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School District Update on COVID-19, March 14, 2020 Update 12:46 pm

March 14, 2020

Good afternoon,

Please be assured that the safety of our staff, students, families and community is our highest priority. The concerns regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19 and the most recent developments are being considered. After a conversation this morning, the Plumas Unified School District Governing Board and Administration provide the following information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Factors for Consideration for School Closure (page 3)
Closing schools early in the spread of disease for a short time (e.g., 2 weeks) will be unlikely to stem the spread of disease or prevent impact on the healthcare system, while causing significant disruption for families, schools, and those who may be responding to COVID-19 outbreaks in health care settings. It may also increase impact on older adults who care for grandchildren. Waiting to enact school closures until at the correct time in the epidemic (e.g., later in the spread of disease) combined with other social distancing interventions allows for optimal impact despite disruption.

See attached document for complete guidance on school closures from the CDC. According to this guidance from the CDC, closure of Plumas County schools is not recommended at this time, however, we are monitoring the situation daily. Please rest assured that we continue to rely on our partnerships with county agency leaders and state officials to protect the health and well-being of our stakeholders. Because the outbreak is changing daily it is important that we all take necessary steps provided below as we consider school closure and related details.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • A few things you can do at home to prevent the spread of germs include disinfecting surfaces that are touched often like doorknobs and light switches. Stay at home if you are sick.
Our best efforts are being put forth as we learn how best to respond to the spread of this virus. Thank you for your patience and continued support in our efforts of creating the safest learning environment for our students and staff.

We commit to providing further information as related details are considered.

Terry R. Oestreich
PCOE & PUSD Superintendent
530-283-6500, x 5200 Office
50 Church Street Quincy, CA 95971