With the coronavirus making local and international headlines, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District officials said they want residents to know that while precautionary measures are always helpful when dealing with a sickness, the district is considered to be in a low-risk zone for the virus.
Taking its direction from the Contra Costa County Office of Education and the County Public Health Department, district officials recommend that any person who is sick remain home away from school and to contact medical professionals if they have come into contact with a coronavirus carrier.
“We understand that there remain concerns about the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, and want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely in order to keep our schools safe,” district officials said in a statement released on Monday.
District officials say that despite the concern shown by some residents about the coronavirus, currently there are no additional directives in effect for Contra Costa County schools to prevent the spread of the sickness. However residents who have recently traveled to China or have made contact with a person who has the coronavirus are encouraged to remain hyper aware.
“We recommend that our families who have traveled abroad to affected areas please consider those around you by complying with all recommended protocols, self-imposed and otherwise,” the district added.
According to Contra Costa Health Services officials the coronavirus outbreak began in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in early December 2019, and as of Tuesday there have been 11 confirmed cases in the United States including four in Northern California -- zero have occurred in Contra Costa County to date.
County officials reiterated that Contra Costa residents have a low risk of becoming infected, and only residents who have traveled to China or have had close contact with someone who became ill with the coronavirus after recent travel in China could be exposed.
For residents who have recently visited China, symptoms will typically develop within 14 days and take the form of a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Sick residents will need to call ahead to their local doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency room to inform them of the situation and avoid contact with others wherever possible.
While diligence is important, SRVUSD officials also want to remind families and students to remain respectful of their fellow residents.
“The SRVUSD reminds our families that students should not be treated differently on our campuses based on the perception of their race, country of origin, or recent travel,” SRVUSD officials said. “We also recognize that every family needs to make the decision that is best for their situation regarding their student’s attendance,” district officials added.