna circunstancia, espere planes individuales de aprendimiento para dada uno de nuestros 12,900 estudiantes.  

Educacion Especial
Nuestro Departamento de Educación Especial Ha trabajado sin descanso para poner todas las piezas en su lugar para acomodar nuestro estudiantes con necesidades especiales durante este tiempo desafiante. Queremos darle las gracias a Robbie Kreitz, Presidente de la Asociación de Maestros de Dublín y al departamento de Educación Especial por trabajar colaborativamente para asegurarse que nuestros estudiantes de Educación Especial tengan soporte durante este tiempo. Detalles se proveran pronto.       

Todas las Oficinas estan Cerradas
Todas las oficinas de de la escuela y la oficina del Distrito estarán cerradas al público durante este tiempo y no se recibirán llamadas de teléfono visitas en persona.

Asistencia de Comida
Alumnos Registrados de DUSD cuyas familias reciben actualmente asistencia de comida tendrán acceso a “Tome y lleve”  bolsas de desayuno y almuerzo durante el periodo de suspensión, y la semana Receso de Primavera. El Distrito tendrá las comidas disponible en el “Dublin High School y “ Cottonwood Creek” desde las 7:00AM - 9:00AM para desayuno y 11:00 AM - 1:00PM para almuerzo, el sentarse no será posible en ninguna de las dos localidades. La semana próxima las familias podrán entrar en sitio web del Distrito para revisar los menús y pre ordenar sus comidas.        

Si Ud, desea recibir asistencia de comidas puede aplicar en línea en sitio web del Dublin Unified School District https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application por lo menos 48 horas antes de que Ud planee que su estudiante reciba desayuno o almuerzo.

Necesidades Tecnológicas
Mientras muchos de nuestro Distrito tienen computadoras y internet en casa, algunos no. El Distrito está finalizando los planes para permitir el préstamo a los estudiantes de el Chromebook y el Punto de Acceso Móvil para que puedan continuar teniendo acceso a los planes de educación en línea durante la suspensión de actividades regulares de escuela. Estos dispositivos serán registrados y devueltos en forma similar a los libros de la biblioteca. Más detalles en este programa se darán pronto.                         adelante      

Por Favor no Permita que el Estudiante Viaje
La forma de hacer que esto funcione y que significa la eliminación de COVI-19 es tomar completo control de su hogar. La mayor propagación de este virus incluye el cruce de áreas geográficas, incluyendo entre nuestras comunidades cercanas, y grupos de gente. Viajar puede potencialmente continuar la propagación del COVID-19 en vez de erradicarlo.               

Durante este tiempo,  pedimos que Ud y su familia que resistan la tentación de hacer viajes, o permitir a su estudiante que viaje.

Si Ud tiene preguntas, llene este formulario Google form  y haremos todo lo posible para proveer respuestas tan pronta que sean disponibles.

Gracias por su paciencia en este constante cambio de escenario.

Sinceramente

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 13, 2020 1:00 PM

Subject: DUSD Suspends All Classes from March 16-April 10, 2020

Dear DUSD Community, 

During today’s Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees, I made the decision to suspend all classes at all Dublin schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020. Our Board of Trustees supported this decision with a unanimous advisory vote.

While there have been no COVID-19 cases in our District, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. School will resume on Monday, April 13, 2020. 

Expect more information to be delivered by 4:00pm today. Please do not contact us with questions or visit your school offices to ask questions yet. We will be sending you an email with more details. 

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 13, 2020

Dear DUSD Community,

We will have an important discussion regarding COVID-19 with possible action during a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees at 12:00pm. This will be live-streamed at DublinUSD.TV.

Following the meeting, we will send an updated message to our school community.

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.         

Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 12, 2020 

Subject: Update Regarding District Events

Dear DUSD Community, 

In light of the most recent information available to us from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health, the Dublin Unified School District is continuing to evaluate various activities and practices to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and students.

