Over the past few weeks, I have shared with you information regarding the coronavirus (COVID19), along with tips and tools to stay healthy.
The Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) is committed to closely monitoring the situation and this includes working with expert partner agencies, such as the San Bernardino County Public Health Department to ensure we are providing our school community with medically accurate and timely information.
As of today, the risk for contracting the coronavirus remains low and there is no immediate
threat to our community. San Bernardino County officials have stated that there are currently no cases of coronavirus in San Bernardino County.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made statements during a briefing that signaled a change in tone from previous communications by asking individuals, communities, governments, businesses and schools to be prepared should the United States experience an increase in COVID-19 cases.
OMSD continues to remain diligent in our efforts to clean frequently touched surfaces and objects such as desks, keyboards, and doorknobs. Additionally, we are encouraging the practice of good public health hygiene, such as washing hands thoroughly, getting a flu shot, and taking anti-virals, if prescribed. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest and stay home when ill. Prevention of the spread of the coronavirus is the same as prevention for the flu virus. At this time, students and staff should go about their daily lives and practice the same precautions normally taken during cold and flu season.
Updated Federal Guidelines
As part of the emergency declaration, which went into effect on February 2, Americans
returning to the United States, who have been to China’s Hubei province within 14 days, will face a mandatory quarantine and will be monitored by public health officials. Americans returning to the United States from other parts of China or other affected areas will face enhanced screening and a self-quarantine of up to 14 days to ensure they do not pose a health risk.
Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of facemasks for general prevention and stated handwashing provides better protection from infectious disease.
In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and togetherness of this community. The safety and wellness of our students and staff are a priority, and we thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us maintain a healthy and safe learning environment.