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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 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.
Anytime a test is positive (regardless of vaccination status), 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 for at least 24 hours. The individual must test negative on/after Day 5 to return to work/school.
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.
Students in K-12 schools must follow the quarantine guidance in the California Dept. of Public Health K-12 Schools Guidance.
Updated guidance for adults recommends that individuals follow the general CDPH guidance regarding isolation.
If a student must stay home to quarantine, take-home or downloadable assignments will be provided for the student to complete until able to return to class. Please refer to the COVID19 Decision Tree in our Reopening Plan for details.
Each school has a specific schedule for testing its students. Information about the community testing site located next to Monroe Middle School is available here. For additional information, contact the Grapefruit team directly via email at <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=fl5GdnB9U2lkSzJhYUxNVUpvUXp0cnQrfVZHSVJnVw-3D-3D_713>.
It is likely that the extensive 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. It takes at least 24 hours from the time a parent/guardian provides online consent for Grapefruit testing for the school testers to be informed of the consent.
There is no cost to the district or the patient.
Parental consent forms for at-school COVID testing of students are available from the Grapefruit team in English and in Spanish Grapefruit has indicated that it will provide hard copies to our schools for those parents who need them.
On Jan. 7, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its guidance about using an at-home COVID19 antigen test to confirm that an individual is negative and able to return to school/work after the required isolation/quarantine period. The 5-day requirement now applies to staff and to grade TK-12 students.
Under this updated guidance, parents may use an at-home COVID19 test to verify that the grade TK-8 student has tested negative on day 5 and is able to return to school. Our modified quarantine on-site testing also will continue as another option for parents.
On the day of the required negative COVID test to return to school, parents will need to send a legible photo of the negative test result that includes the student’s name and the date that the at-home test was administered. The photo should be emailed to the school office staff member in charge of attendance at your child’s school.