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COVID-Times - WHPS Weekly Update 12/11/2020

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WHPS families:

The COVID surge is very concerning, and the level of community spread means we are likely to have some exposures or cases that touch the WHPS community. There has been no known case of transmission from one person to another at school, and at this time we are exercising a lot of extra caution on campus with regard to physical distancing, limiting cross-contact, and keeping students and staff outdoors as much as possible. We are also asking for a renewed commitment from parents not to let “COVID fatigue” set in.

MOST COMMON QUESTION WE ARE GETTING

  1. Has the 14-day quarantine guidance changed based on updates from CDC?
  2. We mentioned this in last week's email, but the short answer is:

As of now, DPH has not changed the 14 day quarantine guidance for schools. 14 days matches COVID-19’s incubation period of 2-14 days.  If anyone participates in a gathering with people they don’t live with (including playdates) indoors or outdoors or any non-essential travel, DPH has asked schools to treat that as an exposure and follow up with a 14 day quarantine. As soon as there are any changes to the guidance or timeline, we will notify you.

Weekly Update: 12/11/2020

LA COUNTY COVID METRICS

We remain in the most restrictive Tier 1 (widespread)

  • New COVID-19 cases per day per 100K41.8 (up 31% from 2 weeks ago)
    • 12,819 total daily cases (increased over 267% since beginning of November)
      • Last week: 7,854 daily cases
      • 2 weeks ago: just over 5,000 daily cases
    • 1,745 health care worker cases (up 133% from just 2 weeks ago)
  • Adjusted case rate per 100K: 26.9 cases (up 68% from 2 weeks ago)
  • Positivity rate: 8.7% (up 129% since beginning of November)
  • Hospitalizations: 3,433 (up 213% since beginning of November)

SAFER AT HOME ORDERS - THROUGH DECEMBER 27

  • LA County updated the Safer at Home order to align more closely with state directives, including but not limited to:
    • LA County residents are being asked to stay home, except for essential activities and outdoor exercise, only with people who live in your household.
    • Gatherings of any size with persons who don’t live in your home are notpermitted.
    • Personal care establishments closed; strict limits on capacity of essential business.

SCHOOL REMINDERS

IMMEDIATELY REPORT TO WHPS

FEVER  -  DIARRHEA  -  NEW COUGH  -  VOMITING  -  COVID INFECTION or EXPOSURE

  • DON’T WAIT - CALL OR EMAIL SCHOOL SAME DAY - IMMEDIATELY

(we track all symptoms, date of onset, date of exposure, test dates, etc.)

  • Child with COVID-like symptoms either needs a COVID test or an alternative diagnosis from the doctor.
  • We contact trace, determine next steps, send appropriate notice(s) and information.

 Also report runny nose, and keep children home. If a child’s nose is running, they cannot safely wear their mask (runny nose with NO other symptoms does not require COVID test).

WINTER SHOW & TALENT SHOW - RELEASE 12/18

We are doing our very best to make school in COVID-times fun and engaging, while still sprinkling in the special and unique aspects of WHPS with safety in mind. 

Next week, I am excited to share with you the preschool winter shows and elementary virtual talent show, which have been recorded with COVID safety in mind. As someone who’s gotten to see behind the scenes, they’re so sweet and special. Watch for an email on Friday, December 18 with a link to view at home. Elementary will have viewing parties for the students during school on Friday.  

Thank you for your continued support.

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