BREAKING NEWS: COVID-19 Updates
Updated: Mar 13
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#PaloAltoUnified just released the following guidelines in regards to COVID-19 and concerns over public health. "All field trips, All school dances, including prom, Group assemblies greater than 100 people, CAASPP testing, Professional learning events, Parent education events, School open houses, PAUSD Career Fair, PAUSD Leadership Institute, [and] All elementary and middle school performances" are being cancelled. This does not include but does limit activities such as High School performances. All parents and visitors will not be allowed to enter campus during school hours. PAUSD is working hard to ensure that they are taking the best precautions to ensure all student and staff safety. Summer school and Graduation events are still currently scheduled to occur.
Coverage from our 3-13-20 Episode:
Earlier this afternoon, Santa Clara County announced that all public schools will be closing for three weeks starting Monday, March 16th. This comes after the neighboring San Mateo Union High School District decided to close all public high schools also starting this Monday. For PAUSD as spring break coincides with the end of this closure period, students will be off of school from Monday, March 16th to Monday, April 13th. County Superintendent Dr. Mary Dewan does not believe that school will need to be made up during the summer.
Although currently there is no online schooling, teachers are meeting on campus this Monday for a staff meeting. This week, multiple meetings were held by district administrators in an attempt to balance public health, learning, and the needs of families who rely on school for wifi, daycare, food, and other services. Dr. Sara Cody signed a bill into effect today that would limit gatherings in Santa Clara County to fewer than 100 people. Also, Monday, March 16 will be a day for students to gather up personal belongings, such as items from PE lockers, books/book bags and musical instruments. They may not congregate/socialize on campus. Staff members will not be allowed on campus from Tuesday, March 17th - Friday, March 20th. This rule applies to everyone.
79 cases of COVID-19 have been reported. Dr. Cody expects more cases to be reported in the near future.
In the Palo Alto community, people are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in very different ways. As can be seen in this footage, the Redwood City Costco has been completely bought out of water and paper products despite their limits on two items per customer. Other sold out items include chicken, sparkling water, gatorade, instant oatmeal, cereal, rice, beans, turkey, eggs, and dairy products as people attempt to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
Across the country, extreme measures are being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, declaring that all states and territories would have access to 50 billion dollars in federal funds to fight the epidemic. Seven states and the District of Columbia have decided to close all schools. Meanwhile, lawmakers are working on a sweeping relief bill that would include paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing.
Last Update: 02:50PM 03|13|2020