Current COVID-19 Masking Policy
The CUHSD Board of Trustees determined on Thursday, March 3, 2022 that our school district will conform to the state and county decision that after March 11, 2022 masks will be strongly recommended in our schools, but not required under a number of conditions:
We will remain vigilant in continually monitoring conditions and appreciate everyone’s cooperation so far in doing what it takes to keep students and staff safe and the schools open.
What does this mean for students and staff?
The state lifting the mask requirement may cause anxiety for some, especially those who are at higher risk for COVID or live with someone who is at higher risk. However, masking has always been one portion of our multifaceted COVID-19 Safety Plan that includes staying home when sick, regular sanitizing and cleaning of our facilities, onsite COVID screenings for students and staff, placing new sanitation stations, and ventilation measures. Again, mask wearing will still be strongly recommended and is an option for every student or staff member who wishes to wear one at any time. We know that this will be a highly personal decision for each family and staff member and we will respect the choice you make.
Using At-Home Tests 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
All students currently attending school are encouraged to continue participating in our free and optional student COVID-19 Testing.
Guidance for Extracurricular Events & Activities
Group-Based Tracing for COVID Exposures
As you may recall, in January we shared that CUHSD staff would pause individual close contact notifications during the COVID surge, in line with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and Public Health.
Now that the surge has subsided, our schools will restart notices. Moving forward, however, the communications will be sent following CDPH’s Group-Tracing Approach. Instead of individual contact tracing and close-contact notifications, our staff will notify groups of students and staff (i.e. classmates, teammates, etc.) who have shared an indoor space with someone with COVID-19 during their infectious period.
Students who receive this notification should test at least once weekly using our on-campus testing resources or through CUHSD’s community testing kiosk, County testing options, or a private health provider/pharmacy. Over the last few weeks we have increased our District's capacity to test our students and staff on a weekly basis. If you have not already, I encourage you to register your student to participate in our weekly on-site COVID-19 testing.
What does this mean for you and your child?
- If your child has been exposed to someone with COVID 19, they may remain in school unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Being exposed to somebody with COVID-19 does not necessarily mean that your child will become infected. Vaccination and wearing a mask can reduce the chance of infection even if exposed. 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.
- You will be notified if your child spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared indoor airspace (e.g., classroom) with someone with COVID-19 during their period of infectiousness.
- Notification will occur to "groups" of exposed students (e.g., classmates, teammates, cohorts, etc.) rather than contact tracing to identify individual "close contacts" (e.g., those within 6 feet).
- As always, if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, please make sure they isolate at home immediately and notify your student’s school attendance staff right away.
- If your child is exposed, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or prior infection, they should get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days after exposure.
- If your child is exposed, does not have symptoms, and participates in weekly testing, they may continue to attend school and participate in sports and extracurriculars.
- Visit the CUHSD Testing/Resources page to see the schedule and for testing resources.
Using the Most Appropriate Masks at School
Frequently Asked Questions
Report COVID-19 Health and Safety Concerns