Dear HTLA Students, Staff and Families:
We recognize that the recent national news regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) may be confusing and worrying. In the interest of ensuring that the HTLA community has current and accurate information, and to avoid overreaction, we encourage you to read all of this communication.
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HTLA has been closely monitoring the situation with the coronavirus and stands ready to implement any specific guidance received by the CA Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). At this time, HTLA has not received any new guidance beyond what we shared in our previous communication.
Although we do not have any new information regarding a specific risk to Los Angeles County, we understand that this is a swiftly shifting situation, and plan to take necessary precautions to help ensure the safety and well-being of our campus community. Any disruptions to campus functions would come at the direction of the Department of Public Health and the CDC and would be directly communicated to our School. Accordingly, the School would work directly with the health department to provide specific guidance to families directly or indirectly affected by the spread of the virus. The School also would work with the County Office of Education to devise options for students to complete their educational requirements.
At this time, HTLA recommends families and staff begin planning for potential disruption to school operations. This preparation may be similar to a weather or wildfire-related event that may emerge without the ability for much prior notification, and without knowing the timing or duration in advance. It is also possible that no such disruption occurs. Just as in weather or wildfire-closings, families should consider child-care plans in the event both schools and school-aged child-care are impacted.
It is important to note this virus does not discriminate based on nationality or ethnicity. We are proud of our diverse school community and are certain that all stakeholders will continue to support one another during this period of uncertainty. As always, we expect our students and staff to provide a welcoming environment for every student, family, and staff member.
HTLA has a collaborative working team that is updating detailed plans for operational and instructional support should this virus impact our school. We will continue to communicate updates on a regular basis as needed.
All students, staff, and faculty are reminded to practice healthy habits and good hygiene. The CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks for general prevention from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Regular handwashing is highly encouraged, as it provides better protection.
Here are some healthy reminders about hygiene in the middle of the cold and flu season. Those same recommendations still apply:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
For accurate and updated information regarding COVID-19, we recommend you take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following:
• The World Health Organization’s Advice to the Public site
• The World Health Organization’s Coronavirus site
• The CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary site
• The Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s Coronavirus Information site
Thank you for your ongoing support of HTLA.