• March 13, 2020

    Monterey County School Communities,

    The safety and well-being of students, families, and school personnel are the highest priorities of all Monterey County schools, districts, and programs serving our infants, children, youth and young adults. Our school communities have been following guidance and directives from the local, state and national health departments.

    Our state and local health and government entities have expressed the need to increase our preventative measures to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the various ways we as communities can work together to do so. There are no confirmed cases in Monterey County as of today, March 13, 2020, but in an abundance of caution and after long and careful deliberation, the Monterey County Office of Education and Monterey County School District Superintendents in conjunction with the Monterey County Health Department have decided to close all public schools and extracurricular programs in Monterey County schools for the remainder of March. Schools will be closed for students starting Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31. Each district will communicate to their families regarding extending closure dates past March 31.

    Our school staffs will work together during this time to prepare and explore options of alternate education methods. We also will work to ensure that throughout the closure, districts provide the vital services and resources our schools offer to our community, including, but not limited to, free and reduced meal programs. Schools will be contacting families in the coming days about services available to them throughout the closure.

    Schools are an essential service and crucial to our communities. We are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community, and new information is surfacing rapidly. It is probable our community will see cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months and this will require a measured, sustained response.

    While we recognize this decision may pose challenges and hardship to many families in Monterey County, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by implementing social distancing practices. In order for these preventative measures to be effective, students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep caregivers and adult family members safe. Children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. However, they can transmit the virus to those most vulnerable. Public health officials recommend that families make arrangements for childcare during closure that avoid leaving children with elderly or those with compromised immune systems, those who are more vulnerable to the impact of the virus.

    We know this decision creates a number of pressing questions and concerns. More detailed information will be shared as soon as possible about this unique situation, how employees will be impacted, and how families can support student learning during school closures. As a priority, we are working to provide nutrition services to all families in alternative formats.

    As parents and caregivers, you are your child’s first teacher, and you are your child’s most influential teacher. Ongoing developments regarding COVID-19 may be overwhelming, especially to younger children. Parents and community members can help children and youth understand the situation better by discussing their specific questions and concerns. Resources for how to talk to children and youth about COVID-19 will be shared in future communications.

    This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. For the latest updates, visit the California Public Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/ DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019 and for local health updates visit the Monterey County Health Department’s 2019 novel coronavirus website at: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/ diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov. The Monterey County Office of Education also provides school-related updates on its COVID-19 webpage at: https://www.montereycoe.org/resources/alerts/coronavirus/.

    We also understand that implementing these changes with such limited notice is challenging and disruptive, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We are grateful to community members throughout Monterey County for their tremendous prevention efforts during these challenging times.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Deneen Guss, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Jim Koenig, Alisal Union School District

    Jonathan Sison, Big Sur Unified School District Ian Trejo, Bradley Union School District

    Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga, Carmel Unified School District Roberto Rios, Chualar Union School District

    Dr. Yvette Irving, Gonzales Unified School District Rosemarie Grounds, Graves School District Zandra Jo Galvan, Greenfield Union School District Rory Livingston, King City Union School District Daniel Stonebloom, Lagunita School District

    Dr. Jinane Annous, Mission Union School District

    Dr. PK Diffenbaugh, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Kari Yeater, North Monterey County Unified School District

    Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras, Pacific Grove Unified School District Martha L. Martinez, Salinas City Elementary School District Dan Burns, Salinas Union High School District

    Josh Van Norman, San Antonio Union School District Dr. Catherine Reimer, San Ardo Union School District Jessica Riley, San Lucas Union School District

    Tim Ryan, Santa Rita Union School District Tim Vanoli, Soledad Unified School District

    Dr. Brian Walker, South Monterey County Joint Union High School District Eric Tarallo, Spreckels Union School District

    Gina Uccelli, Washington Union School District

     

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    PARA LEER EL MENSAJE A CONTINUACION EN ESPAÑOL, PRESIONE AQUÍ

    March 12, 2020

    Dear Alisal parents and community,

    This message is intended to provide information to the community about an Alisal Union School District employee who has been tested for the COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”). The results of that test are not yet known, but in an abundance of caution the District is implementing a series of precautionary measures. The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. 

    Today, the District has learned that an employee at Frank Paul Elementary became ill. As a precaution, the employee was tested for Coronavirus. We want to emphasize that this employee is only being tested at this time. Results will take a few days, and we are committed to keeping the community updated as information becomes available.

    As our community works together to minimize the impact of Coronavirus, we urge all members of our Alisal community to continue taking precautionary steps to protect yourselves, your families and others from the spread of contagious illness. Here are some tips from the California Department of Public Health:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay away from work, school, or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
    • Follow guidance from public health officials.
    • Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

    [https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx]

    The District will continue to update the community regarding next steps. For more information about what the district is doing to protect the health and safety of our employees, visit our website at Alisal.org or call our District Nurse, Ashley Mundis at 831-753-5711 x4241

     

    PREVIOUS COMMUNICATION

    Letter to parents about coronavirus precaution measures, dated March 6, 2020 

    Carta a los. padres sobre las precauciones que se están tomando sobre el coronavirus 

     

    Link to the California Department of Health with most updated information

  • 13 de Marzo, 2020

    Comunidades Escolares del Condado de Monterey,

    La seguridad y el bienestar de los estudiantes, las familias y el personal escolar son las principales prioridades de todas las escuelas, distritos y programas del Condado de Monterey que atienden a nuestros bebés, niños, jóvenes y jóvenes adultos. Nuestras comunidades escolares han estado siguiendo la guías y directivas de los departamentos de salud locales, estatales y nacionales.

