HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The Hesperia Unified School District (HUSD) issued a statement updating students and parents on the developing situation surrounding the coronavirus.
As of 8:30 a.m., March 12, 2020, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health, and the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health have NOT recommended school closures in our area at this time, stated district officials.
“As such, there are NO current plans for HUSD school closures. HUSD officials are maintaining clear communication with public health and education offices to maintain safety for all of our students,” stated the statement.
In keeping with Governor Newsom’s March 11, 2020 policy announcement to slow the statewide spread of COVID-19, all HUSD non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more will be postponed until April 1, 2020 or later.
Non-essential gatherings of less than 250 people will only be allowed if the event location allows for social distancing of 6 feet or more.
“HUSD would like to remind our stakeholders that there are still 0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our county, and these steps are purely statewide precautionary actions,” stated the release.
The HUSD Emergency Preparedness Leadership Team continues to strongly urge stakeholders to practice the following illness prevention strategies:
- Frequently wash hands for 20 seconds or more with soap and warm water.
- Stay home when/if sick (per HUSD district nurse guidelines).
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when coughing and/or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick (Social Distancing: keep 6 feet of personal space from someone who is coughing or sneezing).
- Consult with your doctor regarding other preventive measures.
Concerned parents asked the following questions via the districts official Facebook page:
What type of measures are you doing to prevent the coronavirus from spreading at schools? For example, if a child gets sick and has the flu; the school/district begins to send letters saying that children can’t be absent from school.
-Hesperia Unified School District Parents who notify the school of student’s absences due to illnesses, do not receive SARB letters.
Do the schools have what they need to be disinfecting every day? Because I know a week ago my son’s teacher put out a text that she was low on Lysol wipes and Kleenex being that we can’t even get Lysol wipes for homes I’m worried that the schools do not have what they need.
-Hesperia Unified School District All HUSD schools are following the Custodian Illness Prevention plan posted on Facebook last week. If teachers do not have the necessary supplies, they should notify the administration.
Are field trips being canceled as well? “Gatherings”?
-Hesperia Unified School District Please contact your site administration regarding specific events being postponed or canceled.
Where would one find the school nurse protocol for keeping your sick child home?
-Hesperia Unified School District As a general rule, students who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms like fever or respiratory symptoms should stay at home.
If we don’t want to send our kids to school will that affect their attendance? Can we keep them home?
-Hesperia Unified School District Please communicate all attendance concerns to your school site.
HUSD implemented the following Custodial Illness Prevention Plan last week:
- Pre-School, Special Education & Kindergarten: Continue to receive full service. Disinfect all desks, tables, chairs, counters, doors, door handles, sinks, water fountains, light switches, and other touch points. Vacuum and mop every day.
- 1st-12th grade: Disinfect all desks, tables, chairs, counters, doors, door handles, sinks, water fountains, light switches and other touch points (including offices) every day.
- 1st-12th grade: Vacuuming will happen on Fridays only, this will allow greater concentration on disinfecting areas.
- All Schools: Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected as many times as possible every day.
Parents and students are urged to visit the San Bernardino County Public Health website at sbcounty.gov/dph, the California Public Health Department website at cdph.ca.gov, and the CDC website at cdc.gov.