Updated Information About Coronavirus–2.27.20

Dear families,

As news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, we know that many of you have questions and concerns. As with any potential safety issue, we are monitoring the situation closely and want to be sure that our community is prepared. While media coverage of the Coronavirus can be confusing and disconcerting, the CDC has emphasized that there is no current coronavirus pandemic in the United States .

For further information, please see this updated letter about the Coronavirus from Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. The Marin County Office of Education and Marin Department of Health and Human Services have assured us that they will continue to provide our school leadership with emerging guidance for COVID-19 control in school as it becomes available.  You may also find this Fact Sheet from the CDC useful as a quick reference.

Across our campus and in classrooms, we take health and safety precautions on a regular basis to keep our community healthy and to prevent the spread of illness. Additionally, our emergency operations plan includes a range of protocols for disaster preparedness. At this point, we have no plans to modify our school schedules or activities. Should it make sense to alter our routines at any point, we are taking steps to outline these procedures now and will keep you informed as the need arises. 

Our Family Resource Guide outlines the health measures we have in place, including information about when to keep your children home from school, our communicable disease plan, and more (see Section VII). As the CDC continues to develop screening guidelines for Coronavirus detection, these may supersede our FRG policies. In the meantime, the CDC recommends the following preventive practices to stay healthy and minimize the spread of disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

To stay up to date on the latest developments, we encourage you to refer to these reliable resources:

Our thoughts and well wishes are with all those who have been impacted by this illness. The CDC has noted that fear and anxiety about illness can lead to social stigma and discrimination. It is encouraging people to “ Share Facts, Not Fear. For more facts on the Coronavirus, and to prevent the spread of misinformation, click here

We will remain vigilant and will continue to share updates with you as needed. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our community healthy. 

Take care, 
Andrew