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'It's a question of when – not if – some California public schools will face closure.' State issues coronavirus guidance for schools, universities

Original post made on Mar 9, 2020

California health leaders have released new guidance for school districts, colleges and universities on how to respond to COVID-19, including preparing for potential school closures.

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7 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm

Are those employess properly protected for cleaning -- simple masks and gloves?

Are all the schools in PAUSD being cleaned?

11 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 1:54 pm

Students at paly should not be allowed to cross the street for lunch and brunch. They can rough it and bring their own food to limit exposure.

17 people like this
Posted by District Teacher
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:15 pm

Teachers have been given a bottle of the peroxide cleaner and two towels. No gloves or masks. There is a serious leadership problem going on. I find out more about my workplace and the health and safety of my students and me from this source or from parents who have received communications and shared them with us. Unconscionable and disrespectful.

12 people like this
Posted by mama bear
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 3:26 pm

My high school daughter developed a sore throat & fever over the weekend and now has congestion and cough. She won’t return to school until completely healthy. I do understand it is likely a cold or mild flu, but how can one be sure and know the proper steps to take? We called PAMF yesterday but they are not interested in testing her for COVID-19. How can we protect others in the community and know how to behave and limit exposure without more testing at the community level? Experts say Covid-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe. Since no one seems to be testing school age children with cold and flu symptoms, it seems we have little understanding of how many students have been exposed.

5 people like this
Posted by tests
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 9, 2020 at 3:41 pm

tests are not readily available, so PAMF has nothing to test your daughter with currently.

6 people like this
Posted by Parent
a resident of another community
on Mar 9, 2020 at 4:22 pm

@mama bear

From one mama bear to another...
You are doing the right thing. Keep her home - it will prevent her from spreading whatever it is to others. Drink lots of fluids and rest.

It is now YOU who needs to take care of yourself, to prevent getting ill from her.

13 people like this
Posted by Teacher 2
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm

Teachers have not been provided masks or gloves. We have not been given materials to clean computers (many of us have computer carts students use regularly). We have not been informed about how often to clean. We do not all have sinks in our classrooms for students to wash hands, nor were we provided with hand sanitizer. Most of us are bringing in our own materials. The district and county health leaders have made it clear that they care little for the health and safety of teachers, staff, and students’ families. And if we are waiting on confirmed cases, yet people aren’t being tested, well...that’s not good.

11 people like this
Posted by paly student
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm

why not just cancel school. Surely the 2000+ people on the paly side of the street are more of a danger than the hundreds at tnc?

And since when was bringing your own lunch "roughing it." I'd argue walking across campus and spending money on local businesses is "roughing it" when compared to opening a bag and sitting down.

7 people like this
Posted by Family Friendly
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:39 pm

@Mama Bear: Keep trying. US companies are manufacturing millions of test kits per week, now. Eventually, PAMF will broaden the testing to include your daughter.

9 people like this
Posted by Shallow Alto
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm

Love the comment about roughing it taking lunch to school. Back in my day I had no option, everyone took their lunch to school and none of us thought it was roughing it.

Talk about shallow alto.

8 people like this
Posted by Da Mayor
a resident of Ventura
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:00 am

Looking at the trajectory we are on matching Italy I expect schools will be closed by end of next week. The growth in number of cases matches the mathematical models to an astonishing degree.

Would be nice if we closed schools now to get ahead of it but human nature is to only act once the danger is unavoidably in our faces. Our imagination and emotional sense of risk doesn't do too well with exponentially spreading viruses.

11 people like this
Posted by Pat
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:11 am

By the time 5 children are proved infected, which means they were ACTUALLY tested, everyone at the school will be potentially exposed. Too little, too late.

8 people like this
Posted by Stay At Home & Have FUN!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:22 am

When we hear of a sick child at school (i.e a child's specific classroom) we simply keep our kids at home where they can play, goof off, dabble on the computer, watch TV etc.

They are LOVING it!

11 people like this
Posted by Alvin
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:48 am

Agree with the above commenters that it's time to shut down the schools or face another Italy, though we might have already missed the window. If companies are telling their employees to work from home, why are we still sending our kids to school?

My son had the "flu" over two weeks ago and today is the first day I allowed him to return to school. The doctor laughed when I asked him if it could be Covid-19. He laughed me off because the so-called experts at CDC said it was impossible to contract COVID unless you had been to China. I bet if they re-tested some of these past "flu" diagnoses, many would pop positive for COVID.

9 people like this
Posted by ? Hidden transmission
a resident of another community
on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:07 pm

I remember when our kids started daycare. They were always getting sick, and as a result, we were always getting sick. Any parent who got sick in the school community would eventually sicken every other parent through their kids. Given that children can be infected with coronavirus and show few symptoms and are not even getting tested when symptomatic, I would suspect that coronavirus is spreading unchecked to the community through our schools. Why are people afraid to go to the movie theatre, but not afraid of their kids spending all day in a small room with thirty runny-nosed careless kids touching everything?

2 people like this
Posted by Teacher
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2020 at 1:30 am

Why are you all waiting for the government to do something? This starts with us, as individuals and what cleaning measures WE take in our daily lives! I mean this is absolutely shocking that people are this disgusting when it comes to basic hygiene and consideration for others. The virus will continue to spread if people can’t even wash their hands, shutting down schools won’t do anything if people are not killing the virus themselves (can easily be picked up through cash, gas pumps, you name it). When people aren’t washing hands, not covering their mouths when they cough/sneeze, are not disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, what do you expect to happen? As a teacher I’ve taken measures into my own hands, it is infuriating to see comments on here that teachers are not being supplied with cleaning materials so schools should be shut down, (if you are that desperate, go get some, make your own solution or sanitizer etc.) these germs can be killed WITH BLEACH! Masks should be saved for the people who really need them, like healthcare workers. You should not be waiting for whatever government official to come and help clean your school. Could be buying bleach mixing it with water and spraying down your class rooms! If your child does not have a good habit of washing their hands, send them to school with hand sanitizer, educate them about the importance of keeping their hands out of their mouth/off face. Sitting at home “waiting it out”and having everything shut down will only have a negative effect on parents, workers, and the economy while barely having any effect on the virus. Message is : WASH YOUR HANDS! KEEP SURFACES CLEAN! And you’ll be fine!! Absolutely shocking that this has to be said!

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Posted by Parent
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2020 at 2:08 pm

Have you heard about WeeCare? They are helping people who need immediate childcare with all the craziness of school closures! Web Link

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