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coronavirus update! 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19).

As of February 21, 2020, county health officials report there are only two known cases of coronavirus in San Diego County. Both individuals were on repatriation flights (2/5/20 and 2/7/20) from Wuhan, China and are under federal quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

You may be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered their level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional details about these warnings can be found on the CDC website.

The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. We are working with county school and health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in San Diego. More information will be shared as this plan develops. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC and County of San Diego/Health and Human Services websites. 

As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. 

  • Get vaccinated every year 

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

The Oceanside Unified School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. If you have questions about these topics, please contact your student’s school nurse or health clerk or Student Services at 760-966-7862. 

Here are some links you may find helpful:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Novel Coronavirus Webpage
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Webpage
Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions


 

Estimado Padre/Tutor:

Seguimos monitoreando la situación con el coronavirus (ahora llamado COVID-19). 

Los oficiales de salud del condado reportan que a partir del 21 de febrero, 2020  existen solo dos casos conocidos de coronavirus en el condado de San Diego. Ambos individuos venían a bordo de vuelos de repatriación (5/2/20 y 7/2/20) desde Wuhan, China y están bajo cuarentena por orden federal en la Estación Aérea del Cuerpo de Marines en Miramar. 

Tal vez ya esté enterado que la enfermedad se ha extendido a otros países y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC por sus siglas en inglés) han anunciado nuevas alertas para viajeros con precauciones intensificadas para Corea del Sur, Japón e Italia. Las alertas para viajeros a China no han cambiado, y el CDC ha reducido el nivel de alerta para viajeros a Hong Kong y Taiwán. Puede ver más detalles acerca de estas alertas en el sitio web del CDC. 

El CDC también anunció recientemente que es casi seguro que el coronavirus comenzará a propagarse en comunidades en los Estados Unidos, y los estadounidenses deben empezar a prepararse ahora. Estamos trabajando con las autoridades escolares y de salud del condado para establecer protocolos para las escuelas en caso de que el coronavirus llegue a propagarse en San Diego. Se compartirá más información a medida que se desarrolle este plan. Mientras tanto, la información más actual sobre el coronavirus está disponible en las páginas del CDC y de la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego.  

Recuerde, si su hijo está enfermo, es importante que se quede en casa y no asista a la escuela.  Para ayudar a prevenir el contagio de virus respiratorios, incluyendo el coronavirus y la influenza, tome estas medidas preventivas: 

  • Lavarse las manos con agua y jabón durante por lo menos 20 segundos. Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, usar un desinfectante de manos.

  • Evitar tocarse los ojos, nariz, y boca con las manos sucias.

  • Evitar el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.

  • Quedarse en casa cuando se siente enfermo.

  • Cubrir su nariz y boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar, y tirar el pañuelo a la basura.

  • Lavar y desinfectar los objetos y superficies de contacto frecuente o común.

  • Las personas con problemas de salud crónicos o que tienen síntomas severos deben ser evaluados por un profesional médico. 

  • Vacunarse anualmente. 

Además, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California no recomienda el uso de cubrebocas para la prevención general y dice que el lavado de manos proporciona una mejor protección contra las enfermedades infecciosas.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Oceanside seguirá monitoreando la situación y proporcionando actualizaciones cuando sea necesario.  Si tiene preguntas acerca de este tema, favor de contactarse con el enfermero de la escuela de su hijo o el asistente de la enfermería o el departamento de Servicios Estudiantiles al 760-966-7862.

Estos enlaces le pueden ser útiles:

Página web de Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDD) Nuevo Coronavirus
Hoja Informativa Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) Nuevo Coronavirus
Página web de la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego (en inglés)
Preguntas frecuentes acerca del Nuevo Coronavirus (en inglés)

Attention 6th Grade Parents!
Attention 6th Grade Parents!

Attention 6th grade parentsAs of July 1, 2019 the new California immunization requirement states that all students entering 7th grade have two doses of Varicella and a Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) booster given after 7th birthday, prior to entering 7th grade.   Your incoming 7th grader will not be allowed to start the 2019-20 school year without proof.  Some students may have already got the shot, but have not shown the proof to the Health Office.  Please have your 6th grader present their updated immunization record to the Health Office before the end of this school year. If your student has not received the TDAP yet, please make an appointment NOW to get it.  This way you will prevent your student from being excluded from school in August.  Please call the Health Office if you have any questions…760-966-4921.   

Health News!

Just a few reminders from the Health Office:

In accordance with Board Policy 5142 all ace bandages, braces, splints, casts and crutches must have a note from a medical provider to return to school.  Students with casts and crutches will not be allowed to actively participate in PE activities because of potential danger to the student and others.  Doctor note MUST state:

  1. Date student may return to school
  2. With: brace, crutches, cast, splint or ace bandage
  3. PE restrictions

Students will NOT be allowed to return to school until the Health Office has received this note.  

All incoming 7th-12th grade students must have a Tdap shot on or before their 7th birthday documented on their immunization record.   If your student has not met this requirement they will not be permitted to register or attend next school year. Please check your child's shot record now to determine if they need this booster. 

Many students receive immunizations throughout the year, but do not present the record to the health office.  Please make sure you bring in the record every time your child gets an immunization.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Cindi Donaldson in the Health Office at 760-966-4921.

To prevent the spread of the Flu the CDC recommends:

 

  • Hand Hygiene: Wash your hands thoroughly and often.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose and practice other good health habits: A person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
  • Clean and disinfect:  Disinfect countertops, sinks, doorknobs, tables and telephones on a regular basis.
  • Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands after.
  • Use Droplet precautions: Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Encourage coughing persons to sit at least three feet away from others in common waiting areas.
  • Infected people should stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. Sick people should limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

End of the Year Procedure

Summer is fast approaching and school will be out of session soon.  Just a few reminders from the Health Office:

If your student has medication here at school, please make arrangements to pick up his/her medication before the last day of school.  All medications left after school is out will be DISPOSED

If you have an incoming 7th grader don’t forget to get the TDAP immunization.  A letter was sent to all parents of students who still needed to show proof.  Your student will NOT be allowed to start 7th grade without it.  Make your appointment NOW, since clinics get very busy the week before school starts.

Summer is a prime time for accidents. Be aware of your child’s activities and make sure they have a fun and safe break. 

If you have any questions please call Mrs. Donaldson at 760-966-4921.  

Contact Melissa Bonet  Melissa Bonet Nurse
Contact Cindi Donaldson  Cindi Donaldson Health Clerk
whooping cough vaccine
Measles Information for Parents
Measles Information for Parents

The San Diego County Office of Health and Human Services has verified several reported cases of measles throughout the county.  Please know that NO cases of this highly contagious viral infection have been reported in the Oceanside Unified School District. 

Click Measles Information to learn more about what you can to help prevent the spread of this condition, and what to do should you suspect your child or some other person in your family or household may have symptoms of measles.  In the event of any reported cases in our district, you will be informed.  Visit Centers for Disease Control for further information.

Flu Information

Just a reminder to parents in reference to the Oceanside Unified School District’s Health and Safety Guidelines.  Please do not send your child to school if they have a fever, vomiting, diarrhea or have frequent coughing and/or nasal discharge which could interfere with classroom instruction.  Please remember that your child should be vomit and/or fever free for 24 hours without medication.   If you have any questions please feel free to call the Health Office. We are in middle of a severe flu season and we all need to do our best to stay healthy. Thank you!