Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza

  • Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff!

    Cold and flu season is upon us. Please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. If your student has a fever of 100F or above, please keep your student home until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of any medication. As always, if you have any health concerns, please consult with your physician or health care provider.


    February 19, 2020

    The following is a novel coronavirus update from Sara Cody, MD, County of Santa Clara Health Officer and Director of Public Health

    Current status of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

    • Since February 18, 2020, there have been 2,000 additional cases of COVID-19. Cases continue primarily in mainland China and globally it is estimated that there are nearly 75,000 cases with about 2,000 associated deaths.
    • To date there are 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and California has a total of 8 cases.
    • Santa Clara County remains at 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the Public Health Department is currently monitoring over 300 travelers who have returned from mainland China within the last 14 days.
    • As of this week, public health officials have cleared the five health care workers from Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. These individuals never tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
    • While the situation in China is unprecedented, public health departments in the U.S. are working to prevent the spread of the disease. Measures being taken include disease surveillance, case identification and contact tracing.  To support this work and other activities in response to the outbreak, the Medical Health Joint Operations Center has been and continues to be activated.
    • Currently, there is not an increased risk to the residents of Santa Clara County, and the novel coronavirus is not circulating in our community. Since this is a new virus, we cannot predict how long the virus might continue to spread in mainland China or if it may spread in other locations.

    What You Can Do

    Practice these common infection control practices to help lessen the spread of all viruses:

    • Wash your hands regularly
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

    Further Information

    Updated FAQs in English can be found at the Public Health Department website at: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/ncov-faq.aspx

    To stay informed, visit the Public Health Department website regularly for the latest information at: www.sccphd.org/coronavirus


    February 12, 2020

    On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.

    Students and staff returning from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020 should be excluded from school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. This is a change from the previous guidance.

    For students and staff who came back to the U.S. prior to February 3 and do not have respiratory illness, they may wish to consider staying home for 14 days after they left mainland China, but it is not mandatory.

    CDC guidance on returning travelers is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html

    If a family member or household member has traveled in the last 14 days from China, please contact the Santa Clara County Public Health Office at (408) 885-3980 for guidance and the SUSD District Office (408) 867-3424, ext. 201 or 203.

    We greatly appreciate your mindfulness in respecting student and family privacy and confidentiality, and being sensitive and kind to eachother. 


    February 10, 2020

    Travelers from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020 should not attend school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China.

    As a reminder, if a family member or household member has traveled in the last 14 days from China, please contact the Santa Clara County Public Health Office at (408) 885-3980 for guidance and the SUSD District Office (408) 867-3424, ext. 201 or 203.

    February 7: Update from the CA Department of Public Health

    February 8: CDC guidance on returning travelers


    February 6, 2020

    Dear SUSD Families and Staff,Saratoga Union School District continues to monitor and comply with the federal, state, and county guidelines for Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV prevention to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. 

    Santa Clara County updated their quarantine guidelines late afternoon on February 4. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted new information on February 5. See below.

    Federal, state, and county guidelines are changing and adapting as more information is learned. SUSD continues to rely on the expertise and guidance from our health officials.

    The school district has been working directly with the students affected by quarantine and providing lessons to ensure continued learning while away from school. Absences under the quarantine guidelines are considered excused.

    During this time, we greatly appreciate that parents, staff and community be sensitive, kind, and supportive of each other. Please be very mindful of respecting student and family privacy and confidentiality. 

    As a reminder, although coronavirus dominates the headlines, we are still in the midst of an active flu season. This flu season alone has sickened at least 19 million across the U.S. and led to 10,000 deaths and 180,000 hospitalizations (CDC). 

    Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff! If your child is feeling sick and/or has a fever of 100F or above, please keep your student home until he/she feels normal and is fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of any medication. As always, if you have any health concerns, please consult with your physician or health care provider.

    We will continue to keep our district families updated as we receive guidance from the county, state, and CDC.


    February 4, PM

    Santa Clara County Department of Health and Santa Clara County Office of Education
    Guidelines for Quarantine due to Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

    •  Any staff or student who has been in the Hubei province within the last 14 days should not attend school. They should be at home, in a separate room, with separate bath, until 14 days after last exposure to Hubei. They should monitor for symptoms and report any symptoms to the Public Health Department (408) 885-3980, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. They should not seek medical care without calling ahead first and letting care providers know of their exposure history.

    • Any staff or student who has been in China, in a province other than Hubei province, within the last 14 days should also not attend school. Contact the public health department during regular business hours (408) 885-3980, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m) so that they can provide guidance.

    For students and staff who returned to the U.S. before February 2, they may wish to consider staying home for 14 days after they left mainland China, but it is not mandatory, and they should continue monitoring themselves for symptoms until the end of the 14 days. ​

    If a family member or household member has traveled in the last 14 days from China, please contact the Santa Clara County Public Health Office at (408) 885-3980 for guidance and the SUSD District Office (408) 867-3424, ext. 201 or 203.


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It's Flu Season - Important Reminders from the District Nurse

  • As the cold / flu season is upon us, here's an important reminder for everyone that washing our hands frequently and covering our coughs / sneezes are effective ways of preventing the spread of germs. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) also recommends that everyone 6 months & older get a flu vaccine each year.

    If your student is sick with a fever of 100F or above, please keep your student home until he / she is fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of any medication.

    Please do NOT send any medication (including cough drops) inside a student's backpack or lunch pack as this creates a risk to all students sharing medication or skipping doses of medication that they should have been taking.

    If your child needs to take medication during school hours, please drop off the medication and paperwork to the school office so staff can assist your child. Thank you for working together to keep our campuses safe and healthy.

When To Keep Your Child Home From School

  • Please help us keep our classrooms healthy and give your child the time she/he needs to rest and recuperate! 

    Your child should stay at home for the following reasons:

    • A temperature (fever) of 100 degrees or higherIllness Dog
    • If your child has an elevated temperature, he/she should remain home until it is normal (98.6 degrees) for 24 hours without the aid of medication
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea or vomiting during the night
    • An undiagnosed rash
    • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
    • Runny nose with copious discharge or severe congestion

    If your child will be absent from school due to illness, please contact your school's Attendance Line by calling your school's main number and selecting the Attendance Line option. The attendance line is available 24 hours so you may leave a message at night if you realize your student is ill and will not be attending school the next morning.
     
    Absences due to student illness are considered an excused absence.
     
    Questions? Contact Nurse Lee or your school office.

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About District Nurse Cristina Lee

  • Nurse Icon District Nurse Cristina Lee, RN, PHN, MSN, shares her time between Argonaut, Foothill, Redwood, and Saratoga Schools. She also works in the district office checking new student files and preparing information and materials to help contribute to the overall health of SUSD families and staff. Please visit this page for newsletters and health updates. To contact Nurse Lee, please call (408) 867-3424, x229 or email her at clee@saratogausd.org.