Dear Ingenium Families,
This blog has been updated with up-to-date information, see sections labelled “UPDATED”
The health and welfare of our students, families, and community is Ingenium Schools highest priority. We are aware of the growing concern of the recent novel coronavirus outbreak in China as well as the recent confirmation of it in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. We are working closely with public health authorities in following protective measures to prevent the possible spread of the virus. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, there is no immediate threat to the general public.
(*UPDATED*) Public health officials at the County have told us this is the appropriate thing to do at this time.
- Cancel or postpone all large gatherings, assemblies and school open houses. In simple terms, if the gathering has more people than you might find in a classroom, students and staff should not participate.
- Athletic events and other similar activities can continue, but without spectators attending.
- Cancel or postpone all in-person organizational and professional development meetings.
- Try to use Zoom / Google Hangouts Meet, conference calls or other ways to convene a virtual gathering.
- Cancel all outside use of school facilities.
- Cancel all school trips to public venues where there is exposure to crowds.
- Exclude from school campuses all students, staff, faculty members or visitors for 14 days who have traveled outside the United States.
The coronavirus displays similar symptoms as the flu and the same precautions should be followed. Please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. If your child has a fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough/difficulty breathing, we ask that they remain at home and you contact your medical provider. Consistent with our regular practice, if your child has a fever greater than 100° F, they will be sent home from school and must not return until they are fever free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication.
Preventative Measures to Stay Healthy:
- Stay home when sick. Sick people make well people sick. Persons who have been ill should be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school or work.
- If mild symptoms, there may be no need to see a doctor.
- Certain patients, such as the elderly, those that are immune compromised or have underlying health conditions should call their doctor earlier.
- If you have any questions, please call the clinic or your doctor before going in. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 211 for assistance finding support near you.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used. Use of soap and water is best.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve/elbow (not your hands).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Face masks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.
- Get the flu vaccine if you have not done so this season. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. Being protected against the flu will decrease the number of people using healthcare resources and allow resources to be available for people who may have COVID-19.
Ingenium Schools are being proactive during this time of heightened health awareness. The following precautionary efforts are being made. Our school nurse and office personnel will continue to work closely with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and will keep our health professionals and school leadership informed. All of our restrooms are equipped with soap and towels, and custodial staff are continuously checking to ensure they are stocked, so that students can wash hands regularly. Further information about the coronavirus can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) main website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Statement from Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner (pertaining to Ingenium Charter and Ingenium Charter Middle):
Los Angeles County declared a health emergency which creates a mechanism for officials to ask for funding and medical support from county, state and federal government agencies. It also provides resources for staffing and agency coordination.
The County also announced there are 7 known cases of coronavirus in the area. The individuals with the virus had close contact with individuals who traveled to Italy or with someone who had the virus.
County health officials have told Los Angeles Unified there is no known connection, at this time, between the individuals with the virus and our schools and that it is safe for all schools to remain open on a normal schedule.