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Health Information (Flu and Coronavirus)

Update February 16th, 2020

Dear Union School District Community, 

We continue to monitor the novel coronavirus situation closely and follow guidance released by the CA Department of Public Health and CA Department of Education to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Here is the latest update.



CA Department of Education Update - PDF

The California Department of Education understands there are concerns about novel coronavirus. At this time, the health risk to the general public in California from novel
coronavirus remains low, but schools can take common sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. We want to educate people about the symptoms of
coronavirus, but we also want to make sure that our schools are working to ensure that this health risk does not stigmatize or isolate certain populations of students based on
discrimination. Please follow this link for detailed guidance from the California Department of Public Health about the coronavirus in general:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Schools and School Districts (PDF) - This document outlines more specific guidelines for K–12 schools, districts, and county offices of education.
 


The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. Each of our schools has health protocols and processes in place to ensure precautions are taken to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu. 

Additional information and resources available:

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has a webpage dedicated to novel coronavirus at sccphd.org/coronavirus for more information including frequently asked questions. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu.
  

Update February 12th, 2020

Dear Union School District Community, 

We continue to monitor the novel coronavirus situation closely. At this time the health risk to the general public in Santa Clara County remains low. However, the CA Department of Public Health has issued new guidance for schools and school districts. All of our front office staff have been trained and we will be monitoring any students who have traveled out of the country. Please note, this guidance does not apply to travel from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.  
 


CA Department of Public Health

NEW GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS  

Please note that there have been reports of students and others being stigmatized. We urge schools to ensure students’ and staffs’ privacy to help prevent discrimination.  

Students and staff returning from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020, should be excluded from school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. This is a change from the previous guidance. 

More information can be found here.

CDC guidance on returning travelers is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html​ 



The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. Each of our schools has health protocols and processes in place to ensure precautions are taken to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu. We will follow these updated guidelines and continue to work with the county health department as this situation evolves. 

Additional information and resources available:

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has a webpage dedicated to novel coronavirus at sccphd.org/coronavirus for more information including frequently asked questions. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu.
 

Update February 3rd, 2020

Dear Union School District Community,

We continue to be in contact with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD).

As recently as this afternoon, we received guidance from the SCCPHD, which we will follow. Please click here for the full notification that the SCCPHD sent to school districts throughout Santa Clara County today.

  

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Dear Union School District Community,

Union School District has been in close contact with our county public health department to monitor developments regarding an outbreak caused by the coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020, and there have been two confirmed cases in Southern California. To date, there are no confirmed cases in Santa Clara County. Public health departments are working to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. 

When new viruses surface, there can be a lot of anxiety and stress. It’s important to stay informed. We acknowledge the impact that this outbreak is having on our community, and on those who have friends or relatives who are affected. 


What You Need to Know

In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified who recently traveled from Wuhan, China, and who has any of these respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), he or she will be sent home from school/work, and the school will contact the Public Health Department for additional guidance.

We encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu:

  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick
    • Those who have a fever at school will be sent home and should stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Get a flu vaccine
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school until 24 hours after the last fever
  • If you are sick, monitor your symptoms and contact your medical provider if your symptoms are getting worse
  • If you are seriously ill and at risk for complications from the flu, contact your medical provider because you may need additional treatment or hospital care
  • Promote hand hygiene among students with soap and water or hand sanitizer

Resources Available

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has a webpage dedicated to novel coronavirus at sccphd.org/coronavirus for more information including frequently asked questions.

Visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu.

The Flu: A Guide for Parents

La influenza: Guía para padres


We will continue to communicate with our local health officials and inform our families and staff of any new recommendations.

Sincerely,

Denise Coleman
Superintendent
Union School District

 
Kris Suzuki, R.N, BSN, MSN, SNC
District Nurse
Union School District