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Novel Coronavirus, now COVID-19, Updates

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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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