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California Coronavirus Response (covid19.ca.gov)
Alameda County Public Health Department website (acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx)

Fremont Unified School District Resources during Closure (Lunch & Meal Info, Links, Activities, and Mental Health Support also Staff Info)
Coronavirus FAQ  Updated 4/2/20

Updates (Reverse Chronological)

FUSD schools will be closed through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

4/1/20 Weekly Communication

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Table of Contents
Acting Superintendent Letter
What’s Happening Around Town
Student & Parent Resources
Meal Info & County/State Updates

Dear FUSD Community:

During these times of uncertainty we continue to have concerns about the impact COVID-19 will have on the future of our exceptional students. Following Wednesday’s press conference by Governor Newsom, recommendations from the California Department of Education and direction from Alameda County (Statement from County Superintendent), FUSD schools will be closed through the remainder of the school year

While schools may be closed, instruction will continue. The school district and the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA) negotiated a standard for distance learning during the school closures. In order for educators to receive training on the distance learning model, all educators will be provided the opportunity to participate in professional development on April 8th and 9th, the two days leading up to Spring Break. During these two days educators may check-in on students but will also be involved in learning themselves. Spring Break will run from April 10-17 as originally scheduled. In accordance with the FUSD Homework Policy, no material will be assigned to students over Spring Break. This will be time for everyone to take care of essential personal needs. Beginning April 20th, teachers will seek to make contact with students at least twice a week and will provide learning opportunities each weekday.

Our Board of Education also expresses their gratitude to our Fremont community. The Board and district will continue to review upcoming topics, such as grading, funding, graduation, and summer school. Grading, especially for high school students remains a hot topic. The California Department of Education (CDE) has not provided guidance on this subject. We are in constant communication  with neighboring districts and districts across California to examine models for grading during distance learning. As guidelines become available and are developed we will inform all stakeholders.

If students or parents have questions or feel that they are receiving too much or too little work please start by checking in with the teacher. Our teachers, like all of us, are new at distance learning. They look forward to addressing any questions on the varied topics. Counselors and principals are always available to support students and families...please ask.

Please remember and remind each other to remain focused on the big picture of being thankful for the health and safety of our families, friends, and loved ones, and to check-in regularly on your neighbors and friends. I also ask that if you are a first-responder in need of childcare, please contact the District’s Public Information Officer, Brian Killgore, at bkillgore@fusdk12.net and we will seek assistance for you within the District. As I mentioned previously, Fremont is a resilient community and we will get through this time of uncertainty together.

Please remember and remind each other to remain focused on the big picture on being thankful for the health and safety of our families, friends, and loved ones. Please check-in on your neighbors and friends, as I mentioned previously, Fremont is a resilient community and we will get through this time of uncertainty together.

Here are some recommendations from Dr. Denise Pope, the founder of Challenge Success at Stanford University, to help prioritize students’ well-being and engagement with learning during school closures.

Here is an additional resource about how to talk to your child about the Coronavirus.

Please keep in mind all of the precautions, such as washing your hands periodically, social distancing six feet apart, and no more than 10 people in a room. I wish you and your family well and look forward to seeing you all again soon. 

Raúl M. Zamora, Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent

 

What's Happening Around Town - A Positive Note*

*Please contact Mr. Brian Killgore, Public Information Officer, to share your story at bkillgore@fusdk12.net

 

Student Resources

Coping with Stress and Anxiety During Covid-19
Resources for Elementary School students
Resources for Secondary School students

Parent Resources

FUSD Suggested Activities for Families
Why gratitude is important for kids
Coronavirus FAQ
Special Education Parent Resources
Special Education Guidance
Two months free Internet Essentials - Comcast

 

Grab and Go Lunches for Students

Updates from County/State

 

Tips

Common-sense preventive actions are the best approach to stay healthy. Stop the Spread of Germs
Anxiety is natural - 
How to Regain Your Calm.
A fearful person can make bad choices like harassing someone - this is not tolerated - please Report Bullying

Thank you for staying informed.

Weekly Communication

posted 3/25/20 at 3:20 pm

Weekly Communication | Comunicación Semanal | 每週通訊

Dear FUSD Community,

I hope you and your family are safe and well during this unprecedented time for our community. As you may be aware, Bay Area school closures, including FUSD, have been extended through May 1, 2020.  

