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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Updated March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020

 

Dear Acalanes Adult Education Students and Staff,

 

I hope this update finds you and your families remaining healthy during this COVID-19 shelter-in-place.

 

There has been a joint press release statement issued earlier today, Wednesday, March 25, stating, "Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools, have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.  The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties."

 

Given this new directive, the Acalanes Union High School District and Acalanes Adult Education will remain closed through May 1, 2020.

 

Staff have been working through the ability to continue offering classes at Acalanes Adult Education via online/distance learning format.  Though many classes have been able to meet this unique need, others have not.  Given the closure of schools through May 1, any of our courses not being offered by teachers via online/distance learning will be cancelled and a full refund will be issued.  Please be patient as we work through this and identify those courses.

 

The entire staff at the Del Valle Education Center thank you for your patience and understanding as we, together, navigate this unprecedented event.

 

Thank you,

Steven France, Director Del Valle Education Center

 

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March 18, 2020:

Dear Acalanes Adult Education Students and Staff,

 

First and foremost, I hope you are all doing well during this evolving event relating to COVID-19. and taking care of yourselves, your loved ones, and those within our community.  I want to assure you that your support of Acalanes Adult Education and our learning community is much appreciated.

 

At this time, I am in the process of exploring how we may continue our Spring courses, which you have already enrolled, through online accessability.  This may take some time to set-up, if we are able to accomplish this, so I please ask for everyone's patience and understanding, as I work with our staff on this potential educational opportunity.

 

Your commitment to our program, and our commitment to your ongoing learning means so much to the entire staff at Acalanes Adult Education and we are committed to providing ongoing learning, to the best of our abilities.

 

In good health,

Steven France, Director

 

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March 12, 2020:

 

Dear Acalanes Adult Education Students and Staff,

 

The entire staff at Acalanes Adult Education are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students and staff.  I understand the increase in questions and concerns regarding our programs in conjunction with the continual developments as they relate to Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Contra Costa Health Services recommend older adults and those with severe chronic medical conditions take special precautions as they are at a higher risk.  Additionally, guidance recommends adults over 50 and those with underlying medical conditions that put them at risk should avoid attending large events.

 

Our students and staff health is paramount.  Currently, there are no confirmed cases directly affecting Acalanes Adult Education.

 

Acalanes Adult Education will postpone the start of our Spring Session to Monday, April 6, 2020.  Classes will not be in session March 16 – 27, and we are on Spring Break March 30 – April 3, 2020.

 

For our fee-based classes, we will provide a pro-rated refund once we commence the start of our Spring Term in April.

 

You may find updates, as they become available, by visiting auhsd.org/adulted.

 

Thank you,

 

Steven France, Director

 

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March 10, 2020:

As you are aware, the COVID-19 Public Health concern continues to develop on a daily basis.  The Del Valle Education Center (DVEC) and Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) continue to monitor this ever-changing event and are working closely with Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) regarding response to COVID-19.

 

Here is some information related to our planning for incidence of COVID-19, school closure, and event cancellation:

 

Prevention:

We encourage students, staff, and community members to take everyday preventive actions:

  1. Stay home when sick and remain at home until fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  2. Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe (i.e. high fever or difficulty breathing).
  3. Use "respiratory etiquette" such as covering a cough with a tissue or sleeve.
  4. Wash hands frequently and routinely clean frequently-touched surfaces.

DVEC and AUHSD custodial and maintenance staff have prioritized surface and touch-point disinfection, soap dispenser functionality, and are preparing for deep-cleaning needs.

 

Administrative Office Staff will monitor student and staff health and separate and send home those with respiratory illness symptoms according to evaluation.

 

Incidence of COVID-19:

Should a student or someone residing with the student be tested as positive for COVID-19, CCHS would be in contact with the school and District expeditiously so we can take necessary precautions and steps.  We have not been notified of such, at this point in time.

 

School Closure:

A decision to close a school or schools in the District would be accomplished in consultation with CCHS.  The California Department of Public Health released general guidance for closure over the weekend, but we anticipate the guidance will evolve as we understand more about the virus.

 

Our current understanding is that school closure could be brief to allow for a deep clean and point of contact investigation should a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19.  A closure could also be for a longer term as part of a larger public health strategy.  While we hope we will not experience school closure, we are planning for many scenarios.

