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School Nurse Contact

Becca Hancock, MSN, RN

Credentialed School Nurse


Phone # 209-736-8381

Cell# 209-770-6833

Confidential Fax # 209-736-6077


In efforts to protect privacy, any COVID testing related information should be provided directly to the school nurse. 

Emergency Symptoms

Most cases of COVID-19 present with only mild symptoms of illness at first. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure. Some people never experience any symptoms, but can still spread illness to others. While many people will only develop mild illness, some people experience more severe illness and in some cases death. 

Because many symptoms of this illness can be that same as other common illness and some chronic health conditions, it can be difficult to know what illness you or your family member may be experiencing. It is important that you discuss symptoms of illness with a medical provider to determine if further testing is warranted. Many providers and insurance plans have added virtual appointment options to help with this need. Click here for information and resources available through the CDC regarding symptoms. 

Symptoms of severe illness require immediate attention. Call 911 or your local emergency facility and let them know you are seeking care for someone who may have COVID-19. There are specific precautions that these emergency response systems have in place to prevent further spread of this illness while providing the care that the sick individual needs. 

  • Bluish lips or face
  • Severe and constant pain or pressure in the chest
  • Extreme difficulty breathing (such as gasping for air or being unable to talk without catching your breath)
  • Severe and constant dizziness or light-headedness
  • New Serious disorientation (acting confused)
  • Unconscious or very difficult to wake up
  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking (new or worsening)
  • Seizures
  • Signs of low blood pressure (too weak to stand, light headed, feeling cold, pale, clammy skin)

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 and Bret Harte

The novel coronavirus has drastically changed our way of life. Currently, it is having significant impacts on how we are able to deliver educational opportunities. There are many considerations related to the health and safety of our students and staff as well as guidelines from the national, state, and local level that must be accounted for as we look to phasing back into into in-person instruction.  Bret Harte is moving into a hybrid model of instruction as of 10/20/2020. For more information on the current school schedule please click here.  

It is understandable that there is a lot of frustration surrounding the continually changing circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. As this virus is better understood, there will continue to be changes. The information and resources provided below are meant to help families navigate through these unique times and understand why certain precautions are being put into place.


COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that began spreading in people in December 2019. It has caused severe illness and death in some populations. In the spring of 2020, COVID-19 was classified as a pandemic - meaning there was widespread disease outbreak across multiple continents. It became necessary to implement precautions aimed at minimizing the risk of catching and/or spreading this illness. 

As we look to creating a plan to safely bring all students back in-person instruction, it continues to be important to take precautions that are aimed at minimizing the risk of catching and/or spreading this illness. 

hand hygiene collageHand Hygiene

Wash hands often using soap and water-this is the single best way to reduce the spread of germs. All classrooms have hand sanitizer available upon entering. The campus will also have several hand hygiene stations available throughout the campus. 

Use soap and water (warm if available) to scrub all surfaces of your hands for at least 20 seconds. Video-hand washing technique

If soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) may be used until hands can be washed. Video-sanitizer technique Wash with soap and water as soon as you can.

For more information on when and how to wash your hands, click here.


sick emojiStay Home if you are sick

Since the symptoms of COVID-19 can look like many other illnesses, it is important to stay home when you are sick and discuss with a medical provider if testing is needed. 

For student returning to hybrid learning, a parent (or responsible adult) will need to screen the student before arriving on campus using this home screening checklist.  


stay 6 feet apart caution signPractice Social Distancing

COVID-19 is mainly spread through person-to-person contact that occurs when people are in close proximity to one another. If someone has the virus, the virus may travel to another person through respiratory droplets that are produced when the infected person coughs, sneezes, or even talks. 


Face covering blocking germsWear a face covering

While keeping your distance is a good  start, there are many situations when more protection is necessary. Wearing a face covering provides and additional level of protection to keep the virus from entering or leaving your body. While face covering do not eliminate all risk, they do greatly reduce the risk of the virus freely moving between people. 

Current regulations require all persons to wear a face covering when on campus. Please click here for more information on acceptable face coverings. 

disease or health road sign

Using all of these precautions together is the best way to reduce the spread of this virus.  Each is an added layer of protection that can greatly reduce your chance of getting this virus. 

It is important to dispel rumors and take proven steps to reduce the impact of this illness in our community. 

COVID-19 Resources

Calaveras County Public Health Department  For the latest county specific information, press releases, and resources.

California Public Health Department for statewide information including the state school guidance

California Department of Education for resources related to school reopening guidance

CDC COVID-19 National information and guidance for a variety of situations and circumstances including the school guidance.

California Government COVID-19 Resources for statewide data, resources and assistance programs, and testing site information. 

State Monitoring System

California has implemented a 4 tier monitoring system that uses the following factors to determine the level of restrictions needed in a county to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

  •  New Cases per day per 100,000 people
  • Testing positivity rate

These restrictions can impact our school reopening plans if our county gets moved into the purple tier. At this time we are in the red tier. 

Please visit Blueprint for a Safer Economy for additional information.


Please remember: testing is specific to the moment the test was administered. If new concerns arise after testing, you will need to be retested.

MotherLode (Sonora) Fairgrounds

If you or any member of your household wish to be tested for any reason, the county testing center is now located at the Sonora fairgrounds. Testing is free and does not require a doctor's order.

COVID-19 State testing site Flyer

Local Hospitals and Clinics

If experiencing symptoms, you can be tested with either of our local healthcare symptoms. Initial assessment can be completed at local clinics, however you may need to travel to the main hospital for the COVID-test. Copays and deductibles may apply. 

Call ahead:

Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital 


Adventist Health Sonora