COVID-19 Communication - March 2nd, 2020

Dear BHUSD Community,

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation.

 

There is currently no known threat of COVID-19 to Beverly Hills. 

 

You may be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered its level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional details about these warnings can be found on the CDC website.

 

At this time there have not been any travel advisories pertaining to locations our BHUSD school trips are going. 

 

As a parent/guardian it is, as per every trip, at your discretion as to whether you send your child. Until we receive warning from the CDC, LACOE, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health or other states and governing bodies regarding traveling to the locations we will be going, no trips are canceled. 

 

We have increased the cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. We remain diligent in our efforts to clean frequently touched surfaces and objects such as desks, keyboard and doorknobs. Additionally, you will see a significant increase in hand sanitizer throughout our schools over the next week. There is a mix of dispensers to maximize efficaciousness. 

 

The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus may begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. We are working with county school and health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in Beverly Hills. More information will be shared as this plan develops. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus/COVID-19 is available on the CDC and The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health websites.

 

At this time, students and school staff should go about their daily lives and practice the same precautions they normally take during cold and flu season. To help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, follow these important tips: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

 

As a reminder, all children and staff members with a fever of (>100.4 F / >38C) or higher should remain home from school and other activities until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the assistance of medication. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus/COVID-19 and flu, follow these important tips:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

  • Get vaccinated every year

 

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

 

BHUSD will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. If you have questions about these topics, please contact Student Services on 310 551 5100 ext. 2250.

 

The safety of our students and staff is a priority, and we thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us maintain a healthy and safe learning environment.

 

Sincerely,

Laura Chism

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services