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COVID-19 Updates

March 6, 2020 by MetroED Archive 0 comments

Colleagues,

I am writing to provide an update and a few reminders.  I will be hosting a call for superintendents for tomorrow at 9:30.  Dial in information will be forthcoming.

The PHD announced updated guidance for the community at large but guidance for schools remains largely unchanged. Current guidance for schools:

The County Public Health Department is not recommending closing schools at this time. If a staff member or student in a specific school confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted. The reason we are not recommending school closures at this time is because children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities.

We encourage all school officials to carefully review and follow the CDC’s guidance for K-12 schools and childcare centers, as well as our recommendations for mass gatherings and large events. We are aware that schools in our community may need to make decisions about postponement or cancelation of specific activities.

Some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.

Updates:

The SCCOE has embedded a team member in the county’s Emergency Operations Center to handle the COVID-19 response.  This began today and is designed to ensure a quicker response for school based questions and guidance.

In light of this guidance on mass gatherings and large events, we recommend that you consider the following:

  • Canceling large events at which individuals might be unable to have adequate space to keep distance or there would not be enough handwashing access
  • Review field trips individually. There is no need at this time to cancel all field trips. However, trips that may be considered a mass gathering such as a concert or sporting event held in a venue with close quarters should be canceled or postponed.

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 appears at a school site, the PHD will manage that on a case by case basis.

Reminders:

  1. Each district should have designated a daily COVID -19 reporter. These reports should be submitted daily beginning today. Each of your designated reporters would have received an email from Michael Vallez. The reports to be submitted daily will go to
  2. Districts should direct their COVID-19 questions first to the SCCOE.  The SCCOE will triage the calls and engage with the PHD and legal counsel as needed to support your cases.
  3. Do not require Doctor’s notes.
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