As mentioned in earlier communication, responding to COVID-19 is an evolving situation and we would like to thank you for your flexibility, support, and partnership as we provide new directives for our District. You can expect another communication from us tomorrow with details about the specific procedures we are implementing to ensure student and staff health and safety. 

AT THIS TIME, ALL SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN OPEN.

However, the following will be implemented immediately, and remain effective through Sunday, April 12, 2020. 

  • All events, gatherings, extra- and co-curricular activities both during and outside of our instructional school day will be suspended. This includes:
    • School assemblies, both indoor and outdoor
    • Rallies
    • Music and arts performances
    • Dances
    • Fundraisers on our campuses 
    • Club events and enrichment activities
    • Middle school sports
    • Open house events
  • All field trips occurring during the school day and outside the school day will be suspended.
  • Only high school athletic events and practices affiliated with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and North Coast Section (NCS) will continue. For these events, only athletes, coaches, scorekeepers, timers, officials, and other people essential to the event will be allowed to be on site for practice sessions and official events. No spectators will be allowed. This includes parent drivers. 

District leaders are closely monitoring this rapidly-changing situation, and we will reassess our approach to these activities as the situation evolves. We appreciate your ongoing partnership in helping us navigate through this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely 

Dave Marken, Ed.D.         

Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

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March 9, 2020 @7:00PM

Dear Dublin Unified School District Community,

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our District and all schools are open. 

The Dublin Unified School District continues to review and revise its response to COVID-19 in an effort to ensure we are following the most recent protocols and recommendations in this dynamic situation. These efforts reflect our ongoing partnership with the Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County Office of Education, California Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, California Schools Nurses Organization, and our District nurses. 

We are working with these organizations to address the criteria for school closures, distance learning, student attendance issues, extracurricular activities, and COVID-19 as an infodemic.

Below you’ll find our current position on relevant topics related to COVID-19. It should be clear that in a situation of this nature, our position may change based on the recommendations of our partners. Please be sure to check your email and the district website for the most recent updates.

CRITERIA FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES  
IF one student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, THEN we will, in consultation with our local public health department, implement a school closure for a minimum of one day or up to 14 days. The chosen length of time will be based on the risk level within the community as determined by the local public health officer. IF a student or staff member has a sibling or child in another school in our District, THEN that school will also experience a school closure. 

IF a student or staff member has a relative they are in contact with that is positive for COVID-19, THEN the student or staff member will self-quarantine as directed by our local public health officer. 

DISTANCE LEARNING
On Monday, March 9, 2020, all of our teachers were directed to create two-week lesson plans for students to take home should a school closure be implemented. We are not able to provide Independent Study contracts and do not have an online or distance learning program. 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE
At this time, schools are suspending all positive attendance awards. Any student who is sick or is experiencing even mild symptoms of an illness should stay at home. If a student comes to school ill, they will be sent home where they should remain for the duration of their illness. In these cases, learning will be supported and absences will be excused. 

We understand community concern about student health and safety. Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. This is certainly an option any family may consider. However, per Education Code at this time, schools are unable to mark an absence excused for this reason. Standard absence protocol remains in place. If a student is out for an extended period of time, a doctor’s note may be required. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused. 

For students with pre-existing health concerns, District nurses will work with students and families on a case-by-case basis and as necessary to continue specialized health care plans and make appropriate accommodations to continue educational services. 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND LARGE GATHERINGS
At this moment, we will not cancel extra-curricular activities and large gatherings that take place at our schools in our District or within Alameda County. Please remember this is an evolving situation and when changes occur, we will notify you immediately. 

Decisions on attending extra-curricular activities and large gatherings outside of Alameda County will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please check with your school site for information.

While the district is not canceling these events, parents always have the option to withhold their child from participation.

