Update on the Coronavirus

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March 11, 2020


Dear Families:


The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Our school continues to focus on this issue, and we regularly monitor updates from the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Education (CDE).


What We Know

The information around coronavirus (COVID-19) changes frequently, but here is what we know as of this update:

  • There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Golden Oak Montessori.

  • Today, March 11, the Alameda Co. Office of Education and the Alameda Co. Dept. of Public Health met and released a statement saying that district wide or regional school closures are not warranted at this time. If this guidance or our situation changes, we will immediately inform the school community.

  • We continue to follow the guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health on March 7 regarding preventive measures and preparations for other possible scenarios.

  • On March 10, the Alameda County Public Health Department released community guidance related to mass gatherings. Golden Oak is reviewing these guidelines and will be making adjustments as appropriate and notifying families accordingly.

  • Our contracted custodial staff are following proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques on a daily basis. Out of an abundance of caution, we are incorporating walk throughs to check availability of soap/sanitizer during the school day, and have ordered additional cleaning and sanitation products.

  • Staff continue to do additional cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day including common touch points and shared devices. For classrooms that use placemats and water carts we have asked for extra wipedowns of those items daily, and/or discontinuing the use of these practices until further notice.

  • Staff continue to develop plans should the need to close schools arise. This is a significant decision and would be made in consultation with our area partners.

  • We are making decisions about field trip participation on a case-by-case basis dependent on the travel plans and location.

  • All Golden Oak students, families, and staff should practice good health hygiene which includes washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).


In times like this, when concerns are high, we encourage families to contact the school directly if they have questions and concerns. We also will post updates when we have them at www.goldenoakmontessori.org/updates.


Thank you for your support as we all navigate these challenging and evolving circumstances.


In partnership,


Jen Heeter

Head of School

Golden Oak Montessori