March 9, 2020 Message/Update
The Novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is causing much anxiety in our community, and we understand these concerns. We would like to reassure you that Perris Union High School District continues to work with the Riverside County Department of Public Health to stay informed and prepared for addressing any concerns regarding the spread of disease in our schools.
While the immediate risk to the general public in Riverside County is low, the District has canceled upcoming open houses, pep rallies, school dances, large scale gatherings and all non-essential field trips. This is being done out of an abundance of caution to limit possible community transmission of COVID-19.
We encourage you to prevent the spread of germs by following the health guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
- 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 rub. Here is a three-minute video from the CDC about proper handwashing: https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
- Do not send your child to school if they have a temperature of 100°F or higher. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication (i.e. Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)
Please note, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of facemasks for general prevention and advises that handwashing provides better protection from
infectious diseases. Masks are advised for people who have the flu and could potentially prevent the spread of germs. If you are concerned about any symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider for care and treatment.
The District will continue to provide you with new information when it is available. If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus, please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.
February 5, 2020
The Perris Union High School District is aware of the Coronavirus and we are working with the Riverside County Department of Health to learn about new developments or precautions we may need to take. The health and safety of our students and staff is important, and we would like to provide our students, parents and staff with the following information.
As with any virus, you can take a number of steps to protect your health and those around you. These everyday habits can help prevent the spread of viruses.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw the tissue away immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Students who have fevers and coughs or any other flu-like symptoms should stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without medication.
If you have traveled recently to Wuhan, China, or have been in close contact with a person with or suspected to have the Novel Coronavirus 2019 and are experiencing signs and symptoms similar to having the flu, please seek medical attention immediately.
For more information on the Novel Coronavirus 2019 visit:
- Riverside University Health System, Public Health
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The County of Riverside Emergency Management Department (EMD) has also established a public call center to support efforts with community information-sharing: (951) 358-5134.