“We are entering a busy winter virus season – with RSV, flu and COVID-19 spreading – and urge parents and guardians to vaccinate their children as soon as possible against flu and COVID-19,” says California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Tomás Aragón.
This ‘tripledemic,’ increases the risk of grave illness, loss of work and school days.
COVID-19, Influenza, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus, otherwise known as RSV, spread through airborne aerosols or droplet inhalation of germs and through contaminated surfaces that infect our hands. Respiratory viruses enter our bodies through our eyes, nose, mouth, and lungs, so basic prevention tips, like frequent hand-washing, mask-wearing and staying home when sick cannot be overemphasized.
CDPH reports the 2022-2023 RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) season began earlier than usual. RSV cases typically rise in December, but this season, activity began to increase in October, officials said.
Symptoms of RSV may look and feel like a common cold and include runny nose, decreased appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever and wheezing. They typically last a week or two and clear up with rest and fluids. Notably, this virus is particularly problematic for smaller children; at least 15 have already died, and the California Department of Public Health on Monday reported our state’s first death in a child under 5 years of age due to the flu and RSV.
An aggressive increase in flu (Influenza) cases in California has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to escalate the state from a low to a high category— the only high category status on the West Coast.
It is common for illnesses to threaten vulnerable persons such as children and elders by entering homes by otherwise healthy students that contact germs at school.
CDPH is providing COVID home test kits for all California students and these are available for retrieval at school. Check with your office staff. Please take them home for the Thanksgiving break and use them to screen yourself prior to returning back to campus on November 28. Students with respiratory illness should not come to school without clearance. Please call us. We are here to support you.
Wishing you a restful vacation! Let’s return well and recharged, ready to enjoy the winter season’s festivities to come. Nurse Barbra
The Winter season is upon us and we will be taking a break to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. As you are out and about, the chances of exposure to COVID 19 will be increased. We want you all to fully enjoy this time off from school, but we also want to help ensure that upon returning to school, we are all healthy. Our priority is to keep school open and our students safe. Please help us in doing this by following the guidelines below:
Please take-home COVID-19 Rapid Tests. All students and school employees will receive free tests to use before returning to school after Thanksgiving Break. Take test #1: 3 days before returning to school (Friday,Nov 25, 2022 and take test #2 1 day before returning to school (Sunday, Nov 27, 2022.
3 Steps to COVID19 Take Home Tests
Step 1: Get Materials
All students will have the opportunity to pick up a box of the test kits on Thursday, Friday, and
Monday (November 17th, 18th, and 19th) at the schools throughout the day. This is a voluntary
program designed to provide students with easy access to COVID testing to assist with a safe return to school after vacations. Each student can receive two test kits that are intended to be used with the high school student and not other members of the family.
● Each person will get 2 tests. Some tests come two to a box and others are one per box.
Please make sure you have 2 tests
Step 2: Test your student (or yourself if you are a school employee)
● Take test #1: 3 days before returning to school (Friday, November 25, 2022)
● Take test #2: 1 day before returning to school (Sunday, November 27, 2022)
Step 3: If you test positive, take a picture of your test to provide to the school and call the office for directions on what to do next. If you do not test positive, you are free to come to school. However, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms and/or you have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, please call your school for next steps before you return.
Be safe and have a great Break!
Rachel Wolmar, Principal
Senior meeting thursday, november 17th 11 am in p4
Jostens will be on campus with information about graduation orders. Each senior will receive an order packet. Orders can be placed in person on Tuesday, November 29th during lunch. You will also have the opportunity to order online.
Have your Thanksgiving pies made for you while supporting our students.
Yesterday students were given a Chromebook Insurance form, a Nurse Questionnaire, and a Picture Day order form. The Chromebook insurance form and Nurse Questionnaire need to be returned to the office. The Picture day order form can be turned into the photographer on picture day 9/7/22.
In order for students to receive their Chromebooks, the Chromebook Insurance forms need to be turned in to the office and Data Confirmation needs to be completed in your Aeries Parent Portal account. Please log into you Aeries Parent Portal account and click on the Notification box that pops up in the lower right corner of your screen. Complete steps 1 through 8 and confirm to finish the process.
**If you are using the mobile app, please click on the 3 dots in the lower right corner of your screen and then click on 'Full Portal' in order to access the Data Confirmation notification box**