USC School News – March 3, 2020

Illness Prevention

Please see the attached letters from Union Street Charter and the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services regarding illness prevention and COVID-19.

Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday March 8, Spring Forward

Annual Spring Sing & Community Potluck, March 8, 12-3pm

Union Street Charter families join together at this wonderful school community event! Fiona leads the students a music performance and everyone enjoys a festive potluck. This year’s event will be held at the Bayside Community Hall. There is a sign up on the porch or you can email the office to help (see job list below). We ask families who are new to the school to come and enjoy the event for the first time without needing to do anything other than bring your family, place settings, and potluck dishes.

Parking: There are 35 spaces in the Hall parking lot. There is additional parking in the open lot with chain link fence at the corner of Jacoby Creek Road and Old Arcata Road and in the Mistwood School lot. There is one bicycle rack at the kitchen end of the property. Attendees for many events park along Jacoby Creek Road. While this is allowed, it can be treacherous. The road is narrow and the ditches are deep in some places.

Event Details

  • Seating is not assigned. Families are encouraged to share tables as numbers allow. Bring your own “table set ups” including plates, cutlery, cups and table cloths
  • The stage is off limits to all children (except during singing performance). No running or chase games inside the building. Please monitor your children and help them to use appropriate indoor behavior!
  • Student craft activities are in the main hall from 12 to 12:30 and from 1:45 to 2:15. Supervise your children if they play outside in the grassy area or on the Mistwood school playground. The creek and muddy areas are off limits at all times.
  • Student singing performance is at 12:30.
  • After the singing, children will join their families in a large circle around the perimeter of the room. A staff member will speak and we will all sing “Simple Gifts”.
  • Please ask your children to accompany you in the serving lines. Lines go down both sides of each table. The food is evenly distributed between tables and it speeds things up if you stay with your line. A table for vegetarian main dishes is at the end of the food lines and reserved for those folks who don’t eat meat.
  • Like all school events, this is a no alcohol event.

Bayside Community Hall Schedule

11:30  Set up tables and chairs

12:00   Food set up, socializing & child activities (craft room)

12:30  Student Sing, All School Circle & Simple Gifts song

1:00    Eating

1:45    Socializing & child activities (craft room & playground)

2:15    Clean up


A – D (18):  Potatoes, Rice & Pasta

E – I (16):  Salads, all types: green, fruit, grain, pasta, etc

K – M (15):  Desserts & Drinks.

N – SE (17): Main Dish: roasts, chicken dishes, ham, casserole, other main dish, etc.

SH – Z (15): Vegetables, Vegetable dishes & Bread

VEGETARIANS: Vegetarian Main Dishes. The vegetarian main dish table is at the end of the serving line.

WE NEED PARENT HELPERS FOR SPRING SING, please sign up on school bulletin board by first grade or email the office!

Volunteer Sign-ups, Need more help!

Set up at 11:30: Rea E., Greg G., Scott W., NEED 4 MORE!

Craft Set-up 11:30-12:00: Rosada M. NEED 1 MORE!

Craft helpers 12:00-12:30: Keshnee N., Jen P. NEED 1 MORE!

Craft helpers 1:45-2:15: Keshnee N., NEED 2 MORE!

Make extra salad: Mo T., Leia P. Heather C., Erick G.

Make extra main dish: Jessica C., Leia P. NEED MORE!

Bring coffee: Greg Gaiera

Bring tea & hot water: Greg G

Bring cream & sugar: Greg G

Bring extra cups and hot cups: Greg G

Put away Tables/Chairs & Clean up: Jillian S, Niki G., Joe W., Kelsey, Melanie B., Ian P. NEED MORE HELP!

Clean up & Mop: Violet R., Niki G., Melanie B. NEED MORE HELP!

Calendar Highlights for Family Vacation Planning:

March 8: Family Potluck & student sing 12-3

April 8-10: Half day, conferences

April 13 – 17: Spring Break

May 1: Half day, Open House

May 25: No school, Memorial Day

May 28, 29 & 30: School Play Gist Hall (4th & 5th grade performance)

June 11: Last Day of School

June 13: All School End of Year Picnic & 5th grade graduation

Questions or Suggestions?

Please contact Rea Erickson at or Pam at


March 3, 2020

Dear USC Families:
As you are likely aware, on Tuesday, February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the current status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and what steps should be taken moving forward.  We wanted to share with you some of the steps our school is taking to prevent the spread of illness across our campus, which follow CDC common sense guidelines.

  • Daily sanitizing of desktops and tabletops, doorknobs, light switches and plumbing fixtures.
  • Building in time for all grades to wash hands before meals and reminding them to wash hands after using the restroom.
  • Teaching students to cover up coughs/sneezes with a sleeve or tissue.
  • Requesting that all volunteers, staff, and students stay home if they have respiratory symptoms like a cough or congestion with a fever, or flu like symptoms.
  • Parents keep your student home until there has been no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medicines.

We will also be talking to kids in an age appropriate, science-based manner that focuses on these positive measures that we as a community can take to stay healthy.

Please see CDC common sense advice on the next page. We have also attached the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services letter to parents. It outlines the steps we may need to take if there is person to person transmission locally.


Rea Erickson and USC staff

Common Sense Practices for the Prevention of Illness

There is currently no approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Keep in mind that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to any viruses.  However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick or not feeling well.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.