Video: The Coronavirus – Understanding the Science of Physical Distancing and How It Impacts Our Families

The PTA Council Health & Wellness Committee invites you to watch our recorded Zoom Webinar from March 19, 2020 with our expert panelists:   Dr. Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH (Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF) and Dr. George Rutherford, M.D. (Head of the Division of Infectious Disease & Global Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF and advisor to WHO) discuss:
The Coronavirus:  Understanding the Science of Physical Distancing and How It Impacts Our Families.

Please CLICK ON the following link:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/_-JrH5vc1lNIZJGS1UKGUPIjBpbjX6a80XIc8qIKmRt4oRBX4Mu35DsVMKFHXRwk

Please CLICK on the following link for Resources:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JjzkjrOSE4C4rCDGAMzYvP_7JdRfj5aO8WHTTD9wrMU/edit?usp=sharing

ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 10. CLASSES RESUME APRIL 13. PTA IS ORGANIZING COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO ASSIST SCHOOL FAMILIES.

Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) is working with PAUSD school families and community organizations to provide support for the containment or mitigation strategies that our school district shall take in response to slow the spread of COVID-19 disease. If you have the ability to help another family or are part of a community organization that can help scale up the assistance to families in any capacity, please connect with us at: president@paloaltopta.org

This information was uploaded Saturday, March 14th, at approximately 5pm

Santa Clara County COVID-19 Call Center: 2-1-1

Call 2-1-1 with all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries

CDC: MENTAL HEALTH & COPING DURING COVID-19

CDC Resource on Mental Health & Coping During COVID-19

CDC: GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL SETTINGS: BEFORE & DURING AN OUTBREAK

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

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