    Nuestras entidades gubernamentales y de salud estatales y locales han expresado la necesidad de aumentar nuestras medidas preventivas para reducir la propagación del nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) y las diversas formas en que nosotros, como comunidades, podemos trabajar juntos para hacerlo. No hay casos confirmados en el Condado de Monterey hasta hoy, 13 de marzo de 2020, pero con mucha precaución y después de una larga y cuidadosa deliberación, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Monterey y los Superintendentes del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Monterey en conjunto con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey han decidido cerrar todas las escuelas públicas y programas extracurriculares en las escuelas del condado de Monterey por el resto de marzo. Las escuelas estarán cerradas para los estudiantes desde el lunes 16 de marzo hasta el martes 31 de marzo. Cada distrito se comunicará con sus familias sobre la extensión de las fechas de cierre después del 31 de marzo.

    El personal de nuestra escuela trabajará en conjunto durante este tiempo para preparar y explorar opciones de métodos de educación alternativos. También trabajaremos para garantizar que durante todo el cierre, los distritos brinden los servicios y recursos vitales que nuestras escuelas ofrecen a nuestra comunidad, incluidos, entre otros, programas de comidas gratis o de precio reducido. Las escuelas se comunicarán con las familias en los próximos días sobre los servicios disponibles para ellos durante el cierre.

    Las escuelas son un servicio esencial y crucial para nuestras comunidades. Estamos enfrentando una crisis de salud sin precedentes en nuestra comunidad, y nueva información está surgiendo rápidamente. Es probable que nuestra comunidad vea casos de COVID-19 en las próximas semanas y meses y esto requerirá una respuesta medida y sostenida.

    Si bien reconocemos que esta decisión puede plantear desafíos y dificultades a muchas familias en el Condado de Monterey, la forma más efectiva de frenar e interrumpir la transmisión de esta pandemia es mediante la implementación de prácticas de distanciamiento social. Para que estas medidas preventivas sean efectivas, los estudiantes deben quedarse en casa y minimizar el contacto social tanto como sea posible para mantener a los cuidadores y los miembros adultos de la familia a salvo. No se ha demostrado que los niños sean un grupo de alto riesgo de enfermedad grave por este virus. Sin embargo, pueden transmitir el virus a los más vulnerables. Los funcionarios de salud pública recomiendan que las familias hagan arreglos para el cuidado de los niños durante el cierre que eviten dejar a los niños con ancianos o aquellos con sistemas inmunes comprometidos, aquellos que son más vulnerables al impacto del virus.Sabemos que esta decisión crea una serie de preguntas y preocupaciones urgentes. Se compartirá información más detallada lo antes posible sobre esta situación única, cómo se verán afectados los empleados y cómo las familias pueden apoyar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes durante el cierre de la escuela. Como prioridad, estamos trabajando para proporcionar servicios de nutrición a todas las familias en formatos alternativos.

    Como padres y cuidadores, usted es el primer maestro de su hijo y el maestro más influyente de su hijo. Los desarrollos en curso con respecto a COVID-19 pueden ser abrumadores, especialmente para los niños más pequeños. Los padres y los miembros de la comunidad pueden ayudar a los niños y jóvenes a comprender mejor la situación al discutir sus preguntas y preocupaciones específicas. Los recursos sobre cómo hablar con niños y jóvenes sobre COVID-19 se compartirán en futuras comunicaciones.

    Esta es una situación dinámica donde la información y las circunstancias pueden evolucionar rápidamente. Para obtener las actualizaciones más recientes, visite el nuevo sitio web de coronavirus de 2019 del Departamento de Salud Pública de California en: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019 y para las actualizaciones de salud locales visite el Monterey County Health Sitio web del Departamento de coronavirus novedoso de 2019 en: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-ah/health/diseases/2019-novel-

    coronavirus-2019-ncov. La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Monterey también proporciona actualizaciones relacionadas con la escuela en su página web COVID-19 en: https://www.montereycoe.org/resources/alerts/ coronavirus/.

    También entendemos que implementar estos cambios con un aviso tan limitado es desafiante y perjudicial, y agradecemos su paciencia y cooperación. Agradecemos a los miembros de la comunidad en todo el Condado de Monterey por sus tremendos esfuerzos de prevención durante estos tiempos difíciles.

    Sinceramente,

    Dr. Deneen Guss, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Jim Koenig, Alisal Union School District

    Jonathan Sison, Big Sur Unified School District Ian Trejo, Bradley Union School District

    Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga, Carmel Unified School District Roberto Rios, Chualar Union School District

    Dr. Yvette Irving, Gonzales Unified School District Rosemarie Grounds, Graves School District

    Zandra Jo Galvan, Greenfield Union School District Rory Livingston, King City Union School District Daniel Stonebloom, Lagunita School District

    Dr. Jinane Annous, Mission Union School District

    Dr. PK Diffenbaugh, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Kari Yeater, North Monterey County Unified School District

    Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras, Pacific Grove Unified School District Martha L. Martinez, Salinas City Elementary School District Dan Burns, Salinas Union High School District

    Josh Van Norman, San Antonio Union School District Dr. Catherine Reimer, San Ardo Union School District Jessica Riley, San Lucas Union School District

    Tim Ryan, Santa Rita Union School District Tim Vanoli, Soledad Unified School District

    Dr. Brian Walker, South Monterey County Joint Union High School District Eric Tarallo, Spreckels Union School District

    Gina Uccelli, Washington Union School District