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You can help keep our community healthy

May 29, 2017

Over the past few weeks, a number of our students have come down with a fairly common stomach virus that has been impacting communities up and down the state. District officials, school administrators, and our professional health staff have worked tirelessly and diligently to keep this highly contagious virus from spreading, in close consultation with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
 
Some of the steps we’ve taken include:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing affected schools on a daily basis;
  • Sending school nurses to classrooms at affected schools to instruct students on good hygiene and handwashing habits (see this story from the Mercury News);
  • Voluntarily cancelling or postponing non-instructional events at some schools.

In most cases, students feel better within 1-2 days. However, following guidelines from public health officials, we have asked parents to keep their students out of school until they are symptom free for at least 48 hours. This is to ensure that they have fully “shed” the virus before returning to campus.
 
The most important thing you can do is make sure you’re washing your hands on a regular basis. This may seem like a simple step, but there’s more to washing up than just running water over your hands.
 
Watch this video from the Centers for Disease Control to learn how handwashing the right way can get rid of germs and chemicals. If you’d like to learn more about proper handwashing and preventing the spread of illness, visit the CDC website.

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