Benicia Unified School District (BUSD) continues to monitor the COVID-19 with on-going, regular guidance and communication from Solano County Health Department (SCHD) who works directly with the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the State Department of Health (SDH) and the California Department of Education (CDE). The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority. At this time, BUSD has not been notified of any confirmed cases. As schools are deemed an essential service, schools will remain open unless ordered to close by The Solano County Department of Public Health. If the situation changes, BUSD will follow the COVID-19 school protocols established by the SDH in partnership with the agencies listed above regarding any further measures.
The Health Department continues to recommend and we continue to promote the following:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
- Cough into a tissue or your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- BUSD staff are taking extra measures to deep clean buildings and classrooms each night
In addition, we are implementing social distancing protocols effective through the end of Spring break April 12, 2020, as outlined in new guidelines from SCHD. Therefore we will be:
- Postponing all events at our facilities outside of the school day, including outside user groups
- Postponing or canceling all field trips, fundraisers, music events, performances, enrichment activities, school assemblies, and club meetings
- Having no classroom volunteers on campuses
- Having no guest speakers or outside group performances
- Having only Diablo Athletic Leagues (DAL) sanctioned sporting events and practices
- Having no spectators, including, parents and guardians at sporting events; only those adults needed to manage the event will be allowed at the event
We are working on plans to provide a continuity of learning should the situation change or school(s) need to be closed in the future. As part of our ongoing partnership, we are asking our parents to look ahead and make contingent plans in case things change and we are forced to close schools. If your child has extenuating health circumstances, please contact your health care provider to get additional recommendations.
Please continue to refer to Solano County Public health and the CDC websites for updated information pertaining to the virus. We will continue to provide updates as information is made available to us. Thank you for your patience and your partnership.
Dr. Charles Young