Update #3: Coronavirus

March 4, 2020
 
Parents and Guardians,

The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.

It is important to remember that at this time, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Monterey County Health Department, the California Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is currently no recommendation to close schools in the United States.

At MPUSD we have established a task force that includes administrators and school nurses to monitor the situation, provide consistent communication to staff and families, and plan for situations that require action.

We are taking proactive steps to ensure our classrooms and schools are thoroughly wiped down, particularly high touch points, such as door knobs. During our Spring Break, our Maintenance and Operations teams will perform a deep clean of all classrooms.

We also encourage our students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses. 

In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medication before returning to class after any illness. Please refer to the health guidelines outlined on our district website. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention. 

We will continue to update families as new information or updates become available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school and/or our the school nurse in your child’s learning community.

NOTE: This information is also housed on the MPUSD website at www.mpusd.net. Families who speak languages other than English and Spanish are able to have the information translated on our website. Please share this with those who may need to access additional languages.

Thank you.