Dear NHUSD Community,
As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), I want to share with you some of the resources we are using to guide our planning and decision making. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a document providing guidance for schools (see link below) that has been helpful. Since we do not have any identified cases of COVID-19 in our community, we are following the relevant CDC recommendations for this scenario. We also work in coordination with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and the Alameda County Office of Education to make sure we are receiving the most up to date information, and that we are communicating with other school districts. This is important because we have students and families that are part of our district from surrounding communities. I have shared below the link we use to monitor the ACPHD updates.
Locally, we are actively promoting good handwashing techniques because this is the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness. Thursday, March 5, will officially be Handwashing Awareness Day when all sites will be educating our students on the importance of handwashing. Below is a link to the CDC handwashing guidelines. If all of our community follows these guidelines, there will be fewer illnesses spread in general, and it will certainly help during the current situation. Our custodial staff is disinfecting surfaces during their normal cleaning routes, but we have taken the extra step of providing all teachers with disinfecting wipes so that they can disinfect surfaces as appropriate and/or as needed during the course of the school day. Sites received these wipes on Monday.
We are not sure what the next evolution in the spread of COVID-19 will be, but will be actively monitoring the situation and doing our best to keep our students, staff, and families safe and informed.
John Thompson, Ed.D.