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Coronavirus Update 2

Dear Families and Students,
 
I imagine that you have also been following recent developments in the news concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including statements from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). SDJA staff and leadership have begun planning for various contingencies in the unlikely event that we need to utilize them. We want to share some of those with you.
 
Please continue reading for important information, some of which we shared with you previously and some of which is new.
 
There are different symptoms for COVID-19, the flu and the common cold:

We understand that students often worry about missing school and falling behind, but it is essential that every member of our community feel personally responsible for protecting other students and staff from the spread of illness. It is also very important to call the school and inform us if your student is diagnosed with any type of influenza.
 
SDJA has already implemented extra steps to prevent the spread of germs and infection. These steps include: 
  • Asking all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover.
  • Reviewing proper hand washing protocols with all students.
  • Reminding students to:
    • Wash hands before eating,
    • Wash hands before and after use of communal electronics,
    • Sneeze and cough into tissues or elbows if no tissues are available,
    • Wash hands and use Purell after blowing nose,
    • Discard tissues into the trash immediately after use,
    • Avoid touching your face.
  • Providing disinfecting wipes, Purell surface and hand sanitizer in every classroom.
  • Wiping down tables after classroom snack-time.
  • Continuing our policy of not sharing food.
  • Extra cleaning in the evening including sanitizing door handles and cleaning all surfaces thoroughly. 
If students are sent home sick, the school nurse will follow up with parents as to the nature of their illness. We are counting on parents to partner with us, as we will send children home if they exhibit signs of illness including excessive coughing, sneezing, or fever. Please keep your children home until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours.
 
To date, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in San Diego, nor have there been any public health warnings. That said, we want to be proactive. Click on the this link for important information regarding steps to prepare your home if remote learning becomes necessary.
 
Thank you for your cooperation,
 
Chaim Heller
Head of School

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