Coronavirus » Staff Update #4: March 12

Staff Update #4: March 12

MPUSD Community:

I am writing to provide you an update on the district’s response to the COVID-19 virus. MPUSD continues to follow the CA Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools. According to this guidance and guidance from the Monterey County Health Department, MPUSD schools and departments will remain open until this guidance changes.

Even though there are no reported cases of COVID-19 within MPUSD or Monterey County, the Governor recently released a CA Department of Public Health advisory that mass gatherings should be postponed or canceled statewide to slow the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, beginning Friday, March 13th through Friday, April 10th, MPUSD will implement the following preventive social distancing measures to help protect students, teachers, staff and community members from exposure to the disease:

  • Rescheduling of all school assemblies, performances with audiences, school dances, rallies and fairs both during school hours and after school to a later date to be determined.
  • Rescheduling of all open houses, student field trips and travel, all school and district parent advisory committee meetings, PTA meetings, “Coffee with the Principal” meetings to a later date to be determined. 
  • Rescheduling all district wide professional development, travel to conferences, and other non essential large gatherings of staff.
  • Rescheduling all use/rentals of school facilities by outside organizations that would bring large gatherings to school sites.
  • Rescheduling spring break intersession academic programs, except for seniors in danger of not graduating and on a case by case basis.
  • Not allowing spectators at sports or other school related events except for coaches and school personnel.
  • Limiting visitors to the school by not allowing those with symptoms of fever and/or respiratory infection or who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
 
Our schools offer essential services to families and many families depend on schools for a number of before, during and after school services. The following will NOT be impacted by these proactive measures:

  • All regular school activities.
  • All regular scheduled IEP meetings.
  • All regular nutrition programs before, during and after school, including Stone Soup intercessions.
  • All regular before and after school programs and Saturday Academies.
  • Any planned SAT/ACT, CAASP testing at sites (social distancing of 6ft will be followed). 
  • All regular sports practices and games without spectators (unless advised otherwise by the Central Coast Section).
 
During the upcoming spring break we ask that you continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through taking the following preventative measures:

Stay home when sick. 
  • Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. 
  • For severe symptoms, seek immediate medical care, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.  
  • Before going to your doctor, FIRST call your doctor's office for guidance.
 
Use “respiratory etiquette.”
  • Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. 
  • Avoid handshakes 
 
Wash hands frequently. 
  • Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies.
 
I recognize that the preventive measures outlined above will cause some inconvenience and disappointment. Please know that this was a decision that did not come lightly and was made out of concern for the health of our entire community.

We will continue to work with local and State health experts over Spring Break and will provide any updates to these guidelines as warranted.

Thank you for your attention to these guidelines and please feel free to reach out to supt@mpusd.k12.ca.us with questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

PK Diffenbaugh
Superintendent