Jan. 28, 2020
Dear Superintendents, 

We are continuing to closely monitor the new coronavirus and want to provide you with an update and the very latest information. 

Although there have been reported cases of coronavirus in Los Angeles and Orange counties, there are still no reported cases in San Diego County. San Diego County public health experts continue to say the risk of local transmission is low.

SDCOE Program Specialist for Nursing Corinne McCarthy receives regular updates regarding the flu and coronavirus from state and local officials and is providing these updates to school nurses across the county. SDCOE has also posted some guidelines and resources on our website, including information about the use of masks and when students should stay home from school. In addition, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has information on its website and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has FAQs available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. 

While the risk of coronavirus is low, activity levels for influenza (flu) remain high so it’s important to advise parents to keep their children home from school if they are feeling sick. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough.

For parents, we’ve updated this customizable letter to include current information on the coronavirus, answers to possible parent concerns, and tips to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. 

If you have any questions, please contact Corinne McCarthy at corinne.mccarthy@sdcoe.net

Sincerely,
Paul

Dr. Paul Gothold
San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
phone: 858-292-3514