Important Update on COVID-19
March 10, 2020

Dear Orinda USD Families,

Thank you for your support and suggestions as we all respond to the evolving news about the COVID-19 virus.  We want to update you on the actions we are taking in the Orinda Union School District in partnership with Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS).  

Contra Costa Health Services - New Guidance
CCHS issued new guidance today which includes a recommendation to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people.  In compliance with this guidance and in collaboration with other area school districts, we are canceling the following school events with attendance that exceeds 50 people in one area:
  • Field Trips
  • Assemblies
  • Science Fairs and Math Nights
  • Band and Choral Concerts 
  • Plays and Musicals
  • Dances/Social Events
  • After School Sports

This restriction on events will remain in effect through March 27th, which leads into Spring Break for OUSD. We will reevaluate the viability of future events at that time based on the most up to date information from CCHS. Additionally, all principals are working on strategic and creative ways to manage large groups that regularly happen on school campuses such as recess, brunch, lunch, and before and after school clubs. 

School Attendance
We respect that each family will make a decision about school attendance that is best for their circumstances. Students will not be required to get a physician’s note following an absence given the strain such a requirement would place on the health care system.  

Please understand that we are not approving independent study agreements for students staying home as a precaution for COVID-19 as requests of this nature are untenable for our staff at this time.  

While we hope not to initiate school closures due to COVID-19, we are actively developing plans for such a scenario that include leveraging technology to provide academic and social/emotional support for our students.  We will continue to keep all stakeholders updated as CCHS issues new information. Closing a school or the entire District is a serious and impactful decision that would only be made in consultation with CCHS. 

We are reminding students to take the following precautions at school, and we recommend that you follow these same protocols at home. (See bottom paragraph in the infographic below):
Additional Measures
We are taking advantage of the non-student day on Friday to allow our custodial staff to perform a thorough cleaning of classroom desks and other surfaces, along with bathrooms, multi-use rooms, and other areas with heavy student traffic. 

Communication and Partnership
This is a dynamic situation, and we are committed to providing you with up-to-date, relevant, and accurate information.  In collaboration with our partner districts, we are monitoring the situation and closely following updates and guidelines from local, state, and national health officials. You are encouraged to monitor the World Health Organization , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the California Department of Public Health , and Contra Costa Health Services to learn the most accurate information about COVID-19. 

We will continue to work in collaboration with CCHS and take seriously our responsibility to keep students safe. Our strength and support for one another will get us through these daunting circumstances.  


Dr. Carolyn Seaton
Superintendent of Schools