Message from Superintendent
Mon, Feb 3 2:41pm

From the Office of the Superintendent:


Updated Federal Guidelines

As part of the emergency declaration, which went into effect yesterday (Sunday, February 2) at 11 a.m. PST., Americans returning to the United States, who have been in China’s Hubei province within 14 days, will face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. Americans returning to the United States from other parts of China will face enhanced screening upon reentry to the country and a self-quarantine of up to 14 days to ensure they do not pose a health risk. 

Guidelines for PAUSD Students Under Mandatory and Self-Quarantine

Please know that the District is committed to maintaining the privacy of our students.  Our schools will work with students and families under mandatory or self-quarantine with sensitivity and confidentiality. 


Mandatory Quarantine

  • PAUSD will be notified by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) of students under mandatory quarantine.
  • Once PAUSD has received notification these individuals are cleared to return to campus, schools will communicate with affected families to arrange reentry.
  • Schools will work with students to support continued learning at home.
  • Related absences will be excused.


  • Students who have recently returned, or have contact with a person returning from China, are asked to self-quarantine for fourteen days.
  • Schools will work with students to support continued learning at home.
  • Related absences will be excused.

PAUSD understands that missing school, for any reason, can cause concern and stress for our families and students.  We will work collaboratively with families throughout this process.  These guidelines have been put into place to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all families. 

In addition, we ask parents, caregivers or others, who may be under mandatory or self-quarantine to remain off campus as well. 


At this time, public health officials say there is no need to wear facemasks in the United States. However, as a precaution, students are allowed to wear facemasks on all PAUSD campuses, if desired. Please note, PAUSD students, who are sick must follow PAUSD health guidelines and should not be sent to school sick, even if they wear a mask. School health offices will only provide masks to students experiencing respiratory issues at school.

Wearing a mask as a precaution does not mean a child or adult is sick or exposed.  Some will simply want to wear the mask as an extra precaution. 

Additional Information and Resources

PAUSD staff will continue to closely monitor this situation, which is evolving as countries and expert health agencies learn more about the Coronavirus.  As we have updates, information and resources from the Santa Clara County Office of Education or other agencies, the District will provide them to our community.

What Can I do to Prevent a 2019-nCoV Infection?

The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against 2019-nCoV and other illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw tissue away and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Keep students home if temperature is above 100.0 F (38.7 C) or they report not feeling well, appear weak or ill.
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk.

Students should not be excluded from school or any school activities due to race or country of origin. Thank you in advance for your partnership.  Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe.




Don Austin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools