Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources
The District has been following the news of a new virus, coronavirus (COVID-19), and has been in touch with Contra Costa Health Services(CCHS) who have issued updates about the virus and tips during cold and flu season. This page includes updates and resources regarding the virus, and steps WCCUSD families can take in efforts to stay healthy and safe.
School Action Steps for Pandemic Preparedness
The following is a list of important step-by-step actions schools should take before a pandemic disease outbreak. Outbreaks can have several cycles or waves so this list may need to be repeated.
PRIOR TO OUTBREAK/PREPAREDNESS & PLANNING PHASE
- Schools are encouraged to review and update their comprehensive school safety plan. Pursuant to California Education Code (EC) sections 32282 and 32286, every school in California should have a comprehensive school safety plan that is reviewed and updated annually. The comprehensive school safety plan should provide guidance for school administration, staff, and students for any emergency that impacts the school, including a public health crisis such as a pandemic.
- Work with local health officials and emergency preparedness officials. They may need to use schools to disseminate information to families.
- Decide the roles and responsibilities of school staff (including all ancillary staff) to prevent the spread of disease.
- Train nurses and staff in symptom recognition. Remember that a person who is infected may not show symptoms right away, and that children who are getting ill may show different behavior than usual, such as eating less or being irritable.
- Educate and improve the hygiene of students and staff. Use simple non-medical ways to reduce the spread of illness, i.e. by “cough and sneeze etiquette,” clean hands, and clean work areas. Posters are available at cchealth.org/coronavirus in the “resources” section.
- For COVID-19, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Decide to what extent you will encourage or require children and staff to stay home when they are mildly ill. Share the symptom checklist available in the resources section of cchealth.org/coronavirus with parents and staff.
- Identify students who are most vulnerable to serious illness (immune compromised, chronic illness, etc.) and may have a greater risk of infections. Encourage those families to talk to their health care provider. Some parents may need to be more cautious in keeping their children out of school.
- March 15, 2020
- March 13, 2020
- March 12, 2020
- March 11, 2020
- March 9, 2020
- March 5, 2020
- February 26, 2020
- February 20, 2020
- February 5, 2020
Contra Costa County Heath Service Updates
- March 16, 2020: Shelter in Place
- March 10, 2020: Social Distancing
- March 9, 2020: School Guidance
- March 4, 2020
- March 2, 2020
- February 27, 2020
California Department of Education/California Department of Public Health
See additional resources regarding the Coronavirus (COVID 19):
Center For Disease Control (CDC)
Contra Costa County Health Services
California Department of Public Health
Contra Costa County Schools Insurance Group Resources
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Contra Costa County Health Services Letter (3/2/20)
- Cal OSHA 5199 Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Prevention Plan (for schools that have health care or public health operations (e.g., school nurse)
- 30-min, Online Germ Management Training (free; for employees who use disinfecting sprays or wipes in the school environment)
- Hand Sanitizers Do Not Require a Training
- Prevent Coronavirus Infection – Handwashing Poster