Archived COVID-19 Updates

Dear CVUSD Families, Staff, and Community, 
 
Budget News 
Last week, the much anticipated May Revise was released. Governor Newsom and his administration have been forced to make tough decisions for the revised Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget calls for a reduction of $12.3 billion for K-12 public education, a decrease of almost 20 percent from the proposed January education budget. These unprecedented cuts will undoubtedly impact our students and the educators who serve them. The proposed school funding reductions make the already difficult task of opening schools this fall in the midst of a pandemic that much more challenging. 
 
As budget decisions are made, it is urgent that legislators hear from us, their constituents, about the importance of adequate funding to meet the needs of students. Here is the link for you to communicate with legislators and make sure your voices are heard.  
 
Planning for the Reopening of Schools
I know you have many questions about next school year. There have been no changes to our 2020-2021 school year calendar. Our first day of school is still planned for August 11, 2020. As always our students and staff’s safety is our priority.  We are in ongoing conversations with the Alameda County Department of Public Health to clarify guidelines for reopening of schools. In addition, I am participating in conversations at the state level regarding school reopening to ensure requirements and guidelines from various agencies reflect and consider the reality on the ground and the needs of our students and families. 
 
We have formed teams (including teachers, classified staff, and administrators)  to begin devising  reopening plans for the Governing Board to consider with focus on the following areas: Instruction and Student Support, Health and Safety, Family Engagement and Support, and Operations. 
 
We are committed to developing reopening plans that are guided by the following key principles:
  • Our students and staff’s health and safety is -- and will always be -- our priority
  • Provide flexibility to accommodate the needs of students, families, and staff
  • Access to equitable educational practices and opportunities for all students to accelerate their learning
  • A phased approach that will enable students to come back in a safe and measured way over time
  • Closely monitor and remain in compliance with federal, state and local health orders and take into account guidance from scientists and health experts
 
We value your partnership and thank you for your support.  We recently sent out a survey about distance learning the last few months. Thank you for responding, as your responses have provided us great insight into how things have worked for you and your children the last few weeks. It has also provided a set of parameters to work with moving forward. We are in the process of developing another survey to seek your input about returning to school in the Fall. 
 
I want to thank our Parent Leadership Council for being such great thought partners and for their feedback. We have been meeting more often than in the past and will continue to do so virtually in the next few months as we plan for the next school year. 
 
We thank you for your patience.  We will be prepared to flex our plans, including tightening or relaxing restrictions, as new information becomes available or as determined by internal or external factors. 

Helpful Resources
COVID-19 Testing in Alameda County - The Alameda County Public Health Department has formed a COVID-19 Testing Task Force to develop and implement a coordinated testing program to address disparities, ensure countywide access, and support the County’s COVID response. Visit them here for a list COVID-19 testing sites as of May 11, 2020.

NEW Important information from Department of Social Services - Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Click to read more. 
 
Best regards, 
 
Parvin Ahmadi
Superintendent
 
 
Dear CVUSD Families,

 

I realize that Governor Newsom’s announcement about opening schools possibly in July or early August has many wondering what that means for our students and families in Castro Valley. As a reminder, on April 14th, Governor Newsom also indicated that when students return to their schools, they will come back to schools organized in new and different ways. Although we do not yet have all the answers, I hope the following provides you with some helpful details. 

 

Here is what we know so far. 

 

  • There will be additional safety requirements for students and staff as well as our facilities when we return to school. This requires clear procedures, equipment and materials, and possibly additional staff. 

 

  • According to CVUSD’s approved instructional calendar, students’ first day of school is August 11, 2020. 

 

  • Based on information we have thus far from the Alameda County Public Health Department and from the State, with continued social distancing requirements in place in the Fall,  there will be restrictions as to the size of crowds and the number of students in each classroom and on school sites each day. Therefore, we are considering various options based on these guidelines and any other new guidelines we receive. 

