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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District


Update: 02-27-2020

February 27, 2020
Dear MVLA Parents, Staff and Community,
I’d like to provide you updated information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).   
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has issued an update regarding the two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the county. Authorities tell us that they are keeping in place their earlier declaration of a health emergency as the number of cases continues to rise around the globe. 
Guidelines for Students Subject to Mandatory and Self-Quarantine
Please know that MVLA is committed to maintaining the privacy of our students and the health and safety of students, staff, and school visitors.  Our schools will work as needed with students and families subject to mandatory or self-quarantine with sensitivity and confidentiality. 
Mandatory Quarantine
  • Should any MVLA students or families be subject to quarantine, the Health Department will notify us.
  • Schools would work with students to support continued learning at home.
  • Once these families clear quarantine, the Health Department would let us know these individuals are cleared to return to campus. Schools would communicate with affected families to coordinate this return.
  • Related absences will be excused.
  • Students who have recently returned, or have contact with a person returning from China, are asked to self-quarantine for fourteen days.
  • Schools will work with students to support continued learning at home.
  • Related absences will be excused.
    What Can I do to Prevent Infection?
    The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against the coronavirus and other illnesses.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw tissue away and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Keep yourself or your student home if there is a temperature is above 100.0 F (38.7 C) or if you/your child report not feeling well, or appear weak or ill.
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk.
We understand that missing school – for any reason – can cause stress and concern for our families and students. We want to assure families with any questions that we would work collaboratively with them throughout the process. This helps ensure our schools continue to be healthy and safe environments, and that our students maintain studies and aren’t behind when they are cleared to come back to school.
The Health Department has provided guidelines about the novel coronavirus in a flyer available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. As additional resources and updates are provided by the County, we will provide them to our community. Updates will also be posted on the County Health website.
In the unlikely event that schools need to be closed or operations are interrupted, we will follow our local and county emergency procedures and will continue to keep you updated. 
Dr. Nellie Meyer