Health & Safety Update

Union School District | January 2, 2022

Happy New Year USD!

We hope your holiday season has been filled with joy and has sparked a renewed energy for the new year. We’re excited to welcome students and staff back on Monday, January 3rd, 2022.

USD continues to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and students and will continue to follow all mitigation layers and campus health protocols in the new year, keeping each other safe as a community.

  • Remember, keep your student home if experiencing any symptoms. COVID symptoms are presenting as cold-like symptoms for many, so stay home if experiencing any symptoms or if there is any concern about your student’s illness.

  • We strongly recommend families who have traveled, attended gatherings, experienced symptoms, or suspect exposure to obtain a negative test before returning to school.

  • Should a student or staff test positive and need to quarantine due to COVID-19, USD is still requiring a 10-day quarantine period. This policy will remain in place until the county updates its guidelines for schools.

Ahead of tomorrow’s return to campus, please review the information below on how to administer the rapid antigen tests distributed prior to the Winter Break.

We look forward to seeing students back tomorrow.

Big picture

Rapid Antigen Test Kits

In conjunction with the California Department of Public Health, Union School District secured enough rapid antigen test kits to send home with each student in our district prior to Winter Break. The test kits provide an additional layer of safeguard for our students and staff prior to returning to school on January 3, 2022.

We are recommending our families to have your student take one of the rapid antigen tests today, Sunday, January 2nd. While this is not required to return to school, we are highly encouraging everyone to test prior to returning to school campuses to support us in keeping our schools safe after the holidays.

Please note, test results are not required to return to school from Winter Break, but are highly encouraged. If your rapid antigen test results come back positive, we ask that you notify the front office, keep your child home from school, keep siblings home from school, and contact your health care provider for next steps.

Watch the video on how to test: How to do an iHealth Rapid Test

Understanding your test results

If the test is negative:

  • If your student feels well and has no COVID-19 symptoms, return to school!
  • If your student has symptoms or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please call the school before they return EVEN IF THE TEST IS NEGATIVE. More testing might be needed.

If the test is positive:
Stay home from school and contact your doctor and your school. You will need to get a PCR test from your health care provider to verify the home test.

If the test results are not clear:
Contact the school for next steps, to find the next in-school testing date, or find a local testing site to retest. Dartmouth Middle School and Union Middle School both have community pods for your testing conveniences.

Union School District

Board of Trustees

Sheila Billings

Vickie Brown

Doug Evans

Jennifer Petroff

Thomas E. Rossmeissl


Dr. Carrie Andrews