 

  • Here in CVUSD, we have already begun forming teams to develop various scenarios that will best meet the needs of all students and follow the required restrictions.  Our planning teams include administrators, teachers and classified staff, and there will be opportunities for feedback as we process things. 

 

  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the State budget is undoubtedly negatively impacted. We have been informed by the State to expect a reduction in funding. The May Revise will unveil the level of reductions to school finances, with the approved budget expected by the end of June and additional modifications possibly in July. 

 

  • With the unexpected school closure in mid March, we began supporting students with distance learning as quickly as possible. I am extremely grateful to our teachers and staff who worked diligently to make that happen and continue to look for new ways to better serve students. We recognize that addressing learning gaps created due to the school closure this year will require additional efforts the next school year. 

 

  • Your child’s principal will soon be sharing with you the details of end of the year activities.   

 

We are anxious to have our students back at school and recognize the importance of reopening schools so families can return to work. With advance planning, we will be better prepared for instruction next Fall. School may look different than what we are used to, but we are excited about developing the best possible learning opportunities for students regardless. 

 

We will work tirelessly to respond to the many challenges ahead of us keeping in mind that our families are dealing with many challenges of their own. I recognize that not having all the answers is unsettling and stressful, but I want you to know that we truly believe serving students is a privilege and find your partnership a tremendous gift. 

 

Best regards, 

 

Parvin Ahmadi

Superintendent

Dear Families,

I am reminded over and over again of the incredible value of working together as a community with you, our students, and staff to respond to new challenges focusing on what we can do rather than what we can’t do. My hope is that our students will later look back at the last few months of school and feel proud of themselves for their continued yearning for knowledge and pleased with how the adults around them considered their best interests as they made decisions.


Below you will find information on a few important topics. 


Grading  

We are converting the grading system for middle and high school to Credit/No Credit for the second semester in order to hold students harmless during distance learning. This decision follows guidelines from the CA State Department of Education and is in line with what UC (University of California) and CSU (California State University) systems are accepting due the Pandemic. 


We want to ensure that students preserve the progress they made prior to school closures and enable them to demonstrate further learning, as appropriate. We recognize that despite all efforts to support students during distance learning, grading their overall or cumulative performance as we have always done in the past  does not align with the promise of holding them harmless. Middle and high school students’ first through third quarter grades will remain as letter grades in Aeries. However, on their transcripts they will have letter grades for the first semester and Credit or No Credit marks for the second semester. 


For elementary grades, students’ report cards for the trimester will include marks reflecting their efforts and comments focused on what students have worked on, how they are doing, any areas of improvement, and suggestions for what to work on during the summer. 


More details about expectations for the last few weeks of schools will be forthcoming from your child’s principal.


Graduation and Awards Ceremonies 

Graduation and award ceremonies are important milestones in a student's life. We know that the prospect of not having a traditional graduation ceremony is disappointing, but we will find a way to recognize their accomplishments and graduation from high school. There will be opportunities to share ideas as we seek options. 


Promotions

I know that students and families look forward to moving from one grade level to the next. Although this will need to be done differently than previous years, we want to ensure that students’ promotions to the next level are celebrated in the best way possible. We will update you as soon as we have had a chance to consider options.   


Lockers 

Students may be wondering about picking up their belongings that are left in their lockers. They will have an opportunity to get their materials before school is closed for the summer. If there is an urgent need to retrieve essential materials from your child’s locker, please contact your child’s principal.  


Medications 

You will not need to wait until the end of the school year to retrieve your child’s medication and will receive information soon on how to pick up any medications stored in the office. 


Meals

We will continue to provide meals to students until the end of the school year as we have done the past few weeks, except during spring break, April 13th - April 17th. 


Thank you for your support and patience. Social distancing measures in California have proven effective, thanks to everyone following them. I take pride in our community and share my deepest gratitude with all first responders, healthcare workers, and those who serve others to keep everyone safe. 