During the closure, FUSD educators and staff have created an impressive array of flexible learning opportunities and resources to keep your child engaged and continuing to learn. 

You will also find updated information and resources, as well as What’s Happening Around Town.  Our staff is here to support you and offer assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your school site administrator or district staff with any questions.  I am committed to providing you with weekly updates and keeping you informed of changes which impact our FUSD community.

Please note: All FUSD playgrounds, tracks, and fields are closed to the public. Maintenance staff will place signs on the playgrounds to notify the public. 

I wish you and your family well and look forward to seeing you all again soon. 

Raúl Zamora, Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent

 

What’s Happening Around Town - A Positive Note*

*Please contact Mr. Brian Killgore, Public Information Officer, to share your story at bkillgore@fusdk12.net

Student Resources

Coping with Stress and Anxiety During Covid-19

Grab and Go Lunches for Students

Parent Resources

FUSD Suggested Activities for Families 

Grab and Go Lunches for Students

Latest Updates

Read California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order from March 12th.

 

Weekly Communication | Comunicación Semanal | 每週通訊



3/25/20 at 12:26 pm

FUSD schools are closed through May 1st, announced in coordination with Alameda County Offices of Education  | español | 中文 (pdf)Schools are tentatively scheduled to re-open on Monday, May 4th, but the closure could be extended depending on conditions. FUSD will announce any changes by posting on the District website and utilizing Parent Notification systems.

“This is an unfortunate but understandable step to take as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19,” added FUSD Acting Superintendent, Dr. Raúl Zamora. “As anxious as we are to open schools and get things back to normal, safety comes first. We are confident with the wide array of on-line opportunities created and used by our teachers and staff, learning will continue for our students as long as necessary.”

Please note: All FUSD playgrounds, tracks, and fields are closed to the public. 

Thank you and stay safe.

3/19/20

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, Grab and Go complimentary breakfast and lunches will be available for pick-up at Irvington, Kennedy and Washington High School parking lots from 10:00 to 11:00am for students and children ages 18 and younger.

A partir del lunes 23 de marzo, desayunos y almuerzos gratuitos Para LLevar (Grab and Go, en inglés) estarán disponibles para recoger en los estacionamientos de las escuelas preparatorias de Irvington, Kennedy y Washington de las 10:00 a 11:00 a.m. para estudiantes y niños menores de 18 años.

從3月23日星期一開始,Grab and Go免費早餐和午餐將從早上10:00至11:00 點在Irvington,Kennedy和Washington 高中停車場開放給18歲及以下的學生和兒童領取。


 

Dear Fremont Unified School Community,

On behalf of the Board of Education and Dr. Wallace, we would like to thank our Fremont Unified community for their patience and support during these unprecedented times. Please know that our Educators are diligently working to provide distance learning in various methods. We will continue to support our Educators in providing resources and review any challenges Educators may experience as reported through site administrators.

We continue to experience daily and sometimes hourly changes to our current situation with COVID-19. As the landscape and expectations change we will adapt and keep our focus on what is best for students. Please remember to support your children, neighbors, and friends. The human connection is what will keep our community in Fremont resilient during uncertainty. Thank you for your continued patience as we work through the various challenges that this global pandemic has presented. We are here to work with you and support all members of the community.

Desrie Campbell, President
Larry Sweeney, Vice-President
Ann Crosbie, Clerk
Dianne Jones, Member
Michele Berke, Ph.D., Member
Kim Wallace, Ed.D., Superintendent

Estimada comunidad del Distrito Unification Escolar de Fremont,

En nombre de la Junta Directiva de Educación y de Dr. Wallace, nos gustaría agradecer a nuestra comunidad del Distrito Unificado de Fremont su paciencia y apoyo durante estos tiempos sin precedentes. Por favor, sepa que nuestros maestros están trabajando diligentemente para proporcionar aprendizaje a distancia en varios métodos. Continuaremos apoyando a nuestros Educadores en la provisión de recursos y revisaremos cualquier desafío que los educadores puedan experimentar según lo reportado a través de los administradores del sitio. 

