March 12, 2020
We wrote to you recently to tell you about the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. As of today, there have been over 25 positive cases of COVID-19 in the County of Los Angeles, but none reported in the Baldwin Park Unified School District. District staff is working diligently to increase preventive measures and foster a safe learning environment for ALL our students.
The District has participated in regular tele-briefings conducted by the Los Angeles County Office of Education with officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. As a District, we believe that preparation is our best defense in dealing with this unprecedented virus. The Baldwin Park Unified School District has developed a multi-pronged approach to prevention and preparation, which will include:
- Increasing the normal daily standard cleaning procedures with enhanced weekly disinfecting of high contact areas, including buses.
- Installing hand sanitizer dispensers on walls in classrooms that do not have readily available soap, water and paper towels.
- Developing plans on how to continue education for our students in the event of school closures.
Out of an abundance of caution, the District is utilizing the Los Angeles County Office of Education's recommendations to enact social distancing strategies. Effective Friday, March 13, 2020 through the end of Spring Break, April 19, 2020 the District will:
- Cancel or postpone all public events that bring large groups of people together. For example, Open Houses, student performances, field trips, school dances, student assemblies and parent meetings will be cancelled. District administration is evaluating future school-sponsored activities and decisions will be made based on the latest information from the Los Angeles County Office of Education and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. For all athletic events, we are seeking guidance from the CIF Southern Section.
- Limit all non-essential travel for our students and staff.
- Remind families that a student who experienced a fever should remain at home until the fever is gone for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Institute a Districtwide screening of visitors to our campuses, specifically anyone who has flu-like symptoms, a fever, or severe cough.
This decision was not made lightly as we enjoy school events, student performances and extra-curricular activities. The District will reassess this recommendation month-by-month moving forward unless otherwise directed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
At this time, our schools remain open. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will evaluate school closure on a case-by-case basis. We have provided a link to resources on our website for coronavirus information and resources.
On behalf of the District, I thank you for your continued support.
Froilan N. Mendoza, Ed.D.