Compton Unified Advisory: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update And Prevention

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Statement from CUSD Board of Trustees President Micah Ali and Superintendent Dr. Darin Brawley Regarding School Closure

April 9, 2020

In light of recent guidance from local and state agencies related to the unique health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees at the April 8, 2020 Board of Trustees Meeting made a decision to extend school site closure for the remainder of the school year, unless further and different guidance is received from State and local officials.

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Joint Statement from CUSD Board of Trustees President Micah Ali and Superintendent Dr. Darin Brawley Regarding School Closure

March 20, 2020

Compton Unified School District is extending its district-wide school closure until April 19, 2020 unless further guidance from the California State Governor’s Office or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health dictate otherwise.

This decision was made after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and others announced their “Safer at Home" orders for all of Los Angeles County, extending their stay-at-home directive in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Message from the Board and Superintendent

March 15, 2020

Compton Unified School District schools are closed for two weeks from March 16, 2020 through March 30, 2020, in light of the unique health risks posed by COVID-19. Please note that there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the district.

Our staff is working diligently to make sure our students and families are as supported as possible during this time. We will be sending out ongoing, regular notices through ParentSquare and posting on our website and social media pages. Please read this message in its entirety as it has important information for families for the upcoming week.

Thank you to our staff, students, families, and partners as we come together to #elevate through this time.


Update Regarding Close of Compton Schools March 16-30

March 14, 2020

The Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees met today and passed a resolution to temporarily close its schools for two weeks in acknowledgement of the unique health risks posed by COVID-19. There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the district. The Board’s action hereby closes all schools from March 16, 2020 through March 30, 2020.

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Message From Superintendent Dr. Darin Brawley Regarding COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Good Afternoon, this is Compton Unified Superintendent Darin Brawley. The Compton Unified School District will hold an special board meeting tomorrow, March 14th at 9am to consider options related to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

After conferring with local and state officials, as well as our union partners, I am recommending to the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees that we move up Spring recess to March 16 and extend it by one week. I expect that the Board will approve this recommendation.

If this motion is approved, spring recess will be two weeks and will begin Monday, March 16. Students will therefore return from Spring recess on Tuesday, March 31.

This is a difficult decision, as over the past ten days we have been in planning discussions around potential extended school recesses to ensure that important supports are in place to ensure that students can still maintain access to critical services, such as regular meals, without which there would be a significant hardship if schools suddenly closed.

Everyone will be informed of the Board’s Decision shortly after it occurs through ParentSquare and on the District’s website.


CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 UPDATE

March 11, 2020

Over the past several weeks, district staff has been working diligently to provide updated information regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Although there are no known cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 among Compton Unified staff or students, every effort is being made to ensure our schools and facilities have the necessary equipment, supplies, and training needed to keep them clean and sanitized.

Regardless of any steps the District is taking, students may still be susceptible based on interactions they may have with individuals outside the district. As of the time of this notice, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department has confirmed more community transmission cases in Los Angeles County. Therefore, in addition to the steps Compton Unified have already taken to prevent exposure to the virus, the District is taking the following measures:

  • Teachers and staff with any fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms should not come to work. Teachers and staff should self-screen for respiratory infection symptoms each morning before interacting with students.
  • Visitors to school sites will be limited by not allowing on campus those with symptoms of fever and/or respiratory infection or who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
  • Schools will consider alternates to group programming including any large activities such as assemblies. Alternate approaches which limit close contact may include conducting assemblies via webcasts or intercom announcements.
  • Schools will consider implementing staggered recess and/or lunch times to limit the number of students who are together; and, if possible, group recess by classrooms.

In addition, in an effort to reduce any possible exposure to our students and staff with any individuals outside of our school settings, effective immediately, all school fieldtrips will be cancelled until further notice. This includes all local and out of town field trips regardless of whether they are scheduled during the school day, after hours, or weekends. All site and department staff should contact transportation companies and field trip locations and provide ample notice of cancellation.

We will continue to keep you posted on all of our platforms including the District Coronavirus/COVID-19 information page, social media, ParentSquare and our district station Channel 26.

For more information from the Los Angeles County Health Department on the number of cases, please visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.


District Notices

March 02, 2020

Many students, faculty, and staff in Los Angeles County are concerned about the current outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019‐nCoV). Health authorities are working hard to learn as much as possible about the virus to better understand how it spreads and its symptoms. In the meantime, Compton Unified School District staff are participating in regular update meetings with County health officials that provide information on the spread of the disease, known cases, and additional advice that develops on the prevention.

What is Compton Unified School District doing to help prevent the virus? The district is already taking measures to ensure that our schools and office sites are disinfected daily. Additionally, we will monitor sites to make sure that soap and towels remain available in restrooms, and that hand sanitizer is also available. CUSD also has a partnership with Saint John’s Well Child and Family Center, which is a valuable source of support for health-related concerns.


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