Seguimos experimentando cambios diarios y a veces en cada hora a nuestra situación actual con COVID-19. A medida que el paisaje y las expectativas cambian, nos adaptaremos y mantendremos nuestro enfoque en lo que es mejor para los estudiantes. Recuerde apoyar a sus hijos, vecinos y amigos. La conexión humana es lo que mantendrá a nuestra comunidad en Fremont fuerte durante la incertidumbre. Gracias por su paciencia continua mientras trabajamos a través de los diversos desafíos que esta pandemia mundial ha presentado. Estamos aquí para trabajar con usted y apoyar a todos los miembros de la comunidad.

Desrie Campbell, Presidente
Larry Sweeney, Vice-Presidente
Ann Crosbie, Secretaria
Dianne Jones, Miembro
Michele Berke, Ph.D., Miembro
Kim Wallace, Ed.D., Superintendente

親愛的Fremont聯合學區社區,

在此,我們謹代表教育委員會和Wallace博士感謝Fremont聯合學區社區在這段前所未有的時間裡所給予的耐心和支持。請注意,我們的教育工作者正在努力以各種方式提供遠程學習。我們將繼續支持我們的教育工作者提供資源,並審視通過網站管理員報告的教育工作者可能遇到的任何挑戰。

對於COVID-19病毒,我們每天都在經歷有時甚至每小時發生的變化,這會持續不斷。隨著形勢和期望的變化,我們將適應並繼續關注對學生最有利的事物。請記住要支持您的孩子,鄰居和朋友。在不確定的情況下,人與人之間的聯繫將使我們在Fremont的社區保持韌性。感謝您在我們應對這一全球性大流行所帶來的各種挑戰的過程中持續的耐心。我們會與您保持合作並支持社區的所有成員。

Desrie Campbell,總裁
Larry Sweeney,副總裁
Ann Crosbie,書記員
Dianne Jones,成員
Michele Berke 博士,成員
Kim Wallace(教育博士),學區總監


3/16/20

Alameda County, along with five other Bay Area Counties, has issued an order for all residents to shelter in place to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve critical health care capacity across the region. The order is effective Tuesday, March 17th, at 12:01am, through Tuesday, April 7th. During this time, all FUSD schools and facilities will be completely closed to all employees and the public. More information at Alameda County Public Health Department website PLEASE NOTE the website is experiencing huge traffic and may not load - you can look to other news sources for details.

El condado de Alameda, junto con otros cinco condados del área de la bahía, ha emitido una orden para que todos los residentes se refugien en su lugar para frenar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) y preservar la capacidad crítica de atención médica en toda la región. El pedido es efectivo el martes 17 de marzo, a las 12:01 am, hasta el martes 7 de abril. Durante este tiempo, todas las escuelas e instalaciones de FUSD estarán completamente cerradas a todos los empleados y al público. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información.

阿拉米達縣(Alameda County)與其他五個灣區縣一起發布了一項命令,要求所有居民留在家中,以減緩新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19)的傳播並保持整個地區的關鍵醫療保健能力。 該命令於3月17日(星期二)凌晨12:01到4月7日(星期二)生效。 在這段時間內,所有FUSD學校和設施都將對所有員工和公眾完全關閉。 請點擊這裡獲取更多信息。

 

 


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3/13/20

School Closure Information

As a precaution and in an effort to slow the potential spread of COVID-19 ( coronavirus ), along with the other school districts in Alameda County, Fremont Unified will be closed starting on Monday 3/16/20. This decision was not made lightly and involved close collaboration and coordination with the FUSD Board of Trustees, labor groups, the Alameda County Office of Education and the Alameda County Department of Public Health (ACDPH). We will continue working with our community partners to coordinate the reopening of our schools. 


Students will not attend school starting on Monday, March 16th. All district facilities will be open on March 16-17th and staff  (PLEASE CHECK EMAIL or Staff website) will report to their usual work locations and duties. Every site will be deep cleaned and sanitized. Sites will be accessible to parents and students to pick up any materials they may need during the full closure. 


From Wednesday, March 18th to April 7th, all sites in Fremont Unified will be fully closed to students, employees, and the public. There will be no classes, activities, or sports on site. Students will not attend school and all employees will work from remote locations. Outside rentals of our sites will be canceled during the two weeks as well. No part of campus may be accessed by anyone at any time during the closure. 


The tentative reopening date is scheduled for Wednesday April 8th, but that may be extended depending on conditions at the time and recommendations from the Alameda County Department of Public Health (ACDPH) and the State of California. We will let staff and families know by March 24th for planning the following week. 
Learning will continue during this district closure.

