Coronavirus Update – 2/28/2020

Dear GGUSD Community,

The Garden Grove Unified School District continues to monitor guidance provided from local, state, and federal health authorities regarding the novel coronavirus and its impact to our community.

As of February 26, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has confirmed there remains only one case of coronavirus in Orange County (a man in his 50’s who has recovered). As part of its broader preparedness efforts, OCHCA declared a local health emergency as the health officials with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) expects the number of cases nationwide to grow.

Still the CDC maintains that the risk of contracting the coronavirus remains low.  

The California Department of Public Health has issued guidance to school districts that travelers from Mainland China arriving in the United States after February 3 should be excluded from school for 14 days beginning the day after they left China.   

As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and other illnesses, follow these important tips: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Click here for handwashing tips from the CDC.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get the flu vaccine every year. 

While some have expressed concern over a possible outbreak, rest assured we will remain vigilant in ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment at all schools – following the advice of health and safety authorities when it pertains to outbreak protocols.  

Any decisions to close schools would be made by individual LEAs (school districts) and their respective county health agencies.  In regard to the District, decisions would be made based on guidance from the OCHCA. The District would consider these factorsin addition to any other relevant local conditions or concerns, when deciding to close a school.

We thank you for your continued support in preventing the spread of illness and keeping our students and staff healthy.