Paramount Unified School District is in close contact with our county office of education, insurer and county public health department to monitor developments regarding the flu and an outbreak caused by the coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
When new viruses surface, there can be a lot of anxiety and stress. It’s important to stay informed. As concerns about the flu and coronavirus arise, learn more about preventing the spread of infections, including when to keep students at home. Below, please find information and resources.
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS - Video Information from the World Health Organization
INFORMATION FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (CDE)
Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals::
The California Department of Education understands there are concerns about novel coronavirus. At this time, the health risk to the general public in California from novel coronavirus remains low, but schools can take common sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. We want to educate people about the symptoms of coronavirus, but we also want to make sure that our schools are working to ensure that this health risk does not stigmatize or isolate certain populations of students based on discrimination. Please follow this link for detailed guidance from the California Department of Public Health about the coronavirus in general: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx.
Please see the attached document for more specific guidelines for our K–12 schools, districts, and county offices of education.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
CORONAVIRUS (2019-nCoV) AND DISTRICT RISK
The District insurer, ASCIP, provided the following information:
It is flu season! Each year we seem to hear of a new strain of flu more aggressive than the last. The rapidly developing outbreak of novel coronavirus (nCoV-2019) in central China is sparking fears of a widespread health threat, a pandemic even, but right now there are as many questions as there are answers. What is clear is that the virus is transmitted between humans from coughing, sneezing and touching. Entering through the eyes, nose, and mouth, the virus finds a host cell in the respiratory system and infects it, after which the host cell bursts and infects other cells. The incubation period is up to two weeks.
The CDC continues to believe the risk of 2019-nCoV to the public at large remains low at this time. Nevertheless, this is a rapidly evolving situation.
The CDC will continue to update the public as circumstances warrant. Districts should continue to monitor CDC, California Department of Public Health, and local and county health departments for information and recommendations. All sources recommend the following preventive actions to stop the spread of
germs during flu season:
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home. Then remain at home for at least 24 hours after
your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Fever should be gone
for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue,
throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an
alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as germs spread this way.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
In addition, employees that take care of a sick family member, should check with their doctor about risk
of infection and be ready to take sick leave until confident of not being infectious and continuing the
spread of the illness.
Additional Health Agencies Resources:
Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Novel Coronavirus information:
CDC - What to do if you are sick with Novel Coronavirus:
CA Department of Public Health - Novel Coronavirus information:
World Health Organization - Novel Coronavirus advise for the public:
Cal-OSHA - Coronavirus information:
ASCIP - Reducing Flu in the workplace:
CDC - BASIC IDENTIFICATION OF COLD OR FLU:
LACOE INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS:
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION INFORMATION: