Protect our children in the Newport Mesa School District

Protect our children in the Newport Mesa School District

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Dave Linton started this petition to Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Residents

Please help protect the health and safety of our communities in general and children in particular.

With the Coronavirus spreading both in the U.S. and abroad, we believe it is incumbent for our leaders to take prudent actions to help mitigate the risk to our communities. 

Schools are a high-risk area for the spread of disease (1), and for this reason we must attempt to mitigate the risk of infection there.  Additionally, while the CDC has recommended quarantine for a 14-day period if a person has been in contact with a COVID-19 patient, we now know that the incubation period may extend to up to 24 or 27 days (2) (3). 

Given the health risks that this pandemic pose to our children, elderly (4), and immunocompromised (5), our leaders should take all appropriate precautions. 

We, the signatories, request the Newport Mesa administrators follow the most stringent of all protocols with respect to the admission of students that may be carriers of the coronavirus, including:

1) All protocols advised by the CDC, WHO, and other relevant government bodies

2) The below proposed protocols:

  • If a student has traveled to a high-risk area (6) within the past 28 days, or
  • Been in contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient, or
  • Has an immediate family member that is a suspected COVID-19 patient, then:
  • Prior to returning to school, the student most engage in a 28-day quarantine, and
  • Provide the results of a Coronavirus test demonstrating the patient is virus-free.  The test must be administered at least 28-days after the last known contact with a potential COVID-19 patient.
  • All protocols are applied retroactively
  • Teachers will electronically provide all relevant school materials to the parents of children who are either under quarantine or are being voluntarily kept at home because of fear of infection.

 

== Citations ==

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3248433/

2. https://www.reuters.com/…/coronavirus-incubation-could-be-a

3. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavir…/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

4. https://thehill.com/…/485144-coronavirus-fatality-rates-var

5. https://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/center-news/2020/03/coronavirus-what-cancer-patients-need-to-know.html

6. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

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