Dear Franklin-McKinley Community, 

We would like you to be aware that as a District, we are closely monitoring the information and updates regarding the coronavirus, and working closely with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. According to public health authorities, the immediate risk of the novel coronavirus to the public is still low at this time. That said, we take this issue very seriously and are taking the necessary steps to prepare. We will continue to provide regular updates as we have them. 

It is Franklin-McKinley School District’s (FMSD) practice to have Safety Plans in place at each school that address emergency situations (including pandemic flu), outline protocols, staff responsibilities, and practice emergency drills. 

In case of an emergency, Franklin-McKinley schools notify parents and/or guardians via our communication tool known as Blackboard Connect. It is extremely important that your latest contact information be provided to your child’s school for notifications and updates. 

In general, Franklin-McKinley recommends keeping your child at home if they have a: 

  • Temperature reading above 100.4 Fahrenheit
  • Severe cough

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips from the California Department of Public Health:

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses. 
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

If you or your child present any of these symptoms, please call your physician. Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that hand washing provides better protection from infectious diseases. In FMSD classrooms, we provide hand sanitizer dispensers where sinks are not available. Additionally, in classrooms where sinks are available, soap dispensers are provided for use. Both hand sanitizer and soap dispensers are replenished as needed by our staff. 

Franklin-McKinley School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. If you have questions about these topics, please call (408) 283-6259. We thank you for your cooperation and support. 

Sincerely, 

Juan Cruz
Superintendent 
                     Franklin-McKinley School District                    
645 Wool Creek Drive, San Jose, CA 95112