Recommendations to Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases

San Joaquin County Public Health Services (SJCPHS) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) remind us that a healthy school environment involves limiting exposure to germs from those who are ill. Adults and children should stay home if they are ill with symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and/or shortness of breath. Additionally, the most important way to prevent the spread of viruses at school AND at home is for all of us to be diligent with our own hygiene practices:

  • • People who are sick should stay home from work or school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a skin-friendly disinfectant wipe or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.
  • • 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.
  • • Think about how to care for loved ones at home if they or you get sick, including how to prevent other family members from becoming infected.
  • • Social distancing. In other words, minimize close contact. That means please refrain from hand shaking, hugging and even giving high-fives.

Additional Information and Resources

Useful Websites

Resources from California Department of Public Health

Resources from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Resources from San Joaquin County Public Health Services