Coronavirus Resources for Schools

Example Letter: Superintendent Update Letter from San Lorenzo USD

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San Lorenzo Unified School District BOARD OF EDUCATION SUPERINTENDENT ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT Kyla Sinegal, President Daryl Camp, Ed.D. Barbara DeBarger, Educational Services Samuel Medina, Vice President/Clerk Madeline Gabel, Business Services Juan Campos Belen Magers, Human Resources Penny Peck Marilyn Stewart 15510 Usher Street, San Lorenzo CA 94580-1641 (510) 317-4600 March 18, 2020 Dear San Lorenzo Families and Staff: As you know, the Bay Area is seeing an increase in numbers of citizens testing positive for COVID-19. Today a positive case was confirmed in the Colonial Acres School community. We are working in close coordination with local public health agencies on this matter. The District will be following health department protocols and procedures on next steps, including an investigation and the assessment of risk of the spread of infection. We will communicate pertinent information to the impacted members of our school community. I understand that it can be disconcerting to not have specific information surrounding the individual; however, it is important that we respect the privacy of our students and staff. At the same time, we want to provide you with as much information possible. San Lorenzo USD will notify any individuals who may have been exposed and ask them to self-quarantine. "Based on the information we have about this case, we consider the risk of infection to be low for students and staff," Dr. Erica Pan, Interim Health Director for Alameda County Public Health Department. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. This novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus causing respiratory illness that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of this virus is not yet known. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath and can appear 2-14 days from exposure. Due to the way the COVID-19 virus is spread, per current protocol (directed by the Centers for Disease Control), Alameda County Public Health Department believes the virus is spreading in our communities and we all have the potential of being exposed. Anyone who is ill should stay home except to get medical care. If you are ill, it is recommended you separate from others in the home, wear a face mask, cover cough and sneezes, clean hands and surfaces often, and avoid sharing personal items. It is important to monitor symptoms for potential worsening including shortness of breath. It should be emphasized that anyone experiencing symptoms should self-isolate and contact your doctor immediately. We recognize and understand how concerning this information is. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you as we have additional information. For specific information on the COVID-19 virus, we recommend reviewing information from the following sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention California Department of Public Health Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) California Labor and Workforce Development Guidance California Employment Development Department/Labor Commission

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