COVID-19 AS AN INFODEMIC
We understand the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has created anxiety, concern, and in many cases, fear. With massive amounts of information on social media and the news, another crisis we face is what the World Health Organization has called an, “infodemic.” This is an overabundance of information - some accurate and some not - which makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance. The information you are hearing from our District is coming directly from sources we trust including the Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County Office of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, California Schools Nurses Organization, and our District nurses. We ask that you turn to trusted sources and avoid Facebook, Nextdoor, WhatsApp, chat rooms, and similar resources as you educate yourself regarding this topic.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING DURING SPRING BREAK
Travel, in particular, international travel, is a major concern relating to COVID-19. If you and your family are planning to travel internationally during Spring Break, we ask that you visit the Travel Information Page on the CDC website and follow their direction. The CDC has mandated that if you travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, you will be asked to stay home for 14 days. Right now, these countries include China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  1. Washing hands with soap and water. 
  2. Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  3. Avoiding close contact with people who are sick. 
  4. Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough. 
  5. Following guidance from public health officials. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for guidance before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. 

STIGMA RELATED TO COVID-19
It is crucial that we understand the impact our words and actions may have on each other. Over the past few weeks, it has come to our attention that some students have made jokes about  other students, “having the coronavirus,” and targeting them based on their ethnic background. This behavior is hurtful, wrong, and completely unacceptable and is not reflective of the values in our District. We take these concerns very seriously. If you or someone you know is experiencing this type of treatment, please contact your site administration. We will investigate every allegation and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to ensure everyone feels safe and welcome at school. 

While we understand how difficult it is to respond to a public health concern, we must continue to emphasize this is a dynamic situation and our plans will continue to evolve based on the recommendations of our partners.

We appreciate your partnership in helping us navigate through this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your support. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District 

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March 4, 2020 @3:30PM 

Dear DUSD Community, 

We understand our staff and families’ concerns regarding COVID-19 and are committed to keeping you informed of active steps we are taking to ensure everyone’s health and safety. COVID-19 is a fluid situation and the way in which we respond is directly correlated with the direction we receive from the Alameda County Public Health Department. Our local, state, and national health departments have a strong history of successfully responding to outbreaks and we feel confident in working with them to keep our schools safe. 

At this moment, it is safe for our schools to remain open and extracurricular activities and events are not being canceled. If this changes based on information we receive from our public health department, we will then follow their recommendations.

We want to assure you that we do hear your questions and will be updating our frequently asked questions (FAQs) on an ongoing basis to address your concerns. Tomorrow, March 5, we are holding a multi-departmental leadership meeting to discuss and review issues, next steps, and emergency operations procedures relating to COVID-19, to ensure the District is prepared if the situation worsens. 

Here are three steps being taken this week at each school: 

  1. We are posting handwashing posters designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in all restrooms on every campus.
  2. We are having every student and staff member watch informative videos on proper handwashing techniques and cough/sneeze etiquette.
    1. Handwashing Technique -  DK-5th Grade, 6th Grade-Adult
    2. Cough and Sneeze Etiquette - Cover Your Mouth When You Cough Song or The Right Way to Cover Your Mouth (choosing the video that works best for them)
  3. We are encouraging everyone to, “Wave and Say Hello” when greeting one another. We’ve designed this poster displayed at all schools to help us minimize unnecessary skin-to-skin contact including handshakes, fist bumps, high fives, or elbow bumps. 

You can access our FAQs and letters to our community here on our website (http://bit.ly/DUSD-COVID-19). 

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses 
Dublin Unified School District

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March 2, 2020 @7:15PM 

Dear DUSD Community,

We want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring COVID-19, are aware of the recent media coverage, and hear our families’ concerns. We understand that news on COVID-19 causes anxiety and stress, and we want to provide you with clarity on how this affects our District. While many people are turning to social media sites, including Facebook, Whats App, and NextDoor, these sources can often increase fear and spread false information. The information you are hearing from our District is coming directly from sources we trust including the Alameda County Public Health DepartmentCenters for Disease Control and PreventionCalifornia Department of Public HealthCalifornia Schools Nurses Organization, and our District nurses. ?

