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Influenza and Coronavirus

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
 
A new strain of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has been detected that causes a variety of severity of symptoms, from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease.  People who have traveled to certain parts of China, such as Wuhan, since December 1, 2019 may have faced initial exposure. Coronavirus causes upper respiratory illness symptoms that resemble a Common Cold or Influenza:
 
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing
 
At this time, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that it takes between 2 and 14 days to cause symptoms after exposure. 
 
Kern County Public Health Services has released frequently asked questions:
                         
                       
 
Current information on confirmed locations of infected people in the United States as well as risk assessment and additional information about the Coronavirus may be found online at the CDC website at:
 
Additional information may be found at the Kern County Department of Public Health Services website, California Department of Public Health, and World Health Organization at the following links:
 
Influenza
 
Influenza is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory system.  Here's how it works:
 
Join the Fight Against Flu! Everyone 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine each year.
 
Influenza causes symptoms of the upper respiratory system:
 
  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

 
Coronavirus and Influenza Prevention
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the same steps to prevent viruses that cause upper respiratory infections and flu- or cold-like symptoms:
 
  • 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.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
 
It is also recommended to keep sick children home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Sick and well children should be kept at least 3 feet apart and following the prevention steps listed above. It is important to follow the recommendations by the CDC to prevent infection by Influenza or Coronavirus. Following these guidelines will limit the risk of infection by students and families. 
 
 
 
Coronavirus and School Operations
 

The Kern High School District is concerned about the health and well-being of its students, staff, and community. Because of the COVID-19 health crisis, Kern High School District school sites will be closed to students beginning Wednesday, March 18. All schools operated by KHSD will serve “grab and go” meals between the hours of 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Friday. Students can either receive meals at the drive-through location established at the bus-loading zone or walk to the pick-up location to receive lunch and breakfast for the following day. If driving, we ask that parents and students remain in their vehicles while Nutrition Services distributes meals to each child in the car. Students need to be present to receive their meals.
School site offices will also be closed beginning on Thursday, March 19 and will be very minimally staffed. Please call the school site number available on the KHSD website if you need to request assistance. This number is also posted on the front entry to the school site. At this time, we are hoping to re-open on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated as new information comes in.