Safe Opening Plan Highlights
- Plan reflects California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year
- Face coverings are required for all staff and students, unless exempt, when indoors and on school buses
- Masks are recommended* in outdoor settings, unless otherwise restricted by public health mandates.
- Parents/Guardians must screen students for symptoms of COVID-19 before leaving home.
- Arrival: Parents may accompany their student to class in the morning and depart within 10 minutes.
- Dismissal: Parents should wait outside the school gate to meet their student at the end of the day.
- COVID-19 screening testing will be provided at schools by Grapefruit Testing as an added mitigation against coronavirus transmission.*
- The quarantine decision tree for TK-12 school settings provides information about quarantine requirements for close contacts.*
* Updated August 20-25, 2021
Message from the Superintendent
Top priority: health and well-being of students, staff, and families while educating students to their highest potential.
As we have learned throughout the many months of the COVID-19 pandemic, flexibility in response to new information continues to be essential. Since Campbell Union School District’s School Reopening Plan was published in July 2020, we have been monitoring COVID-19 pandemic information, adapting to mandatory safety requirements from the state and county public health departments, and communicating developments to our staff and community. These experts know much more about this virus than was known in March of 2020. We will continue to adapt to the information provided.
This 2021-22 School Reopening Plan reflects updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year and allows us to be safe and responsive to local conditions. We will apprise families and staff of any upcoming changes to allow time for planning and will house information and resources on our COVID-19 web page. Childcare settings and providers remain subject to separate guidance.
Our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families as we continue our work of educating students to their highest potential.
Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent,
Campbell Union School District
Health and Safety Operations
Public health guidance indicates that besides vaccination, face coverings are a powerful tool for reducing the transmission of the coronavirus. The layering of mitigation strategies that we use (face coverings, ventilation, hand hygiene, quarantining, etc.) decreases the risk of in-school transmission, and the combination of layers has been shown to be most effective in decreasing transmissions.
Our online COVID-19 dashboard tracks all positive cases of the virus in our schools and work sites for students and staff. Anyone who is determined to be a close contact to someone with a positive case is notified directly, and appropriate quarantining measures are enacted as prescribed by the Public Health Department.
We will implement the guidance and legal requirements from state, federal and local public health officials, and our plan will be updated as new updates are provided by California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Screening for Symptoms
Daily screening for symptoms is one of the essential measures everyone must use to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
- Parents/Guardians need to conduct the daily health screening prior to their child being brought to school or to the bus stop. Schools can provide printed and video guides, and offer training as needed.
- To prevent the spread of infection, anyone with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home until they are symptom free, have a negative test for COVID-19, have a note from the doctor, or completed quarantine before returning to the school or workplace. See section on COVID-19 Exposure and Testing Procedures.
- All staff have been trained on signs and symptoms of COVID-19, actions to take with each of four scenarios, and what to do if anyone develops symptoms during the school day.
- Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will be safely isolated until they are picked up. Employees exhibiting symptoms will be sent home, regardless of vaccination status.
- Remote learning will be available to children who need to stay home because they are sick or in isolation due to COVID-19 infection or exposure.
- Our school nurses have reviewed all student health plans to prepare health support for returning students.
- Our collaboration with the County Public Health Department regarding tracking and tracing will determine testing and returning to school, including those who have had an exposure to COVID-19.
- Symptomatic individuals who test positive for COVID-19 can return at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever AND improvement in other symptoms.
- Asymptomatic individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 may return to work or school 10 days after the date of their first positive test for SARS-CoV-2.
- Unless the local health department advises otherwise, it is not required to exclude asymptomatic contacts (students or staff) of the symptomatic individual from school until test results for the symptomatic individual are known.
- We will maintain communication systems that allow staff and families to self-report symptoms and receive prompt notifications of exposures, exclusions, and closures, while maintaining confidentiality, as required by FERPA 31 and state law regarding privacy of educational records. You can find additional guidance here.
