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COVID-19 Update - March 12, 2020
Posted 03/12/2020 05:15PM


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Dear Evergreen School District Community,

Santa Clara County Public Health Department is working closely with SCCOE to provide guidance to districts and schools. Broadly closing schools is a decision that is not taken lightly and is a last resort as it causes significant community disruption. The most important reason we are not recommending school closures is because children are at low risk for COVID-19.

Another very important reason we're not closing schools right now is because of how much it disrupts society. Not every family or parent has the time off or the financial security to stay home from work with their child. Many families also rely on schools and staff for basic needs for their children, including regular meals, health care and child care. If schools shut down, vulnerable families will experience the greatest burden and suffer negative impacts.

Potential workforce shortages due to closed schools may blunt our health care system's response to COVID-19. Additionally, there may be an increase in exposure for the most vulnerable people in our community – older individuals as they may be caring for children at home.

We recognize that some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home from school.

Currently, if a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will work with individual schools, school districts and the County Office of Education, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted.

Evergreen School District will continue to provide updates to our community. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Dr. Emy Flores, Superintendent


SCHOOL CLOSURES:

No school closures will occur without the authorization of Public Health in consultation with the district and the County Superintendent of Schools.

The Public Health Department currently is not recommending closing schools. Among other reasons, individuals under 18 years of age have been identified as a low-risk group relative to the virus. If a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted. Public Health's guidance is that the disruption caused by school closure currently outweighs the potential benefits of using school closure to slow disease transmission. Closing schools is a last resort and will be done with great care, transparency, and in partnership with Public Health. These recommendations may be updated upon further evaluation and public health need.

Potential workforce shortages due to closed schools may blunt our health care system's response to COVID-19. Additionally, there may be an increase in exposure for the most vulnerable people in our community – older individuals as they may be caring for children at home.

We recognize that some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home from school.

Currently, if a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will work with individual schools, school districts and the County Office of Education, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted.

VISITORS ON CAMPUS:

We all recognize the importance of community involvement in our schools. Beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13th, we will take additional steps to limit the exposure of our students to outside guests and visitors. Only essential staff (district employees and district services supported via consultants) should be working within our classrooms. Thank you in advance for reaching out to your volunteers to express our appreciation for their work and for understanding this decision given our circumstances.

FIELD TRIPS:

All field trips have been cancelled through April 10, 2020.

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS:

Out of an abundance of caution and based on the guidance we have received, starting tomorrow, March 13th, the East Side Athletic League is cancelling the volleyball and soccer seasons. Additional information regarding track will be provided when it becomes available.

EVENT CANCELLATIONS

The most recent guidance from Public Health is that there are four considerations in evaluating events; 1) the size of the gathering, 2) the mix of individuals from various areas and age brackets, 3) the ability of individuals at events to remain at arms-length distance from each other, and 4) the duration of the event.

1) Any events for which the four considerations listed above cannot be assured should be cancelled or postponed.

2) All non-essential, non-instructional events should be cancelled or postponed if they are in spaces that do not permit participants to remain at arms-length distance from one another. Individuals in high-risk categories should not attend. Individuals who are not feeling well should not attend.

TRAVEL:

All district sponsored events involving travel outside of the county, athletic league area, or outside a 30 mile radius should be canceled or postponed. This includes staff attendance at conferences outside of the 30 mile radius.

For non district sanctioned events/travel/field trips, please contact the organization who is hosting/sponsoring the event to discuss what plans they have put in place.

SCIENCE CAMP:

SCCOE Outdoor School Programs at Walden West and Via West will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, and remain closed through Friday, April 10, due to limits on travel. While the SCCOE has cancelled their programs, we have schools attending Science Camp outside of the County. Also due to limits on travel, these experiences should be cancelled or postponed.

We recognize that Science Camp is an amazing experience for our students. Should we be unable to attend this year, we will look at options to have our 5th graders attend next year as 6th graders.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE:

We will continue to code any student who chooses to not attend school based on the concern of contracting the COVID-19 virus as "Unexcused." That being said, we also understand that families can still make a choice to keep their child(ren) at home during this time and for the next few weeks we will not be taking any truancy action or disenrolling students accruing "Unexcused Absences".

We recognize that we do not have the capacity to provide instructional support for well students who stay at home, nor are we able to provide a formalized Independent Study program for these students. This will be messaged to parents. We also understand that our staff wants to do what they can to ensure student learning continues. The Educational Services team is looking to develop supports that can assist students and families District-wide while minimizing the impact on staff. More to come. If a student has extenuating health circumstances, please contact your site administrator to identify appropriate next steps.

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  • San Jose, CA 95148
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