COVID-19 Information and Resources

  • NEW UPDATE: Guideline Changes Per California Department of Public Health and our Local Health Agency regarding COVID-19 student quarantine

    Salida Union School District Families:

    The district has received updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health and our local health agency. The highlighted portion below are the changed protocols and procedures for students for QUARANTINE.  Salida Union School District will begin to implement the new guidelines today, when practicable.

    NEW INFORMATION ***
    When a student is a CLOSE CONTACT to a positive COVID-19 case AT SCHOOL (Quarantine): 
    Students who are close contacts to a positive COVID case at school and both parties were wearing a mask in any school setting, regardless of the student’s vaccination status, may remain at school and are not required to do a modified quarantine period. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:

    • Are asymptomatic (no COVID symptoms); 
    • Continue to appropriately m0ask, as required; and
    • Recommended to test at least once on Day 3-5 after exposure.

    Special Note - Students in quarantine will be able to attend all extracurricular activities (including sports) even if they have been exposed to a positive case while at school.  This is provided that student athletes are following all CDPH guidelines for testing and masking when appropriate.  

    These guidelines do NOT apply to a HOUSEHOLD positive exposure or exposure OUTSIDE of the school setting.  See below for guidelines on close contact outside the school setting.  

    If your child was exposed to COVID-19 at school, your family will receive an exposure notification letter. This notice will outline the date of possible exposure as well as the recommended dates to test your child. If your child was exposed to COVID-19 and is not experiencing any symptoms, your child may remain at school. Testing for exposed students is recommended but not required. If your child should begin to experience symptoms, you will follow the Isolation guidelines (found at the bottom of this letter).

    When a student is a CLOSE CONTACT to a positive COVID case OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL or a HOUSEHOLD CONTACT (Quarantine):

    When a student is a close contact to someone outside of school (at home or in the community) they must quarantine at home:

    • For a household contact the student will stay at home until the positive case ends isolation.
    • Student’s Day 0 will start once the positive case is out of isolation.
    • Student will quarantine for ten days and return to school on Day 11.

    Vaccinated Students who are a close contact to a positive case can remain at school as long as they are asymptomatic. It is recommended (but not required) for these students to test on Day 5 from the last exposure to the positive case.

    When a student is POSITIVE for COVID-19 (ISOLATION):

    Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated for 10 days; however, this timeline may be shortened if the criteria listed below is met:

    • Students must be excluded from school for at least 5 days.
    • Isolation can end and students may return to school after Day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving, and a negative diagnostic test result is collected on Day 5 or later.
    • If a student is unable or chooses not to test and the student’s symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end and the student may return to school after Day 10. No test is required.
    • If the student has a fever and/or other symptoms are not resolving, isolation must continue and the student may not return to school until the fever resolves (no fever for 24 hours without medication) and symptoms improve.
    • Students must continue to wear face coverings around others for a total of 10 days after the positive test in indoor and outdoor settings.

    The district is now able to accept COVID-19 home test results from students for verification of a positive or negative case result.  When submitting results from a home kit for confirmation of a positive or negative test result, the family must write the student’s name and the date when the sample was collected on the test kit (see pictures and examples below).  By writing the name and date on the test kit, you are attesting that the test was given to the named individual written on the test and it was taken on the date written (see pictures below).

    Test picture

    Any changes to guidance or recommendations from CDPH (California Department of Public Health) or our local public health agency will be shared with our families. If you have questions or need further clarification, please contact your child’s school site.

    Please stay safe and well.

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COVID ANTIGEN TEST KITS

  • Salida Union School District is excited to welcome all students back to school.   As you may have seen and heard on the news, the state has provided school districts with testing kits for the purpose of screening students to help identify COVID+ cases and prevent the spread of COVID on school campuses.  The District has received these test kits and they are available for student use.

    Salida Union School District is offering these OPTIONAL free at-home COVID test kits for interested students.  We will also be providing them to students that are sent home due to exposure to someone that tested positive.  If your student is sent home with the test kit, please follow the directions for self-testing and continue as follows:

    • If your child’s test is negative, they may return to school the following day as long they are symptom-free.
    • If your child’s test is positive, please notify the school office. Your child must have full isolation for 5 days from symptom onset or if no symptoms, 5 days from the positive test date.  Your child may return to school on or after Day 6, with a negative test taken on Day 5.
    • Students that do not take the at-home test must quarantine for 10 days following the exposure and may return to school on the 11 day, if asymptomatic.

