The San Diego County Office of Education continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in San Diego County and provide updated guidance to schools based on local, state, and national recommendations.
SDCOE updates General Guidelines for Schools daily to ensure school staff and families stay healthy and informed. Most recent guidance around attendance state that students and staff members who present at school with fever and/or symptoms of a respiratory infection should be sent home. Students who typically have coughs from underlying, known diseases (like asthma or allergies) may remain if there are no new symptoms.
As a reminder, all children and staff members with respiratory symptoms or fever (>100 F / >37.8 C) should remain home (from school and other activities) until they had no fever for 24 hours, without fever medication and respiratory symptoms are gone. If respiratory symptoms are not completely gone but they are improving and one week has passed since onset of illness, the student can return to school.
SDCOE also revised guidelines on individuals who have traveled to high-risk countries. At this time, people who have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) are asked to stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread, and practice social distancing. Although travel to Japan (Level 2 Health Notice country) is discouraged, travelers from Japan are no longer included in this restriction (as of March 10). Check the CDC website for most up-to-date information.
The California Department of Public Health also issued new guidance on mass gatherings with recommendations for counties with and without evidence of community transmission.
San Diego County public health officials announced Monday night that the county has its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19. At this time, the individual is quarantined at a local hospital and they indicated there is no active threat to the public. We want the community to know that, at this point, decisions around school closures will be made by school districts in conjunction with local public health.
SDCOE will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.