March 9. 2020

Posted by Lana Samaroo on 3/9/2020

Dear Palmdale School District Staff, Students and Families,

The highest priority in the Palmdale School District is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and families. As you may already have heard, the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), continues to spread throughout the United States. The health risk to the general public in California of coming in contact or contracting the coronavirus remains low. The Palmdale School District wants to share information with you regarding the steps that we are taking to minimize chances of transmission at our school sites.

Individuals can take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. The best way to prevent illness from ANY virus is to reduce exposure to the virus. These actions can help prevent the spread of viruses:

• Staying at home when you are sick

• Wash hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

• Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissue, throw tissue in trash

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

• Encourage flu vaccine for those who have not had it this season

Additional information can be found at:

The California Department of Public Health Website https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We are taking extra precautions to sanitize all classrooms, offices, and multi-purpose spaces until health agencies downgrade recommendations. We continue to provide hand sanitizer, tissues and anti-microbial soap to all students and staff. Students are reminded daily to practice the actions stated above for prevention. These procedures have been shown to be an effective strategy for preventing the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

Although there are no plans to cancel school days at this time, we will continue to stay in constant contact with the L.A. County/State Offices of Education and The Department of Public Health, and will provide updates on our website www.palmdalesd.org/health as we receive them. If you have any questions, you can call the Palmdale School District Health Services at (661) 789-6718, or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (888) 700-9995.

Sincerely,
Raul Maldonado
Superintendent
Palmdale School District