The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has since spread to other countries, including the United States. Cases have ranged from mild to severe, including illnesses that have resulted in death.  

While this situation is rapidly evolving, local health officials say the risk to the general public is low, and there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission in Orange County.

OUSD staff will continue to closely monitor this situation, which is evolving as countries and expert health agencies learn more about the Coronavirus.  As we have updates, information and resources from OCHCA or other agencies, the District will provide them to our community.

Thank you in advance for your partnership.  Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe.

 

Below is a running digest, with newer developments posted at the top.

COVID-19 Updates & Messages from the Superintendent


 

Trusted Websites for COVID-19 Information

Childcare for Essential Workers

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The list will be updated each Friday. 

 

Childcare Link For Essential Workers
from Early Childhood OC:

 

PLEASE NOTE:  All questions and inquiries about services, times, availability, etc. should go directly to the childcare provider.

 

 

 

 


 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines and Resource Information

As we continue to monitor the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation, we are working closely with expert agencies such as the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA).  Below are revised health guidelines for schools from OCHCA in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national public health emergency declaration issued Friday, January 31, 2020. 

 


 

 

OC Dept. of Education "How To Flatten the Curve - COVID-19"

CDC - Washing Your Hands (English)

CDC - Washing Your Hands (Spanish)

 


 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19

 


 

 

COVID-19 Posters & Infographics

 

 


 

 

Health Agency Public Information

As we continue to monitor the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation, we are working closely with expert agencies such as the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA).  Below are revised health guidelines for schools from OCHCA in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national public health emergency declaration issued Friday, January 31, 2020. 

Additional Information and Resources

 

 

OUSD staff will continue to closely monitor this situation, which is evolving as countries and expert health agencies learn more about the Coronavirus.  As we have updates, information and resources from OCHCA or other agencies, the District will provide them to our community.

Thank you in advance for your partnership. 
Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe.

 


 

 

Safety is Our Top Priority

 

Please be aware that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We continue to receive guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Orange County Department of Education, and local agencies to protect your health.

Staff is involved with ongoing conference calls with representatives from the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) to remain up-to-date on the current COVID-19 situation and general recommendations for Orange County K-12 schools. While officials say the risk to the general public is currently low, OCHCA acknowledges the situation is rapidly evolving, and our district is closely monitoring developments. We understand that news reports about COVID-19 have elevated concerns within our school community, and we want to assure you that we are committed to protecting students and staff in learning environments that are safe and inclusive.

We have increased the availability of hand sanitizer in classrooms and remain committed to daily cleaning routines that help prevent the spread of illness in classrooms and in common areas, such as gyms. Additionally, we are working with OCDE and other local agencies to update our emergency plans, which include a section to address issues and needs that could arise during a pandemic.

We are committed to continue to work in concert with our partner agencies to determine the appropriate steps to keep our students and staff safe. More information is available on our website at https://www.orangeusd.org/parent-community-corner/covid-19-information.

For information and news as it develops, please visit the Orange County Health Care Agency website at ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus. They are also on Twitter and Facebook.

OCHCA staff is also available to answer questions Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m via their Health Referral Line: 1-800-564-8448.

 

 

This remains a rapidly evolving situation, and there is still a lot we still don’t know, including how and when Orange County may be impacted. Our district will post new information on our website and social media as it becomes available. In addition, be sure to connect with these resources:

 

Thank you in advance for your partnership.

 

Sincerely,
Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools