Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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COVID-19 Update 3-13-20

Dear Benicia Families.

Like all school districts, we are working closely with the health department regarding the effects of the CoronaVirus. Regarding the possibility of school closure, our staff has been working to provide continuous learning opportunities during any planned school closure timeline. All students have access to an online Virtual Learning Platform through Google Classroom.  

Your students will be checking today to see if they can log into their Google Classroom and will be bringing home their login information so they can access their classes from home. While we will not be able to mirror the regular classroom experience, staff is working to provide a level of ongoing learning with the goal of keeping students engaged as we navigate potential school closure timelines.  

We are asking every family to complete this SHORT SURVEY about your child’s ability to access technology devices (i.e. phone, computer, iPads, etc.) and internet at home. Thank you for completing this survey as early as possible so we can plan to address any potential needs. 

We know closing schools for any duration can be a burden to families and we want to provide as many services as possible during this time. We are also working on plans to continue providing student meals at selected schools during any closure.   

We will keep you updated throughout the day including additional details and information as we continue to develop plans to keep learning going in the event of school closure.

Thank you for your patience and partnership during this challenging time.  

Dr. Charles Young
Superintendent

COVID-19 Update 3-12-20

Dear Families,

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. 

Sincerely,
Dr. Charles Young
Superintendent

COVID-19 Update 03-05-2020

Dear Benicia Unified Parents and Guardians,

Below is an update from the Solano County Public Health Department regarding the Corona Virus. We will continue to keep you informed and updated with any new information that is shared with us from the Health Department who works in close partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Information regarding Corona Virus

Dear Benicia Unified Parents and Guardians,

School districts across the United States have been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to urge our sites to prepare for possible 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks. Benicia Unified School District has been actively working within the CDC guidelines and Solano County Public Health to ensure student and staff safety.

Last night, the CDC confirmed the first case of Novel Coronavirus in Solano County. Solano Public Health is working with local, state and federal partners to identify, notify and monitor individuals who may have been exposed to the virus. The Health Department is reporting the risk to the Solano County residents and the general public is low at this time.  While the virus may be concerning, we encourage our school community to remain calm.

BUSD can assure you that our staff is doing everything in their power to keep school sites clean and disinfected for all students. It is our standard protocol to wipe down all surfaces every day with disinfectants; however, we have increased the frequency of these measures. 

Per CDC protocols, we are encouraging all students and staff to frequently wash their hands, cover their nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and encouraging staff and students to stay home if they are sick. 

We understand the Novel Coronavirus is a concern for many of our parents and students. We ask that you keep in mind that this is a virus and it is not specific to any single race or ethnicity. Please speak with your children about cultural sensitivity during this challenging time.

We will continue to provide further updates from the CDC and Solano Public Health. 

Thank you,

Benicia Unified School District
Additional Resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html>
Solano County Updates

Solano County Health Department information

The health and safety of our BUSD students, staff and families is our top priority. In light of the ongoing developments and publicity related to the Novel Coronavirus we are providing a link  Solano County Health Department for detailed information pertaining to this unique virus. While Solano County Public Health Department has reaffirmed that our risk in the Bay Area is low, we continue to work closely under their direction and guidance and will provide updates if changes occur.  Benicia Unified follows the direction of Solano County Health Office with any public health outbreaks affecting schools. Please visit this website for detailed information: www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/ncov.asp

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District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or related recovery, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
The Title IX coordinator for BUSD is the Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Khushwinder Gill.  She can be reached at 707-747-8300 or by emailing TitleIX@beniciaunified.org.
In light of the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, Benicia Unified schools will be closed ­­­­­­­­­beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through June.Click Here for The Latest Info
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