Feb. 27, 2020
Dear Superintendents,

As you know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials recently shared that coronavirus will likely begin spreading in the United States and advised Americans to begin preparations. While there is no evidence of community spread of the coronavirus in San Diego County, we must be prepared with a pandemic response plan for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread to San Diego.  

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is in constant communication with county health officials and in the process of gathering of stakeholders to create a response plan. In the meantime, we want to provide resources to help your district leadership team think through preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a potential coronavirus outbreak.

We recommend that at this time that you focus on a message of prevention with your school community. The same precautions that schools and districts take to combat the flu apply to the coronavirus as well. These guidelines have been shared before but should continue to be emphasized. 

This is also the time to begin preparing to respond to a coronavirus case in your school(s).

The following resources may be helpful:

This list is not exhaustive and will continue to be updated while we work to develop a San Diego County-specific plan.

If you have questions about these materials, please contact Chief of Staff Music Watson at 858-292-3719 or via email . Thank you for your patience as this situation evolves. 

Sincerely,
Paul

Dr. Paul Gothold
San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
email: paul.gothold@sdcoe.net
phone: 858-292-3514