Coronavirus COVID19 Update #5

Temecula Valley Unified School District 3/12/2020

Update: Postponement/Cancelation of Non-Essential Activities Outside of Regularly Scheduled School Hours

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Update: Postponement/Cancelation of Non-Essential Activities Outside of Regularly Scheduled School Hours

Good Evening TVUSD Family,

District administration continues to be in regular communication with Riverside University Health Systems-Public Health (RUHS-PH), as well as federal and state agencies, related to the rapidly changing COVID-19 novel coronavirus situation our state and nation are facing. Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our students and staff, and we take this responsibility seriously.

In accordance with guidance from the California State Governor and RUHS-PH, all Temecula Valley USD schools are postponing/canceling non-essential activities outside of regularly scheduled school hours. This includes all civic center use, extra-curricular activities, events, athletic practices, and competitions. The timeframe this is to be in effect is March 12 through April 5, 2020. The actual order from RUHS-PH is through April 30. We will provide updated guidance prior to returning from Spring Break.

We deeply respect the work and dedication that our students, staff, and families give to our extra-curricular activities, athletics, and events. We sincerely apologize for having to modify and/or postpone these extra-curricular activities.

Please know that currently, there are no plans to close schools. TVUSD is being proactive and has outlined a plan that allows for distance learning scenarios in the event of a school closure.


Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and support.


Tim Ritter, Superintendent
Temecula Valley Unified School District

Current Riverside County COVID-19 Cases and Resources

In Riverside County, officials have reported eight coronavirus cases, including five in the Coachella Valley. The source of three of these cases has not been determined, so it is considered a community spread. Community spread involves the transmission of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It indicates that the virus was not contracted through relevant travel history or contact to a known case of COVID-19 and suggests that the virus is present in the community. Riverside University Health Systems, Public Health has issued several guidance toolkits as well as accurate, up-date-information. Please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus to view the information.

In addition to the distribution of updates, all information TVUSD shares are available on our website at https://www.tvusd.k12.ca.us/covid19.

If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus, you can call 2-1-1or you can call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.


Riverside County Public Health coronavirus
CDC Facts: Share Facts About COVID-19
CDE https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/coronavirus.asp
CDPH Guidance to Schools 2019-nCoV School Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 and TVUSD Schools

Q: Are additional sanitization procedures taking place at sites and in classrooms?

A: Temecula Valley USD follows all recommended cleaning procedures for educational settings. Custodial leads and maintenance staff have reviewed cleaning procedures and are adhering to all district procedures and nightly inspection schedules. Some of these procedures include actions such as restocking hand sanitizer in school offices, and universal spaces (library, etc.…) and refilling soap dispensers throughout the day.


Q: Are alcohol-based hand sanitizers allowed in TVUSD schools?
A: Yes. For more details from the California Department of Education please click here.

Q: What if my child says the school bathroom is out of soap. What should I do?
A: Contact your school office as soon as possible so custodial staff can address and refill as necessary.


Q: Does the District have an emergency response plan specifically for pandemics?
A: Yes. As part of our Safe Schools Planning efforts, there is a Pandemic Planning Guide. Staff last used these protocols during the H1N1 Flu pandemic. The administrative staff is currently reviewing those guidelines and updating sections as needed. It is important to note, specific pandemic response activities will be highly dependent on emerging data and direction provided by health authorities. As with any emergency plan, this is a living document and will be subject to updates as this pandemic develops.


Q: How are student absences being handled?
A: All absences due to illnesses are excused with parent confirmation, per California Education Code outlined in our District Board Policies and Parent/Student Handbooks. Additionally, our Student Welfare and Success Division are currently monitoring absences and analyzing for patterns. As of today, Temecula Valley USD has not experienced an increase in illness based on attendance rates.

Q. How do school sites handle requests for Independent Study (IS) related to coronavirus fears?
A: If you are requesting independent study for a medical reason, please contact your student’s school site for procedures. Please know these types of independent study requests would require a medical recommendation from a physician, and the District would follow the steps as outlined in District Board Policy. Currently, the risk for our student population to contract COVID-19 remains very low. Vulnerable populations are those with chronic underlying health conditions, recent international travel and known exposure to a person with COVID-19 virus.


Q: Who will make the decision to close schools?
A: If an outbreak occurs that affects our community, and school closures are recommended or ordered, decisions will be made, at the direction of County Public Health following discussions with the school district and Public Health professionals. We will also consider guidance from the California Department of Education. TVUSD is unable to know if or when individuals are exposed to any illness, which is why we follow guidelines from expert agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the County Public Health.

Q: If, in a worst-case scenario, a school gets shut down, what” distance learning” protocols are being considered?
A: In the event of a school closing, as a result of the novel coronavirus, the District has a plan for distance learning options to best meet the needs of all staff, students, and families. Should this become our reality, we will be communicating clearly with all staff, students, and families regarding the process and expectations for continuous learning.

Q: Are there any plans to alter or cancel travel, field trips, school dances, etc... due to concerns?
A: As of today, Wednesday, March 12, 2020, in accordance with guidance from California State Governor and RUHS-PH, all Temecula Valley USD schools are postponing/canceling non-essential activities outside of regularly scheduled school hours. This includes all civic center use, extra-curricular activities, events, athletic practices, and competitions. The timeframe this is to be in effect is March 12 through April 5, 2020. The actual order from RUHS-PH is through April 30. We will provide updated guidance prior to returning from Spring break. Lastly, we are aware that concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. Helping children cope with this concern and anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm. Therefore, we have linked here for you, “How to Talk to Children about COVID19” resource from the National Association of School Psychologist.


Q: With the upcoming spring break plans, what do families, students, and staff need to know?

A: For information on travel plans you or families might be planning for Spring Break, please consult the US State Department's website for travel guidelines. If someone travels to an area that is currently on the travel watch list, families returning are responsible for self-reporting. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province--china.html

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