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Coronavirus News Updates

Coronavirus News Updates
Posted on 03/25/2020

School Closures Extended Through May 1

CUSD is extending school closures through May 1, 2020. Please continue to shelter in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19. See Superintendent Letter for details. (Spanish)

Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals From Regular School Attendance To Be Extended Through May 1, 2020See SMCOE Press Release issued on March 25, 2020.

Remote learning: Learn about CUSD Remote Learning options and other essential services for students. (Spanish) 

Free and Reduced Meals: Learn more about our program and service locations.  

Cabrillo Unified School District continues to work closely with the San Mateo County Health Department and the County Office of Education in monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Please read below for more information.

What you need to know about the Coronavirus

 What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Per the  California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. In rare cases, animal coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. This novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of this virus is not yet known.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness.

How does COVID-19 spread?

Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Visit CDC How the Coronavirus Spreads.

How can we protect ourselves?

As a reminder to our families, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. It is important to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease, including: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.CDPH
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay away from large gatherings and crowds.
  • Stay home when sick. (Students may return to school after 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication)
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. 
  • Get vaccinated every year 

Cabrillo Unified School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. We thank you for your cooperation and support!


March 25, 2010: Press Release Bay Area School Closures and Student Dismissals Through May 1, 2020, issued by San Mateo County Office of Education

March 16, 2020: Order Directing Shelter at Place of Residence, issued by San Mateo County Officer Dr. Scott Morrow

March 14, 2020: Legal Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings, issued San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow

March 13, 2020: Health Officer Issues School Operations Modification Order, issued by San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow

March 7, 2019: School Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, issued by the California Department of Public Health

March 4, 2014: Impact of San Mateo County’s State of Emergency Declaration on Schools, issued by San Mateo County Office of Education

Please consult the Coronavirus (COVID-19) websites for most authoritative guidance:


Below are the updates sent to CUSD families via email from our SchoolMessenger system: