Please continue to take all possible precautions to help reduce the risk of spreading germs to others including:
- Hygiene: The number one prevention method is frequent handwashing. Make sure everyone washes their hands thoroughly, covers their coughs and sneezes, and stays home if they notice symptoms. Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds (two times through of “Happy Birthday” song) and include the back of the hand, in between fingers, and under nails. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used. Use of soap and water is best. Students with a fever should not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours. DPH and CDE advise that students and staff exhibiting illness should remain home.
- Limit contact: The CDC urges people to avoid close contact with people who are sick and to avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth. Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils with people who are sick.
- Clean spaces: Clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently touched objects.
- Stay updated: You can get the most accurate information on the DPH website lacounty.gov.
- Masks: The CDC has indicated people who are well should not rely on facemasks to protect themselves from any respiratory disease. Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick. Masks are effective at limiting the spread of the virus from infected individuals.
- Current contact information: Parents and employees should make sure that the most current phone numbers are on file to facilitate receiving current information in a timely manner.
- Get the flu vaccine if you have not done so this season. It is not too late to get the flu vaccine. Being protected against the flu will decrease the number of people using healthcare resources and allow resources to be available for people who may have COVID-19.
DPH states there is no current need for significant “social distancing” measures in LA County, and the individual risk for contracting COVID-19 remains low for most individuals. However, DPH encourages everyone to make personal preparations now that include having an ample supply of essentials at home (including water, food, hygiene, medications, and pet food).
Lastly, it is important that we do not act out of fear, but rather focus on treating everyone in our community with kindness. Kindness is a part of our school culture and I know that we will continue to support an environment in which all students, staff, and families feel welcome. Be aware of misinformation surrounding the Coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed as new information becomes available. Additional updates are available on the district website www.erusd.org. Thank you for your support of our school community.