Take good care of yourselves, your loved ones and your neighbors. Be safe and best wishes to you all. 


Regards, 

Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear Families, 

 

This afternoon Governor Newsom confirmed that California schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year due to the need to continue social distancing efforts. This means that we will need to extend our suspension of in-school instruction and continue teaching and learning using our distance learning format until the end of the school year. The most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by continuing to implement social distancing practices.

 

We know that school closure places additional burden on you as families, as you face your own challenges with work, childcare, and the health of your loved one, while having to help students at home with distance learning. Please know that we are absolutely grateful for everything you do to help support your children at home. 

 

In anticipation of this possibility, we have had conversations within our district, with other school districts, and state organizations about grading, credits for graduation, and college admission.  With additional information from colleges and guidance from the State, we will be working with staff to finalize decisions as soon as possible with our students’ best interests in mind. 

 

We also  acknowledge that many students, especially our seniors, who we know were looking forward to celebrating promotion and graduation are very concerned about missing out on these and other momentous occasions. We will work hard to seek alternative solutions.  

 

These are difficult times for us as adults, and I am certain it is just as difficult if not more for students. Not only are they having to learn at home, they miss their friends, teachers/staff,  and worry about their families. We miss our students and our teachers are working hard to support them. We remain fully committed to our students’ academic success and social/emotional well-being. Please let us know how we can better help you while distance learning continues. 

 

With gratitude, 

 

Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear Families, 

 

I am sure many of you are seeing news reports and/or heard about the letter issued today by California State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond. In the letter, he states that it appears that our students will not be able to return to the classroom this year. However, there has been no definitive direction from the Governor's office or from the Department of Public Health indicating an extension of our current school closures at this time. Should we receive definitive information on an extension of current suspension of in-school instruction, we will communicate that to you as soon as possible. 

 

Our teachers have been doing a phenomenal job providing distance learning. We recognize that there is a lot more required of you at home as well and want to thank you for being such outstanding partners. We continue to plan for various scenarios as this seems to be an ever evolving situation.  We will update you regularly.

 

As you know, an increase in numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 is expected before a decline. We may hear about confirmed cases in our community; however, since our schools have been closed for over two weeks, symptoms related to exposure at school are considered minimal. As directed by health officials, anyone with symptoms is asked to self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider for guidance. Please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website for further guidelines and important information. 

 

Thank you for reading our updates and sharing your great questions with us each time so that we can be sure to respond to them in future updates.  

 

Regards, 

Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear CVUSD Families,

 

Today, at 11 a.m. the Alameda County Office of Education released this press release stating that Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals From Regular School Attendance To Be Extended Until May 1, 2020. The press release states, “Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties.”

 

Previously, students were to return on April 7th; however, with the new information from Public Health, we will not resume school until Monday, May 4th. 

 

Please note that during this time, distance learning will continue as usual. 

 

As noted on the CVUSD instructional calendar, there will be no instruction next Monday and Tuesday, March 30th and 31st. Monday is a Professional Development Day for staff and Tuesday is designated as a holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez. During Spring Break, April 13-17, there will be no distance learning for students. 

 

The ambiguity related to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for everyone. We want you to know that we will do everything possible to support our students. Please let us know how we can help answer any questions or concerns you have.  

 

Each school's website includes a portal for distance learning that will be ready by the end of the day. Please also check our district website for updates on a regular basis. 

 

We are grateful to our Public Health officials for working with us on an ongoing basis to make these important decisions and, as always, for keeping the health and well-being of our students and families as their highest priority.  


Best regards, 


Parvin Ahmadi

 

Dear CVUSD Families and Community,

The Governor announced that California is going into a “stay at home order” effective March 19, 2020 until further notice.  At this time, the order does not change or impact our role as a school district although it adds to the uncertainty we are facing.  I will continue to share updates with you as soon as I have more information. 

