March 12, 2020

  • Dear LVJUSD Families,

    As educators and parents, we are all concerned about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As you know, we have taken precautions to promote health in our schools. Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. We are responding to the most recent guidance of the California Department of Public Health and are following the direction from California Governor Gavin Newsom issued yesterday. (See attached information).

    For at least the next 30 days (through April 14, 2020) and effective at 3:00 p.m. today, we will make the following changes to all non-essential activities:

    • Cancel or reschedule all events. This includes:
      • School assemblies, both indoor and outdoor
      • All field trips
      • Music and arts performances
      • Dances
      • Fundraisers on our campuses
      • Club events and enrichment activities
      • Middle school sports and all spectators at high school sports. (We will follow the direction of the California Interscholastic Federation [CIF] and North Coast Section [NCS] for canceling or rescheduling high school sports.)
    • Prohibit all visitors and volunteers on our campuses at this time. (Employees and itinerant staff are allowed at schools to provide designated services).

    Note that IEP meetings are essential and will continue as scheduled.

    The timely implementation of these precautions will create social distance and reduce contact between people who are not usually together. These strategies have proven effective in prior pandemics at lessening the severity of the situation.

    We recognize that canceling or postponing events and/or field trips will be disappointing. Together, we are experiencing an unpredictable time in our history as a nation and as a school district. We must adhere to the precautions recommended by our public health experts.

    We also recognize that the Public Health Department identifies TK-12 education as an essential activity. At this time, we are keeping schools open. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. 

    Even as we see colleges canceling classes, major sporting events and other large events being canceled or postponed, our public health doctors still recommend that our schools stay open. If one case of COVID-19 is confirmed for either a student or a staff member, we will be asked to consult with the Alameda County Health Department to determine whether school closure is recommended, and for what length of time. (Note, this is a change from the  initial 14-day closure guidance that had been shared last week.)

    We respect your need to make decisions for your own family. If you feel you need to keep your child home, please call the attendance line and provide your reason for absence. We are suspending “perfect attendance” awards and incentives during this time. 

    We understand that this situation is evolving quickly and we promise to continue our frequent communications with families and staff, as the situation or our response changes. We also understand that you may have questions; if so, please email CommunityEngagement@lvjusd.org. We will respond as soon as possible.

    Please remember to visit our website for updated information and FAQs, as well as links to public health websites: livermoreschools.org/coronavirus

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Sincerely,

     

    Philomena Rambo

    Director of Community Engagement