Special Message from Superintendent Lewis

March 6, 2020
To: River Charter Schools Parents and Guardians

From: Steve Lewis, Superintendent

Public concern of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has heightened in the past weeks and River Charter Schools is taking this health issue extremely seriously. Despite California confirmed cases, we remain at low risk for contracting the virus and will continue to take the recommended precautions to ensure your children are safe at school.

The health and safety of all our students on the Lighthouse and DECS sites continues to be our top priority. As we monitor the situation, we are enhancing certain protocols and providing additional resources, including:

• Providing our staff with updated information as it becomes available
• Ensuring all bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels, and encouraging students and staff to wash
hands frequently
• Additional daily cleaning of all classrooms and common areas
• Ensuring that our principals have the resources and guidance needed to detect and report symptoms exhibited at school,
and provide help for any affected individuals

Working in close partnership with our school nurse and local health professionals, we will continue to update our protocols as the situation evolves, and communicate about any possible impact to parents and our school communities.

There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will only be taken at the direction of public health experts. As a reminder, it is critical that our school communities continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
• Wash your hands regularly
• Avoid touching your face
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
• Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.

I am in direct and regular communication with Principal Belair and Migliaccio to ensure they have the latest information and to answer any questions that may arise.

For up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit:

• The California Department of Public Health website at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx; or
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The health and safety of our students continues to be our chief priority, and we will follow all guidance and take all appropriate
measures accordingly. I appreciate your support as we deal with this health concern.

Steve Lewis, Superintendent