During the past two weeks, our world has changed in ways hard to imagine. The first week of distance learning for students is over, and we are all learning day by day how to best support them. Much of what we are doing is new to all of us.  

I know full well that despite all efforts, distance learning does not replace face to face instruction for most students.  In addition, some students may not have the same level of access to content due to various factors. We have offered Chromebooks to any student who needs it. Please contact your child’s principal via email if your child still lacks access to a device, Internet or anything else that we may be able to offer.  

I am extremely grateful to our teachers for doing everything possible to design the best learning opportunities while in school instruction is suspended. Although many of our teachers have often used technology to engage students in and out of school, doing so the entire school day is new territory for everyone.  They are reviewing and reteaching materials and introducing new concepts slowly and methodically, considering the fact that not all students have the same access and support outside of school. They are monitoring student progress to drive their instruction, check for understanding, and provide students support as needed. 

 

Counselors and support staff in every department are working together to address needs. They are available through tele-health, online and on the phone. Our custodians have deep cleaned all sites. Office staff are working online to respond to questions and register new students. Child Nutrition staff are working everyday to feed hundreds of children. Please note the new information from Child Nutrition regarding new locations, dates and times, 

 

Our site administrators are in constant communication with their team and available to answer any questions you may have.  We understand that having students learning at home all day creates challenges for families who now have to work from home or outside the home. Worrying about our families and having many unanswered questions about COVID-19 are undoubtedly weighing on everyone’s mind, including students. I know it is difficult to create a level of normalcy in the midst of these uncertain times. The stress and anxiety resulting from this crisis are significant. Please let us know if your child needs any support. We have created and shared a list of tools accessible on our website that we hope you have the opportunity to check out. 

 

It is during these difficult times that we further recognize the importance of family, togetherness, kindness and compassion. I am confident we will overcome this ordeal albeit not as quickly as we want. On behalf of the Governance team, I thank you for your patience and support and wish you and your family well. 

Best regards, 

Superintendent Ahmadi

 

Dear CVUSD Families and Community, 

 

This morning, I joined a virtual meeting with the California Department of Education (CDE), led by California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. There were also staff from the Governor’s Office as well as members of the California School Boards Association sharing information.

 

Superintendent Thurmond clarified that we do not have any specific information from the Governor or our State Legislature about school closures. I recognize that hearing closures may last until the end of the year is extremely concerning for families. The fact is that we cannot predict when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, and at this time our students are scheduled to return to school on Tuesday, April 7th. Any change to this date will be communicated to you as soon as possible. 

 

Gov. Newsom issued an executive order today to waive, pending federal approval, this year’s statewide testing for California’s students. This is great news as our teachers will be able to use that time to teach instead of testing.   

 

While states, counties, and departments of public health are trying their best to  respond to this ever changing pandemic, school districts are working hard to respond to the impacts of school closure, There are areas in which none of us have answers. I know this creates anxiety for you, our students and staff. We will continue to do our best to seek answers and look for solutions. 

 

Please know that we are here to support your students. These are difficult times for students, as they are faced with new learning platforms, miss their classmates and friends, as well as their daily routines. Please note that our counselors, social workers and the Wellness Center staff are working and are available remotely. Please let your teachers or principals know if your child seems to need support.


California has launched
covid19.ca.gov, a comprehensive website dedicated to the coronavirus disease. The website outlines critical steps people can take to stay healthy and it provides resources for Californians impacted by the pandemic, including paid sick leave and unemployment assistance. 

 

The District has prepared a resource for families: Suggested Activities for Families for Distance Learning

 

We are continuing to provide Grab & Go Meals every day at Creekside Middle School from 11 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. and are looking at opening two pop-up meal stations at two other locations next week. Please see the flyer for details here

Regards,

Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi

 

Dear CVUSD Families and Community, 

I recognize you have many concerns and questions due to the uncertainty we are all facing at this time. We are working as diligently as possible to get you the most accurate information in a timely manner.  These are unprecedented times, and all aspects of our lives are being impacted in ways that most of us had not predicted. 

