March 12, 2020
Dear Alta Vista Family,
This letter is to inform you that Alta Vista Elementary School District has been notified by the Tulare County Health Department that the first positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified in Porterville. This individual was treated and is now isolated at home according to the doctors at the Sierra View Hospital. We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you informed as conditions change.
When Alta Vista School became aware of the severity of this virus, we took action on March 9, 2020 to help limit the exposure to students, staff, and the community at large. With the advice of our health care managers, we have developed a plan with specific steps that will minimize exposure and protect our community. These steps include:
- Parent notices were sent home informing our community of the signs of exposure on March 9, 2020
- Students are now using hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the class provided they are not allergic.
- All restrooms are cleaned after the morning recess, after lunch recess, and again after-school to ensure maximum impact.
- An informational sheet was shared with staff and the community.
- Nurse Ana is available to come to classes and conduct hand-washing lessons.
- We have increased our supply of hand soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and computer wipes,
- We are making arrangements for a substitute to work in the afternoons to assist with sanitizing of keyboards, including those in all Chromebooks, and other "deep-cleaning" needs.,
- All field trips have been cancelled until further notice pending notification from the State or the County Health Department,
- All assemblies have been cancelled until further notice following the state recommendation of keeping groups to under 250 people.
- We have cancelled all sporting events until further notice.
- We are working closely with neighboring school districts, county and state agencies, and the City of Porterville to ensure we are providing the highest level of protection to our students and learning community.
We are still in close contact with all agencies and receiving regular updates to ensure student safety and will follow their recommendations without fail. In the meantime, we encourage you to take the following preventive actions:
- Stay at home when sick.
- Remain at home until the fever is gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines.
- Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe e.g. high fever or difficulty breathing.
- Use respiratory etiquette. Cover cough with a Kleenex or a sleeve, and wash your hands following disposal of the Kleenex. Provide access to Kleenex and no-touch trash cans.
- Wash hands frequently.
If we all do our part, we can keep our students safe. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the school office.
Robert M. Hudson Ed.D.