    Directions for administering the “on/go” Antigen Home Test are located in the test kit box.  We have also provided a link below for directions and information.

    These tests are available for SUSD Students ONLY and are available in your school office.  If you would like to pick one up, you will be required to provide the following information:

    • Student’s Name
    • School Name
    • Teacher Name

    ***Please see the attached test kit information

     Directions for Administering the At Home Test

    Covid-19 Preventing Covid in School Settings

    on go test

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    A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT TOSH REGARDING

    2021-2022 K-12 COVID-19 SCHOOL GUIDANCE

    Dear SUSD Families,

    The 2021-22 school year is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to starting a new school year with some degree of normal compared to last school year. This past week, the district has received updated state guidance and legislation that will help inform both school districts and families regarding the status and plans for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

    For the 2021-22 school year, the district will provide full-day in-person instruction to all students. To ensure the safety of students and staff, the district will be following the required “2021-22 K-12 COVID-19 School Guidance” issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The district will also offer an Independent Study Educational Option following the regulations in the new education trailer bill AB 130.

    2021-2022 K-12 COVID-19 School Guidance

    On July 12, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released its 2021-2022 K-12 COVID-19 School Guidance. Some of the key items in the guidance that will impact students and staff include:

    • No matter the vaccination status, CDPH requires mandatory face coverings for all K-12 students and adults in K-12 settings when sharing indoor spaces with students; masks are optional outdoors.
    • Minimal physical distancing will no longer be required since evidence indicates that in-person instruction can safely occur when other mitigation strategies (e.g. masking) are implemented.
    • Barriers on student desks will no longer be utilized.
    • Transportation will resume to normal capacity with face coverings required and increased ventilation.
    • Further guidance is expected from CDPH regarding sports, band, choir, etc.

    Education trailer bill AB 130 (Independent Study Option)

    Another important state action that will impact the upcoming school year is the passing of the education trailer bill AB 130, which changed the previous Independent Study regulations. Based upon this new law, school districts must offer an Independent Study Educational Option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian.

    Based on this new legislation, which drastically alters the previous Independent Study regulations, SUSD is developing new board policies and an Independent Study (IS) program that will be offered to families for the upcoming school year. More detailed information will be forthcoming, but in general the new Independent Study requirements will include:

    Transitional Kindergarten to 3rd Grade Students:

    • Asynchronous (Independent) Instruction: A portion of the student’s instructional time (up to 3 hours daily) will consist of “Asynchronous Instruction” which consists of assignments, tasks, and projects aligned to grade level standards that is assigned to the student by a classroom teacher to work on independently at home.
    • Daily “Synchronous Instruction'': Involves live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. The number of minutes per day and the type of lesson delivery are still being determined.
    • Independent Study students will need an adult in their home throughout their instructional day to help guide and assist them with the Independent Study program.

    4th and 5th Grade Students:

    • Asynchronous (Independent) Instruction: A portion of the student’s instructional time (up to 3 hours daily) will consist of “Asynchronous Instruction” which consists of assignments, tasks, and projects aligned to grade level standards that is assigned to the student by a classroom teacher to work on independently at home.
    • At least Weekly “Synchronous Instruction”: Involves live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. The number of minutes per day and the type of lesson delivery are still being determined.
    • Daily “Live interaction”: A school district employee will interact with the student daily for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness. The number of minutes and form of communication is still being determined.

    6th through 8th Grade Students:

    • Asynchronous (Independent) Instruction: The majority of the student’s instructional time (4 to 5 hours daily) will consist of “Asynchronous Instruction” which consists of assignments, tasks, and projects aligned to grade level standards that is assigned to the student by a classroom teacher to work on independently at home.
    • At least Weekly “Synchronous Instruction”: Involves live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. The number of minutes per day and the type of lesson delivery are still being determined.
    • Daily “Live interaction”: A school district employee will interact with the student daily for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness. The number of minutes and form of communication is still being determined.
    • Independent Study students will need an adult in their home throughout their instructional day to help guide and assist them with the Independent Study program.

    Hopefully, this information will assist families as you plan for the upcoming school year. Further information regarding the start of the new school year and the specific details regarding the Independent Study option will be provided to families in the near future. A commitment agreement to participate in the Independent Study program will be sent out next week via Aeries communication.

    In the meantime, please continue to enjoy the summer vacation with your family. We look forward to seeing your children in August.

    Regards,

    Twila Tosh

    Superintendent

     

     

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