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Rising COVID-19 infections hit Palo Alto schools

Original post made on May 20, 2022

Local schools are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, mirroring trends seen across Santa Clara County and in many parts of the U.S.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 20, 2022, 6:59 AM

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Posted by No heat
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 20, 2022 at 9:29 am

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FYI vaccine boosters were just approved by the CDC for ages 5-11, and you can schedule an appointment at Web Link

Posted by CoCo
a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2022 at 1:06 pm

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Finally! I've been waiting for PA Online to notice this story - the cases have been going up steadily for the past month. The district has the case count information on their website, but as someone who works in one of the local elementary schools, there has been very little effort to communicate with staff or parents or students about the increased risk. Some kids are coming to school with masks - some wear them on their wrists (which is about as effective as wearing a bike helmet with the straps hanging loose) , and some continue to wear them in the classroom. We have kids in the class that are CLEARLY sick and unmasked and when they are encouraged to go home, say "No, I'm fine." There is weekly testing available on site, but the numbers of kids getting tested at my school site has dropped dramatically. To protect myself, I wear a mask and got a second booster. But please parents, keep your kids home if they don't look well, encourage your kids to wear a mask at least inside the classroom, and realize that there are still many younger siblings of elementary aged kids who cannot be protected by the vaccine yet. I'm just as tired of taking COVID precautions as everyone else, but my husband picked up COVID traveling and even with two shots and a booster, felt awful. This is not "just a cold." There are only two weeks left of school with a lot of end of year events that you and your kids don't want to miss if COVID finds your family. We know how to mitigate risk - so let's pull together and do it.

Posted by PA Community Advocate
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2022 at 10:54 pm

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It’s been over 2 years. Why haven’t we learned that a) cases is a meaningless stat and 2) we have no proven tools to prevent transmission. All we can do is mitigate the effects. Thankfully Covid has largely spared our youth.

Posted by Virginia Smedberg
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 20, 2022 at 11:52 pm

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thank you CoCo for saying all that. One of my violin students (goes to a private school in MP) went on a school trip a couple of weeks ago - everyone was spozed to self test before they got on the bus, nonetheless 16 of them came home sick...!!! Let's ALL please be more considerate of those who can't get vaxed and those who are more vulnerable even if vaxed. As our Opera San Jose General Director said to the audience of Carmen in April - wearing a mask (in the theater) is an act of LOVE.

Posted by PAMF discourage patients
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 21, 2022 at 9:32 am

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Please be mindful-wear masks, wash hands, take a rapid test when symptoms started. We don’t want to miss last two weeks of school, finals & school fun events, summer vacation and make other vulnerable sick. Thanks all.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 21, 2022 at 4:02 pm

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