How Can People Protect Themselves

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How Can People Protect Themselves

The best way to prevent the spread of illness, including: seasonal flu, novel coronavirus and other respiratory illness is to practice everyday illness prevention steps:
  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home if you are sick, especially from work, school and public places.
  • Following guidance from public health officials. 
Facial Coverings are Required for Stage 1-3 of the Reopening Plan

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Facial Coverings are Required for Stage 1-3 of the Reopening Plan

An acceptable face covering includes cloth face coverings and surgical masks. A face covering must be worn when on campus.

Wearing a face covering prevents a person from spreading respiratory droplets while talking, singing, breathing or coughing. Facial coverings primarily protect other people in case the wearer is asymptomatic or unknowingly infected with COVID-19.

All CUSD staff and students are required to wear a facial covering while on a school campus. If a student or staff member is unable to wear a facial covering due to medical reasons, the medical exemption issued by a physician must be on file in the school office.
Facial coverings should be worn at all times including:
  • While on any school site or district facility
  • While entering or exiting the school grounds or district offices
  • While on the school bus
  • While engaged in work and interacting in person with another person
  • While working in any space visited by multiple people
Acceptable forms of facial coverings include:
  • Cloth facial coverings (with two or more layers)
  • Disposable surgical masks
  • Facial shields WITH a drape tucked into the student's shirt
Facial coverings NOT allowed on campus include:
  • Bandanas 
  • Masks with exhalation valves or vents
  • Facial shields without a drape included (see guidance below)
Wear Your Facial Covering Properly

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Wear Your Facial Covering Properly

Wear your Mask Correctly (Recommendations from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent
Face Shields

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Face Shields

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for masks.  Although evidence on face shields is limited, the available data does suggest that face shields with a drape provide additional protection.  For those that are unable to wear a mask, face shields with a drape are a positive option.
View Center for Disease Control (CDC) Resources
The Butte County Public Health Department issued a press release on 3/10/20 urging the community to prepare for COVID-19. Read the Press Release.