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 in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority, CUSD is implementing multiple layers of mitigations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at school. In general, these layers of mitigations include face coverings for everyone on campus (unless exempt), screening testing for COVID-19, teaching and following good hand hygiene, hospital-grade air filters and physical distancing.
Regarding physical distancing:
At the principal’s discretion, schools will permit vaccinated visitors and volunteers who provide essential services and support to the school’s educational program.
All visitors must wear a mask at all times while on school grounds, and volunteers must show proof of full vaccination.
Parents/Guardians will be allowed to walk their student to class upon arrival. They must wear a face covering while on campus. Parents are to remain outside. To eliminate close contacts, they should limit their stay to 10 minutes. Activities will be limited that involve external groups or organizations, particularly those who are not fully vaccinated.
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. Students will be isolated in a safe area to await immediate pick up by their parent/guardian.
The tracking and tracing process is implemented when a positive case of COVID-19 is identified. We will use the Quarantine Decision Tree to determine actions needed for anyone who may have been exposed. See also the CDC's page about contact tracing for close contacts.
If a student is not ill (does not have symptoms) and must stay home to quarantine, take-home or downloadable assignments will be provided for the student to complete until able to return to class.
Our online calendar shows the dates and times when community testing is available. Specific dates and times for school-based testing are available from your child's school. Also the recording of the August 19 community meeting contains answers to most questions. View it here. For additional information, contact the Grapefruit team directly via email at <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=fWsZZXNIDHpnfm1yYnkSRklaDml3Rys4fmMYSmc4RA-3D-3D_713>.
It is likely that the testing will disclose positive COVID cases in students who do not have symptoms. There may be an initial increase in case numbers as we catch cases of the virus early that might not have been discovered otherwise.
Only those students whose parents/guardians submit an "informed consent" form to Grapefruit Testing will participate in the testing program. It is an online form, and hard copies will be available from the school.
There is no cost to the district or the patient.
Each school will have its own schedule and process for the testing. You also can see a demonstration video within the recording of the August 19th community meeting.
CUSD's primary method for distributing information to families is via email, phone and websites. Schools make hard copies available to families who do not or cannot access the information electronically. Grapefruit team has indicated that it will provide hard copies to our schools for those parents who need them.