The most commonly asked questions we are hearing from our families include:

  1. Is my child safe to attend school?
  2. Are our schools being cleaned adequately to ensure student safety?
  3. Is it safe for my child to continue to be involved in extracurricular activities including sports activities, conferences, camps, and events?
  4. Is the District prepared for a potential spread of COVID-19? 

The short answer to all of these questions is YES. Although COVID-19 is a fluid situation, it is currently safe for your child to attend school, no extracurricular activities are being canceled, our schools are cleaned adequately to ensure student safety, and responding to the spread of a communicable disease, like COVID-19, is part of regular safety planning for all of our schools. 

On Wednesday, March 4, we will be providing all families with more information on additional efforts to keep COVID-19 out of our schools. Please look out for this email in your inboxes. 

Current Risk Assessment of COVID-19 in Dublin Schools

At this time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to COVID-19. 
 
The Alameda and Solano County Public Health Departments are reporting that two health care workers are presumptive positive for COVID-19. This news does not affect our Dublin schools, however it is important to stay informed. You can read more on this through their Situation Update here.
 
You may hear the term “pandemic” used in relation to COVID-19. It is important to know that pandemic describes a disease that is affecting many places around the world at the same time. Pandemic does not necessarily mean a disease is extremely deadly or untreatable. The H1N1 flu in 2009 was a pandemic disease, for example, because it affected many parts of the world.
 
You can access all of our communication regarding COVID-19 on the homepage of our website at DublinUSD.org. We are committed to keeping you informed and will provide new information as it becomes available.
 
Thank you for your cooperation and support.  
 
Sincerely, 
 
Dave Marken Ed.D
?Superintendent
?Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
?District Nurses 
?Dublin Unified School District

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February 26, 2020 @3:30PM

Dear DUSD Families, 

The Dublin Unified School District is continuing to closely monitor the novel coronavirus situation, now named COVID-19. We are working directly with the Alameda County Public Health Department, our District nurses, and staff to ensure we are following the correct protocol to keep COVID-19 out of our schools. You can visit our website to view all letters sent to families regarding this topic.

We are aware of the recent media coverage stating that more cases are likely to be identified in the United States. It is important to remember that individual risk is dependent on exposure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.” This means, Alameda County residents, including our Dublin Unified School District community and neighbors, are still at a low risk of becoming affected. 

As spring break approaches in April, we do ask that if you are planning to travel outside of the country, please visit the Information for Travel page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to view recommendations on how to keep your family safe.

We thank you for your cooperation and support.  

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses 
Dublin Unified School District

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February 4, 2020 @5:45PM

Dear DUSD Families,

As you know, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and we are working closely with our public health department, District nurses, and staff to ensure we are following the correct protocol in our schools and keeping you informed regarding our efforts to keep the coronavirus out of our schools. Today, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) issued a letter to our community with the latest information. You can view it here.

It’s important to remember that the risk to the general public remains low. To date, there are no confirmed cases in Alameda County. The general Alameda County public should continue to engage in their regular activities and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race or country of origin.

While school districts do not have the authority to enforce self-imposed quarantines, the ACPHD and ACOE are recommending that if you have traveled anywhere in mainland China within the past two weeks, you should stay home and call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for additional guidance.

To be clear, this is a recommendation, not a mandate.

Since this is the height of cold and flu season, and the coronavirus can be spread in much the same way, we continue to encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. 

  • Encourage students and staff to 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. 

    • Separate sick students and staff from others, ideally in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home.

  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer. 

  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands). 

  • Perform routine surface cleaning. 

  • Be vigilant when attending large gatherings, as this is where respiratory viruses often spread. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs. For more information on the novel Coronavirus

Here are links to our recent messages to staff and families:

January 29, 2020 - Addressing the Novel Coronavirus with our School Community
January 28, 2020 - Latest Information Re: Coronavirus from ACOE and ACPHD
January 24, 2020 - Cold and Flu Season Tips & Coronavirus Update 

Thank you for working with us to keep our schools healthy and safe. 

