Dear Clovis Unified Parents and Community,
News coverage of the emergence of a new coronavirus that is impacting nations around the world may prompt our community to wonder how Clovis Unified is prepared for the situation. In addition to closely partnering with public health agencies to keep up-to-date on this evolving situation, our schools are following existing safety practices to minimize the spread of illness and to encourage good health. Safe school plans are in place at each of our campuses and normal school activities are continuing.
It’s important to keep in mind that the health risk to the general public in California from novel coronavirus remains low, and the best way to prevent the spread of viruses in general is to follow common-sense health practices like washing hands frequently, covering coughs, and staying home when sick. At school we encourage preventative actions, including:
- Routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces. Our custodians daily disinfect high contact surfaces like desks, counters, doorknobs and bathrooms.
- Washing hands frequently.
- Encouraging students and staff to stay home if they are ill. If running a fever, it is recommended that students remain at home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
- Using respiratory etiquette (e.g. covering coughs, using tissue and no touch trash cans).
- Our school nurses and health aides are valued partners in our healthy school efforts, and assist if a student falls ill while at school
Parents can keep up with the latest news about the coronavirus outbreak and actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control online at https://www.cdc.gov/ and through the Fresno County Public Health Department at https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health. As new information is available, or if public health recommendations for schools change we will keep our community informed. Questions can also be submitted to the Clovis Unified Nursing Services Office at 559-327-9466.