Recommendations for staying home when sick and getting tested:
- Follow the strategy for Staying Home when Sick and Getting Tested from the CDC.
- Getting tested for COVID-19 when symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent possible spread at schools.
- Advise staff members and students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection not to return for in-person instruction until they have met CDPH criteria to return to school for those with symptoms:
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
- Other symptoms have improved; and
- They have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.
NOTE: Please refer to the COVID-19 testing and Exposure section for additional information about screening for COVID-19 via testing.
Hand hygiene is an effective strategy to prevent the spread of most respiratory viruses. Our staff will be teaching proper hand hygiene (soap and water or hand sanitizer) and scheduling routine, frequent hand-washing activities throughout the school day.
- Teach and reinforce washing hands, avoiding contact with one's eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes among students and staff.
- Promote hand washing throughout the day, especially before and after eating, after using the toilet, and after handling garbage, or removing gloves.
- Ensure adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, tissues, no-touch trash cans, face coverings, and hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol for staff and children who can safely use hand sanitizer.
The current State guidelines require use of face coverings for all staff and students, unless exempt, for indoor environments, on school buses, and areas where physical distancing alone is not sufficient to prevent disease transmission. See Public Health Department Guidance for K-12 Schools for details about face covering requirements for children and adults.
- Face coverings are required for everyone upon arrival at the bus stop and school.
- All grade TK-8 students are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance. Masks are recommended outdoors at our schools.
- Students not exempt from wearing face coverings and who refuse to wear one during in-person learning will be disciplined similar to any instance in which a student refuses to follow safety procedures, the student may be removed from the in-person learning option.
- All adults are required to mask indoors in school settings when students are present.
- Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, as confirmed by school district health team and therapists, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
- All students will use face coverings provided from home. (Schools will maintain a supply of non-medical masks in case a student or staff member does not have one and needs one for the day.)
- Participants in youth and adult sports should wear face coverings when participating in indoor activities, even with heavy exertion, as tolerated.*
* Please note, the CDPH has not yet updated guidance for sports and extracurricular activities. We will update our plan when that information is released.
To ensure healthy indoor air quality we have optimized our ventilation systems in accordance with the CDPH Guidance on Ventilation of Indoor Environments and Ventilation and Filtration to Reduce Long-Range Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections
According to the California Public Health Department guidance, "recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are implemented. This is consistent with CDC K-12 School Guidance." *
Schools will limit the people on campus to only those necessary to support the school’s educational program. We understand the benefit of parents walking students to their classroom, especially our youngest learners at the beginning of the school year. We ask that parents wear facial coverings, remain outside of the classroom and limit their time on campus to ten minutes.
* Note: An August 4, 2021, update from the CDC, issued after our District plan was published, recommends maintaining 3 feet distance between students when possible. When this distancing is not possible, 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 to keep schools safe.
Outdoor and other activities
Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent practicable.
The CDPH has not yet updated guidance for sports and extracurricular activities. We will update our plan when that information is released. Until that time, we will follow the guidance from the CDPH.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
“Cleaning” involves water and soap or a detergent, does not use disinfecting agents, and significantly decreases germs on surfaces and decreases infectious risks.
“Disinfection” kills germs on surfaces using specific agents (see below for those approved for use). If a facility has had a sick person with COVID-19 within the last 24 hours, our custodial staff will clean and disinfect the spaces occupied by that person.
Frequent disinfection can pose a health risk to children and students due to the strong chemicals often used and so is not recommended in the school setting unless a case has been identified.
The District uses greener products for cleaning and disinfecting, and only appropriately trained staff are permitted to use disinfectants in the school setting. Staff will keep disinfecting products away from students.
In general, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove potential virus that may be on surfaces. Disinfecting (using disinfectants on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency COVID-19 list) removes any remaining germs on surfaces, which further reduces any risk of spreading infection.
