Revised COVID Contact Tracing & Quarantine Process for Loma Prieta and CT English Students
January 20, 2022
Loma Prieta and CT English Families,
We’d like to thank you for your continued support as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together. As always, our primary objective has been to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff while at the same time, providing the best environments for academic and social-emotional success.
Although our country is reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases amid the Omicron variant, research shows that schools remain among the safest places for children to be. Through our weekly testing, masking, air purification systems in all classrooms and libraries, effective hygiene practices, encouragement of vaccinations and boosters, and more, we have created a mountain community that is as safe as possible.
The primary drivers of our COVID mitigation strategy have been the recommendations and guidelines provided by our state and county public health departments. As their recommendations change, based on an increasing amount of available data, so do ours. To that end, we want to make you aware of changes in the contact tracing approach we will be adopting until February 11, 2022 based on state and county recommendations.
NEW - GROUP CONTACT TRACING FOR STUDENTS EXPOSED TO COVID-19
On January 12, 2022, the California Department of Public Health and Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced the Group Contact Tracing Approach designed to keep all students who may have been exposed to COVID-19, but have no symptoms, in school.
Group Contact Tracing means that schools will notify all individuals who 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.
Exposed students, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection, who are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19:
- May remain at school and continue participating in all classroom based activities and sports/extracurricular activities
- Should get tested within 3-5 days after exposure
- Any FDA-approved antigen diagnostic test or PCR diagnostic test, is acceptable for evaluation of an individual's COVID-19 status. Our District currently offers weekly antigen rapid testing for all students.
- For students who have been recently infected (within the past 90 days), antigen testing is strongly recommended as PCR results may remain persistently positive and not be indicative of a new active infection.
STUDENTS WITH SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
If any student, regardless of vaccination status or previous infection, is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, they must remain home for at least ten (10) calendar days unless ALL of the following requirements are met:
- Your child is feeling better. AND
- Your child has been fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). AND
- Your child’s medical evaluator (Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Physician's Assistant) provides a letter indicating that symptoms are NOT due to COVID-19 OR provide proof of a negative COVID test. Testing is available through our district - Please contact Diane Harit email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- All requests for return prior to the 10 day isolation time frame are subject to review of the information above..
STUDENTS WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
If your student tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, they must follow the below protocols:
- Isolate at home for at least 5 days
- Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving
- Need to have a negative test (Antigen tests are preferred by local and state health departments when retesting) collected on day 5 or later before returning to school (on day 6 or later). In order for a student to return to school, three elements need to be present:
- Isolation for 5 Days
- Resolving or no symptoms
- Negative COVID test
- If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation and return to school can end after day 10.
- If symptoms, including fever, are still present not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolved or until after day 10 (regardless of how many days are left in isolation).
- Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings
We encourage you to contact us with questions and concerns. Please call, email, or visit us for updates.
Kevin Grier, Ed.D.