A Fresno County school district has reported a temporary closure of some of their schools for deep cleaning processes. We are aware that there is a lot of coverage by media and want to inform you that to our knowledge, no EUSD students or staff members have the virus or are being tested at this time. We want our parents, staff, and students to know that should the need for additional action arise, EUSD will work together with the Tulare County Public Health Communicable Disease Department to assess and determine appropriate steps.
Recognizing parental and staff interest in school actions, we would like to share the following information with you about steps EUSD is taking regarding COVID-19:
Are we cancelling activities?
EUSD has canceled all activities outside of Tulare County until April 6, 2020 as a preventative measure.
Will EUSD cancel classes?
Public Health Department officials currently do not recommend the cancellation of classes as an effective action in this situation. We have increased staff to ensure frequent cleaning and disinfection of classrooms and targeted areas. We have also implemented increased handwashing and use of hand sanitizers in classrooms and common areas by students and staff. We will continue to follow the best practices from Tulare County Health Department.
EUSD’s current focus is on prevention.
General preventative actions that students, staff, and the public should take include:
- Keep children home when they are ill. Do not send children to school with a fever; keep them home for 24 hours after they are fever free.
- Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if water is not readily available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow; throw tissue away after use and wash hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If your student has traveled or had contact with someone who has traveled to/from China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea, the student will be excluded from school for 14 days following the contact. These absences will be excused and are precautionary due to high risk travel and contact.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The Tulare County Public Health Department recommends that everyone take normal precautions to prevent getting sick, as this is also the height of the cold and flu season. We are working closely with the Tulare County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health partners to follow updated news and recommendations concerning the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
- Tulare County Public Health, COVID-19 Updates (novel Coronavirus) https://tchhsa.org/eng/index.cfm/public-health/covid-19-updates-novel-coronavirus/
- California Department of Public Health, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
- Tulare County Health Department resource containing frequently asked questions and answers regarding COVID-19 http://hhsawebdocs.tchhsa.org/File.ashx?id=5262
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html#cdc-response
- CA Department of Public Health Immunization Branch- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-015.aspx