For more information on cleaning a facility regularly, when to clean more frequently or disinfect, cleaning a facility when someone is sick, safe storage of cleaning and disinfecting products, and considerations for protecting workers who clean facilities, see the CDC’s guide for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility.
Please note the following guidelines for bus/van transportation by bus, van or other vehicles owned by CUSD:
- Parents will need to screen their own children for symptoms of illness before the child boards the bus or van. Drivers will have authority to refuse boarding to any student demonstrating symptoms.
- Students, parents, and employees will wear face coverings while on the bus or van and while waiting at bus stops.
- Students need to be escorted to the bus or van by an adult.
- As much as possible, students from the same cohort or family will be seated together.
- Improved ventilation (e.g. keeping windows open, weather permitting) and enhanced disinfecting protocols will be followed.
For students traveling to/from school via carpool: Students and staff should wear a face covering while carpooling, and open windows during carpooling.
To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, we are making the following adjustments:
- Menus will continue to follow the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program guidelines.
- Workers or other persons handling or serving food will use gloves in addition to face coverings.
- All meals are free for all students in the 2021-2022 school year.
- Schools will maximize physical distance among students as much as possible while eating (especially indoors). We will provide as much outdoor eating as is feasible.
- Custodians will clean frequently touched surfaces, and those that come in contact with food, before and after meals.
- Fresh, healthy meals will be pre-assembled by the Child Nutrition Staff. We will give students their pre-assembled meal at a point of service. We will continue this practice until it is deemed safe to serve otherwise.
- Use of shared tables and self-service salad bars will be suspended to decrease transmission risk.
- Meals will be available for all students regardless of income level, also known as Universal Free Meals.
A proactive approach is important to decrease the mental health impact for students related to the sudden school closure, sheltering-in-place, and resuming or reopening schools caused by responding to the pandemic.
To address sources of distress and create a welcoming learning community, we will:
- Incorporate lessons specific to supporting and developing social and emotional wellbeing.
- Seek to provide early identification and intervention of learning gaps that may have occurred during school closures.
- Provide onsite and/or telehealth individual counseling services or family coaching.
- Provide staff professional development on topics such as suicide prevention, social-emotional learning, and trauma informed practices.
- Adapt mental health support services provided by partner agencies for groups or individual students, as needed.
- Provide families with opportunities to engage and participate in trainings that will support their own social emotional well being and their student’s
- Encourage and share with students how to seek support with a staff member when needed.
- Share local mental health resources with students and families to access during non-school hours.
Visitors on Campus
- Parents/Guardians will be allowed to walk their student to class upon arrival. They must wear a face covering while on campus. To eliminate close contacts, they should limit their stay to 10 minutes.
- At the principal’s discretion, schools will permit vaccinated visitors and volunteers who provide essential services and support to the school’s educational program.
- Activities will be limited that involve external groups or organizations, particularly those who are not fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 Testing and Exposure Procedures
Campbell Union School District has a no-cost testing program available to support the modified quarantine that is managed and provided by Grapefruit Testing partners. Parents/guardians must submit an informed consent form to Grapefruit Testing in order for students under 18 years old to be tested.
We have strongly encouraged all employees to get vaccinated and require all unvaccinated employees to provide a negative COVID-19 test each week.
Grapefruit Testing will provide the testing to support modified quarantine and other appropriate uses as directed by CDPH.
A school with confirmed cases and even a small cluster of COVID-19 cases can remain open for in-person education as long as contact tracing identifies all school contacts for exclusion and testing in a timely manner, any small cluster is investigated and controlled rapidly, and the local health department (LHD) confirms that the school can remain open.
Case reporting, contact tracing and investigation
- Per AB 86 (2021) and California Code Title 17, section 2500, schools are required to report COVID-19 cases to the local public health department.
- Schools or LEAs should have a COVID-19 liaison to assist the local health department with contact tracing and investigation.
- For fully vaccinated close contacts
For those who are fully vaccinated, follow the CDPH Fully Vaccinated People Guidance regarding quarantine.
