Close West Valley College for the Prevention of Spreading the Coronavirus

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Close West Valley College for the Prevention of Spreading the Coronavirus

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WVC Student started this petition to County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and

On behalf of students and faculty of West Valley College located in the Santa Clara County with the most confirmed cases coronavirus in the San Francisco Bay Area, I propose to close school for 2 weeks (March 16th-28th), have the entire campus professionally decontaminated, and continue classes via online for all admitted students. We will then personally discuss the return of students to campus after spring break, while closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and the risk it has on students and faculty. The campus is a breeding ground for the virus to transmit and therefore a significant health hazard to the students and faculty. Countless schools in hotspots nation wide have been closing due to confirmed cases of the coronavirus within their county as a safety precaution. Waiting until a confirmed case within students and faculty to shut the campus down would be too late as the coronavirus rapidly spreads and more will be infected. Unlike universities with dorms and housing next to campus, where containment of students can be more easily facilitated, students at West Valley live all over the county in their family’s home or on their own. Waiting for an outbreak to occur on campus would also extend the risk to our loved ones we live with and members of our community. In addition we have a higher percentage of students who work and where most are employed in an environment more perceivable to coming into contact with the coronavirus. It is only a matter of time before the coronavirus reaches our campus. The school president has been poorly handling the whole situation and hasn't said where students can even get tested. Student would only know they have the coronavirus IF they get tested! We all see people coughing and showing flu symptoms on campus, and it only takes one person to put students and faculty members at risk and school should be closed. Like they say, “better safe than sorry.”

 

Thank your understanding and time. We look forward to working with you to improve the health status of those on campus,

Concerned students and faculty member of West Valley College 

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