COVID-19 Resources - SCSD Health & Safety Plan
|Week of:||Number of Students/Staff Reporting a Positive COVID Case||Number of Individuals in Modified Quarantine* Due to Exposure on Campus||
Number of Individuals in Quarantine Due to Exposure on Campus
|Date San Mateo County Health was Notified|
|Sep 13 - Sep 19||1||58||1||Sep 16, 2021|
|Sep 6 - Sep 12||3||3||3||Sep 6 & 7, 2021|
|Aug 30 - Sep 5||2||67||2||Sep 1 & 3, 2021|
|Aug 23 - 29||3||66||3||Aug 22 & 25, 2021|
|Aug 16 - 22||1||9||1||Aug 20, 2021|
|Aug 9 - 15||2||0||2||Aug 11, 2021|
We will continue to add to this section of our COVID-19 Resources page to provide clarity on questions we receive.
What is Modified Quarantine?
According to the Pandemic Recovery Framework, if all parties were wearing a mask in an indoor or outdoor school setting or school bus, students who are unvaccinated and are identified as Close Contacts may undergo a modified 10-day quarantine, which includes being able to attend school for in-person learning.
This is the process SCSD is following in 2021-22 per public health guidelines. The students can continue to attend school if they:
- Are asymptomatic;
- Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
- Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine; and
- Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting. Students may remain on campus for an on-site afterschool program.
Additional details for the quarantine of unvaccinated close contacts can be found on pg. 23 of the Pandemic Recovery Framework.
This public health protocol is very different from last year’s process in which districts would move the entire class, including students and adults, from in-person learning to full distance learning.
This school year, public health experts stress the importance of students being on their school campuses learning together with their classmates and teachers for their overall social-emotional well-being. Experts believe students are safe at school when other mitigation factors, such as masking and ventilation protocols, are in place and especially when transmission typically takes place in the community.
When and who receives exposure notices? (September 17, 2021)
San Carlos School District sends exposure notices to those students and staff who have been identified to be a Close Contact or Likely Close Contact of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. An additional exposure notice is then sent to the entire school community after all Close Contacts/Likely Close Contacts have been alerted.
A Close Contact/Likely Close Contact is defined as an individual who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.
Why are we notified about a positive case 3-5 days after the infectious period? (September 17, 2021)
It is the goal of the San Carlos School District to notify families of exposure as soon as we are able. Once we are notified that there is a positive Case of COVID-19 on campus, we must first determine who may have been exposed as a Close Contact or Likely Close Contact through contact tracing. Contact tracing can take up to 8 hours per case depending on the number of people identified.
Additionally, San Mateo County Health prefers a laboratory-based PCR test to determine the presence of the COVID-19 virus. Obtaining test results may take up to 4 days which in turn delays our notification process. We are unable to notify our school community of a campus exposure until we receive the results from the individual case and complete the contact tracing process.
Stay Home When Sick and Get Tested:
- Staff members and students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection should not to return for in-person instruction until they have met these criteria:
- At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
- Other symptoms have improved; and
- They have a negative COVID-19 test,
- OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma)
- OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus),
- OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.
- Students, teachers, and staff who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
- Parents and guardians should keep children home if they are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and get them tested.
Student and Community COVID-19 Testing:
Contact your health provider for a test if you have symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Keeping COVID cases off of our campuses will keep our in-person learning possible.
Sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:
Independent Study Program:
California Assembly Bill 130 authorizes districts to provide Independent Study for a student whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. The program SCSD is offering in 2021-22 will differ significantly from the Connections program we offered last year in that synchronous instruction will be limited, as the legislation requires just 30 minutes daily for grades K-3 and 40 minutes, 2 times per week for 4-8 grade.
Here is a presentation slide deck from the August 5, 2021 SCSD School Board Meeting with more detailed information. If you are interested in this program or would like to inquire more about it, please contact your school Principal.
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