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Community Update: March 5 Coronavirus Update
March 5, 2020
Dear WCCUSD Families,
I am writing to give you an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19). On Tuesday evening, Contra Costa County Health Services confirmed the first case of COVID-19 being transmitted in Contra Costa County.
As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Contra Costa County Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, the District is taking steps to respond to the concerns about an outbreak. Those steps include:
- Encouraging students and staff to stay home if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
- Ensuring resources are available for increased hand washing or use of hand sanitizer.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces like faucets and door handles.
- Reviewing class trips and school travel to specific locations.
- Continuing our collaboration with county health officials.
As a precaution, students or employees who have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus or recently traveled to any of the five countries that have been most affected by the outbreak (Mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and/or Iran), we are directing them to stay home for two weeks and check in with their health care provider. Students will be placed on independent study and staff members on administrative leave.
While the District’s actions are valuable, individual behaviors are essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness. We encourage our students, staff and families to follow the CDC’s precautionary measures:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor this situation.