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COVID Information - 2021/22 School Year

Exposure Protocol

Click the links below or scroll down to find our COVID-19 exposure protocols.

Q: What symptoms should I look for before sending my student to school? 
A: Read the Home-Based Health Screening guidelines: ENGLISH and SPANISH.

Q: What if my child tests positive or is showing signs of COVID-19?
A: If your student tests positive on either test, they must isolate. If, after 5 days, they receive a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen test recommended) they may return to school. Without a negative COVID-19 test, they must be isolated for 10 days after the positive test date or the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. CDPH guidelines at this time do not require a negative test to return to school for those that isolate for 10 days. You can find all of our protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated students in the flow charts below.

Q: Where do I report the result, if my student has a positive COVID-19 test? 
A: Report any positive test results to your student’s school. Here is a list of the contact information for our schools.

Q: After testing positive, and isolating for five days, if my student plans to return, what is the protocol for providing the negative test result?

A: Please provide your school a copy of the negative test result after day five.

Q: Are PCR tests still being conducted on campuses?
A: REMEMBER weekly PCR covid tests (NOT RAPID) are already available for all students at each site. If you haven’t already signed your student up, please see the directions below.

Elementary School Pooled Testing

  • We test students by class each week in a pool. If a pool comes back with a positive result that pool of students and staff are retested using a Rapid Antigen test. To learn more and sign your student(s) up, read these instructions (English / Spanish)

Middle School and High School PCR Testing

Q: Will masks be required? 
A: Yes, per CDPH guidelines for schools, all students and staff must wear a face-covering regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required indoors during the entire school day except when eating or drinking. Persons exempted from wearing a face-covering due to a medical condition must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge. Wearing masks when outdoors is optional.

Q: Will proof of vaccination be required for students who are eligible to receive one?
A: At this point, the district will not require proof of vaccination for eligible students. Parents that would like to share their students' proof of vaccination are encouraged to do so.  You can email or drop off a copy of your student's vaccination card in the front office of their school.  

Q: Will classrooms be sanitized daily? 
A: Yes, custodial staff will follow cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures once per day.

Q: Are the on-campus sanitization stations available on campus? 
A: There will be hand sanitizer stations in classrooms and outdoors throughout each campus.

Q: Are parents or outside visitors allowed on campus? 
A: School sites will be limiting visitors to campuses; please call the office before arriving in person at a school site. 

Q: What are the benefits of being fully vaccinated for students in school?
A: COVID 19-vaccines are effective. They decrease the chances of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.  COVID-19 vaccines help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.  Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

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.

Q: Do masks need to be worn on school buses?
A: Yes.  CDPH Face Coverings Guidance requires that everyone (regardless of vaccination status) use masks on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems.  In addition, CDC's Order requiring the wearing of masks by all people on public transportation conveyances also includes school buses.  Passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems, subject to the exclusions and exemptions.  More information regarding the CDC Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation is available on the CDC's website. 

Elementary COVID testing information
Click this image to learn more about signing your students up for weekly COVID-19 testing at their elementary school.
Secondary Covid Testing Information
Click this image to learn more about signing your students up for weekly COVID-19 testing at their middle school or high school.