Fletcher COVID-19 Community Update March 4, 2020

Dear Fletcher Families,

The Palo Alto Unified School District continues to work closely with the CDC, California Department of Health and Human Services, and the Santa Clara County Health Department to obtain the latest informational updates and guidance to keep our communities safe.

Information is being updated constantly as situations change. The PAUSD Coronavirus webpage has the most up-to-date information you can find from the District. The FAQ document has also been updated and will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Here is what we are currently doing at Fletcher Middle School to keep students, staff, and families safe:

  • Teachers are reminding students to wash their hands frequently (before/after brunch & lunch, using the bathrooms, PE, between classes, after using a tissue to wipe their nose or sneeze/cough) using best practices for hand washing (soap for 20 seconds and dry completely).
  • Posted hand washing signs in all bathrooms, gym, locker rooms, near sinks and in classrooms and office.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available for each classroom and the office. Sanitizer dispensers have been installed in the cafĂ©, Library, and health office. New stations will be installed this week in the gym hallway and student entry and lunch drop off side door in office.
  • Custodians are using a special cleaning solution on all "high touch" surfaces (door handles, desks, sink handles) daily.
  • Our custodial team is making sure that all soap and towel dispensers are fully stocked in all restrooms, health office, kitchen, and the staff lounge.

Here are some resources for your information and some that you can use with your students:

For Adults/Older Students

For Students

Reminders for the Community

If your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, 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 (rubbing hands until solution is dry)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough/sneeze into your elbow turning your head away from other people.
  • 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.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Thank you, Melissa Howell - Principal

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Melissa Howell