FUSD staff has been preparing for this contingency and are making arrangements for continued instruction regardless of how long schools remain closed to students. Look for instructions from your individual teacher(s). Special education meetings and/or services will be handled through other formats or rescheduled to continue to address student needs. 


At this time, FUSD is not expected to move or cancel its Spring Break scheduled from April 10-17th, but adjustments to the school calendar may be necessary depending on the length of the closure. We will announce any changes as soon as possible. As of now, graduation schedules remain unchanged.


We understand there are many concerns around COVID-19 and want to ensure families that we are working closely with ACDPH for updates and guidance. For the latest information on COVID-19, families are encouraged to visit the FUSD website. the ACDPH webpage dedicated to COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus), and the CDC homepage.

    
Fremont is a strong and united community and we will get through this together! We will do everything possible to keep you informed of any developments and when students can return to school. I thank you for your cooperation and support. 


Sincerely, 
Kim Wallace 
Superintendent     

English | español | 中文 (3/13/20)


3/13/20 7:34 AM

FUSD schools are open today. In light of school closures around the Bay Area starting next week, District management will meet later this morning to discuss possible next steps. Any announcements will be posted on the District website and sent to families via our parent notification systems. Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation. 

Las escuelas de FUSD están abiertas hoy. A la luz de los cierres de escuelas alrededor del área de la bahía a partir de la próxima semana, la gerencia del Distrito se reunirá más tarde esta mañana para discutir posibles próximos pasos. Cualquier anuncio será publicado en el sitio web del Distrito y enviado a las familias a través de nuestros sistemas de notificación de padres. Gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos a través de esta situación.

FUSD學校今天開放。鑑於下週開始灣區很多學校將會關閉,學區管理人員將在今天早上晚些時候開會討論可能的下一步。任何公告都將發佈在學區網站上,並通過我們的家長通知系統發送給家人。感謝您在我們解決這種情況期間的耐心配合。


 

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3/12/20 10:01 AM UPDATED Gatherings size more than 250+

3/11/20 7:08 PM

Dear FUSD Families/Guardians & Staff,

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread in our region, I know we all have growing concerns about the health and safety of our families. I feel deeply that my responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.

On March 11, I took part in a conference call with fellow Alameda County school superintendents and representatives from the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) and Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). Based on our conversation, here are some updates and changes in practice for FUSD regarding COVID-19 that we plan to implement from now through Spring Break:

Cancellation of Mass Gatherings (UPDATED 3/12/20: 250+ people) – FUSD principals have been asked to cancel all school events involving large gatherings of people for the next 30 days. This will include assemblies, rallies, socials, dances, and open houses. Also, study trips/field trips to mass gathering locations – amusement parks, concerts, arenas, etc., will also be canceled. This policy will be re-evaluated after 30 days to account for events such as proms, performances, senior events and graduations.

Medium and smaller gatherings will be looked at individually based on the type of activity, location and ability for social distancing. Athletic events will proceed as scheduled for the time being but decisions may be made to limit spectators at indoor sports.

Indoor facility rentals from outside groups and organizations will be canceled for 30 days. Outdoor facility rentals that exceed (UPDATED 3/12/20) 250 people will also be canceled. This does not include pre-approved existing long-term leases. Please check with the Community Services department if you have questions.

School Closures – Many of you are asking why we have not closed schools. As we have shared since this crisis began, we are working with public health professionals who are the experts in protecting the community during viral outbreaks. They have consistently recommended against closing schools in part because that could actually contribute to the crisis.

The ACPHD will notify us of any confirmed COVID-19 cases for students or staff and we will work together to take any necessary action. Should a school closure be necessary due to a confirmed case of a student or employee at the site (note: family members or other third party contacts do not qualify for a school closure), FUSD staff is actively developing a Continued Learning plan for students and online instruction options to minimize disruption.

Absences – County School Superintendents have made a request to the California Superintendent of Public Instruction to temporarily waive some sections of Ed Code regarding attendance to provide families with more options should they wish to keep students at home. I will announce any adjustments as soon as we receive a response from the state.

That said, I understand that every family is in a unique situation. Some may have people in their households who are vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. If you choose to keep your child out of school, I respect your decision. Truancy notices will be suppressed through April 10th and then we will reassess this protocol after Spring Break.

