Updates and Guidelines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – on Coronavirus

For the latest on California’s COVID-19 preparedness and response, visit (California Department of Public Health).

Local Mendocino County updates:

Letters sent to Parents and Teachers by the IGDVS Administration

March 13, 2020

Dear Teachers and Parents,

We want to give you an update on some of the additional steps that we are taking to help improve the security and safety of the schools and the City of 10,000 Buddhas (CTTB) and most importantly to help protect against viruses of all types including the novel coronavirus.

As most of you already know we have prepared and started to distribute car tags for all teachers and parents, as well as name tags for all teachers. When you enter the CTTB please place the car tag inside the car behind the front windshield and also leave it there when the car is parked.

When a teacher is walking in any area outside of the school, please make sure to wear your name tag. This would include going to the dining hall, Buddha-hall, etc. On the back of the name tag, there are some specific instructions to stay at home if sick and to try to avoid as much as possible traveling to high risk areas. If one does travel to a high risk area, one may be asked to do a self-quarantine for a certain period of time by the school administration, under the advice of our CTTB medical staff.

We are also strongly encouraging parents to try as much as possible to avoid travel to high risk areas with your children, including the San Francisco Bay area.  

As mentioned in our previous message, we are in close consultation with the Mendocino County Public Health and are following the guidelines that have been set by them, as well as the California Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control.

We have included some attachments with this message, which provide some helpful information from the Mendocino County Public Health Dept as follows:

  1. Keeping the School Safe (instructions for faculty, staff, and students)
  2. General Instructions on Protection from Viruses from Mendocino Public Health Dept.

If you have any questions concerning any of the things mentioned in this message, please do not hesitate to ask any of the administrators in the schools.


Administration, Instilling Goodness and Developing Virtue Schools

March 9, 2020

Dear Parents and Teachers,

The Instilling Goodness Elementary and Developing Virtue Secondary Schools (IGDVS), as well as the general community at the City of 10,000 Buddhas (CTTB), are continuing to monitor the situation with the coronavirus situation under the guidance of the Mendocino County Public Health Department, with whom we are in frequent contact.

For more information, please read this message from the school.


Administration for Instilling Goodness Elementary and Developing Virtue Secondary Schools

February 9, 2020

Dear Parents and Teachers,

We know that many people are concerned about the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus. Moreover, we are currently in the flu season. Since the City of 10,000 Buddhas has a diverse population of monastics, laity, staff, and students, we are working with local public health authorities to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of disease, including the flu and coronavirus. 

Administrators from the City of 10,000 Buddhas have met with Dr. Doohan, Mendocino County Health Officer, and along with other doctors and medical staff connected with the City of 10,000 Buddhas (CTTB). We were commended for exceeding the mandates set by the CDC to prevent the spread of the disease. 

We have attached a press release from the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency that provides information on the current situation with respect to the coronavirus and flu. Also, based on our conversation with Dr. Doohan and our other doctors, we want to share the following guidelines for self-care, which would apply to yourself and your children as well:

To help prevent cold, flu, and coronavirus:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your own eyes, nose, or mouth, or wash hands afterwards
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, using a tissue or face-mask
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

If you have cold and flu symptoms, please stay home to observe your symptoms for 24 hours and if symptoms get worse, return home. 

To decide whether or not to seek medical help, please consider the following:

Consider staying home if you have any of the symptoms:

  • Mild stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and/or cough
  • Headache
  • Stomachache

Definitely stay home and observe your symptoms for 24 hours, and if symptoms get worst, return home and/or seek medical help.

  • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees
  • Vomiting (even once) or diarrhea
  • General feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches, chills
  • Frequent wet or croupy cough

If you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and have recently traveled from China or have been in close contact with someone who is under investigation for or confirmed to be infected with Coronavirus, stay home, wear a mask, and call your healthcare provider. 

The schools are requiring a 2 week home-rest for all students returning from Asian countries prior to returning to school. Teachers will send the school work to the students at home for independent learning supervised by their parents.  

If you have any questions concerning this situation, please feel free to contact the principals or other administrative staff in the schools.   


Administration for Instilling Goodness Elementary and Developing Virtue Secondary Schools