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Health Update: Coronavirus Precautions

Health Department advises common sense precautions. Special guidelines for specific cases.

sick girl with thermometer in mouth

The CDC and state and local public health departments are closely monitoring new developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. A woman in the San Franscico Bay Area who became ill after returning from a trip to China has become the ninth person in the U.S. to test positive for the Coronavirus, bringing the national total to 11, as of February 3, 2020.

Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer, Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD), reiterated the importance of common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:

  1. If you’re sick, stay home.
  2. Wash your hands and don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Recommends to get your Flu shot.

Dr. Cody also summarized the Federal Guidelines as follows:

  1. Any staff or student who has been in the Hubei province within the last 14 days should not attend school. They should be at home, in a separate room, with separate bath, until 14 days after last exposure to Hubei. They should monitor for symptoms and report any symptoms to Public Health. They should not seek medical care without calling ahead first and letting care providers know of their exposure history.
  2. Any staff or student who has been in China, in a province other than Hubei province, within the last 14 days should also not attend school. This would be voluntary quarantine, with symptom watch.

A letter with more details about the coronavirus guidelines is being emailed to Campbell Union School District families and is also available online.

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Simple Precautions Can Help Against Viruses

Currently, risk is low to county residents. Universal precautions recommended to limit spread.

child washing hands

When new viruses surface, it is important to stay informed. Reports about the new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, have heightened awarenss about ways to avoid infection. Campbell Union School District and public health officials are closely monitoring developments.

Fortunately, many of the good health habits we use to prevent the spread of other communicable illnesses—flu, common cold, stomach virus—can also reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

To date, there are no confirmed cases in California, and there is low risk to Santa Clara County residents, unless they recently traveled to Wuhan or were in close contact with someone who was ill who recently traveled in that area. 

Recommended Precautions

As we do during every cold and flu season, we encourage everyone to take these common-sense precautions:

  • Promote hand hygiene among students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and availability of soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Teach and encourage proper cough etiquette—cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm (do not use hands).
  • Perform routine surface cleaning. (Our custodial staff cleans surfaces routinely.)
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when they are sick.
  • Those who have a fever at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified who recently traveled from Wuhan, China and has symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, he or she would be sent home and the school would contact the Public Health Department for additional guidance. The Public Health Department is monitoring the situation. They will advise us of any additional recommendations, which we will pass along to you. 

Sparking Curiosity. Encouraging Innovation.

Elements of Great Teaching

teacher testing project made by students

“Enthusiasm can be contagious,” says Monroe Middle School science teacher Richard Timpson. “If I can create the spark of wonder and curiosity in just one student, we might be one step closer to exploring the stars and ultimately mining space. This is why I show up each day with a smile on my face and pep in my step.”

He is pictured here working with 8th grade students on a lesson about forces. Students collaborated to design a suit to protect their “astronaut” balloons from space debris. They were engaged, asking questions, and discussing forces, properties of materials, mass, and speed.

Students in Richard’s class learn more than science, according to fellow teacher Julie Goo. “He introduces them to a real-world problem, and through their questions and genuine curiosity they apply the science and engineering practices. He inspires all of his students to make connections, encouraging creativity as they learn the scientific content and understand the concepts.”

Timpson believes that sharing ideas is essential to success, and credits the success of the lessons to the collaboration among teachers at Monroe.

“Richard’s enthusiasm for science is contagious,” says Monroe Principal Eric Brown. “He’s always ready to have a conversation with students and teachers about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and he encourages them to persevere and problem-solve as they work through challenges.”

It is through the challenges that the learning takes hold, says Timpson, who has been teaching in the district for six years and earned the 2018 Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award.

“Students find out that their initial ideas are a great start, but rarely solve the problem,” he says. “I encourage them to explore and try more ideas, learn from their mistakes, and then, like all good engineers, try again. The big idea is that design thinking is just a means to make innovation happen. I want them to know that creativity can sometimes end in failure, but that it is okay.” 

His students regularly bring innovative projects to Campbell Union School District’s annual STEAM showcase and participate in STEM competitions in the greater community, such as MESA, Tech Challenge, and others. 

“Richard Timpson is committed to making sure students learn at their highest potential. He leverages our profile of a graduate competencies of critical thinking, innovation and collaboration to make this happen,” says Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.”His is one of our many outstanding teachers who are teaching rigorous academics through the lens of design thinking.”

Recognizing Biliteracy and Bilingualism

MMS students can earn a Pathway Award towards the Seal of Biliteracy.

young people holding flags from different countries

Monroe Middle School, together with Campbell Union School District and the Santa Clara County Office of Education, offers 8th graders the opportunity to earn the Pathway Award Towards the Seal of Biliteracy.

award medalsThe Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of a graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions. Our middle school students can earn the the Bilingual Pathway Award, recognizing significant steps towards developing biliteracy through their school years. 

A letter with more details went out in November. If your child is interested in earning the award, it is not too late. Please email pvelazquez [at] (Mrs. Velazquez), cmcavoy [at] (Ms. McAvoy), or dkilpatrick [at] (Mrs. Kilpatrick) for details.