The absence will be excused, and students’ teachers will do their best to provide missed schoolwork. I want to remind you that providing schoolwork when many students are absent is no small task, so I ask you to give teachers some grace. Remember that in addition to showing up for our students every day, staff are dealing with their own concerns for the welfare of their families.

Self-Quarantine – Students/staff with exposure to confirmed cases of other members in their household should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if not experiencing symptoms themselves. Parents should notify Student Support Services and staff should notify Human Resources if they are opting to self-quarantine.

General Health – The best methods for preventing the spread of COVID-19 remain the same – frequent hand washing, covering of coughs and sneezes, and most importantly, staying home if you are sick. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to cold and flu. If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home and contact your healthcare provider. FUSD custodial staff continues to perform additional cleanings of touch points and disinfecting common areas.

Over the past few weeks, I have spoken with many of you and understand the many concerns that you have expressed. We are all working diligently to provide a safe environment for your children while causing as little disruption as possible to student learning. This is a difficult time and there is no easy path. Every day presents new challenges in the Bay Area. We are doing our very best with the information we have, at a time when information is changing quickly. Thank you for your patience and partnership as we work through this crisis together.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Kim Wallace

English | español | 中文 (3/12/20 10:01 AM UPDATED)


 

3/11/20 1:07 PM

On Wednesday morning, FUSD administration took part in a conference call with Alameda County school superintendents and representatives from the Alameda County Office of Education and Public Health Department. Based on the conversation, FUSD is developing new protocols in response to the COVID-19 situation. Information will be posted here and sent to families as soon as it is available.  

PLEASE continue to follow these suggestions to help our community:    

  • Stay home when sick
  • Wash hands well and frequently   

 

3/10/20 3:09 PM

All Alameda County school superintendents are meeting tomorrow morning at 10 AM to discuss the new guidance just released from Alameda County Health Office on large gatherings. The Office of the Superintendent will share outcomes as soon as possible. 

3/9/20 Beginning of the week

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns remain around the Bay Area, we continue to work to provide our community with updated information. FUSD is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and plan for any possible cases in Fremont. We have received updated guidance from both the Alameda County Public Health Department and the California Department of Education. 

  • The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) remains the lead local agency with regard to the virus. Any decisions made for FUSD schools in relation to coronavirus will be made with guidance from the ACPHD.
  • The ACPHD monitors all suspected/confirmed cases of the virus in our community and will inform us of any action to take regarding our schools. FUSD will communicate any decisions and next actions to parents and the Fremont community.

Basic Prevention:

  • Stay home when sick and remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. 
  • Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue or sleeve (cough into your elbow). 
  • Wash hands frequently.

Protocols for additional cleaning have been instituted throughout the District. Besides routine daily cleaning of classrooms, bathrooms and common areas, Custodial staff are also focusing on frequent touch points such as doors, doorknobs, light switches, door frames, pencil sharpeners, etc. 

This is dedicated page with COVID-19 updates and resources including a FAQ page and some tips for dealing with anxiety. Thank you for your cooperation as we work our way through this challenging time.   


 

3/6/20

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Dear FUSD Families/Guardians,

We continue to closely watch developments concerning the coronavirus in the Bay Area. I am in regular contact with Alameda County government and health officials, as well as other school district superintendents, sharing information and resources. We are also monitoring neighboring Santa Clara County.


There have been no cases of coronavirus identified in Fremont and the County Department of Public Health states risk of catching the virus remains low. You may have heard reports of an indirect exposure at one of our sites involving a non-Fremont resident during a weekend activity last month. We are investigating the report and will follow any recommendations from the Health Department. The site will undergo deep cleaning over the weekend as a precaution.


I have, understandably, received questions regarding the possibility of school closures. Alameda County, the State of California and the Center for Disease Control are not recommending school closures at this time. Please continue sending your healthy children to school. We believe non-disruption to daily routines – combined with healthy behaviors such as hand-washing, covering of coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick is the best strategy in this scenario. As new situations develop, we will certainly make adjustments for the safety of our students and staff. Information will be posted immediately HERE on the website and sent to you via our parent notification systems.


