COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING PROTOCOL
PROTOCOLO DE RASTREO DE CONTACTOS
IF YOUR CHILD IS EXPOSED AT SCHOOL...
If your children are identified during the contact-tracing process, you will be sent the following email from our COVID Help Center:
You are receiving this notification because your child has met the criteria for exposure (has spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes - within a 24-hour time period - in a shared indoor space) with someone with COVID-19 during their period of infectiousness.
Regardless of your child's vaccination status or prior infection, he/she should get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of the date of this notification. FDA-approved rapid antigen tests are available at our school sites, pending available supply. School officials have also been notified of the exposure and can assist you with obtaining a rapid antigen test.
Your child may continue to attend school and monitor for symptoms.
Please do not send your child to school if they have any cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, which include cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of test or smell, shortness of breath, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our COVID Help Center at (951) 509-5014.
Alvord Unified School District
COVID Help Center
ANTIGEN RAPID HOME-TESTING KITS
GET 4 FREE TEST KITS FROM THE GOVERNMENT...
Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available for order and shipment through the United States Postal Service. Each order will contain 4 tests. There is a limit of 1 order per residential address. Additional tests cannot be ordered regardless of the size of the household. This effort is part of a federal program to provide free at-home COVID-19 tests with free shipping to every residential address and residential PO Box™ in the United States.
It's easy. Click here or on the image below to order.
IF YOUR CHILD TESTS POSITIVE
Since January 12, 2022, after the California Department of Public Health updated their K-12 School Guidance to address the current COVID-19 surge, we have updated protocol related to isolation, quarantine, and testing, as follows:
- Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 may not attend school for a minimum of five days. Students who test negative on Day 5 may return to school on Day 6 if there is no fever and their symptoms have improved.
HOW DO I REPORT MY POSITIVE CASE AND ABSENCE?...
Use the QR code below to go directly to the Google form to report the case and the absence. Or, click on this link (or click on the Google image below) to access the form. If you complete the form you do not need to call in your absence. The form can be completed on a smart phone or a computer.
SHORT-TERM INDEPENDENT STUDY THROUGH QUARANTINE PERIOD...
Students who are quarantined are placed on a short-term independent study contract to track their attendance and participation. Parent can sign those forms in the Aeries Parent Portal.
FOLLOW CASES AT YOUR SCHOOL ON THE DATA DASHBOARD...
WHEN WILL WE QUARANTINE (CLOSE) A CLASSROOM OR A SCHOOL?...
We will close classrooms or a school (i.e. quarantine all students and staff) if public health officials determine that keeping the school open poses a substantial risk of school-wide or community spread. That determination would result from identifying and confirming a cluster of cases on a single campus (multiple connected COVID-19 cases that are linked by the same location or event within 14 days, outside of a household). A school could be closed for up to two weeks. What's more likely, however, is that a single classroom or multiple classrooms would have to quarantine for five to ten days while the school remains open for everyone else, as we have already had to do three times since January 3.
We may also have to temporarily close an entire school for decontamination or when massive contact tracing is necessary due to hundreds of students having been exposed. Or, we may have to temporarily close a school in response to significant absenteeism of staff and our inability to safely keep the school open. If we continue to strictly adhere to our safety measures and effectively manage infections, we can avoid a school closure. Everyone needs to do their part to stop the spread.
DETAILS ON THE CURRENT GUIDANCE, EFFECTIVE MARCH 12, 2022
At the end of school day this past Friday, March 11, 2022, the universal masking requirement for schools in the state of California ended. Beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 14, our students and employees may now choose whether or not they want to wear a mask on school campuses.
While school districts are no longer required to mandate universal masking, the California Department of Public Health still strongly recommends it, depending on the COVID-19 community level and continued implementation of appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures. For individuals, anyone at high risk of severe illness or who may share a home or care for someone at a higher risk of severe illness should talk to their healthcare provider about wearing a mask and taking other precautions.
Our decision to make masking optional in our schools is based on three primary factors: One, our COVID-19 community level is low. Two, the high quality of our indoor air. And three, our multi-layered strategy to provide safe, successful, and full in-person instruction, including the following:
- Utilize home health-screening to keep all contagious illnesses away from school campuses.
- Utilize our COVID Help Center to contact-trace and work closely with County public health officials to support schools and families.
- Provide free home-testing kits to students in quarantine or modified quarantine.
- Provide free PCR and rapid COVID-testing at the Arlanza Public Library for anyone who wants to test.
- Socially distance, whenever possible and as necessary.
- Provide personal protective equipment (PPE), as necessary.
- Disinfect all classrooms and campuses nightly using the Clorox® Total 360® System electrostatic sprayer.
- Follow best respiratory hygiene practices in classrooms and on campuses.
- Utilize air scrubbers in classrooms and other campus spaces to provide clean air at the source using medical-grade HEPA filtration.
- Utilize hands-free water fountains.
- Utilize plexiglass table shields and barriers in common spaces such as office spaces, cafeterias, and where staff congregate, when and if we are unable to socially distance.
- Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 may not attend school for a minimum of five days. Student who test negative on Day 5 may return to school on Day 6 if there is no fever and their symptoms have improved.
- Regarding sports and extracurricular activities, students on modified quarantine may participate in all after-school programs at all grade levels, unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.