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Return to School on January 11, 2022 (01/10/22)
Posted 1/10/22

Dear SRVUSD Parents and Caregivers,

 

We hope you had a restful winter break. We are confident in our ability to return to school safely and are sharing these updates and reminders below so you can thoroughly understand our plans to reopen tomorrow. The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff are our top priority and we are following all public health guidelines.

 

Although not everyone was able to secure a home test kit for their student, we were able to quickly open up rapid testing appointments at Iron Horse Middle School for those students. The Education Center testing site will also have new expanded hours starting tomorrow.

**Expanded** Education Center Testing Hours (beginning 1/11/22)

Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

Our goal is to ensure that students and staff who test positive can return to school/work as soon as it is safe to do so. Please review all of the important information below, and if you have any questions feel free to contact 925-552-2983 or send an email to communications@srvusd.net


Updated Public Health Guidance

Last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated their isolation guidance for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and subsequently Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) also made this change, as announced in this press release. Based on this information SRVUSD is updating our isolation protocols to align with this new guidance.

 

STUDENTS: Updated Isolation Guidance with COVID-19

For students who test positive for COVID-19, there is an option to reduce isolation and return to school on Day 6 if symptoms are resolving and they have a negative COVID-19 test on Day 5.

 

Isolation can end after Day 5 if all these conditions are met:

  • The student is without a fever for 24 hours (without medication),

  • Symptoms are not present or are resolving, AND

  • A COVID-19 test on Day 5 or later is negative. Public health officials recommend only a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (not PCR) for the 5th day of testing. At-home tests and lab-confirmed tests are accepted for this purpose. 

Please include student name, date, and time on the photo showing at-home test submissions.

 

Additionally:

  • Test results should be reported to your school site via email; a screenshot or photo is acceptable.

  • Day 0 is when symptoms began or the date of the positive test if the student had no symptoms when tested.

  • Students who return after Day 5 must continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others through Day 10, whether indoors or outdoors.

  • Students unable to get tested during isolation should remain at home for 10 days.

  • If the test on day 5 is positive, the student should remain home for 10 days. 

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STUDENTS: Quarantine for Exposure of a Close Contact

There have been no changes to quarantine guidelines. 

We will communicate any updates as soon as they become available. 

 

Fully vaccinated
No required quarantine. However, CDC recommends testing on Day 3-5.

 

Definition of fully vaccinated: 

  • If you have received a booster shot. 

  • If you are up-to-date on your COVID vaccinations but not yet eligible for a booster.

  • If previously fully vaccinated but are eligible for and have not received a booster, you will be required to quarantine (modified or shortened depending on mask status during exposure).

 

Unvaccinated and masked during contact
Modified quarantine. Students are allowed to attend school but quarantined from extracurricular activities for 10 days. The students must test twice a week. A negative test on or after Day 5 will allow the return to extracurricular activities on Day 8.

 

Unvaccinated and unmasked during contact
Quarantine at home. May return to school and resume extracurricular activities on Day 8 if the student has no COVID-19 symptoms and has received a negative test on or after Day 5.

  • Students unable to get tested during quarantine should remain at home for 10 days.


Independent Study

We know that the best educational environment for students is to be at school for in-person instruction. The rules for offering virtual/remote instruction are different from last school year. Current California law does not allow schools to offer district-wide fully virtual/remote learning this year, except in cases where districts have smoke days built into their calendar and/or the ability to make up those instructional days at the end of the school year. If a school site needs to be temporarily closed due to staff illness and/or quarantine, independent study must be provided.


COVID Related Absences

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, have been identified as a close contact who must quarantine, OR who have COVID-19 symptoms, will be placed on an Independent Study contract. Please notify your school of any COVID-19 related absence and they will start the process.


Options For All Other Students

The Independent Study contract is not an option for students unless they are sick with COVID-19. If you want to keep your student home and they are not sick, this will be considered an unexcused absence. 

 

You also have the option to request they be transferred to our Independent Study School for TK-12 students, located within Venture School. The Independent Study program at Venture School is a fully accredited comprehensive school for students in grades TK-12, and delivers the curriculum through independent study. Venture helps students to pursue their educational opportunities outside the classroom, yet within the framework of the educational requirements of SRVUSD. You can learn more about Venture here. Please note that this means you need to unenroll your student from their current school, and then enroll them at Venture. When and if you want your student to return to their home school, it will be on a space-available basis, which means the space you are offered at that time might be at a different school. If you are interested in the option to enroll in Venture School, please go to: https://www.srvusd.net/transfers or contact scattarusa@srvusd.net for enrollment information.

 

If something changes regarding the options we can provide, we will certainly communicate with our community immediately. 


Masking Guidelines

Just a reminder to make sure your students bring their masks to school tomorrow. Masks are required at all times while indoors except while eating or drinking. Masks should fit snugly around the nose and mouth. Recent data suggest that three-ply surgical masks are much more effective than cloth masks at preventing Covid transmission.

 

We are pleased to let you know that via a state-funded program, we were able to submit a request for a 10-day supply of N95 masks for every student (10 masks each). Once we have received the entire mask allotment, distribution will take place directly from your school site. N95 masks are not required, but highly recommended. We do already provide our staff with a stock of N95 and/or KN95 masks to wear if they so choose. Please stay tuned for more information about this distribution process.


SRVUSD COVID Dashboard: www.srvusd.net/coviddashboard 

As noted on the above webpage, if an employee or student is not infectious while on campus, the case will not be on the Dashboard. This means that positive cases that occurred over the winter break were not included in the dashboard unless they were linked to a school activity (i.e. athletics). Our reporting will resume tomorrow as positive cases are reported. The Contra Costa Health Services dashboard reflects cases county-wide, including throughout our winter break, and also has more granular data by location: www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/overview


Important Reminders

 

Self-Screening

One of the key strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 is by self-screening! All students and staff are asked to self-screen every morning. If there are any symptoms of illness, please do not send your student to school, and schedule an appointment to be tested at our Education Center, at another local test site, or use a home test. If your student is positive, please notify your student’s school and follow the above isolation protocols.

 

Reporting Home Test Kit Results

For those who are able to use a home test kit for your student, please remember to share the results on primary.health, whether they were positive or negative. To report your student’s test results, log into the primary.health website: https://my.primary.health/l/caschools. You may also call 650-275-5419. 

 

I Have Questions!

We know there are questions that our parents and caregivers may still have about these updates and information. Please don’t hesitate to call 925-552-2983 or send an email to communications@srvusd.net


We are confident in the health and safety precautions we have in place, and our schools are ready and excited to have their students come back on Tuesday the 11th! We are so appreciative to our entire community for your patience during these challenging times. Thank you again for your trust, your support, and your partnership to ensure we can open school safely.