The information we provide to you about COVID-19 will change rapidly. The following FAQ should help provide some clarity however be aware that we will update you with any new information as it evolves.
What is the most important thing to do?
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and can stay home we recommend that you do. It is still cold and flu season, COVID-19 is not the only reason for us all to stay vigilant about being healthy!
Should we stay at home if we have a fever?
This is a great idea. We recommend that all children and staff members with a fever of (>100.4 F / >38C) or higher should remain home from school and other activities until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the assistance of medication.
Hand Sanitizer vs Hand Washing, what wins?
The most effective way to keep germs at bay is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap. We have increased hand sanitizer dispensers significantly at every school and the District Office but this does not replace hand washing.
Do we need masks?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend routine use of a facemask or respirator. It is important that we do not deplete stock from those who need them for other illnesses.
What if someone at VVUSD is exposed to the risk of COVID-19?
It is important to note that we unknowingly are exposed to threats to our health every day. We will remain vigilant about investigating all reported cases. Should a confirmed case of COVID-19 exist in VVUSD we will be directed by the expert government agencies on how to take the necessary next steps. This situation will be handled on a case by case basis.
If I decide not to send my student to school or come to VVUSD will absences be excused?
We understand community concern about student health and safety. Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. This is certainly an option any family may consider. However, per Education Code at this time, we are unable to mark an absence excused for this reason. Our normal protocol remains in place.
Will you cancel school activities and events?
Yes. At this time VVUSD, under the guidance of the Office of the Governor, has decided to cancel all athletics, field trips, travel, and after school activities (excluding the Think Together Program) at least through the end of March.
Will you close schools?
Schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.
Where should I check for information?
Please use only official government agency outlets to obtain information, for example: