Important Updates from EUSD

October 8, 2021

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Dear Families,


This coming week we are excited to host parent/teacher conferences for all students. We know the partnership between a child’s family and the teacher is critical to a student’s success. Thank you for prioritizing this important time to connect, ask questions, and collaborate with your child’s teacher.


We do hope all families enjoy time together during our one week Fall Break. We will see everyone back on Monday, October 25th.


Please find the district updates below. We continue to be grateful and appreciative of the tremendous support of our community.


Warmly,


Andrée Grey, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Updates in this communication include:


  • Districtwide Earthquake Drill - October 2021
  • Family Tech Trends
  • Modified Quarantine Notices
  • Vaccinations
  • Mask Reminders
  • Updated Decision Tree
  • EUSD Family Movie Night

Districtwide Earthquake Drill - October 2021

Throughout this month, sites across the district are participating in the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake drill. The earthquake drill compliments the many drills conducted at our sites throughout the year as a part of the District's continued focus on school safety and emergency preparedness training for staff and students. Typically, this statewide event occurs on the third Thursday of October, which is during Fall Break for EUSD. This year, we adjusted the date of the drill to occur at each district site during the month of October.

Family Tech Trends Publication

Click here to view the current edition of EUSD Family Tech Trends with topics related to:


  • Four Phrases to Avoid with Kids & Tech
  • EUSD Digital Citizenship Course
  • Facebook, Instagram, and Kids
  • A Family Media Use Plan

Modified Quarantine: COVID-19

Currently, when a positive case is confirmed and a quarantine order is put in place for close contacts in a specific classroom, parents have the option to select modified (in school) quarantine or an at-home (out of school) quarantine. Please note: Beginning after fall break, for any new close contact situations, a modified (in school) quarantine will be the default selection included in the parent notification letters. In the event you are emailed about a close contact in your student’s classroom and wish to select the at-home (out of school) quarantine, please complete the Google Form that will be included in the parent notification to opt your child out of the modified quarantine. If you do not complete the Google Form to select the at-home quarantine option and your child is at school, they will be tested if a consent form is on file.


Reminder: If you would like your child to be tested at school in the event of an exposure, make sure you have completed and submitted your consent form. Please click here or use the QR code provided below to access the Primary.Health consent form.


**Please note all quarantines (modified and at home) require the students to refrain from all before and after school activities and community events. This includes all social activities, sports practices, dance practice, school events, and before or after school care/programs.

Vaccinations

As you may have heard, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will mandate vaccines for all public and private school students ages 12 and older learning in person, once the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is fully authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for children ages 12 to 15. Due to the age range, our district is not impacted at this time. Currently, the vaccine is fully approved for use in individuals ages 16 and older. The mandate includes the potential at a later date for children under 12 after full FDA approval. We will wait to hear more about this in the coming months. At the time the vaccine mandate for students ages 12 and older goes into effect, the state will also require all K-12 public and private school staff to be vaccinated. All district staff are either vaccinated or are being tested weekly per the current mandate. We will share details about this vaccine mandate and how it will impact school operations as soon as we know more.

Mask Reminders

It is a great time to check the conditions of your child’s facial coverings. It is important to replace them if they no longer meet requirements for fit or function. According to the CDC, masks need to:


  • Provide a proper fit over your nose and mouth to prevent leaks

  • Be of multiple layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric

  • Be made of a fabric that blocks light when held up to bright light source


The district will provide masks for students who need them or if students do not have a properly fitted or functioning face covering.

Updated Decision Tree

The County has been taking feedback and making adjustments to the Decision Tree. Here is the updated decision tree in English that reflects this effort; the Spanish version will be available soon.


Notable additions include a separate tree for people who are asymptomatic and test positive for COVID-19, and decision sequences now include the requirement that when a person with symptoms has a negative antigen finding, confirmation with a lab-processed molecular sample collected within 48 hours is needed. In addition, further clarity is provided around when a test sample should be collected for modified quarantine, and when isolation begins for an asymptomatic person who tests positive and later develops symptoms. Finally, the document now also includes a list of frequently asked questions.

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