Ongoing Updates in the OLP Weekly Bulletin
OLP Coronavirus Updates
We continue to closely monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus situation. Public health officials have now confirmed that as of March 5, an individual who resides in Orange County but recently traveled to San Diego County has received a presumptive positive test for COVID-19. All individuals who were in close contact with the person are being monitored by public health.
We have been assured by public health officials that closing our school is unwarranted at this time and could create unintended consequences that would hurt their efforts to protect our community. We will remain in close conversation with the Diocese of San Diego, the San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego Unified School District along with public health officials throughout the duration of this threat and comply with all of their guidance. We will notify you immediately if this guidance changes.
Our focus continues to be on prevention and preparation. In classrooms this week, students, faculty and staff have been cleaning their personal desks between classes, and we have been emphasizing around campus the importance of hand washing and personal hygiene. All classroom surfaces, doors and common areas are cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day, and a deep clean is happening every two-weeks. At home, you can support us by reinforcing these precautionary measures:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not available;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Students should stay home when sick and call us to report fever and respiratory symptoms;
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
- Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional;
- And continue to receive an annual flu shot.
We also want to share that on March 4, local health officials updated their guidelines for when a student should remain home. If your child has respiratory symptoms and fever of >100 F / >37.8 C (lowered from 100.4 F), they should remain home from school and other activities until they have no fever for 24 hours, without fever medication. In addition, if your child has severe productive coughs (i.e., spewing respiratory droplets) that are not typical for them, they should stay home. Parents of students who exhibit sickness at school will be notified by OLP and those students will be sent home for the day.
The school is continuing to look ahead to the future in partnership with our extraordinary faculty and staff and planning for what continuity of operations would look like should the school be required to close daily operations. More information about planning for that will be shared with students in classes in the upcoming weeks as we practice strategies in their academic courses in preparation should a virtual or blended learning plan be needed.
OLP Coronavirus Preparedness
There has recently been a great deal of discussion regarding the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials sharing updates that 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) will likely begin spreading in the United States and is advising Americans to begin preparations. While there is no evidence of community spread of the coronavirus in San Diego County, our leadership team is monitoring the CDC, the California Department of Health and the San Diego County Office of Education recommendations for schools. We are following all protocols, which align with our current practice. OLP also provides hand sanitizers throughout the campus and encourages our community to utilize them along with frequent hand washing which is a key recommendation. We are prepared with our Emergency Plans including a Continuity of Operation Plan should we need to respond. In addition, we monitor our average daily attendance and would, within a couple of hours of the start of the day, be aware of a dramatic surge in absences. OLP is blessed with an incredible team of faculty and staff who are adaptive educators and able to respond as necessary to the learning demands as they present themselves including virtual or blended learning should it be necessary to allow learning to continue. Please rest assured that our entire team is carefully monitoring this situation, following recommended protocols, partnering with other schools, watching attendance, and staying informed of the needs within our community.
Here at OLP, we often talk about the value of wellness for our girls including eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and staying home if sick in order to get well. In this situation, we urge all of our families to follow those best practices for overall wellness and self-care to ensure the best health of our OLP community.