Update: January 20, 2022
Notification Letter to Parents/Guardians Regarding COVID-19 Exposures at School
The California Department of Public Health has released revised guidance for TK-12 settings. As a result, between January 21, 2022 and February 11, 2022, our staff will not be sending individual close contact notifications. Instead, we will focus on weekly testing of all students and staff.
What does this mean for you and your child?
*Note: As of 1/20/22 the guidelines have changed and the information regarding close contacts below is in effect January 21 to February 11. In-home close contacts who are not fully vaccinated and are exposed to a confirmed positive case in their household must still quarantine as outlined below, even if symptoms are not present.
Campbell Union High School District follows the guidance provided by the Santa Clara Department of Health and Santa Clara County Office of Education in making determinations for keeping students safe in schools. This webpage provides resources that will help parents/guardians maintain a safe and high-quality in-person environment for all students.
Please continue to keep your children home if they have received a positive test or show any COVID-19 symptoms. Please note, in some situations, students who have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days may also need to stay home. Please call the attendance line of your school to notify the school of your child's situation. Site COVID response staff will reach out to each individual case and provide guidance directly.
These guidelines reflect the most recent K-12 Guidance from January 12th, 2022 from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and are subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to families as appropriate, and as always, our site COVID response staff will reach out to each individual case and provide guidance directly.
Using At-Home Tests to Return to School
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that FDA-approved at-home COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test may be used to confirm an individual tests negative for the purpose or returning to school. Click here for a full list of Diagnostic Tests with FDA Emergency Use Authorization. This only applies to those whose symptoms have significantly improved or resolved and have tested negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later.
In line with this guidance and in an effort to minimize the disruption of student learning, CUHSD allows families to use an at-home COVID-19 test to verify a student has tested negative on day 5 or later to return to school.
To report at-home test results, families will need to:
- Take a photo of the negative test, including student’s name and date the at-home test was taken written on the test (or a picture of the student with the negative test result)
- Submit an Attestation Form and attach the photo above. Click on your school to access the relevant At-Home Test Result form for your student: Boynton | Branham | Del Mar | Leigh | Prospect | Westmont | Camden Post-Secondary
For families who are unable to secure an at-home COVID test to end their student's quarantine or isolation to return to school, parents/guardians or a family member who is not in quarantine may pick up a test at the front desk of the CUHSD District Office at 3235 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124. Please note: This is only for students who are in quarantine or attempting to return to school after quarantine.
All students currently attending school are encouraged to continue participating in our free and optional student COVID-19 Testing.
Guidance for Extracurricular Events & Activities
A guide for extracurricular events is available and includes information on covid restrictions for activities and events at our school sites:
Using the Most Appropriate Masks at School
The California Department of Public Health's most recent guidance states that masks are required for all individuals in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status. Furthermore it states that surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit are recommended.
It is recommended that all students use these masks or better - CUHSD is making surgical type masks available to all students at their school sites.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if a student comes to school ill?
A student who is ill and exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated in a designated area on campus until a parent or guardian arrives to pick them up.
Will they be required to be tested for COVID-19?
Per the public health department, a student or staff member with symptoms will be required to get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible or provide a medical note before returning. If the test is negative, they are to remain home until their symptoms improve. If a student or staff test positive, they will receive instructions to isolate for 10 days. On day 5 after their positive test, they may test again - if negative and if symptoms have improved they may return to school. Close contacts at school will be identified and notified with public health department instructions for testing and quarantine. A public health department "general advisory" letter may be given (template letters are in development by the department). Close contact is defined by California Department of Public Health as within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes.
Will parents and students be made aware if someone on campus tests positive for COVID-19?
CUHSD maintains and regularly updates our COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard with all confirmed cases on our sites. Additionally, school sites regularly communicate positive case information to their school communities via newsletters as well as directly contacting any students and families potentially affected by the case.
In line with California Department of Public Health guidance, we document/track incidents of possible exposure and notify local health officials. While maintaining confidentiality as required under FERPA and state and federal law related to privacy of educational and employee records, if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, close contacts at school will be identified and notified with public health department instructions for testing and quarantine. Close contact is defined by California Department of Public Health as within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes.
What happens if a staff member or student tests positive? Will school be closed for 14 days? Is there a procedure in place for quarantining in the event that a person on campus tests positive?
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, members of the school will be notified with public health department instructions for testing and quarantine. Close contact is defined by the California Department of Public Health as within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes. We will follow the SCCPHD guidelines for closures. Each scenario has different circumstances and in each case we will consult and follow guidance provided by public health authorities.
What happens in the case that a family member of a student or staff member tests positive?
If it is confirmed that a student or staff member has been in close contact with a positive case, they would follow the public health department guidelines. Currently, if a student is unvaccinated or has not been exposed to COVID in the last 90 days and has been in close contact with someone in the home, they must quarantine according to the guidance above. A student who is self-isolating will work with their teacher to complete coursework from home. Please contact your school site for more information on when the student may return to school.
What happens to teaching and learning if an entire classroom or school needs to close?
The teachers and students would transition into an online distance learning model until they can return to the classroom. CUHSD will have a plan and teacher training in place for this scenario.
How likely is it that schools may close?
Once schools reopen, schools are not required to close again if the county sees an increase in case rates or positive testing percentages. However, individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teachers/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the local health officer. California law does not allow our District to offer only distance learning. The ability to offer only distance/remote/virtual/synchronous learning expired on June 30, 2020. Independent study is offered at CUHSD with the Virtual Learning Academy. While Independent study is offered, families must choose to participate in the program and our District must obtain an independent study agreement for all students participating in the program. For more information visit our Virtual Learning Academy webpage.
Will truancy limits (10% of missed days) remain the same in event that a student is sent home for a minimum of 14 days due to COVID-19 exposure?
An absence of this type will not count towards truancy. Students with needs for extended absences will be supported on a case-by-case basis.
How do I report my positive results or close contact exposure?
You will report directly to your site via phone call to the attendance line. Our reporting protocols follow all HIPAA guidelines and we may release information to public health officials as required.
I heard there was a positive case at my school but I have not received a notice, what do I do?
From January 21st until February 11th, our staff will not be notifying close contacts about potential exposures at our school sites. Guidance from CDPH allows, in the event of wide-scale and/or repeated exposures -- as we have been experiencing during the current Omicron surge -- once weekly testing may be implemented in lieu of traditional exposure notification and contact tracing. This approach applies during the height of the Omicron pandemic given the frequent exposures occurring in school and in the community where exposures are not or cannot be communicated. Have your student tested at least once weekly, you are encouraged to take advantage of our testing resources mentioned above. If your student develops symptoms or tests positive, keep them home and notify your school site. They will provide further guidance in line with the information above.
I received a case or close contact letter but the number on the dashboard has not been updated. Why?
CUHSD does not wait to notify close contacts upon the initial report of a positive case. However, we do update this on a weekly basis on Fridays and may not have updated this dashboard.
Where can I find up-to-date information about confirmed cases at CUHSD?
All confirmed COVID-19 incidents related to CUHSD sites and offices will be posted to our COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard webpage.
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