- For unvaccinated students only
As required in K-12 indoor settings, for those students who are considered a close contact to a positive case when both parties were wearing a mask in any school setting in which students are supervised by school staff (including indoor or outdoor school settings and school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems), unvaccinated students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors) may undergo a modified quarantine. Please refer to the 2021-2022 Quarantine Decision Tree for TK-12 School Settings for specifics.
For both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, follow the CDPH Isolation Guidance for those diagnosed with COVID-19.
CUSD and each school is committed to communicating with specific populations that may be affected by any known infection.
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.
Investigating a COVID-19 Cluster or Outbreak
CUSD works closely with the Public Health Department when either a school or local health department (LDH) is aware that an outbreak may be underway, the LHD will investigate, in collaboration with the school, to determine whether these cases had a common exposure at school (e.g., a common class or staff member, bus ride, or other common exposures outside of school). CDPH defines a school outbreak as 3 or more confirmed or probable cases of staff or students occurring within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked in the school, are from different households and are not contacts of each other in any other investigation cases (e.g., transmission likely occurred in the school setting). The objectives of a school outbreak investigation are to identify and isolate all cases and to identify, quarantine, and test contacts to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 at the school.
School Closure Determinations
What are the criteria for closing a school to in-person learning?
Individual school closure, in which all students and staff are not on campus, is recommended based on the number of cases and stable groups impacted, which suggest that active in-school transmission is occurring. Closure will be done in consultation with the local health official (LHO).
Length of closure: 14 days, or according to a decision made in consultation with the local health official (LHO).
The State Safe Schools for All Technical Assistance teams (TA teams), composed of experts across multiple state agencies, will be available to assist schools with disease investigation for those with outbreaks that cannot find resources to investigate the outbreaks. The TA teams will also be available to help schools that close in order to identify and address any remediable safety issues.
If a school is closed, when may it reopen?
Schools may typically reopen after 14 days and if the following have occurred:
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Public health investigation
- Consultation with the LHD
Vaccines for K-12 Schools
Fully vaccinated students may remain in school and avoid interruptions to in-person education, even if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19, so long as they remain without symptoms. Also, fully vaccinated students are not recommended to participate in screening testing at school.
For current definition of "Fully Vaccinated" individuals, refer to COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (ca.gov)
CDPH strongly recommends that all persons eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines receive them at the first opportunity. Currently, people under 12 are not eligible.
In addition to vaccines required for school entry, CDPH strongly recommends that all students and staff be immunized each autumn against influenza unless contraindicated by personal medical conditions, to help:
- Protect the school community.
- Reduce demands on health care facilities.
- Decrease illnesses that cannot be readily distinguished from COVID-19 and would therefore trigger extensive measures from the school and public health authorities.
Ensuring High Quality Teaching & Learning
Learning Continuity & Attendance Plan
As part of California’s accountability requirements, we must submitted a Board-approved Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan addressing the following:
- How we will provide substantially similar instruction in Distance Learning.
- How we will ensure students have devices & connectivity.
- Live contacts and how we will ensure participation.
- Provision of Designated and Integrated ELD.
- Monitor and support for the Social-Emotional well being of students and staff.
- Re-engagement strategies for those who are not participating in DL.
- Providing meals for students who receive free/reduced.
- Improved services for Foster Youth, English Learners & Low SES.
Our plan went to the Board for review and approval on September 24, 2020.
School-Year Independent Study Option Program
Under late-arriving legislation—AB130—we will offer an independent study option for the 2021-2022 school year to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. Please refer to our Independent Study web page for more details.
Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) shall not participate in independent study unless the student's IEP specifically provides for such participation (Education Code 51745).
For information about this option, please visit our Independent Study web page.
Learn More about the School Opening Plan
Our COVID-19 web page includes the original and the updated version, Board presentations, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions. The information is organized chronologically with the most current being first.
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Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent
Updated to align with State, County and District requirements issued in July 2021