Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 1:30 PM PST

Hi Parents,

We regret to inform you that the 2020 Hoops Classic basketball tournament has been postponed to a later date in the school year. Due to developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are following and implementing the newly-issued guidelines from Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to postpone large gatherings that include 250 people. The health and safety of our players, parents and staff is our top priority.

With this being a rapidly-evolving situation, a new date for the Hoops Classic hasn’t been officially set yet, but the event has not been cancelled. Our plan at this time is to reschedule it for a weekend in May.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these uncertain times. We look forward to hosting the event with you later this spring.

Sincerely,

OC Youth Sports

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 9:00 AM PST

To our valued community members,

There is no higher priority to our entire Irvine Youth Sports Family than the safety of our players, parents and staff. We are continuing to monitor updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to stay on top of this evolving situation. According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.

We want to assure you that Irvine Youth Sports • Tournament of Champions, SoCal Elite Sports, Irvine Public Schools Foundation and all of our partners are following the lead of Irvine Unified School District, the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) and the Orange County Health Care Agency in response to the outbreak. The OC Health Care Agency shares the below information on their website:

  • Risk of infection to the public in Orange County is believed to be low.
  • At this time, there is no recommendation to cancel business or social events.
  • All residents should practice good health hygiene which includes washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).

Consistent with IUSD guidelines, we ask that parents keep their athletes home if they are sick.

Please refer any concerns or questions to us here: Contact Us

For more information about Orange County Health Care Agency guidelines, visit: http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus

A message from Superintendent Terry Walker:

Dear IUSD Community,

The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) continues to closely monitor new developments related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), engage in preparedness planning and work with expert partner agencies. Please take a moment to read the following update.

IUSD has also developed a COVID-19 webpage, which has the latest news and information. Check this webpage regularly for new updates.

Updated CDC Self-Quarantine Guidelines

  • Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the self-quarantine guidelines by asking travelers, who have returned from a country with widespread transmission (including China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) to stay home for 14 days from the time they left the affected area. For more information, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.
  • In accordance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines, those who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should also be excluded from school for 14 days from the day of their last exposure.
  • It is IUSD’s expectation that students, staff and those visiting our campuses follow these guidelines to help protect the public health and prevent the spread of the virus. This includes spring break travel.
  • Students who meet this criteria for self-quarantine, should contact their school’s principal, who will work confidentially and collaboratively with families to support the continuation of instruction throughout this process.

IUSD Actions and Preparedness

  • Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has informed the community that the risk remains low for Orange County. However, as testing is more widely available, cases may increase, requiring school districts, municipalities, businesses and individuals to be prepared.
  • Since my last communication, District leadership and the appropriate staff have been participating in weekly conference calls led by the Orange County Health Care Agency for Orange County K-12 school districts to receive the most recent and relevant guidance for schools.
  • IUSD has increased hand sanitizer stations, illness prevention posters and reminders about proper hand washing throughout our campuses, in addition to increased custodial cleaning crews. While these measures already exist on our campuses, we want to reinforce and support good practices, which are key to preventing COVID-19 and other illnesses.
  • IUSD’s COVID-19 planning includes a wide range of options to safely provide instruction, including online and/or other distance learning options.
  • IUSD has developed a COVID-19 resource webpage at iusd.org/COVID19 that includes updates, frequently asked questions and other important information.
  • For questions about COVID-19 and related medical guidance; federal, state and county health guidelines; travel advisories; health screenings at U.S. ports of entry; quarantines and other government agency related questions, visit:

Field Trips and Questions about School Closures

  • IUSD continues to follow guidance from CDPH for public gatherings and community events. At this time, there are no recommendations from the CDPH for canceling school activities, including field trips, or closing schools in our area.

We’re in this Together

  • Students, staff and others visiting our schools and District facilities should stay home when sick and follow all expert agency guidelines.
  • Continue to follow and reinforce proper handwashing and other efforts to reduce the spread of illness, including sneezing or coughing into a tissue or elbow/upper arm, washing frequently touched surfaces, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Click here for IUSD health guidelines.
  • Please know that IUSD understands parent concerns and the anxiety this situation may cause for students and families. The District will continue to work closely with expert partner agencies and provide our community with accurate and timely information as this situation evolves.
  • I also ask that our community do its part to assess and evaluate information you may be hearing on social media or in the community. It is important for us to spread knowledge, not rumors. If you have question, please contact your school principal first.
  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit iusd.org/COVID19 for the latest news and information, including frequently asked questions. This site will be updated as the District has new and confirmed information from expert agencies.

By working together, we can support accurate information and help protect the public health of our community. Thank you for your partnership and support.

Sincerely,

​​​​​​​Terry Walker
Superintendent of Schools
Irvine Unified School District