We know you have questions and so do we.  Things continue to evolve constantly, sometimes by the hour. We are in contact with appropriate county and state organizations who are working around the clock trying to tackle the many challenges caused by this pandemic.  

This morning, I am joining a virtual meeting with the California Department of Education, led by California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. Following this meeting, our district leadership will regroup, discuss the implications, and provide an update to our staff and community this evening.

These meetings could result in new directives and a change in plan, so we want to hold off on providing updates until they are done. At the same time, it’s important for you to be in the loop, so we can be aware of our next steps. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we try to find all possible means to support you and our students.

Regards,

Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi

Dear CVUSD Families,

 

This afternoon the Alameda County Department of Public Health announced a shelter in place as of 12:01 a.m. March 17th Free Bagged mealswhich is expected to remain in place until April 7, 2020. 

 

Per the Order of the Health Officer; Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible. 

 

Therefore, students will be able to receive instruction virtually as we had planned and teachers will communicate with families for the duration of the shelter in place order. We are grateful to our teachers for working hard to prepare and continue to support students through distance learning.  

 

Per Government Code 3100, all District employees are considered disaster service workers, subject to disaster service activities as may be assigned by the Superintendent or Superintendent’s Designee. The current designees for disaster service workers are food service and custodial employees to provide meals for students and ensure cleaning compliance. We will continue limited services in the above areas.

 

Although we had planned on serving meals at six sites previously, we are unable to do so at so many sites; however, Grab and Go Meals will be available centrally at Creekside Middle School open to all students.  Please see the flyer attached with detailed information. 

 

Due to the shelter in place order starting tomorrow, school offices will be closed and staff will not be monitoring voicemail; however, they will be checking and responding to emails on a regular basis. Please email your teacher or site principal with specific questions and information. 

 

New enrollment starts tomorrow, March 17th and our plan is to support families through the process virtually in order to complete enrollment for new families.

 

As you have seen the last few days, things evolve rapidly. Please be patient as we continue to respond to ever changing directives.  I recognize that there are questions and concerns related to the long term impacts of this shut down such as student grades, state requirements and in other areas. At this point, all of us, including the California Department of Education and other agencies are trying to respond to issues that need immediate attention. I want to assure you that we will continue to communicate with you on a regular basis and will update you with new information on important topics. 

 

These are difficult times and uncertainty causes anxiety and fear. I am confident that together we will do our best to work through this crisis. Thank you for your support and understanding.

 

Please check for updates on the district website. 

 

Resources for Families:

Alameda County Food Bank

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Gratefully, 

 

Parvin Ahmadi

Dear CVUSD Families,

Today, at 1pm, County authorities announced a stay in place directive to begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday until at least April 7th and involves San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties. It is to stay in place until at least April 7. 

Based on this directive, all operations will be halted until the stay in place is lifted. We have the ability to communicate with staff and families virtually. More directions will be emailed to families later today.  Please check your emails and our website for updated information through the stay in place period. 

Please visit the Alameda County Public Health Departments website for more detailed information.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support. We appreciate your flexibility and are here to support you and your children. If you have questions, please be patient as we are dealing with an unprecedented event and will respond as soon as possible by updating information on our website/emails. Please check for updates on the district website https://www.cv.k12.ca.us/apps/pages/coronavirus

Regards,  

Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear CVUSD Families, 

 
I recognize that suspension of in school instruction in CVUSD creates challenges for  families, and I want to thank you for your patience as we tackle the many unknowns in these rapidly changing circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We  care deeply about our students and supporting them during this pandemic takes all of us working together. I am grateful to have an incredibly dedicated staff and extremely supportive families who make it possible to provide the best remote learning opportunities for our students. 
 
