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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

All KIPP SoCal schools were closed in response to the guidance of our local government, state government, and local school districts on Monday, March 16, 2020, deep cleaned through March 18. Upon guidance from state and local leadership, KIPP SoCal will continue physical school closure through at least May 5. This can be extended depending on what is learned in the upcoming weeks. 

We hope each of you are safe and healthy during this very challenging time. California Governor Newsom announced that schools may be closed through summer. Thought not fully decided yet, we are planning for this scenario. Our priority is the safety of children. If this decision keeps our children and families safe, we will follow the guidelines by the state and county. 

On March 27, Los Angeles Health Officer orders were issued to ensure that those who test or presumed to be positive for COVID-19 are required to self isolate for a 7 day period and 3 days of being symptom free. Additional quarantine orders provide guidance for those who have been exposed (defined as 'within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes') to someone who has tested positive to also quarantine themselves for 14 days from exposure.

KIPP SoCal Public Schools will follow the directives and the present 'Stay at Home" order from California Governor Gavin Newsom. Currently, President Trump has not issued an official Federal stay at home order. Despite recent statements from President Trump to 'open up the country' away from social distancing, California is mandated to follow Governor Newsom's 'Stay at Home' order and current directives.

KIPP SoCal does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our school community and to our knowledge, neither do any of our Districts. This decision to close schools taken out of an abundance of caution as the safety and health of our students and team members is our number one priority.

General Updates

Update on COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and San Diego County:

[updated as of 4/2/20 @ 5:00pm PST]

There are 4045 cases that have been confirmed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

There are 966 positive cases that have been confirmed by the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

At this time, there is no known connection between the individuals with the virus and KIPP SoCal community.

March 15, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Social-Distancing Information

By now, we all have seen the news about the coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 127 locations internationally, including 1,629 confirmed cases in the United States. 

First and foremost, please know that both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are monitoring the situation closely. It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious disease like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed. 

As the safety of our students and communities are our primary focus, we are taking every precautionary and active measure to be prepared for remote learning in our schools; In the unlikely scenario that our community is affected, we will partner with our local health department to determine steps to prevent further exposure to anyone who may be infected.

Key Practices for Prevention of Any Infectious Disease:

  • Frequently clean hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. View additional tips from the CDC here. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Clean and sanitize your work and home areas.
  • Do not go to work or send your child to school if you are sick. The number one way to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses is to stay home if you are sick, even if only experiencing mild symptoms. Anyone with fever should stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. Please call your child's school to report fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • Avoid travel to areas where there are outbreaks of COVID-19. You can find up-to-date information on the Center for Disease Control Website and California Department of Public Health Website.

Know How It Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19)
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 ft)
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, these droplets land in the mouth or noses of people nearby or possibly inhaled through the lungs

If You Have Cold or Virus-Like Symptoms:

  • Watch for symptoms: stay home if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath) and/or temperature above 100.4F. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on previous CoV viruses).
  • Cover or shield mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Do not use bare hands, throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • If you develop warning signs for COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and seek medical care (if coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath) and share recent travel history with healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call 211 for assistance finding medical care near you.

Practice Social Distancing:

  • Social distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow the spread of contagious diseases and is taken to restrict when and where people can gather and involves limiting large groups of people coming together.
  • In line with guidance from local Districts, the California Department of Public Health, and County Departments of Public Health, we will implement the following measures in our schools and after school programs, effective immediately:
    • All gatherings involving 25 people or more are postponed or cancelled.
    • All school field trips to public places where there is exposure to crowds are cancelled through the end of March for now. Overnight, out-of-state and end of the year trips are also cancelled.
    • Athletic events, including games and other similar activities will be postponed.
    • All use of school facilities by outside organizations and all outside vendor partnerships is cancelled.
    • Any student, staff or visitor who is experiencing virus-like symptoms, or who has traveled to Europe or Asia in the past 14 days will not be allowed on school campuses or in administrative offices.
    • Students, staff and family members will be encouraged to avoid exchanging hugs and high fives.

Question or Concern?

Student, Team & Family safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.

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Additional Resources

There is a lot of information circulating about COVID-19. Here are a few links that provide accurate information:

Addressing Children’s Questions Regarding Coronavirus