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Safety and learning guide decisions for bringing students back to the classroom as pandemic conditions change. Risk assessment includes available resources for following public health orders. See our FAQ page for more.
We are implementing the required and recommended safety measures issued by the California Department of Public Health in partnership with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (PHD). View our Safe School Opening Plan for 2021-22.
Because students benefit from safe, in-person learning, CUSD is implementing multiple layers of mitigations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at school. In general, these layers of mitigations include a strong recommendation to wear face coverings, screening testing for COVID-19, teaching and following good hand hygiene, hospital-grade air filters and additional airflow when possible.
Physical distancing is no longer one of the mitigating strategies being used in schools.
We understand the benefit of volunteers supporting our programs and schools. Schools will permit vaccinated visitors and volunteers who provide essential services and support to the school’s educational program.
Visitors are strongly recommended to wear a mask at all times while indoors, and volunteers must show proof of full vaccination.
Each school has developed schedules that support following the mitigation strategies at their respective school sites. For some schools, this may mean staggering times for recess and/or lunch, assigned seating, dining outside only, or other methods depending on available adult supervision.
Even students and adults who were feeling fine in the morning can become ill as the day goes on. Staff will be sent home immediately if they become symptomatic. Students will be isolated in a safe area to await immediate pick up by their parent/caregiver.
Anytime an individual tests positive (regardless of vaccination status), for COVID-19, the individual should isolate at home for at least 5 days after the first symptoms started (or date positive test collected) and until symptoms improve and until fever-free, without the use of analgesics for at least 24 hours. The individual must test negative on/after Day 5 to return to work/school.
When a positive case occurs at school, a Group Notification will be sent out to all members who shared the same indoor airspace with someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 min within 24 hours. Non symptomatic, close contact students can remain at school. It is strongly recommended that all close contacts wear a mask for 10 days from the last day of exposure and to test on their regular testing day or go to a community testing site.
Tracking and tracing is only for indoor situations.
The COVID Tracking and Tracing team will send a letter of exposure to all known staff and groups of students who shared the same indoor airspace with a confirmed positive case. Reminder: All staff positive cases will need to report other possible close contacts who are not in their classroom to the Tracker/Tracer Team for follow up.
All positive student cases who were on campus during their infectious period, will be documented for appropriate follow up by the COVID tracking and tracing team.
We will send notifications through our normal channels: phone, email and/or online—as appropriate to the situation. We will follow County Public Health Department notification guidelines, which include protections for student and family privacy.
We will follow all protocols for disinfecting, notification, and possible quarantine, as determined by the Public Health Department.
If a student must stay home to quarantine, take-home or downloadable assignments will be provided for the student to complete until the student is able to return to class. Please refer to the COVID19 Decision Tree in our Reopening Plan for details.
At-school COVID-19 testing has concluded. Please use your own at-home test or seek testing from your health care provider.
No. At-school COVID-19 testing has concluded. Please use your own at-home test or seek testing from your health care provider.
As of Jan. 7, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) permits using an at-home COVID-19 test to verify that the grade TK-8 student has tested negative on day 5 and is able to return to school. Please refer to the district's COVID-19 Plan for information about quarantine.
Parents may verify and report the negative COVID test to the school office staff.