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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Update

UPDATED June 30, 2020

COVID-19 Operations Written Report

Informe escrito de operaciones COVID-19

Pursuant to the Los Angeles County Superintendent’s recommendation to close all schools countywide to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise transitioned to distance learning on March 16, 2020. Summer programming has continued through distance learning. At its June 17, 2020 meeting, the LAAAE Board of Directors acknowledged the impact the closure of the facility has had on its students and families and requested from the leadership team to reopen as soon as possible. The leadership team is reviewing guidance from the authorities and will be hosting Zoom sessions for reopening discussions. The leadership at Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise has been monitoring the development of COVID-19 since before the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, teachers, and staff is our priority.

How You Can Help

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
  • Avoid traveling out of town and limit gathering in places where there are many people.
  • Wear a face covering / face mask.

Surveillance

Worldwide surveillance is available from the World Health Organization and Worldometer. Surveillance for the United States and California is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, and California Department of Public Health. Note that report numbers will vary from website to website, depending on the last update included.

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and certain animals. The coronavirus is one of the viruses that causes the common cold. Thus, most people get infected with one of the known types of coronaviruses at some point in their life. Since coronaviruses can cause severe respiratory problems, the current concern is about a novel (new) coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, which means they can be transmitted between certain animals and humans. SARS-CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19) is the third novel coronavirus to emerge in humans in the last two decades. The first was SARS-CoV discovered in 2003; the second was MERS-CoV discovered in 2012.

COVID-19 is short for COronaVIrus Disease which was discovered on December 31, 2019. This disease is caused by SARS-CoV-2 which is short for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome COronaVirus 2. Before it was officially named SARS-CoV-2, the virus was also referred to as 2019-nCoV.)

School Closure Considerations

School closures have been used as a nonpharmaceutical intervention to control the spread of diseases in previous outbreaks and pandemics. (Other nonpharmaceutical interventions include quarantines, isolation, and prohibiting large gatherings of people.) UNESCO reports that globally, over 100 countries have closed their schools nationwide. Other countries have localized closures.  Worldwide, COVID-19 is affecting over 1 billion learners.

The last pandemic happened in 2009 and was due to H1N1, also referred to as swine flu. H1N1 caused the closure of a class, grade, or entire school at about 15,000 schools worldwide and affected about 3,000 schools in the United States. In California, many school districts and universities have temporarily closed due to COVID-19 and transitioned to digital learning.

School closure, even when temporary, may lead to community disruption with adverse effects being felt more by disadvantaged families. Beyond impacting academic development, school closure may impact access to free meals, which many of our students qualify for and are a key source of nutrition. Accordingly, our school launched a remote food service program shortly after closing.

Closing Thoughts

Given that we have been hearing the coronavirus news for several months, you may be sensing some anxiety or stress with the situation. These signs of stress are normal. During an infectious disease outbreak, it is important to take care of your mental health in addition to your physical health. To cope with emotional distress, you can manage your stress by staying informed, informing your family, connecting with your community, reaching out for help, and being sensitive to others. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health provides additional information in English and Spanish to help cope with stress related to infectious diseases.

COVID-19 does not discriminate based on nationality, ethnicity, or other reason. We are proud of our diverse school community and are certain that all stakeholders will continue to support one another during this time of uncertainty.  As always, we expect our students and staff to provide a welcoming environment for every student, family, and staff member.

We are facing a public health crisis that is unprecedented in recent memory. With communities and workers affected worldwide and the global supply chain impacted, we can anticipate other forms of disruption. We want to ensure that our school continues to work in partnership with our families to keep our community informed, prepared, and safe for the benefit for our students. Rest assured that we are actively monitoring the situation from different sources. Please stay tuned for our communications and our website for updated information and resources.

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March 11, 2020

Dear LAAAE Community / Querida comunidad de LAAAE,

This page will be updated as information is received from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Health Services, County of Los Angeles Public Health, or Los Angeles Unified School District. /

Esta página se actualizará a medida que se reciba información de la Organización Mundial de Salud, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades, el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de California, el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Los Ángeles, o el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles.

Kind regards / Saludos cordiales,

David Calvo
Principal / Director

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