COVID-19 Communication - March 4th, 2020

Dear BHUSD Community,

As we continue to monitor developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through information given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and various public health organizations we are working closely with governmental and local agencies. We assure you that we are preparing plans for various levels of concern.

As of this morning (3/4/20) Los Angeles County has declared a local emergency regarding Coronavirus due to six new cases (for a total of seven in the county) which were reported overnight. This is a routine measure the County is taking to access additional resources and funding and to facilitate inter-departmental communication.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff are our priorities so we want to relay to our families that, at this time, we are continuing to be vigilant about this situation. We will maintain communication with County school and health officials and will provide ongoing updates to you.

Below are some examples of ways we are conducting illness prevention and planning for different levels of concern:

  • We are communicating with BHUSD staff, including groups like Student Services and our Custodial staff, and reviewing procedures and protocols for assessing students and staff with possible fever or flu, and best practices for illness prevention.
  • We are working with sites and our Facilities Department to inventory and maintain supplies like disinfectant, soap, and paper towels.
  • We are working with school principals to encourage best practices among students and staff such as washing hands, covering coughs, encouraging students and staff with fever or flu symptoms to remain home for 24 hours fever free, and making sure that people who are sick are not stigmatized.
  • We are meeting regularly as a Cabinet to update our Pandemic Response Plan should it be required.
  • The CDC and County Public Health Department is not recommending the cancellation of public events or travel within the United States at this time. We will continue to take our recommendations from officials, but parents and students can opt out of events or travel-related school trips, if they choose. In the event that the CDC and public health agencies recommend stronger measures, we want to reassure our community that we are meeting and planning for contingencies to continue student learning and education.
  • We will continue to work with governmental and local agencies so that accurate information is provided to our District community in a timely manner and we will take appropriate action, as needed. Please visit the County of Los Angeles Public Health's webpage for FAQs and other resources: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

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Finally, as a reminder, the best prevention against any virus is to wash our hands often. Please make sure to wash your hands as frequently as possible. As always, we thank you for your ongoing support.

Take care,
Laura Chism
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services