** Update: latest information about COVID 19, found here
February 6, 2020
Dear Clovis Unified Parents and Community,
News of a new coronavirus outbreak that began in China has some parents wondering how our schools respond to community health issues. This open letter to our community is designed to provide more details about our safe school protocols, and the processes in place between our schools and Fresno County Public Health Department to protect the health and well-being of our students.
One important part of our efforts is staying informed. Parents can keep up with the latest news about the coronavirus outbreak and actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control online at https://www.cdc.gov/
and through the Fresno County Public Health Department at https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health
. The current coronavirus outbreak is unique in that it is a new strain of coronavirus, and humans do not have the naturally built up immunity to this strain that exists for similar respiratory viruses.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions (which we encourage at school, too) to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
In addition, our custodians clean our classrooms and common areas each day, and disinfect heavily used surfaces and restrooms daily. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses, including coronaviruses.
As new information is available, or if public health recommendations for schools change we will keep our community informed. Questions can also be submitted to the Clovis Unified Nursing Services Office at 559-327-9466.