We are doing all we can to meet these unique challenges now and in the future. Thank you for listening and for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Kim Wallace
Superintendent

 

English | español | 中文 (3/6/20)

 


 

3/5/20

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

It has been a challenging few weeks as the Coronavirus situation continues to develop in the Bay Area and around the world. We remain in daily contact with Alameda County regarding the spread of the virus, as well as discussing possible scenarios should cases be discovered in Fremont. As of today, there are two reported cases in Alameda County – one involving a healthcare worker who treated an exposed patient in Solano County and another in Berkeley who came into contact with the virus while traveling. Both individuals are isolated and receiving treatment. As testing kits for the virus become more readily available, reported cases are expected to rise, however, state health officials and the Alameda County Department of Public Health remain confident that risk of exposure remains low. 

I have received many questions about the possibility of school closures. While there is no recommendation for closures at this time, as a precaution, myself and other Alameda County Superintendents are having discussions and taking steps to prepare for that contingency should it become necessary. In that event, we will provide you with details as soon as possible. In the meantime, please continue to protect yourselves through the usual practices of hand-washing, covering your coughs/sneezes and staying home if your child isn’t feeling well.

This is a new situation for all of us and I know there is much concern and anxiety in the community. We share those concerns and continue to make the safety of students and staff our highest priority. Our best strategy right now is to stay informed, follow basic precautions and remain calm. Updated information will be posted on the District website and sent to you directly through our parent notification systems. I thank you for your cooperation and continued support in helping keep our schools and students safe. 

Sincerely,
Kim Wallace
Superintendent

English | español中文 (3/5/20)


 

3/2/20

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

In our continuing effort to keep you updated on the Coronavirus, information from the Alameda County Department of Public Health is posted below…

Alameda County Public Health Department and Solano Public Health are reporting that two health care workers are presumptive positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); these cases are pending confirmatory testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Both cases are NorthBay VacaValley Hospital health care workers and are currently in isolation at home; one is a Solano County resident, the other is an Alameda County resident. Both had exposure to the community-acquired case currently hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The initial case is slowly recovering, and the individual’s family members had negative test results for COVID-19 so far and remain in quarantine.

“Due to the aggressive measures that public health and hospital staff undertook, all potential exposures to the case were promptly identified and isolated so that patients are not placed at higher risk. Health care officials have immediately updated protocols and procedures to ensure patient safety is prioritized” said Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County Health Officer. “This underscores the challenging environment that health care workers everywhere face to stem the spread of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. Health care and Public Health officials throughout the state are committed to protecting patients.”

Public health and hospital staff rapidly identified all health care workers in contact with the case during the case’s hospitalization. All of those health care workers remain in isolation or in quarantine and will not return to patient care until they are cleared. Additional COVID-19 cases among them may occur. It is important to remember that the patient did not meet the CDC’s criteria for COVID-19 testing nor the high-risk threshold for use of COVID-19 specific protective personal equipment by people providing care.

“As always, our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, our staff, physicians and the community,” said Aimee Brewer, president of NorthBay HealthCare Group. “Our two health care workers who tested positive have been in isolation at home since the day we learned they had contact with the patient who had contracted the virus. We took immediate and comprehensive measures intended to stop any further spread of the virus, including working with public health officials to trace the contacts the two workers may have had. We remain in close contact with national, state and local public health authorities to ensure we are following the most up-to-date protocols and procedures for dealing with this evolving situation.”

A full contact investigation is underway for the two new health care worker cases, and individuals potentially exposed are in the process of being identified and evaluated. Teams of epidemiologists from the CDC and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are assisting the health departments in tracing those who may be at risk for exposure because of the new cases. Alameda County and Solano County Public Health Departments are monitoring these new cases’ conditions as well as their contacts for symptoms.

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Similar to influenza, it appears to cause less severe illness in younger people; those with more severe impacts tend to be older, medically fragile individuals with underlying medical conditions. Health care organizations, government entities, schools and employers should plan now for how best to decrease the spread of illness and lower the impact of COVID-19.

“We understand that the evolving news about COVID-19 is concerning, and we are taking the situation very seriously,” said Dr. Erica Pan, Health Officer, Alameda County Public Health Department. “This news is not unexpected in the Bay Area, and we are ready for cases here. This is not the time to panic; now is the time for all of us to work together.” Dr. Pan said.

Alameda County is declaring a local public health emergency as part of its ongoing response and preparation for community spread in Alameda County. This allows Alameda County to be better poised to respond with additional resources as needed.

