Health Update 3/13/2020

Health Update 3/13/2020

Dear Burton Families

Burton SchoolDistrict (BSD) is aware that the Tulare County Public Health Department has announced the first positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is believed the individual contracted the virus out of the area. While the individual was treated at Sierra View Hospital, they have been released to their home and are currently isolated and according to doctors they are doing well.

At this time, BSD is still being advised that the risk to the students and staff remains low. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending assemblies, conferences, fundraisers, school activities, sports competitions and field trips until March 27th or until additional information becomes available.

We continue to be in regular contact with local, county and state officials, including the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in consultation with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE), concerning the appropriate practices and will continue to keep the community informed. As each school district is unique we continue to follow Governor Newsom issued guidance as he reiterated that school is essential for students and his purpose was to help provide strategies in assisting schools, staff, students, and communities to reduce potential risk.

As a reminder, BSD and healthcare professionals are encouraging all students, families, and staff to take everyday preventive actions:

Stay home when sick.

  • Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of

    fever-reducing medicines.

  • Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever

    or difficulty breathing. Use “respiratory etiquette.”

  • Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See ​CDC’s Cover Your Cough​ page for multilingual posters and flyers, posted at the bottom of webpage.

  • Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.

    Wash hands frequently.

  • Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies.

    Enhance cleaning consistent with CDC guidance (see ​Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations​).