Information regarding the Coronavirus pandemic continues to change rapidly. Here are some of the latest updates we have available. Please check in frequently as information is being added regularly.
DNUSD Weekly Webinar 4-8-202
Tomorrow, 4-8-2020 is the weekly Wednesday webinar at 3 pm. We will be providing an update to the community about what is going on around Del Norte amidst COVID-19.
Feel free to join us tomorrow by clicking the link below:
DNUSD Meal Service During Spring Break
4-7-2020Meal service will continue during Spring Break.Two days of meals will be handed out on Friday, April 10, 2020. These will be for Friday and Monday.There will be no meal service on Monday, April 13, 2020Regular meal service will resume on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, this includes school site curbside pickup and the bus route meal delivery.If you have questions please call Nutrition Services at 464-0246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Del Norte Unified School District
DNUSD Responds to New State Guidelines Regarding School Closures
This week, we heard from both the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Governor that, in their opinion, schools will not re-open facilities to students for the remainder of the academic year. Many people around the state have taken these statements out of context or have misinterpreted what was said.
Neither the Governor nor State Superintendent said that schools were closed. What they said was they did not anticipate sending students back to traditional school sites. Both made it very clear that, while school facilities were closed to students, teaching and the educational process is expected to continue. Additional guidance was sent by the State Superintendent late last night, which further clarified that distance teaching and learning, including feedback and grading to a certain extent, are mandated by the state and that local school districts, in consultation with staff, need to determine how high school students could continue to accrue credits. Some examples were systems of pass/fail, credit/no credit, A-D grades (no failing), modified A-C grades (again, no failing), online classes with credits attached, etc.
We need to be clear that schools are not closed. School facilities are. Between the initial closure of facilities on March 16 and the Friday before Spring Break, April 10, staff have been training for and planning to move to distance learning for all students. If facilities remain closed after April 20, teaching, learning, and family engagement will occur for all K-12 students using distance learning.
The Board will discuss and take action on lengthening the facilities closure on Thursday, April 9. I anticipate that, given recommendations by the California Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Office, the State Superintendent, and CDC, the Board will take action on Thursday to formalize facilities closure through the end of the current school year.
Between our students, their families, District employees and their families, and the services that we provide to the community, such as our Seamless Meals program, schools in our county directly touch the lives of over half of our county’s population. Our pledge to the community is that we will provide high quality educational opportunities to our students, that we will continue to provide meals to youth ages 0-18, and that we will provide childcare to support our health care workers and the institutions that keep our community healthy.
Thank you for working with all of our staff in their various roles through this abrupt transition, and please know that we look forward to working even more closely with our students and their families as we turn to the next chapter of education during these unparalleled times.
For more information please visit www.dnusd.org/covid19
DNUSD Press Release Regarding State Superintendent Tony Thurmond's Comments on School Closures
4-1-2020 @ 3:30 pm
Yesterday afternoon, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond issued a letter to all county superintendents indicating his belief that school facilities should remain closed to students for the remainder of this school year "due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing." This letter was quickly publicized and was followed today by a press conference held by Governor Newsom where he supported Superintendent Thurmond's position and said, "I believe it is, I think, self-evident that we should not prepare to bring our children back into the school setting." The Del Norte Unified School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to discuss the potential reopening of schools, based on the decision that was previously made on March 15th, at their next board meeting. Given CDC guidelines on social distancing and the additional guidance by the State Superintendent and Governor, it is very likely that school facilities will not reopen to students for the remainder of this school year but that instruction will move exclusively to a distance learning environment.
It is also very important to remember that although facilities are closed to students, instruction is still happening. As Governor Newsom said in today's press conference, "Schools aren't open, but classes are in." Our teachers are engaged in creating distance learning opportunities that can be tailored to students' needs, and other certificated employees, such as nurses, counselors, and other service providers are continuing to reach out to students and families. Our classified staff continue to ensure our campuses are maintained, to guarantee that food is provided to our students, and to make certain that payroll and other essential functions are maintained. In addition, principals, directors, and other district and county office staff are ensuring that all facets of our district operations move forward, meeting the needs of our students, our employees, and our community.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our administrative leadership team, I'd like to thank our community for your support during this transition and ask that you let us know if there is any way that we can help your child or family during this unprecedented time.