As you know, the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly. Today Governor Newsom ordered all persons 65 and over to be self isolated. Some cities in California have declared a state of emergency. 
 
The well being of our students and staff continues to be  our district’s number one priority. On Monday, our staff will be able to  work on site or  remotely to plan for distance learning. Those who are 65 and over will need to self isolate and work remotely following the Governor’s directive. 
 
On Tuesday,  students and families who need to, are free  to pick up materials from school. Administrators will work with their staff to make sure students who do so can pick up what they need. Please look for emails from your child’s principal and teachers with further directions.  
 
The Child Nutrition Department will open six schools where "Grab and Go" breakfast and lunch meals will be available for our students while school is closed starting Wednesday, March 18th.  The following sites listed will be open on Monday - Friday at the following times:
 
Breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and Lunch from 11:30-12:30 p.m.
 
Castro Valley Elementary School
Marshall Elementary School
Stanton Elementary School
Creekside Middle School
Castro Valley High School
Redwood High School
 
Thank you so much for your understanding and support. We appreciate your flexibility and are here to support you and your children. Please check for updates on the district website. 
 
Gratefully, 
Parvin Ahmadi 

Dear CVUSD Community,

Closing schools is never an easy decision. We know how important it is for students to be in school to learn. However, in an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to suspend in-school instruction for a period of time due to the concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. During this time, staff will continue to work on site or remotely to support students. 

At an emergency board meeting this evening, the Castro Valley Board of Education voted to suspend in-classroom instructional operations, starting Monday, March 16, 2020 through March 31st, 2020, during which time students will be supported through distance learning. (Please note March 31st is designated as Cesar Chavez Day and sites will be closed for staff or students.) In-classroom instruction will resume on April 1, 2020.  Spring break will be April 13-17th as previously scheduled. 

On Monday March 16th, teachers will be preparing for distance learning. On Tuesday, students will be able to come to school to check in and pick up materials if needed. More specific directions will be emailed to you from your site principal. 

We appreciate the support and information we have continued to receive from the Alameda County Public Health Department. According to the Alameda County Public Health Department, there have been no confirmed cases of children or staff at CVUSD schools testing positive for COVID-19. Please also note that the Alameda County Health Officer has not mandated school closure; however, the decision made by districts to suspend in-house instruction is out of abundance of caution and due to the interdependency of our surrounding communities and the domino effect. 

Closing schools for such a long time is a tremendous logistical challenge. We want to provide as many services as possible during this time. 

Specific information about distance learning will be provided to you and your child by Tuesday, March 17th.  

The Child Nutrition Department will open five schools where "Grab and Go" breakfast and lunch meals will be available for our students while school is closed starting Wednesday, March 18th.  The following sites listed will be open on Monday - Friday at the following times:

Castro Valley Elementary School
Marshall Elementary School
Creekside Middle School
Castro Valley High School
Redwood High School

Breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Lunch from 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Counselors will be available to provide student support services via telehealth, including phone calls and other online platforms. 

Families may access community information and referral services through the Castro Valley High School Wellness Center at 510-537-5910 x3450. Bilingual staff are available. 

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Regards,

Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi

Dear CVUSD Families:
 
As concerns about coronavirus have risen, my leadership team and I have been working closely with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), and the surrounding district superintendents and considering all information and nuances related to this crisis.
 
We will be holding an emergency board meeting tonight to consider suspending in-classroom instruction that could begin as early as next week. We will update you as soon as possible. The decision for the board meeting is not due to a coronavirus case in our District.
 
This crisis is affecting all members of the community, including our employees. We are working together to ensure our students are supported during this time. Thank you for your patience. More detailed information will be available this evening.
 
Regards,
Superintendent Ahmadi

The District continues to be in constant contact with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD),  Alameda County Office of Education and our surrounding school districts in order to ensure we have the most accurate and latest information so that we are able to make the best decisions. Please be patient as we respond to your questions and work on devising the best plan for students. We will update you as soon as we have additional information. 

