Community COVID-19 Testing

School Opening Plan for 2021-22

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.

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This COVID-19 Dashboard reports those confirmed COVID-positive individuals who were present in our schools and workplaces within the close contact period.

NOTE: Updates to the dashboard data are temporarily delayed as our staff tracks and traces the high volume of reports from Winter Break through today. Our first priority is notifying those people who are close contacts, then entering the data to the dashboard. In partnership with the County Public Health Department, CUSD staff conducts contact tracking, tracing, and notification as directed by the Public Health Department. Any dashboard updates entered will appear after 7:15 a.m. the following day.

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Dates are based on symptom onset. Confirmed test results can come days after quarantine has already occurred. 10 days of quarantine begins from the date of the positive test result.

School Reopening
Frequently Asked Questions

For 2021-22

What safety measures are in place at my child at school?

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:

  • We are following guidance from the California Department of Public Health, which has aligned its guidance with that of the CDC.
  • In addition to universal indoor masking, our schools will as much as practicable, maintain 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk.
    NOTE: When it is not possible to maintain that physical distance, such as when it would prevent fully reopening school, the CDC acknowledges that it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection.

How are schools managing volunteers on campus?

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.

How is the school/district managing COVID-19 mitigations lunch and recess?

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.

What happens if parent sends a sick child to school?

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.

What is the process for a classroom if a student tests positive?

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.

Will there be instruction provided to students during an at-home quarantine?

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.

Where do I find information about the COVID-19 testing at school by Grapefruit Testing?

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>.

Will the COVID-19 testing result in an increased number of positive cases being reported?

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.

Is the Grapefruit COVID testing required or opt in?

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.

Is there a fee for Grapefruit's COVID testing?

There is no cost to the district or the patient.

Where can I access the at-school testing consent form and other info?

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.

Are at-home antigen test results accepted for returning to school after quarantine?

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.

How do I report my at-home antigen test results after quarantine?

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.

Last updated 01/12/2022

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