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Frequently Asked Questions

CDC guidance on how Covid spreads. The key point is that it is person to person, with less emphasis on surface to person. The latter does happen, but it is not the dominant mode of transmission. 

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

The CDC list has been simplified. Relative or independent risk is a moving target, but there are some early, but reasonable studies emerging:

  • Out of 5700 hospitalized NYC patients in multiple centers, hypertension, obesity and diabetes were the most common comorbidities.
  • Age and male sex are independently associated with high risk.
  • There are conflicting reports about asthma as a risk factor.
  • Lifetime history of exposure to air pollution is a risk factor.

Information on the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) (guidance for parents)

The headline here is that the number of cases are extremely small, in comparison to a variety of other conditions that don’t get the same attention. This is no consolation to a parent or child who has severe MIS-C, however, it is important to put into context for worried parents.

Do the same things you would do to prevent getting or spreading the common flu. These include:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • People who have been sick should be fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) before returning to school or work. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Limit close contact, like high-fiving, hugging, kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands). 
  • Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.

No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Limited reports of children with COVID-19 in China have described cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. These limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented  mild symptoms, and though severe complications have been reported, they appear to be uncommon. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine.

On March 27, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health orders provided guidance for those who have been exposed (defined as 'within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes') to someone who has tested positive to quarantine themselves for 14 days from exposure.

If you have had close contact with someone who is confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 infection, or you live or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread, you should: 

  • Monitor your health starting from the day you first had close contact with the person and continue for 14 days after you last had close contact with the person. Watch for these signs and symptoms:
    • Fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher—Take your temperature twice a day. 
    • Coughing
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. 
    • Other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose. 
  • If you develop any of these symptoms, stay home and call your healthcare provider right away. Tell them about recent travel or contact. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. Follow instructions provided by your healthcare provider. 
    • If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 211 for assistance finding support near you.
  • On March 27, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 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. 
  • People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate themselves at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
    • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home as much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
    • Wash your hands often
    • Avoid sharing personal household items
    • Clean all “high touch” surfaces everyday
    • Monitor your symptoms—seek prompt medical attention if your illness worsens. Call your health care in advance of seeking medical care and following their instructions.
    • Discontinuing home isolation—Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

The CDC has up-to-date information on what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.

It is extremely important to avoid unnecessary travel as much as possible. We urge you to weigh the risks and potential consequences for yourself and others. Further, as new outbreaks occur and government travel restrictions shift, be aware that, if you choose to travel [domestic or international], you may encounter difficulties in returning home. Please consider:

  • The government has declared a National Emergency which may further limit travel within the country and abroad. 
  • If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, but not where you live, you may be at higher risk of exposure if you travel there.
  • If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. 
  • Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are at higher risk.
  • Please check the CDC Travel Guidance regularly to stay up-to-date on current recommendations and restrictions.

Yes. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Social distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of contagious diseases. It requires the creation of physical space between individuals who may spread certain infectious diseases. The key is to minimize the number of gatherings as much as possible and to achieve space between individuals when events or activities cannot be modified, postponed, or canceled.

Yes. Following guidance from other local Districts, the California Department of Public Health, and County Departments of Public Health, all local field trips have been cancelled. All overnight and out-of-state end of year field trips are also cancelled.

KIPP SoCal has created a Distance Learning Plan to ensure learning is happening at home. Visit our Distance Learning Center for resources.

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 until further notice is provided:  

  • Based on guidance from local and state agencies, we have made the difficult decision that all KIPP SoCal Public Schools across Los Angeles, Compton, and San Diego will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year. While our facilities will be closed, teaching and learning will continue.
  • Our school year will continue through Distance Learning.
  • KIPP SoCal Public Schools will follow the directives and the present 'Stay-at-Home' order from California Governor Gavin Newsom. 
  • All physical gatherings are postponed or cancelled through the end of the school year. 
  • All school field trips to public places where there is exposure to crowds are cancelled. Overnight, out-of-state, and end of year trips are also cancelled. 
  • Athletic events and competitions are cancelled.
  • All use of school facilities by outside organizations is cancelled.
  • Any student, staff, or visitor who is experiencing virus-like symptoms OR has travelled 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.

If the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health or the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency confirms a case of COVID-19 in our community, KIPP SoCal will be notified and will work closely with them to identify next steps.

Question or Concern?

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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