The District would like to share the most recent update sent to us from the Los Angeles County of Education Superintendent, Debra Duardo. Once again, currently there are no confirmed student or staff cases of COVID-19 in TUSD.
You will be receiving guidance from your child’s principal regarding the policies and procedures at each school site in an effort to follow the guidance under Scenario II.
Update from LACOE to help in planning for COVID-19:
As of the time of this writing, Los Angeles County has confirmed another case of COVID-19 with unknown exposure. This makes for a total of two cases of community transmission, putting us in Scenario II of the California Department of Public Health School Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
Scenario II: Measures to be taken if there are two or more community transmission cases of COVID-19, but no individuals within the school test positive.
If the local public health department has confirmed two or more community transmission cases, but no individuals (staff or students) at the school have tested positive for COVID19, in addition to the items outlined in Phase I, CDPH recommends school administrators implement the following steps:
- Teachers and staff with any fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms should not come to work. Teachers and staff should self-screen (i.e., check themselves for subjective fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough) for respiratory infection symptoms each morning before interacting with students.
- Ensure sick leave policies allow for those teachers and staff to stay home if they have symptoms of respiratory infection.
- Limit 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.
- Consider alternates to congregate or group programming within the school including any large or communal activities such as assemblies. Alternate approaches which limit close contact may include conducting assemblies via webcasts or intercom announcements.
- Consider implementing staggered recess times to limit the number of students who are together; and, if possible, group recess by classrooms. (Also consider staggered lunch times.)
- Consider relaxing requirements for a doctor’s note for the child to return to school after illness.
We understand and share your concerns regarding COVID-19 and continue to monitor the situation closely. The health and well-being of our students, staff, and the entire community continues to be our primary priority.