Staff Update #2: March 10

March 10, 2020 (sent via email - same message to families)

MPUSD Community,

The safety and well-being of our students, their families and our staff are top of mind for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and our schools.

As we finish this week strong and head toward MPUSD’s regularly scheduled Spring Break - March 16 - 27 - we want to provide a health update on the coronavirus.

At MPUSD, a task force that includes administration, departments, and our school nurses meets in person weekly and stays in contact daily to stay ahead of the information so that we may act and communicate out appropriately. We continue to monitor the situation with our partners - the Monterey County Office of Education, the Monterey County Health Department, the California Department of Education, and the Center for Disease Control - and keep up with information on the World Health Organization’s website.

There is no shortage of information in the news and social media, and we want to continue to provide accurate and timely information, as well as maintain a calming presence for our MPUSD community.

As of yesterday morning the Monterey County Health Department, there have been no reports of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Monterey County. While Monterey County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, County Administrative Officer Charles J. McKee issued a proclamation of a local emergency on Friday, March 6. This proclamation is a precautionary measure, which will help Monterey County mobilize and coordinate resources should the virus be detected here. For those interested, the press release has been added to MPUSD’s website -

Also as of yesterday, the Monterey County Health Department has not provided a directive to cancel or postpone any school-related travel outside our county. If new information becomes available we will communicate this out to families and staff immediately.

Further, the California Department of Public Health has provided guidance on mass gatherings as follows:

  • The guidance for large events is here
  • The guidance for schools is here

As you and your family may travel over Spring Break, please be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for mainland China have not changed. Additional details about these travel warnings can be found on the
CDC travel page.

We continue to remind the MPUSD community of the following:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people 
  • Frequent handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds; we encourage our staff to remind students to wash their hands when they arrive in classrooms, before snack recess and before lunch
  • Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms; we are working with our attendance staff on altering or suppressing our districtwide communications regarding attendance reminders
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • If you notice a student who appears to have a fever, malaise or a chronic cough, please refer them to the office to follow first aid guidelines
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional 
  • The Center for Disease for Control does not recommend face masks for school staff or students who are coughing
  • See more prevention tips here or here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Thank you for your continued partnership with MPUSD to keep our community healthy.