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Dear MVLA Parents, Staff and Community,
We want to provide you an update on the District’s efforts to keep our campuses and classrooms as clean as possible in response to the ongoing health emergency regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We have ordered and expect today to receive portable washing stations for all of our high schools – five each for Los Altos and Mountain View, and one each for Freestyle Academy and Alta Vista. These stations will be located in strategic areas in order to increase access.
We have arranged for extra custodial support at each campus to assist with wiping down all desks, doorknobs, and other surfaces at the end of the school day. We have ordered cleaning supplies and deep clean regularly.
We are working with the County to develop a protocol for large gatherings, such as athletic events and field trips. As we develop this protocol, we will consider:
- The size of the gathering
- Attendees - are they part of a risk group?
- The distance that can be maintained between attendees
- The duration of the event
- The type of event – academic, extracurricular, co-curricular, etc.
We are reviewing events and cancelling, if appropriate.
Santa Clara County Public Health Department is asking that we reconsider non-essential travel at this time. Students, family members, or staff and their family members returning from areas that have been identified as risk areas are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school.
Public Health Guidelines
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has updated guidelines for the community at large, including schools. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is continuing to recommend that schools remain open noting that children and teenagers have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. MVLA continues to recommend that anyone feeling ill should stay home.
If a staff member or student in a specific school is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted.
Help Prevent Infection
The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against the Coronavirus and other illnesses, including washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
We will continue to remain in regular contact with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. We are also in regular contact with the state and county offices of education, which are developing guidelines for local school districts in the event the virus does spread. Governor Newsom has committed to free testing for Californians who believe they may have the Coronavirus.
As additional resources and updates are provided by the county, we will provide them to our community. Updates will also be posted on the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website.
Thank you in advance for your efforts in keeping our schools and community healthy and safe.
Dr. Nellie Meyer