Alameda and Solano County residents should take these precautions to stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water and rub for at least 20 seconds;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Stay home when you are sick; and
  • Get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from the flu, which has similar symptoms to COVID-19.

People who are well and healthy do not need to use a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses. A facemask can be worn for those who are coughing or sneezing to protect others from getting sick.

Healthy people should not be excluded from any activities based on their race or country of origin. There is no racial, ethnic, or cultural basis for the disease.

“We remain actively involved with federal, state, and regional colleagues to ensure alignment with evolving guidance on protecting the health of our community and our health care workforce,” said Colleen Chawla, Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. “This is a community effort and we will need broad partnership. Our public health team will work with health care providers, schools, workplaces, community organizations, and others to mitigate the health and human impacts of this virus.”

For more information, visit the following:

FUSD remains in contact with Alameda County and will provide updated information as soon as it becomes available. While there is no recommendation for school closures at this time, District personnel are taking steps to prepare for that contingency should it become necessary. In that event, we will provide you with details as soon as possible.

I thank you for your cooperation and support.

Sincerely, 
Kim Wallace
Superintendent

English | español | 中文 (3/2/20)

2/27/20

English | español | 中文 | Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (2-28-20)

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation.

As of today, County health officials report there are no known cases of coronavirus in Alameda County. While the risk of contracting the virus remains low, we are aware the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings and recently shared information regarding potential exposures in the United States. We continue to work with county school and health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event the coronavirus is detected locally. More information will be shared as this plan develops. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC and the California Department of Public Health website. 

As a reminder, to prevent the spread of any illness, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. 
  • Get vaccinated every year

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

FUSD will continue to monitor this situation and provide you with updates as necessary. We thank you for your cooperation and support. 

Sincerely, 
Kim Wallace
Superintendent

English | español | 中文 (2/27/20)


2/18/20

State Superintendent of Public Instruction | California Department of Public Health

 


 

Posted 2/4/20

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Dear FUSD Families,

Thank you for your patience as we’ve continued to monitor the Coronavirus situation in the Bay Area. While there are still no reported cases in Alameda County (click here for latest update from Alameda County Department of Public Health | español | 中文), as a precaution, Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) will implement the policies listed below in the interest of student and staff safety.

As part of an emergency declaration, Americans returning to the United States, who have been in China’s Hubei province within the past 14 days, will face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. There are currently no FUSD students or family members under mandatory quarantine at this time

Americans returning to the United States from other parts of China will face enhanced screening upon re-entry to the country and a self-quarantine of up to 14 days to ensure they do not pose a health risk.

Mandatory Quarantine:

  • FUSD will be notified by the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) of any students under mandatory quarantine.
  • Once FUSD has received notification these individuals are cleared to return to campus, schools will communicate with affected families to arrange re-entry.
  • Schools will work with students to support continued learning at home.
  • Related absences will be excused.

PLEASE NOTE:  We have updated our guidelines for people returning from travel.

Self-Quarantine:

  • Students who have recently returned, or have contact* with a person returning from countries with larger outbreaks such as China, S. Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan are asked to voluntarily self-quarantine for fourteen days.
  • Schools will work with students to support continued learning at home.
  • Related absences will be excused.

* Contact means: living in the same household, face-to-face interaction, sneeze or direct bodily discharge exposure, in a closed small environment like a vehicle within 2 seat lengths, and in any health care capacity.

 

Please know that the District is committed to maintaining the privacy of our students. Our schools will work with students and families under mandatory or self-quarantine with sensitivity and confidentiality. 

FUSD understands that missing school, for any reason, can cause concern and stress for our families and students. We will work collaboratively with families throughout this process. These guidelines have been put into place to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all families. In addition, we ask parents, caregivers or others, who may be under mandatory or self-quarantine to remain off campus as well. We also encourage the support of friends and neighbors of children under quarantine so they feel safe and accepted when they return to school. 

At this time, public health officials say there is no need to wear facemasks in the United States. However, as a precaution, students are allowed to wear facemasks on all FUSD campuses, if desired. Please note that anyone seen wearing a mask as a precaution does not mean that person is sick or exposed.

FUSD staff will continue to closely monitor this situation, which is evolving as countries and expert health agencies learn more about the Coronavirus. As we have updates, information and resources from the Alameda County Department of Public Health or other agencies, the District will provide them to our community.

