Temecula Valley Unified School District 2/27/20
Dear TVUSD Families,
Recent national news coverage concerning the Novel Coronavirus has sparked conversations and questions from our community regarding the health and safety of our students and staff, and we would like to share the following information with you.
The Temecula Valley Unified School District continues to work closely with and obtain guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies to monitor the latest updates regarding the Novel Coronavirus and ensure the wellbeing of students and staff.
At this time, the health risk of the Novel Coronavirus to the general public in California remains low. Still, we continue to encourage common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:
Wash your hands.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
Keep students home if they are ill.
Do not send your child to school if he has a temperature of 100°F or higher. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication (i.e., Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)
FOR RETURNING TRAVELERS FROM CHINA
While health agencies may issue mandatory quarantines of individuals, TVUSD does not have the authority or responsibility to mandate or enforce the quarantining of our students. TVUSD’s mission is to educate students, which includes sharing accurate information regarding the Novel Coronavirus and sharing regular updates from health agency experts.
Consistent with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on returning travelers from China, local health departments are communicating with travelers returning from mainland China to provide guidance about limiting public interactions for 14 days. Travelers from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020, should practice “social distancing” (staying home away from public places including school) for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. CDC guidance on returning travelers is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html
TVUSD respects the confidentiality of our students and will never share personal information of students with the public. Students who recently returned from China and are practicing social distancing will receive support from our schools and TVUSD to facilitate continued learning at home.
We understand that this unprecedented situation may be stressful, but we encourage sensitivity in actions and words to avoid marginalization of students and segments of our community. We also understand that the current situation can create a heightened level of anxiety, which is perfectly normal. We encourage families to continue to keep apprised of the latest information to help ease your concerns and obtain accurate information. We have provided a valuable link to Riverside County’s University Health System below that is continually updated with helpful information relative to our local area. Thank you for your partnership in helping to ensure that our students remain healthy and continue to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.
For more information, visit the Riverside County University Health System- Public Health’s Corona Virus webpage.
We will continue to provide updates, information, and advisories from our local, state, and federal public health agencies as they become available. Should you have any specific concerns regarding your child, please contact the school office directly for assistance.