COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
How will the online instruction work and when will it start?
Online instruction has started, please have your student check their CVUSD email if they have not done so yet. Parents do not receive the emails about online classes, students do.
Will the school year be extended due to the COVID-19 shelter in place?
At this point, the school year will not be extended. The last day of school is Friday, May 29, 2020. Please understand that all information is changing at a rapid rate and we will be following all state requirements.
My concern is we were only given packets for two weeks as I have a kindergartner so trying to figure out how long this closure will actually be in if we will be receiving more information and more homework for the children or other resources that we can use?
Your teachers will continue distance learning. If the packet was for two weeks and we are out longer, you can be certain to receive instruction for the remainder of the time. Our teachers are doing an amazing job planning and providing distance learning. They want more than anything for their students to continue learning. Please email teachers and principals if you have any questions about your child’s education.
Is school a “ gathering”?
Large gatherings that include 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled. This includes gatherings such as concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events.
A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.
A “mass gathering” does not include normal operations at airports, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 1,000 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments or retail or grocery stores where large numbers of people are present, but where it is unusual for them to be within arm’s length of one another.
Who will make a decision to close schools?
If an outbreak occurs, and school closures are recommended or ordered, decisions will be made following discussion between the school district and Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). We will also consider guidance from the California Department of Education (CDE). CVUSD is unable to know if or when individuals are exposed to any illness, which is why we follow guidelines from expert agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Alameda County Public Health Department. Rather than recommending the cancellation of schools and public events, at this time, these agencies are asking people who may have been exposed to the virus to stay home.
How are student absences being handled?
All absences due to illnesses are excused with parent confirmation, per policies in the student handbooks at your school site. We are holding off on the use of perfect attendance awards and incentives. We are requesting parents to provide more specific details of why students are absent (Fever, cough, shortness of breath?).
We understand community concern about student health and safety. Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. This is certainly an option any family may consider. However, per Education Code at this time, we are unable to mark an absence excused for this reason. Our normal protocol remains in place. If a student is out for an extended period of time, a doctor’s note may be required. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused.
Are there any plans to alter or cancel travel, field trips, school dances, etc... due to concerns?
There are no recommendations from public health officials at this time for cancellation of public events or field trips. If a student falls ill during one of the trips, follow the same procedure as you would at your school site. Isolate the student and contact the parent/guardian to pick up the student.
For information on travel plans you or families might be planning for Spring Break, please consult the US State Department's website for travel guidelines.
Decisions about field trips and activities will be made on a case by case basis. Field trips that are permitted are voluntary, and students who do not wish to attend will be allowed to opt out and will not be penalized academically or otherwise. Anyone who is sick or who is at higher risk for serious illness (see CDC’s recommended list here) should avoid attending public gatherings.The District may need to implement guidance from Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) on short notice to cancel events..
Are additional sanitization procedures taking place at sites and in classrooms?
- Remind students and staff regarding washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as available. Portable handwashing stations will be placed strategically across school sites.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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 (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops).
- Staff will be utilizing an Alpet D2 treatment in all classrooms daily and in all busses and SPED vans and buses after each run.
Any time a student is confirmed to have a communicable disease, the District communicates with Alameda County Public Health Department for directives and guidance preventing the spread of the specific communicable disease. This not only applies to coronavirus but other health conditions as well (H1N1, tuberculosis, meningitis, etc.). The Public Health Department will notify the District of any known cases.
What if someone in a student’s or staff member’s immediate family is diagnosed? Are all quarantined in that household?
If students or staff come in contact with someone confirmed to be an infected person they should stay home, contact their medical provider, and call Alameda County Public Health Department at (510) 267-8000. If someone must quarantine or isolate, they will be notified by Alameda County Public Health Department.
If, in a worst-case scenario, a school gets shut down, what ”distance learning” protocols are being considered?
We are solidifying options for distance learning, should schools be required to close. There are mechanisms in place for teachers to communicate with families through various means, such as Google classroom, Email, Website, or Aires. Teachers will communicate with families directly about what methods will be used if needed.
What happens if a child is symptomatic with flu/cold symptoms?
If a child is symptomatic ( fever, shortness of breath, cough, congestion), they should stay home and their physician contacted for further guidance. A child may return to school once fever free for 24 hours without medication. If they are at school, and begin to feel sick, they should check in with the health office and wait for their parent/guardian to pick them up. Remember that schools are not equipped to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19.
Do we need masks?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend routine use of a face mask or respirator. It is important that we do not deplete stock from those who need them for other illnesses.