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COVID-19 dashboardOur staff and students' health and safety are our top priority. We have taken many steps to help ensure that we are limiting the spread of COVID-19 as our staff and students return to school.

 

Resources: click on the links below for important information about COVID-19 and the district's response and Protocols

Summary of COVID-19 response:

  • Purchase of Essential Protective Equipment
  • Placed signage at schools
  • Placed plexiglass barriers in school offices
  • Installed MERV13 air filters in HVAC systems
  • Purchased air purifiers for all classrooms
  • Developed and implemented more stringent sanitizing and disinfecting procedures
  • Provided additional training for custodial staff
  • Purchased hospital-grade UV-C room sanitizing machines
  • Implemented face covering requirements based on County Health Department order
  • Implemented physical distancing guidelines based on County Health Department recommendations
  • Adjusted compatible HVAC systems to provide the maximum amount of fresh air flow

 

Highlights from Dr. Moore's communications:

 
Even though many school districts in California and around the country are experiencing some levels of positivity on their campuses, I know it’s unnerving that positive COVID-19 cases are occurring in our district. However, I want to reassure you that SSFUSD remains diligent about following all health and safety protocols from CDPH including universal indoor masking, implementation of isolation strategies for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, contact tracing, implementation of our communication protocols, opening windows and doors, and initiating our cleaning and disinfecting processes, which include utilizing our hospital-grade mobile disinfection units. In addition, we have provided portable air purifiers in every classroom and other areas of the school where they are needed. The health and safety mitigation strategies we have in place will continue to be followed, and we will continue to remind our community of the protocols we have developed, because we recognize how important it is for students to be in school, in-person for their learning, social interaction, and development. 
 
Additionally, I want our community to know that we don’t make health and safety protocol decisions in isolation. SSFUSD works in consultation and collaboration with the San Mateo County Health Department and the San Mateo County Office of Education when we are notified of a positive case on campus. We remain grateful to our public health partners who continue to guide our local response and who keep us informed of the most current information related to safe and healthy schools. 
 
In addition to the aforementioned strategies, you may recall that our district deployed new, hospital-grade, mobile disinfection units that use ultraviolet C (UV-C) rays to eliminate 99.9% of viruses and pathogens from the air and physical surfaces. To optimize air flow and ensure the highest possible air quality, we also hired a firm to inspect the mechanical ventilation systems at our schools, and we had the HVAC specialist in our district install the recommended MERV 13 air filters and make adjustments to the ventilation system at our sites to provide the maximum flow of fresh air into the classrooms. We have purchased portable air filters for all classrooms and will provide hand sanitizer. We will continue to promote and encourage all individuals to stay home when sick, and we will continue to follow the latest cleaning and disinfection guidelines from CDPH.
 
Again, we highly encourage all families to get vaccinated. Vaccines remain the most powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Multiple pathways are available through your healthcare provider, through CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies, California's My Turn effort.