 

Should a school closure take place, the school and District website will be updated and students, staff, and community members will be notified by email.  Daily updates would be provided in the event of closure.

 

School Events:

DVEC staff are reviewing school events on a case-by-case basis and will postpone or cancel, as needed.

  1. Current guidance from CCHS is that adults over 50 and those with underlying medical conditions that puts them at risk should avoid attending large events.
  2. CCHS and the Department of Public Health recommends that we consider postponing events when we can identify alternatives and the event is non-essential.
  3. In the event of school closure, all school events, including outside organizations using the facility, would be cancelled or postponed.

Should you have any particular concerns, please contact the DVEC Administrative Office.

 

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March 9, 2020:

The Del Valle Education Center understands the increase in questions and concerns regarding the campus with the additional "community spread" cases of COVID-19 in Contra Costa County.  As there may be misinformation circulating and restrictions on testing for COVID-19, there is a level of uncertainty regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our region and locally.  Keep in mind that experts continue to learn more about the virus and COVID-19, which should ease some uncertainty.

 

The Acalanes Union High School District has prepared frequently asked questions:  AUHSD Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Del Valle Education Center and the Acalanes Union High School District continue to work closely with Contra Costa County Health Service, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.

 

Should there be confirmed exposure to or a case of COVID-19 in or related to the Del Valle Education Center, we will be notified immediately and we will work with the District Office and Contra County Health Services to help guide our response and action.

 

Of additional concern has been some cases of harassment and racism, as it relates to COVID-19, directed towards persons to be of Chinese, or more generally, Asian descent.  This behavior will not be tolerated and staff will actively address such harmful behavior.

 

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March 4, 2020:

The Del Valle Education Center and Acalanes Adult Education are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment.  We are closely monitoring the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Staff are in constant contact with Acalanes Union High School District school nurses, receiving up-to-the-minute information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Contra Costa County Health Services.

 

The Acalanes Union High School District and Del Valle Education Center continue to work with and follow the lead of Contra Costa County Health Service, as they work directly with the California Department of Public Health and the CDC.

 

Here is what we do know, from the Contra Costa Health Services and CDC:

  • Outbreak began in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in early December 2019.
  • On January 21, 2020, the first U.S. case was reported in Washington state.
  • Hospitals in Contra Costa County are asking patients about symptoms of coronavirus and recent travel to China. People calling 911 will also be asked about their symptoms and recent travel to China.
  • The CDC, California Department of Public Health, and public agencies across the U.S. are monitoring this new disease.
  • As this is an unusual situation, information could change rapidly. 

SYMPTOMS:

  • Symptoms of this illness include fever, cough, difficulty breathing.
  • The CDC is advising testing for people with symptoms of COVID-19 who require hospitalization if they have traveled to countries with sustained community transmission of the virus in the past 14 days.
    • The countries with sustained community transmission are China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, but this list may change rapidly so check the CDC travel advisory page.
  • CDC is also advising testing for people with symptoms of COVID-19 that require hospitalization and are known to have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If you have fever and cough or trouble breating and have traveled to an affected country in the past 14 days, call your healthcare provider.
    • Call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room.
    • Call Contra Costa Public Health at 925-313-6740 for instructions about where to go if you do not have a healthcare provider.
    • If you have a mask to wear over your mouth and nose, please wear it as you present to your health care provider or clinic. If not, please ask for one upon your arrival.

WHAT TO DO:

You can minimize your risk of becoming infected or spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses by:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water frequently, and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes wiht a tissue or the crook of your elbow (not your hands).
  • Staying home from work or school when you are sick.
  • Plan ahead for childcare in case children get sick and need to stay home from school.
  • Avoiding travel when you are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Limiting unnecessary trips and avoid crowded public spaced when possible.
  • Telecommunity when possible.
  • If you are sick, wear a mask when you go out in public or visit the doctor.

Contra Costa Health Services does not recommend wearing a mask to avoid becoming infected with a respiratory disease.  Masks can be effective when worn by someone who is already sick to prevent the spread of their disease.

 

For current information, you may visit the following resources:

Contra Costa Health Services:        https://tinyurl.com/cchCOVID19

Centers for Disease Control:          https://tinyurl.com/cdcCOVID19

 

You should also prepare yourself at home for overall good health.  You may find the following document from the CDC helpful:  https://tinyurl.com/householdready

 

Thank you,

Steven France, Director