We recommend the same simple steps that prevent the spread of any illness to prevent possible exposure to the Coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep students home if temperature is above 100.0 F (38.7 C) or they report not feeling well, appear weak or ill
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk

Throughout this process, students attending school will not be excluded from any school activities due to race or country of origin. I thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work together to keep our community healthy and safe. 

Sincerely,

Kim Wallace, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Posted 2/4/20

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Alameda County Public Health Department & Office of Education

Dear Administrators, Teachers, Staff, and Parents:
The CDC and state and local public health departments are closely monitoring developments regarding an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There are 11 confirmed cases in the United States. Public health departments are working diligently to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. To date, there are 4 confirmed cases in Northern California and no confirmed cases in Alameda County. These individuals and their households have been isolated and are being monitored by their respective counties’ public health departments. The risk to the general public remains low.
The best way to address anxiety and stress is to stay informed. We acknowledge the impact that this outbreak is having on our community, and on those who have friends or relatives who are affected. We are thinking of you.

What you need to know
People who have travelled from anywhere in mainland China within the past two weeks should stay at home and avoid public settings, work, school, or large gatherings. Please call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for additional guidance.
If individuals who have returned from mainland China in the last two weeks are feeling ill with a fever and/or cough or difficulty breathing, they are advised to call their health care provider before going into the clinic or hospital and notify the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250.
The general Alameda County public should continue to engage in their regular activities and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race or country of origin.

Since this is the height of cold and flu season, we encourage all students, parents, and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.

  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
  • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Separate sick students and staff from others, ideally in a separate place, until they can be picked up to go home.
  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Perform routine surface cleaning.
  • Be vigilant when attending large gatherings, as this is where respiratory viruses often spread. If you are not feeling well or are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, stay home to avoid spreading germs.

For more information on the novel Coronavirus, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website www.acphd.org; we will keep the website updated with any local information or resources as we know more. We will monitor the developing situation and inform you of any additional public health recommendations.

Erica Pan Interim County Health Officer Alameda County Public Health Department    
Karen Monroe Superintendent of Schools Alameda County Office of Education

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Posted 2/3/20

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Dear Fremont Unified Families:

We understand that many of you are worried about the developing news regarding the coronavirus and want to assure you that we are continually monitoring the situation. Unfortunately, some misinformation has been spreading on social media that is inaccurate and causing fear. While there are now some reported cases in the Bay Area, to date, there are no confirmed cases in Alameda County and Fremont residents are at low risk of becoming infected. Regardless, we take the safety and well-being of our students very seriously. 

FUSD remains in contact with the Alameda County Department of Public Health (click here for the latest update 1/31/20) and we will let you know if anything changes in the direction we are being provided. There are no extra precautions being recommended at this time. We are aware of some districts in the South Bay instituting voluntary quarantines for families recently returning from China and are awaiting guidance from Alameda County on that possibility. We will provide any updated information as soon as it becomes available. 

We ask for your assistance in preventing the spread of any illness by encouraging healthy practices such as washing hands frequently and covering coughs, as well as keeping your child home if not feeling well. Please follow the recommendations in the links below to prevent the spread of any illness. All healthy children should attend school as normal.

We understand and share the heightened concerns regarding this matter and will respond immediately to any new information or recommendations to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. Please contact Student Support Services at 510-659-2514 if you have any questions. 

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Posted 1/27/20

Alameda County Public Health Department & Office of Education

The CDC and state and local public health departments are closely monitoring developments regarding an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020 in the State of Washington. Public health departments are working to identify anyone who might be infected to prevent further spread of the outbreak. To date, there are no confirmed cases in Northern California and Alameda County residents are at low risk of becoming infected.

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Posted 1/24/20

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The District has been in contact with the Alameda County Department of Public Health regarding the novel coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Alameda County at this time. 
    
El Distrito ha estado en contacto con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Alameda relativo al nuevo coronavirus.  En este momento no hay casos confirmados del coronavirus en el Condado de Alameda.
    
我學區已就新型冠狀病毒與阿拉米達(Alameda)縣公共衛生部保持聯繫。 目前在阿拉米達縣尚無新型冠狀病毒確診病例。 

    
English | español | 中文 (1/24/20)

 

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