Dear CVUSD Families:

We are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in our District. Concerns around the spread of the virus continue to escalate in communities.  We share your concerns and our goal is to do our part to stop the spread of the virus as best we can. CVUSD continues to be in constant contact with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD),  Alameda County Office of Education and other school districts in order to ensure we have the most accurate and latest information so that we are able to make the best decisions. I truly appreciate your patience as we work through this crisis as a community.   

Today I participated in a conference call with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) along with other superintendents in the County. Based on information from ACPHD and our conversation with other superintendents, I would like to share with you our next steps and some of the changes that will take place from now through April 10, 2020:

Cancelation of Mass Gatherings – CVUSD principals have been asked to cancel or postpone school events involving large gatherings of students and/or people for the next 30 days. Some of the considerations include the size of the crowd, the venue, the number of attendees, and the geographical reach of the participants.  This will include assemblies, rallies, socials, dances, and open houses. Also, study trips/field trips will be cancelled for the next 30 days. We will continue to monitor and evaluate activities beyond April 10th as we get closer to the date.  

Small and medium gatherings will be looked at individually based on the type of activity, location and ability for social distancing. They may be canceled, modified or postponed. Athletic events will be modified to limit spectators at indoor sports.

School Closures – Some ask why we have not closed schools. As we have shared previously, we are depending on the guidance of public health professionals who are the experts in protecting the community during disease outbreaks. General closure of schools has not been advised. The most important step we can all take is to follow guidelines such as students and adults staying home if they are ill, making sure to follow appropriate hygiene practices (listed below). Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk should take all precautions, including not participating in activities that put them at risk.  

The ACPHD will notify us of any confirmed COVID-19 cases for students or staff and we will work with them to take any necessary action. Should a school closure be necessary due to a confirmed case of a student or employee at the site (note: family members or other third party contacts do not qualify for a school closure), CVUSD staff is developing a learning plan for students and exploring online instruction options to minimize disruption.

General Guidelines – The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against COVID-19 and other illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw the tissue away and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Keep students home if temperature is above 100.0 F (37.8 C) or they report not feeling well, appear weak or ill.
  • Consult your healthcare provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk.

I recognize that these are difficult times for everyone, as we are dealing with many unknowns and things can change quickly hourly. We are doing our best to provide a safe environment for our students so they can continue to learn. We continue to stay informed, plan accordingly, and share information with you as quickly as possible. I want to thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

Dear CVUSD Families:
 

Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty. As the news and headlines constantly unfold with new information about the COVID-19 (previously referred to as the novel coronavirus), I want to reassure you that the entire district is taking this situation very seriously. 

 

Please note that at this point there are no known cases of COVID-19 in our District. We continue to participate in daily meetings and calls to best prepare for an outbreak and to support our community. 

 

Please be aware that we are taking direction primarily from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the  Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). Decisions are also made in partnership with ACOE (Alameda County Office of Education). 

 

We recognize that families will make decisions based on their child’s best interest. Some children or family members who live in the home have underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk (see CDC list here). Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home. 

 

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. Parents always have the ability to make decisions they feel are best for their students; however, per Education Code at this time, schools are unable to mark an absence excused for this reason. Standard absence 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. School work will be provided in the same manner as any other illness. The California Department of Education (CDE) does not allow districts to provide Independent Study contracts for students who are under quarantine or ill at home.

 

Custodial teams are disinfecting all contact surfaces each night. They are using surface sanitizer/disinfectant spray on all surfaces (counters, desks, chairs, tables, doorknobs, keyboards and phones). The product is EPA registered, highly evaporative, and it cleans, sanitizes and disinfects.

 

As always if your child exhibits signs of an illness such as fever, cough, vomiting, please keep them home. When you call the school please be specific as we are monitoring absences as a precautionary measure. 