Sincerely, 

Dave Marken Ed.D         
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses 
Dublin Unified School District

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January 29, 2020 @7:00PM

Dear DUSD Families,

We are continuing to closely monitor the novel coronavirus and want to provide you with an update, as well as address concerns and questions from our school community. While a new virus can cause stress and anxiety, it’s important to turn to factual information from reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Alameda County Public Health Department, for direction on next steps.

As of today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) is considered low.” This means, Alameda County residents, including our Dublin Unified School District community and neighbors, are at a low risk of becoming affected.  

Unless a public health agency provides guidance to the contrary, the District will not exclude asymptomatic students or staff from a school site based on their recent overseas travel. The District certainly has no right to exclude students and staff based on their race or country of origin. Our students, staff, and families should continue to engage in their regular activities and practice good public health hygiene as this is the height of cold and flu season across our community.  

The Dublin Unified School District is still advising families not to send their child to school if they may be sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff. If children are sent to school sick, they can be removed from class and school as deemed appropriate by our staff and nurses. If your child is sick, they must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications, before returning to school. 

Below are FAQs from our community.

We appreciate your partnership in this and will continue to keep you informed as things develop. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed. D. 
Superintendent 
Dublin Unified School District

FAQs 

What resources are available for me to learn more about the coronavirus. 

My child has told me their classmate recently returned from China. What will be done as a follow up to this information?

Unless a public health agency provides guidance to the contrary, the District will not exclude asymptomatic students or staff from a school site based on their recent overseas travel. The District certainly has no right to exclude students and staff based on their race or country of origin. If a child did have symptoms of illness, they can be removed from class and school as deemed appropriate by our staff and nurses.

I’d like to request information regarding an enrolled student’s race, country of origin, or recent travel. Can the District or school provide that to me?

Per FERPA & HIPAA laws, the Dublin Unified School District cannot share confidential student records, including health information, of any type. 

Are students required to wear a surgical mask to school?

No, but they can if they choose to wear a mask.

Should students be wearing N95 masks instead?

N95 masks are not recommended for children because of improper fit. In fact, according to the interim health officer at the Alameda County Department of Public Health, there are no N95 equivalent masks approved for use by children in the United States. 

My student is striving for perfect attendance, but may be experiencing symptoms of an illness. Should I keep them at home?

Yes, the safety and health of our students and staff is our top priority and students who feel sick should stay home. Unfortunately, this does affect having perfect attendance, but keeping everyone healthy is more important.  

What can we do to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as the cold or flu?

  • Stay home if you are sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff. If children are sent to school sick, they can be removed from class and school as deemed appropriate by our staff and nurses. If your child is sick, they must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications, before returning to school.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by coughing, sneezing and unclean hands.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.  Here is a three-minute video from the CDC about proper handwashing: https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

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January 28, 2020 @4:00PM

Dear DUSD Families,

Last week, we shared a message with you regarding cold and flu season tips, along with information on the novel Coronavirus. Yesterday, the Alameda County Office of Education and the Alameda County Public Health Department issued a letter to our community with the latest information. You can view it here.

Here are a few key takeaways from their letter: 

  1. As of January 27, 2020, there are no confirmed cases in Northern California.

  2. They are closely monitoring developments and the Alameda County Public Health Department will keep their website (www.acphd.org) updated with the latest local information, along with resources such as Coronavirus FAQsCases in the USSituation Summary, and more. 

  3. It is important that we work together to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including common illnesses such as the cold and flu. They encourage everyone to practice common-sense precautions such as staying home if you are sick, promoting hand hygiene, and using proper cough etiquette. See prevention tips here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Most importantly, if your child has symptoms of the flu or Coronavirus (which are similar), please do not send them to school and risk exposing others.

