Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How was the decision made to close schools?

A: Per the California Department of Education, “Any decisions to close schools as a result of the coronavirus would be made by individual LEAs (school districts) and their respective county health agencies.” 

In regards to PYLUSD, the Board of Education has taken action to temporarily close all schools and offices. Schools and offices will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 24, 2020. During this time, the District will monitor circumstances around coronavirus (COVID-19) and determine if additional days or weeks may be needed beyond the initial closure.
 
Q: Will expanded learning (childcare), preschool, and before/after school programs continue during the District's temporary closure?

A: No. All PYLUSD schools and offices are scheduled to remain closed through April 24, 2020.
 
Q: After the temporary closure, will non-essential school events still be cancelled?

A: Yes. All non-essential events will be postponed district-wide and at all school sites through April 24, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Assemblies
  • Field trips and extended field trips
  • Performances such as plays, concerts, etc.
  • Open Houses
  • Dances
Beyond what was mentioned here, schools will contact families directly about specific event cancellations at sites.
 

Q: What is the District doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A: District staff members are monitoring the situation daily with assistance of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), and others. CDPH is actively working with the CDC, with local governments, and health care providers across the state to protect your health. Local conditions will influence the decisions that public health officials make regarding community-level strategies and communications.

Although the risk remains low in Orange County, PYLUSD has implemented targeted cleaning at all school sites and on buses as an added precaution. Custodial staff members have been designated to provide extra cleaning time to disinfect frequently touched surfaces, wiping down door handles and desks, deep cleaning bathrooms, and more. Additional cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer options have also been provided to each school site.

As is typical with any cold and flu season, OCHCA requires PYLUSD, and all school districts in the County, to report classrooms with more than 20% of students ill with similar symptoms. If this occurs, PYLUSD assigns a custodial team to thoroughly clean the affected classroom(s).

Q: What is the District doing about students, teachers, and staff members who have recently traveled? 

A: The District will exclude students, teachers, or staff who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notice. Additionally, the District will exclude those who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the coronavirus from school or work for 14 days from the day of their last exposure. Send students, teachers, and staff who present with fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms home immediately. Separate them from others until they go home.
 
Q: Has the District started to prepare to have virtual school available to all students should a quarantine occur?

A: District staff members have identified strategies appropriate for students and/or employees to remain home during the temporary school and office closure. Individual students have received supplemental learning materials from their specific school sites and teachers. In addition, specific group educational delivery strategies, including tele-lessons, are being discussed. More information will be provided as the strategies are developed and required.
 
Q: How can PYLUSD families and employees help prevent illness?
 
    • 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.
    • Avoid close contact with people who 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.
    • Practice social distancing with a minimum distance of six feet.
 
Q: What is Social Distancing?
 
A: Social distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of contagious diseases. It requires the creation of physical space between individuals who may spread certain infectious diseases. The key is to minimize the number of gatherings as much as possible and to achieve space between individuals when events or activities cannot be modified, postponed, or cancelled. Achieving space between individuals of approximately six feet is advisable. Additionally, there is a particular focus on creating space between individuals who have come together on a one-time or rare basis and who have very different travel patterns such as those coming from multiple countries, states or counties.
 
Q: Should students and staff wear face masks or protective wear?

A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not currently recommending that masks be mandated for staff members or students. The guidance adds that, “face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. This is why people are asked to wear a mask at doctors’ offices and hospitals if they are coughing or sneezing. As always, the health care agency recommends that persons who are ill stay home to limit transmission of all viruses.”
 
Q: How can I stay connected to PYLUSD?
 
A: Make sure PYLUSD and your school have your most recent contact information up-to-date in the Aeries Student Information System. Additionally, visit www.pylusd.org/coronavirus for the most recent news and information. If you need assistance updating your contact information, please call the PYLUSD Technology Helpdesk at (714) 985-8733 or email helpdesk@pylusd.org.