To view today's press conference, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=710485322821506. For family or student resources or more information on the District's response to the COVID-19 situation, please visit www.dnusd.org/covid-19.
Live Weekly Webinar & Board Study Session 3/31/2020
Tomorrow, 3/31/2020, there is a live webinar at 3:00 pm and a board study session at 4 pm. Both meetings can be attended through zoom and will give an opportunity for interaction from the public.
DNUSD Weekly Live Webinar: Nutrition Services, Distanced Learning, SPED
DNUSD Board Study Session Meeting
If you require captions for the board study session live stream then watch the board meeting live at the following link: https://youtu.be/VWR1yWtujFI
In order to participate in public comment at the board study session, follow these instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Hdaa_dV_4GSewjjkeIUO0vlHvLU5-PKHJ5kHUCheXE/
Distance Learning Opportunities - Digital & Paper Packets
First and foremost, we would like to thank you all for your patience, support, and feedback during our process of developing and distributing curriculum and instructional resources, so that all of our DNUSD students can access and participate in high-quality educational opportunities.
Moving forward, grade-level packets will be posted on the dnusd.org/covid19 website each Friday, and paper packets will be delivered to bus stops on Fridays and Mondays. Both the digital and the paper packets will be addressing the same grade-level standards, students only need to do one or the other.
If you prefer the digital distance-learning format and your family has access to a digital device and an internet connection, go to www.dnusd.org/covid19 and click "Student Resources" on the left side of the page and scroll down the page and click the link that is corresponding to your student's grade level. Once you are at the page for their grade, scroll down and click the document labeled "Digital Learning" under the "Distance Learning Opportunities" section of the webpage.
On Tuesday, March 31st, at 3 pm join our live video conference where we will show parents and the community how they can access these distance learning materials and will also give an opportunity at the end to answer questions from the community. We will be posting the link for the video conference call on Monday morning, March 30th, at www.dnusd.org/covid19
Preschool grade-level work is now available as well at www.dnusd.org/covid19
View the distance learning timeline by going to https://drive.google.com/open?id=1eqRAQNwBtnv7qe4fN6erRN_qeRBF8dj7
For additional FAQ regarding school closures and educational opportunities go to https://drive.google.com/open?id=13o7twfFCF_CLTzfFPi3pQ24P3mKxnuXyNYLuU2uJ5Pg
District Office New Hours of Availability
The District Office has new hours of availability during school closures in order to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will be closed to the public completely on Mondays and Fridays. Our office hours will be Tues, Wed, Thurs from 9am to 1pm. This is in keeping with what schools are doing as well.
Guidance for Public Access to the Meeting of the Del Norte County Unified School District Board Meeting of Trustees
Tomorrow's board meeting will not be physically accessible to the public. The board meeting will be accessible remotely, please read the instructions below for more details.
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 on March 19, 2020, for the preservation of public health and safety throughout the entire State of California and to heed the State public health directives from the Department of Public Health. The Governor’s Executive Order is found at the following URL:
Pursuant to the Executive Order, to protect public health, the State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health have ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as outlined by the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Consistent with these orders and pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, (which can be found at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp content/uploads/2020/03/3.17.20-N-29-20-EO.pdf, which offers further guidance and direction on the Brown Act during an order to maintain social distancing, no public or employees, other than those necessary to run the Board meeting, will be able to physically attend the Board meeting at the DNUSD District Office. Members of the public are highly encouraged to view Board Meetings via the Internet. Members of the public may visit https://dncoe.zoom.us/j/193445536 to view live Internet broadcast of Board meetings and may comment during the appropriate times of the Board meetings by joining the Board meeting by webinar or by phone. Additionally, a stream of the board meeting that provides captions for those without sound or the ability to hear may be found at https://youtu.be/D23xY9eHv_U. For more information and instructions on distance access and how to participate in public comment, please go to this instruction page.
For information and resources regarding novel coronavirus (COVID 19), please visit the California Department of Public Health at www.cdph.ca.gov/COVID19.
