COVID-19 Resources - SCSD Health & Safety Plan

 

San Carlos School District Health & Safety Plan

The San Carlos School District continues to plan, prepare for, and implement its instructional programs and school operations in response to conditions and requirements emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with state and county public health guidelines, SCSD is safely reopening our school campuses to resume on-site, in-person teaching, and learning.
 
School procedures will look different than pre-pandemic, and they will be based upon the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CA Department of Education (CDE) guidelines.
 
View our updated San Carlos School District Health & Safety Plan updated on August 15, 2022 for the most up-to-date information.
 
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San Mateo County Office of Education COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework

The SMCOE COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework replaces the Pandemic Recovery Framework, which guided the safe reopening and operation of public and private schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document was developed in consultation with San Mateo County Health (SMCH) and reflects California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance and other relevant guidance for schools and districts.

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Additional COVID-19 Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We will continue to add to this section of our COVID-19 Resources page to provide clarity on questions we receive.
Please Note: School districts are no longer required to post weekly COVID-19 Dashboard udpates.
Staying home when sick can lower the risk of spreading infectious diseases, including COVID-19, to other people. 
 
The CDPH recommends that those with symptoms of COVID-19 take the following steps, regardless of their vaccination status:
  • Self-isolate and take or be administered an antigen test as soon as possible to determine infection status.
  • Remain in isolation while waiting for testing results. If not tested, they should continue isolating for 10 days after the day of symptom onset, and if they cannot isolate, should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days.
  • Consider continuing self-isolation and retesting with an antigen test in 1-2 days if testing negative, particularly if tested during the first 1-2 days of symptoms. Testing between days 3-5 is advised.
  • Continue to self-isolate if test result is positive, follow recommended actions for isolation and contact healthcare provider about available treatments if symptoms are severe or they are at high risk for serious disease or if they have any questions concerning their care.
 
Common Symptoms of COVID-19 (CDPH)
(Source - SCSD Health & Safety Plan - page 12)

Testing remains a key mitigation layer to detect and curb transmission of COVID-19. CDPH strongly recommends that schools facilitate access to COVID-19 testing for students and staff, particularly for vulnerable communities. CDPH has made some important shifts in its guidance around testing since the last school year, which are captured in more detail in the Preliminary Testing Framework for K-12 Schools and shared in SMCOE COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework.

 

Due to the increased travel and social interactions that often occur during school breaks, CDPH recommends that students and staff get tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to school following major breaks (e.g., summer, winter, spring). CDPH also recommends that schools provide staff and students with over-the-counter (OTC)/at-home test kits for use in back-to-school testing.

 

Move to Antigen Testing

According to CDPH, antigen tests should be considered the primary option for detecting COVID-19 in schools, instead of PCR tests. Antigen tests that provide rapid results are much better to guide immediate isolation to prevent transmission. A PCR test, on the other hand, picks up very low levels of virus, both before and after an infection (sometimes for months), leading to students and staff unnecessarily missing school despite feeling well and not being a risk to others. Both the professional, on-site antigen tests as well as the over-the-counter (OTC) at-home antigen tests have been effective in identifying persons who have infectious levels of all known COVID variants.

  • CDPH will offer more distributions of OTC COVID-19 tests to schools. Schools may use OTC tests to supplant on-site testing in many situations.
  • Due to the move to greater availability of OTC tests, CDPH expects the volume of on-site testing to decrease. However, CDPH will continue to support professional on-site antigen testing programs in the 2022-2023 school year.
  • CDPH’s pooled PCR program will not be available in 2022-23. Schools that were in that program are encouraged to transition to the CDPH professional antigen program.
  • Lab-based molecular tests (PCR/LAMP) are reserved for confirmatory testing with more guidance forthcoming.
  • CDPH’s Professional At-School Antigen Program playbook answers many commonly asked questions about the antigen program and onboarding.

 

Additional Testing Resources

Vaccine Fact Sheets - Scroll to the bottom to find multilingual fact sheets on COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and additional doses.
When outdoor air quality is satisfactory, staff are encouraged to open doors and windows to bring fresh outdoor air into the building and classroom to help keep virus particles from concentrating inside. In-room (portable) air purifiers have been provided in every classroom to reduce the risk of long-range airborne transmission by providing high-efficiency filtration. In the event that outdoor air quality is poor, doors and windows should be shut, and classes being held outside should be relocated inside. The supplied air purifiers will provide filtration of both virus particles and smoke or other airborne particles. Classrooms and areas with HVAC systems have been provided with MERV rated filters that are changed quarterly. The majority of classrooms in the district do not have HVAC systems, and therefore rely on airflow from doors and windows and fans for cooling, and boilers or similar heating systems for heating. 
 
Ventilation FAQs: Smoke Days and COVID-19 (updated September 28, 2021): The risk of getting COVID-19 is much greater in indoor settings with poor air quality. Learn how to maintain effective ventilation and filtration even when air quality is poor.
 
How is SCSD Improving Air Quality in our Schools? (Added from Air Quality Protocols page 8/31/21)
Indoor airborne particles can be removed in two ways: ventilation (air exchange) and filtration (removing particles from the air).  SCSD has HVAC systems with Merv 11 filters and HEPA hospital-grade air purifiers to catch particulate matter and improve air quality.  All units are serviced quarterly and documented. Opening windows and doors further layers this support, but when air quality is compromised by smoke from wildfires, we will defer to the guidance from the San Mateo County Office of Education and close windows and doors based on that guidance. 
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SCSD District
Point-of-Contact
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District Nurse
Jennifer Otanez
call 650-832-4201 
 
or call 650-590-5922
if Nurse is unavailable
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SCSD Director of Human Resources
Jennifer Smith [email protected]
650-590-5922
 
Resources for Staff
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