Information regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus
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HTH is offering grab and go meal distribution
Mondays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
March 24, 2020
Dear High Tech High Families,
In a previous email we outlined HTH’s plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th. San Diego Unified School District released a press release last night, indicating that they will not be returning on April 6th and will be implementing distance learning for all of their schools through the month of April. We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.
When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning. We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.
We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward. We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th – May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.
Leaders and teachers from across High Tech High have been working to design a framework for distance learning at our schools and create the infrastructure necessary to support that plan. We’ll continue to engage in this work over spring break using your input regarding your technology access to help us craft an approach tailored to our community’s needs.
If your family currently does not have reliable internet access, please see the options that local internet companies are offering as families try to stay informed. Getting Internet Access: Available Plans https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp
Thank you for your patience and support.
Estimadas HTH familias,
En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Diego lanzó un comunicado de prensa anoche, indicando que no regresarán el 6 de abril y que implementarán el aprendizaje a distancia para todas sus escuelas durante el mes de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.
Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.
Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.
Los líderes y maestros de High Tech High han estado trabajando para diseñar un marco de referencia para el aprendizaje a distancia en nuestras escuelas y crear la infraestructura necesaria para apoyar ese plan. Continuaremos participando en este trabajo durante las vacaciones de primavera, utilizando su aportación con respecto a su acceso a la tecnología para ayudarnos a diseñar un enfoque adaptado a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.
Si su familia actualmente no tiene acceso confiable a internet, vea las opciones que las compañías locales de internet ofrecen mientras las familias intentan mantenerse informadas. Obtención de acceso a Internet: planes disponibles https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp
Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause symptoms of colds. However, this is a “novel” virus, originating in China in late 2019 (hence the original name, 2019 Novel Coronavirus). Until recently, this particular strain of coronavirus circulated among animals only. Now it appears to have spread to humans, and can be spread between humans. The abbreviated term for this virus is COVID-19.
Current Understanding of Virus
- Symptoms most commonly include: fever with cough or shortness of breath; some people have fewer or no symptoms at all. Headache, sore throat, and runny nose also occur with this virus.
- Spread is most likely from droplets (cough and sneezing)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health threat, but with health risk from this virus to be low at this time.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14 days after exposure.
- Most people with this infection will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for novel coronavirus infection yet.
- For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care.
General Guidelines for Schools
Students and staff members who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notices should be excluded from school for 14 days. This list can be found at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
As of the date of this version, these countries are: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea. (Japan is Level 2, and although travel to Japan is discouraged, travelers from Japan are not included in this restriction, at this time.) Check CDC website for most up to date information. (Updated 3-10-20)
Exclude these people from school for 14 days, beginning the day they departed that country.
Healthy members of a household who did not travel, but where someone else from that household returned from CDC Level 2 or 3 countries are not required to stay away from school as long as all members of that household are healthy (i.e., no new respiratory symptoms and no fever).
Basic Prevention of Virus Spread
- Make sure all family members are up-to-date with their flu shots.
- Promote basic hygiene:
- Any coughing or sneezing should be directed into one’s sleeve (inside elbow), rather than into hands or the air. (Updated 3-10-20)
- Wash hands after using and handling used tissues, after blowing nose, before/after eating, and after toilet use.
- Wash for 20 seconds with soap, rub between fingers and under nails; and then rinse and dry. (May use alcohol (60%+) hand gel if sinks are not readily available.)
- Schools should encourage hand washing (by students and staff) through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies
- Avoid rubbing your own eyes, nose and mouth.
- Do not share utensils, cups etc.
- Stay home when sick.
- Avoid contact with those who are sick.
- Wearing of face masks by students and staff members: Wearing of masks in public is not recommended for Americans by the CDC nor by our local public health department. It will be discouraged in schools. Hand washing is considered the best protection from infectious diseases.