Category Archives: covid-19

Posts related to the Covid-19/Corona virus

State’s regional stay at home order extended

In a statement issued by the California Department of Public Health, the State has extended its Regional Stay at Home Order, which was originally set to expire on January 8, due to the region’s ICU bed capacity remaining below 15%. All current restrictions will remain in place until the Bay Area’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%. The state will assess the region’s ICU projections in the coming days and announce a formal decision on whether Bay Area meets criteria to exit the order.

California State PTA COVID-19 Resources:

Free COVID-19 Testing in Palo Alto

Mandatory Directive on Travel & Quarantine

Travel Is discouraged, especially for non-essential purposes. Travel for leisure or for non-essential business is strongly discouraged and should be postponed until after the current surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations subsides.

Travel involves mixing between regions and households, and because so many areas of the State and United States are also currently experiencing significant surges in COVID-19 cases, travel is discouraged and should be minimized.

Mandatory Quarantine after Long-Distance Travel into Santa Clara County

All persons traveling into Santa Clara County, whether by air, car, train, or any other means, directly or indirectly from a point of origin greater than 150 miles from the County’s borders must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. 

More Family Resources here: Health Wellness Updates /Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Stress and Coping
  • Grief and Loss
  • Helping Children Cope (link broken, sorry)
  • Support for Teens and Young Adults


Santa Clara County Office of Education and CDC Guidelines (En, Sp, Ch)

Dear PAUSD Parent,
Please read the most recent guidelines issued by Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on REOPENING SCHOOLS. The CDC guidelines are available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.




Please also check out the following REOPENING SCHOOLS guidelines from the Santa Clara County Office of Education on School Reopen.

This information was uploaded Tuesday, June 23rd, at approximately 10 am. 


Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) reminds you to help enforce social distancing with young people in your household. The CDC has provided new guidelines to promote children’s health and wellness. Check out our webinars. Meals for students can be accessed county wide. See the list of meal pick up locations here. Thank you to all of you who have stepped up to help a neighbor, a friend, and others. Bravo! We want to hear your stories. Email stories and one photo to

This information was uploaded Wednesday, March 25th, at approximately 8 am.

CDC: Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out

Based on the available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. You can learn more about who is most at risk for health problems if they have COVID-19 infection on Are you at higher risk for severe illness.

Steps to protect children from getting sick

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

Remember, if children meet outside of school in bigger groups, it can put everyone at risk.

Information about COVID-19 in children is somewhat limited, but current data suggest children with COVID-19 may only have mild symptoms. However, they can still pass the virus onto others who may be at higher risk, including older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions.

Help children continue learning

Create a schedule and routine for learning at home, but remain flexible.

  • Have consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday.
  • Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity.
  • Allow flexibility in the schedule—it’s okay to adapt based on your day.

School meal services

Check with your school on plans to continue meal services during the school dismissal. Many schools are keeping school facilities open to allow families to pick up meals or are providing grab-and-go meals at a central location. Click the download button below to see the list of meal pick up locations county wide.