PUSD March 12th Letter to parents

March 12, 2020

Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) parents, guardians, family members, and community members

PUSD is aware that the Tulare County Public Health Department has announced the first positive case of
the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is believed the individual contracted the virus out of the area. While the
individual was treated at Sierra View Hospital, they have been released to their home and are currently
isolated and according to doctors they are doing well.

At this time, PUSD is still being advised that the risk to the students and staff remains low. However, out
of an abundance of caution, we are suspending assemblies until further information becomes available.
Additionally, we are reviewing all field trips and other extracurricular activities that might be impacted.
As an extra precaution to ensure the safety of staff and students, with Spring Break scheduled for next
week, March 16th through March 20th, PUSD custodians will use that opportunity to deep clean and
disinfect all sites.

We continue to be in regular contact with local, county and state officials, including the California
Department of Public Health (CDPH) in consultation with the California Department of Education (CDE)
and the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE), concerning the appropriate practices and will
continue to keep the community informed.

As a reminder, PUSD and healthcare professionals are encouraging all students, families, and staff to take
every day preventative actions:

o Stay home when sick.
o Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing
o Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever of difficulty breathing.
Use “respiratory etiquette.”
o Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC’s Cover Your Cough page for multilingual posters and
flyers, posted at the bottom of webpage.
o Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.
- Wash hands frequently.
o Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing,
and the provision of adequate supplies.
- Enhance cleaning consistent with CDC guidance (see Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
Please visit our PUSD website under Recent News for additional information and Resources.
Nate Nelson, Ed.D.
Porterville Unified School District
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