DNHS Implements At-Home Educational Opportunities 3-24-2020
Starting 3-24-2020, we will have educational opportunities available for all DNHS students. While these educational opportunities are not required or graded at this time, teachers have invested considerable effort in developing activities to challenge your students and keep their skills sharp. Please have your students check their school Gmail and their teachers' Google Classrooms to find assignments online. For students without internet access we will have paper copies of activities available at several outlying schools; Smith River School, Redwood School, Gasquet Mountain School, Del Norte High, and Margaret Keating. Hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-noon. Please check-in at the school nearest you to obtain student work. In addition, we encourage everyone to check our school website and Facebook to stay informed.
Superintendent's message to the Community 3-20-2020
COVID-19 Update : Thur., Mar. 19 2020
Stay at home order
Tonight the Governor of California issued a stay at home order for all Californians. While we know that the current situation may cause some anxiety, please know that, as your local school district and county office of education, we will continue to support our students, their families, and our community by continuing to provide alternative learning opportunities, guidance to families on local resources, programs to help our first responders, healthcare and essential services workers find childcare so that they can continue to serve our community, seamless food deliveries to youth from birth to 18 years old, and other services that will be necessary in the upcoming days and weeks. Our goal is keep our community close and healthy. Thank you, in advance, for your help and patience, as we work through this unprecedented time.
Esta noche, el Gobernador de California emitió una orden de estadía en el hogar para todos los californianos. Si bien sabemos que la situación actual puede causar cierta ansiedad, tenga en cuenta que, como su distrito escolar local y la oficina de educación del condado, continuaremos apoyando a nuestros estudiantes, sus familias y nuestra comunidad al continuar brindando oportunidades de aprendizaje alternativas, orientación a las familias con recursos locales, programas para ayudar a nuestros trabajadores de primeros auxilios, atención médica y servicios esenciales a encontrar cuidado de niños para que puedan continuar sirviendo a nuestra comunidad, entregas de alimentos sin problemas a los jóvenes desde el nacimiento hasta los 18 años y otros servicios que serán necesarios en Los próximos días y semanas. Nuestro objetivo es mantener a nuestra comunidad cerca y saludable. Gracias de antemano por su ayuda y paciencia, mientras trabajamos en este momento sin precedentes.
School Closure Announcement
The School Board unanimously voted today to close all Del Norte Unified District schools, which includes all District operated preschools, and the County Superintendent authorized the closure of schools operated by the Del Norte County Office of Education. This does not include any educational program not operated by the District or County Office, including Uncharted Shores Academy, private schools, or preschools not operated by the District. District and County school closure will be effective immediately with schools closing to students from Monday, March 16 through April 10. Spring Break will remain as scheduled on April 13-17. School will resume as planned on Monday, April 20.
The District will continue to provide the seamless meals program, ensuring that all children, ages 0-18, will have access to free breakfast and lunch in a drive-through or take and go model. The District will also work with providers to determine support for students with IEPs, students with health-related services, and students who receive mental health supports.
District teachers will also be working with their site administration to create enrichment and educational opportunities that can be used by parents and students while they are home during this time. During the closure, attendance is not taken, work is not considered independent study (and therefore not required) and all school co- and extracurricular events are canceled.
We understand that school closures have a profound effect on students and the community as a whole. Our goal is to ultimately help protect the health of our students, families, and communities so that we can resume and normalize operations as soon as possible.
School Closure Announcement
La Junta Escolar votó hoy por unanimidad para cerrar todas las escuelas del Distrito Unificado de Del Norte, que incluye también todas las escuelas preescolares operadas por el Distrito, y el Superintendente del Condado autorizó el cierre de las escuelas operadas por la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Del Norte. Esto no incluye ningún programa educativo no operado por el Distrito o la Oficina del Condado, como la Uncharted Shores Academy, escuelas privadas o preescolares no operados por el Distrito. El cierre de las escuelas del distrito y del condado entrará en vigencia de inmediato con el cierre de las escuelas para los estudiantes del lunes 16 de Marzo al 10 de abril. Las vacaciones de primavera se mantendrán según lo programado del 13 al 17 de Abril. La escuela empezara según lo previsto el Lunes 20 de Abril.