 

Students returning from an affected area should self-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with CDC Information for Travel

Field trips and other school related events:

  • Field trip decisions 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.
  • Field trip donations are generally not refundable.
  • 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.

 

Preventative Measures:

  • 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.
  • Everyone is encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Everyone is encouraged to refrain from touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Anyone should stay home when sick.
  • Don’t shake hands! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc. 
  • Use your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc.
  • Use of shared items, such as food, drinks, pencils, pens and other school supplies, is discouraged.

 

Please check our website and social media pages for updates.

You may also stay informed by visiting the websites at the

Alameda County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health and the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Regards,

Parvin Ahmadi
Superintendent

We will continue to keep our students, staff, and families informed as we receive guidance from public health officials. In the meantime, please scroll down for answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received in recent days.

 

For the most up-to-date information from health officials, please visit the Alameda County Public Health website.

While we are still considered to be in a “low risk” area and although there are still no known people who have contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Alameda County, the news about Coronavirus has naturally escalated the anxiety of our staff, students, and families.
 

The Alameda County Public Health Department has not issued any new recommendations or guidelines. However, we have taken some local steps to ensure that we are doing everything we can to minimize risks to our students, staff, and community. Please see the attached flyer.

For more information regarding what parents can do to help minimize the spread of colds and flu, please click here.

Regards,

Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi

Coronavirus Flyer 02-28-2020

The CDC and state and local public health departments are closely monitoring developments regarding an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There are 11 confirmed cases in the United States. Public health departments are working diligently to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. To date, there are 4 confirmed cases in Northern California and no confirmed cases in Alameda County. These individuals and their households have been isolated and are being monitored by their respective counties’ public health  departments. The risk to the general public remains low.

 

The best way to address anxiety and stress is to stay informed. We acknowledge the impact that this outbreak is having on our community, and on those who have friends or relatives who are affected. We are thinking of you.

 

What you need to know
People who have travelled from anywhere in mainland China within the past two weeks should stay at home and avoid public settings, work, school, or large gatherings. Please call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for additional guidance.

 

If individuals who have returned from mainland China in the last two weeks are feeling ill with a fever and/or cough or difficulty breathing, they are advised to call their health care provider before going into the clinic or hospital and notify the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250.

 

The general Alameda County public should continue to engage in their regular activities and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race or country of origin.

 

Since this is the height of cold and flu season, we encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.

  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
    • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
    • Separate sick students and staff from others, ideally in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home.
  •  Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Perform routine surface cleaning.
  • Be vigilant when attending large gatherings, as this is where respiratory viruses often spread. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs.

 

For more information on the novel Coronavirus, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website www.acphd.org; we will keep the website updated with any local information or resources as we know more. We will monitor the developing situation and inform you of any additional public health recommendations.

 

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The CDC and state and local public health departments are closely monitoring developments regarding an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020 in the State of Washington. Public health departments are working to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. To date, there are no confirmed cases in Northern California and Alameda County residents are at low risk of becoming infected.

When new viruses surface, there can be lots of anxiety and stress. It’s important to stay informed. We acknowledge the impact that this outbreak is having on our community, and on those who have friends or relatives who are affected. We are thinking of you.
 
What you need to know
  • In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified who recently traveled from Wuhan, China, and who has any of these respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), he or she should be sent home from school/work, and the school should contact the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for additional guidance.
  • At this moment, there are no recommendations to exclude asymptomatic (no symptoms) people who travelled to China from school or work.
We encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
    • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
    • Separate sick students and staff from others, ideally in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home.
  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Perform routine surface cleaning.• Be vigilant when attending large gatherings, as this is where respiratory viruses often spread. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs.
For more information on the novel Coronavirus, please see the Coronavirus FAQS posted on our Alameda County Public Health Department website www.acphd.org; we will keep the website updated with any local information or resources as we know more. We will monitor the developing situation and inform you of any additional public health recommendations.