Thank you for working with us to keep our schools healthy and safe. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed. D.
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses
Dublin Unified School District

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Friday, January 24, 2020 @5:00pm

Dear DUSD Families,

Cold and flu season is upon us. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that influenza, or the flu, activity levels have increased over the past several weeks. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are displaying any flu symptoms. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit to the health and wellness of our students and staff. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent influenza is as follows: 

Tips to Prevent The Flu:

  • Get vaccinated every year 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people 
  • Frequent handwashing with soap 
  • Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. 
  • See more prevention tips here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Novel Coronavirus

The 2019-20 flu season has been complicated by recent reports of a novel coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Common symptoms in an infected person include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Although there have been reported cases of novel coronavirus globally, to date, there have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in Alameda County or California. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the risk of local transmission is low

We will continue to partner with the California Department of Public Health and the Alameda County Public Health Department, which will provide updated information about the diagnosis and management of cases of novel coronavirus, as applicable, in an effort to identify and contain any future cases. People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return. At this time, the CDPH does not recommend exclusion of individuals who have traveled internationally, unless they are symptomatic, at which time they should seek a medical evaluation. 

We thank you for your cooperation and support. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses
Dublin Unified School District

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GENERAL COLD/FLU/VIRUS INFORMATION

What are the Alameda County Public Health Department recommendations?

COVID-19 is in the family of viruses that cause the common cold, so symptoms and prevention measures are similar. A person’s risk for this virus is not dependent on race, ethnicity, or culture. Alameda County Public Health Department recommendations remain the same to limit the spread of all infectious diseases, including ordinary flu viruses and COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Go home immediately if you have a fever (temperature above 100.0 F) and stay there for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Health officials do not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and say that everyday preventative action listed here provide better protection from infectious diseases.
  • Exercise frequent and proper hand hygiene. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Supervise children’s use of hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm. Do not use your hands. Throw away used tissue and wash your hands.
  • Perform routine surface cleaning, particularly for high-touch surfaces.
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk.


When do students and adults need to stay home from school or work?

  • Any contagious disease. 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
  • Fever (temperature above 100.0 F) in the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • Frequent coughing or very runny nose.
  • Persistent sore throat, earache, or severe headache.


What steps are Dublin Unified and our schools are taking?

  • Students or staff with symptoms listed above will be sent home. Students who are sent home must be picked up by their parent/guardian as soon as possible. After the first hour, schools may begin calling the emergency contacts on record for the student to arrange student pick up. 
  • Teachers will work with absent students’ families to arrange for make-up work.
  • We are reinforcing hand hygiene education and access across the district.
  • We are increasing the daily cleaning of high touch areas such as student desks, doorknobs, faucets, light switches, and school busses.
  • District leadership, in collaboration with our county education and health officials, are setting plans in place to ensure continuity of education and operations if and when schools may be required to close. The determination to close a school is a very serious decision that will be made in collaboration between our district and our county partners. 
  • There are no recommendations to close our schools or limit events and field trips at this time.


What can I do to help?
Source: Centers for Disease Control
Handwashing is an easy, cheap, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep kids and adults healthy. When your family is healthy, you don’t have to worry about missing school, work, or other activities.

Help your child develop handwashing skills
Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Handwashing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. Teach kids the five easy steps for handwashing—wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating. You can find ways to make it fun, like making up your own handwashing song or turning it into a game. [Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.]

Give frequent reminders
Building handwashing skills takes time. At first, your child will need regular reminders of how and when to wash hands. It is especially important to remind children to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after touching pets, after playing outside, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. But once handwashing becomes a habit and a regular part of your child’s day, they will practice it throughout their lives.

Lead by example by washing your hands
Young children learn by imitating the behaviors of adults in their lives. When you make handwashing part of your routine, you’re setting an example for your children to follow.

What if soap and water aren’t available?
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol, and wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you can.

Remember to make handwashing a healthy habit at home, school, and at play!

 

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