El Distrito continuará brindando el programa de comidas sin interrupciones, asegurando que todos los niños, de 0 a 18 años de edad, tengan acceso a desayuno y almuerzo gratis en una forma de recojer y para llevar. El Distrito también trabajará con proveedores para determinar el apoyo para estudiantes con plan independiente de estudio, estudiantes con servicios relacionados con la salud y estudiantes que reciben apoyo de salud mental.
Los maestros del distrito también trabajarán con la administración de su sitio para crear oportunidades enriquecedoras y educativas que puedan ser utilizadas por padres y estudiantes mientras estén en casa durante este tiempo. Durante el cierre, no se tomara asistencia, el trabajo no se considera estudio independiente (y, por lo tanto, no es obligatorio) y todos los eventos escolares y extracurriculares seran cancelados.
Entendemos que el cierre de escuelas tiene un profundo efecto en los estudiantes y la comunidad en general. Nuestro objetivo es,últimamente, ayudar a proteger la salud de nuestros estudiantes, familias y comunidades, para que podamos comenzar de nuevo y normalizar las operaciones lo antes posible.
Gracias por su apoyo durante este momento difícil y tiempo sin precedentes
Update from the Del Norte County Public Health Department regarding the COVID-19 virus.
"The results of the suspected case of COVID-19 that the Del Norte County Public Health and Human Services announced last week have come back and are negative.
There was no evidence of coronavirus according to a press release Sunday from the health department.
The patient, the clinician involved and patient contacts have been informed, and as we have learned that the story is already in our community, we wish to confirm the results today. We will be releasing an additional public service announcement tomorrow about coronavirus," said Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, Del Norte County Public Health Officer for DHHS Public Health Branch."
Update from the Del Norte County Public Health Department regarding the COVID-19 virus.
There is a person who is currently being tested for COVID-19 in Del Norte County. This case has not been confirmed and is only a presumption at this time. We have been informed that this individual is not an employee, parent, or student in the School District.
The schools will still run as normal, and our public events will remain active. DNUSD is in regular contact with the Department of Health and Human Services Del Norte County and will continue to follow their recommendations regarding this incident. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Dear Del Norte Unified Parents/Guardians,
As we have since January 24, we want to continue to provide you with the latest information about the coronavirus. As of today, the risk for contracting the coronavirus remains low, and there are no cases in Del Norte County. Unlike in other countries, there is no community transmission in the United States. Yesterday afternoon, President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a press conference to address concerns and provide an update. The President said the risk is “very low” but added that schools and communities should be prepared “just in case.” You can watch the entire press conference here.
The CDC remarked that its early containment strategies have been successful, and as a result, there has only been one new case in the United States in the past two weeks and still no community spread. The CDC did advise that it does expect more cases in the United States and that communities should be prepared. Del Norte Unified staff members have continued to be in contact with doctors and officials from the Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services and other local leaders. In addition to regular contact with the Department of Health and Human Services and other county and state agencies, Del Norte Unified staff are in close contact with other Districts across California in order to effectively monitor the spread of this virus. We are very pleased with the communications, support, and guidance we have received from Del Norte Health and Human Services and our other local and state agencies, and are confident this will continue.
As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of illness, 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.
- 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
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
We are still updating our dedicated Coronavirus webpage with new resources, press briefings, and news articles, along with all of our previous communications. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Our staff already have begun taking precautions by implementing safe practices across DNUSD schools in order to maintain sanitary facilities for our staff and students.
Recently, DNHS has received calls regarding the potential for DNHS students returning from Japan carrying the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The District has been in contact with the Del Norte Department of Public Health, which was fully aware of the travel, and the Department confirmed that the risk for COVID-19 is low in Del Norte and that no cases have been confirmed. Public Health does encourage:
- Avoiding contact with sick people
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Cleaning your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty; and
- Most importantly, cleaning hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
For the purpose of clarification regarding the DNHS trip to Japan, the outbreak of COVID-19 was primarily of concern on mainland China at the time students and staff left Crescent City for Japan. Parents and administrators did have meetings prior to departure to discuss the trip, including recommendations, form the State Department of Health and CDC for international travel. Families also met with a nurse to discuss universal precautions, how to clean surfaces, how to wash hands, and how to properly wear masks. According to Mr. Fugate, the students were diligent in this effort during the entire trip.
