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Health Information - Required Actions

March 7, 2020

 

Dear Santa Clara Unified Community:

Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and Santa Clara County Public Health Department continue to work together in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. The public health department has issued updated recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, reduce the number of people infected, and protect those who are most vulnerable to severe illness. 

Santa Clara Unified School District is implementing required actions in accordance with Santa Clara County Public Health Department recommendations. We are fully aware of the disruptions these required actions will cause. These required actions were determined using all currently available information and the fact that nothing exceeds the importance of the health and well-being of our students, families, and staff. 

We have successfully navigated challenges of this nature before. Those prior experiences have us well prepared for COVID-19. We have the supplies we need; our staff knows what to do; our school nurses are best in class. You are essential to all of our preparation proving effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

We need your full cooperation: 

 

  • Read all communications carefully
  • Adhere to all of the required actions
  • Support that exceptions cannot be made to the required actions
  • Understand we are working proactively on behalf of our entire community and that responses to individual situations will not be possible at this time 

 

Once again, we understand the disruptions these required actions will cause. Thank you for putting the health and well-being of our community first. Thank you for your support of Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and Santa Clara County Public Health Department. We will get through this challenge together.  

Sincerely,

Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

REQUIRED ACTIONS PER PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS ON COVID-19

Area

Required Action

Effective 

Start Date

Projected 

End Date

Earliest Date of Reconsideration

Student Attendance

Children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. Standard educational services continue with all schools open. All existing policies for student attendance, excused absences, and unexcused absences remain in force. Refer to the Parent/Student Handbook for attendance policies.

August 15, 2019

June 3, 2020

Daily

Students with Pre-Existing Health Conditions

Students with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk. School nurses will work with students and families on a case-by-case basis and as necessary to continue specialized health care plans and make appropriate accommodations to continue educational services.

March 7, 2020

April 1, 2020

Daily

Employee Attendance

All existing policies for employee attendance remain in force. Refer to collective bargaining agreements for attendance policies.

July 1, 2019

June 30, 2020

Not Applicable

Meetings, Gatherings, and Events for Adults

Other than below, all meetings, gatherings, and events where a large number of adults would be in arm’s length of one another, in an enclosed space, are postponed or cancelled. This includes performances, parent meetings, staff meetings, and fundraisers.

March 7, 2020

April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

Interscholastic Sports

All CIF-sanctioned sporting events remain as scheduled. Spectators are discouraged from attending and shall stay arm’s length from one another while attending any sporting event.

March 7, 2020

April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

Internal Programs for Students

All programs provided to students by our schools remain as scheduled, including field trips and science camp.

March 7, 2020

April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

External Programs for Students

All programs provided to students by external partners remain as scheduled subject to the determination of the individual provider.

March 7, 2020

April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

Health-Care Protocol For Students

Students with symptoms of illness will be assessed by the school and may be sent home. Students sent home must be picked up by a parent/guardian or person on their emergency contact list. A student with a fever and respiratory symptom will be put in a supervised isolation area with a surgical mask, if tolerated, while awaiting pick up.

March 7, 2020

April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

Health-Care Protocol For Employees

Employees with symptoms of illness may be sent home. Employees with a fever and respiratory symptom will be isolated with a surgical mask, if tolerated, until they are able to leave.

March 7, 2020

April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020