COVID-19 NEWS & RESOURCES

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COVID-19 testing is free, easy, and safe.

Get tested now! Click here for open sites across the community.  

The recent increase in new cases is distressing but cautionary because it is evidence that we still need to practice guidelines given by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in order for us to truly be safe. In response to this news, we are grateful that more free testing sites have opened up throughout the county. This will provide even more people with the opportunity to get free testing for the virus, and to be treated sooner which can lower the risk of infecting others and further spreading of this disease.

We also cannot stress enough the importance of continuing our own personal health and safety routines that also combat the spread of COVID-19. As such, face coverings in public are still required, as well as your attention to social distancing, handwashing and keeping work surfaces clean. As a reminder, many germs and viruses are found on the surfaces in your personal workspace and home.

Teachers, childcare workers, and support staff members in the education sector will be offered COVID-19 vaccine as part of the state of California’s Phase 1B, Tier 1. Like other counties, the County of Santa Clara follows the required sequence for vaccination laid out by the federal government and state. Currently, the state has authorized vaccination of individuals in all three tiers of Phase 1A. When the state allows vaccination of people in Phase 1B, vaccine providers in Santa Clara County will do so. When they are eligible for vaccine, individuals who are patients of large health systems will be directed to obtain vaccination from those systems, including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Stanford, and El Camino Health.

When more information is available, we will share that information on the County’s website in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog.

Coronavirus or COVID-19 has us all feeling uncertain. By empowering us to control a few simple things, we can help protect our loved ones, students, coworkers, and our community. These are also expectations.

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy. Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives watch the CDC three minute video Fight germs. Wash your hands.

Wash your hands before entering our buildings for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, dry completely. If no soap and water available, use hand sanitizer. Wash throughout the day at least every two hours and after handling shared equipment, eating, using the toilet, blowing your nose or throwing out trash.

All Essential Businesses are required to prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol at each of their facilities at which they are maintaining operations. Please read the complete order from the Santa Clara County Health Department.  To help protect yourself if you are out in public remain a minimum of six feet in distance from others, use face coverings, and wash your hands as frequently as possible.

Stay at least six feet apart, use Zoom to meet with colleagues, parents and students, etc. Meet outside when possible and only in small groups.

Coronavirus spreads when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs (through droplets hanging in the air). You may have the virus and spread it even if you feel well. To prevent infection, you must cover your nose and mouth when outside your home. Furthermore, wearing a mask is now required statewide.

Wearing a mask or cloth face covering can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of virus into the air. It also reinforces physical distancing and shows you care about the health of others. The CDC recommends you always continue to practice safe social distancing (also known as physical distancing) by keeping six feet between yourself and others. Face coverings and face masks should not substitute social distancing. 

An emergency care doctor explains when to wear a face mask, and how to do it the right way.  Watch the video here.

Please click on this link for more valuable information and guidance about face coverings from the Santa Clara County Health Department.

Be sure your mask is in good shape, clean and wash after each use. Keep it in a clean baggie when not in use. Do not touch your mask once wearing it. Remove by the ear straps. Do not wear your mask around your neck or hang from your ears and remove only when eating, drinking, or virtually teaching. One time masks are to be thrown away at the end of the day.

What's New


We will regularly update this Hub with new resources to support safe in-person instruction. Find the latest below.

 

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New Guidance For Schools

In January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health released new guidance for schools planning to reopen for in-person instruction.

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Reopening Plan 2.0

This plan, protocols, and policies will allow MetroED to reopen in any and all of the models listed: Full Distance Learning, Blended Model, or Full Reopening.

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Draft V.2 MetroED Blended Learning Plan

Learning Model for the 2020-2021 school year, please see the District Reopening Plan for more information.

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January Executive Summery Reopening Plan 2.0

Keep our students, staff, and community safe and healthy.

 

 

 

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A Parent's Guide to the Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools

Also available in Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese

 

 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Emerging evidence suggests a significant number of people may be infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and capable of spreading the virus to others.

CDC Guidance: COVID-19 Symptoms  →

CDC Guidance: COVID-19 Protection  →

View CDC Guidance: FAQ's  →

MetroED COVID-19 Information and Resources

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We aim to prevent the spread of infection with enhanced protocols, reconfigured campus spaces, and careful control of campus access. We have been taking steps to respond to your needs. For COVID-19 questions or concerns, please email covidliasion@metroed.net or call (408) 723-4245.

 


 

The Stronger Together Public Service Announcements Video Series provides residents of Santa Clara County and beyond with useful information about staying healthy, safe and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Gavin Newsom provides an update on the state’s response to the #COVID19 pandemic.

On December 30, 2020, Gov. Newsom shared California’s Safe Schools for All Plan for school districts to physically reopen while prioritizing the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff. The plan’s framework consists of four pillars: funding, safety & mitigation (testing, PPE, contact tracing, vaccinations), oversight & assistance, and transparency & accountability.

Newsom shared research, published by the CDC, reiterating that students physically attending school have a low risk of transmission and getting students back into the classroom is especially important for our youngest students, students with disabilities, as well as those students who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Watch the full news conference here.

Read the summary of California’s Safe Schools for All Plan, click here and learn more about the additional provided resources:

Also on December 30, 2020, the Governor hosted a virtual conversation with Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci further addressed the importance of school reopening. View their discussion here.