After the DNHS group departed, however, news concerning the virus continued to develop. On or about February 19, after students departed, the Center for Disease Control identified Japan as a Watch- Level 1, which remained in effect through the time of return of DNHS students and did not recommend canceling or postponing travel. They did recommend that travelers take basic precautions, such as washing hands and not being in close contact with sick people. On Saturday, February 22, after the return of students, the CDC changed the designation to Alert- Level 2, adding to previous recommendations that older adults and those with chronic health issues should consider postponing travel.
At no time did the Department of State, CDC, or the State of California recommend or enforce quarantine for those traveling from Japan.
For more information, you may:
- Check the CDC travel website for travel alerts and specific guidance
- Learn more about coronavirus in Japan
- Learn more about coronavirus in California
- Find more local information from the Health Department about COVID-19
- Follow Del Norte County Public Health on Facebook
Del Norte Public Health and Del Norte Office of Emergency Services (OES) are aware of the news from Humboldt County yesterday, of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and one other suspect case identified in Humboldt County. As has been done elsewhere for other cases in California, the news report confirms that monitoring and isolation procedures are in place for these persons. We would like to reassure Del Norte residents that we DO NOT have any cases here, and the risk remains low for the general public of either county. It is encouraging news that the persons involved have not been affected to the point of requiring hospitalization.
The COVID-19 virus (the Wuhan coronavirus) has been alarming to all, in part because of the intense media coverage of this event. The virus, however, is considered to be a mild infection over 80% of the time, and the persons who are becoming severely ill are usually those who are most likely to get pneumonia, such as the elderly and chronically ill-even among those persons, people are likely to recover completely. The overall risk of dying from this infection is very low, currently estimated at 2-3%. Many experts in the field believe that the true risk is actually much lower.
The best measures for protection for when or if the COVID-19 virus reaches the general population is the same for FLU-cover sneezes and coughs, wash hands, wash surfaces in your homes such as doorknobs and faucet handles, and stay home when you are sick-all common-sense measures that work to prevent or delay transfer of germs of all kinds. We all should be doing these things all the time during flu season if you are not, now is a good time to start. Flu season is not over and Type The flu is on the rise in many parts of the country. If you have not been vaccinated for the flu, DO SO NOW! It's not too late. We don’t know if flu vaccination can help people cope with COVID-19, but it certainly can't hurt, and it always helps the health of our community to have as many people vaccinated for flu as is possible.
Dr. Warren Rehwaldt
Del Norte County Public Health Officer
Dept. of Health and Human ServicesPublic Health Branch
It has come to the attention of the Del Norte Public Health Department that there is a current Facebook posting of "positive coronavirus at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent
City" which seems to be creating some alarm.
Coronaviruses come in all shapes and types, so to speak, and swab testing of the throat or the nose that is done in an office and in the ER can include testing for coronaviruses, as they are often the source for a respiratory infection. These tests, however, are NOT
testing for the novel (new) coronavirus infection that is in China, and has been in the
news over the last week. The only place that is testing for the new virus in the United States is at the Centers for Disease Control.
There have been no patients at Sutter Coast that have or are being evaluated for the novel (new) coronavirus. There may be many patients in the community who have been tested for other kinds of coronavirus this flu season, and some may have tested positive, but that is to be expected during the heart of the cold and flu season.
Please keep in mind that a positive test on a routine swab for coronavirus is only testing
for known coronaviruses, NOT the novel (new) coronavirus in China. Only two cases of the new virus have been reported in the entire country in the last week. Our community is unlikely to see cases of the new virus anytime soon, and we are extremely unlikely to
be the first place in California to have the new virus appear.
Dr. Warren Rehwaldt
Del Norte County Public Health Officer
Dept. of Health and Human Services
Public Health Branch