Category Archives: covid-19

Posts related to the Covid-19/Corona virus

MASS GATHERINGS & LARGE COMMUNITY EVENTS CANCELING OR POSTPONING. SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN

Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) is passing along important information from the Santa Clara County Public Health. This information was uploaded Sunday, March 8th, at approximately 10 am.

Guidance for Schools: 

The County Public Health Department is not recommending closing schools at this time. If a staff member or student in a specific school [is] confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted. The reason we (SCCPHD) are not recommending school closure at this time is because children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus.

New Guidance for Persons Hosting Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events:

At this time, we (SCCPHD) recommend postponing or canceling mass gatherings and large community events where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another. If you can’t avoid bringing groups of people together:

  • Urge anyone who is sick to not attend
  • Encourage those who are at higher risk for serious illness to not attend
  • Try to find ways to give people more physical space so they aren’t in close contact as much as possible
  • Encourage attendees to follow increased hygiene, such as 
    • Washing their hands often with sap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used in a pinch
    • Avoid close contact with other people
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
    • Covering their cough or sneeze with a tissue – if available – or into their elbow
    • Clean surfaces with standard cleaners

Guidance for Schools: Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD)

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/sccphd-guidance.pdf

New Guidance for Persons Hosting Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events: (SCCPHD)

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Documents/sccphd-guidance.pdf

What You can Do

Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) is working hard to communicate with our PTAs and PTA members. We are passing along information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on what you can do to help slow the transmission of the virus in our local community. This is a collaborative effort. Feel free to share the message. 

Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): INTERIM GUIDANCE


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html

Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities: Interim Guidance

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html

Resources for Households

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html

This information was uploaded Thursday, March 5th, at approximately 5 pm.


Your Questions Answered

Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) advocates for the health for all children in our community. We understand there are many questions and growing concerns about COVID-19 in our local community. The answers to some questions may be found in the FAQs from the PAUSD website. Also check out the most recent City Council presentation from last evening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has timely information that is also translated. 

Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD):Will school events (field trips, sports, etc.) be canceled? Are schools going to close? 

https://www.pausd.org/school-closure/coronavirus-faq

City of Palo Alto: Response To Coronavirus
https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?t=51562.39&BlobID=75602

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Interim Guidance for Businesses
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

This information was uploaded Tuesday, March 3rd, at approximately 7 pm.