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Dear MVLA Staff, Students, Parents and Community,
Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools as our collective community continues to closely monitor the ongoing health emergency regarding the novel coronavirus. We also continue to work with and follow the guidelines issued by our partner agencies, including the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
Cancellation of Large Events/Mass Gatherings
In keeping with the Health Department’s guidelines on mass gatherings, MVLA is cancelling mass gatherings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our area.
In the most recent guidance from Health Department’s regarding smaller gatherings, there are four criteria which could lead to the cancellation of these events as well. These include:
1) The size of the event
2) The mix of the individuals from various areas and age brackets
3) The ability of individuals at events to remain at arms-length from each other
4) The duration of the event
By the end of today, we will have a full cancellation calendar on our coronavirus information webpage at https://www.mvla.net/About-MVLA/General-Information/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19/index.html. This webpage is located on the front of our district website, mvla.net, and will be updated daily. The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, and visitors remains a top priority, and we appreciate your understanding about the rapidly changing status of our campus events in the interest of community health and well-being.
The Department is recommending that non-essential travel of both students and staff be suspended due to the potential to increase the risk of transmission of the virus, and we are adhering to this recommendation. This means the cancellation of out-of-town, out-of-state and overseas travel, pending further updates.
Public Health Guidelines
The County Health Department is not recommending closing schools at this time. We are working on a plan for distance learning in the event it is recommended that schools close.
Additional portable washing stations are at the campuses and we will continue to work on maintaining a high level of site cleanliness.
We understand if students and staff choose to stay home due to concerns about exposure to illness.
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.
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.
Thank you in advance for your efforts in keeping our schools and community healthy and safe.
Dr. Nellie Meyer