Covid-19 – Update #1

January 31, 2020

Dear SDFAS Families,

The health and safety of your children are always our highest priority.  For this reason, we are monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV.  This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will follow the latest CDC updates for guidance on the most effective and sensible prevention measures.

As of this afternoon, the CDC has issued a Level 3 Warning, advising against all non-essential travel to China. The virus may have been more widespread in China than has been reported, possibly putting our families who recently traveled at greater risk than was first assumed. The virus has a reported 14-day incubation period.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking families who returned from China as recently as last week (January 20-26), or if you have been exposed to someone who has, to consider self-imposing a 14-day quarantine from your date of return or date of contact with another traveler. If you decide to take this action, please contact your child’s teachers and division director. Students’ grades will not be impacted during their absence and our teachers will do all they can to make sure work and materials are sent electronically.

In addition, if ever one or more members in your family develop flu-like symptoms, please keep them away from school until seen by a doctor.

The following links will serve to further inform you about the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV:

Agence pour l’enseignement du français à l’étranger (in French)

San Diego Unified School District

California Department of Public Health

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (Public Health)

If you would like to discuss your family’s circumstances or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we work together for the health and safety of all our students. I look forward to staying in touch on this matter.

Mark Rosenblum, Head of School