- Old Adobe Union Sch District
OAUSD Updates 5-10-21
1. Student & Community Vaccination Clinics
The Sonoma County Department of Public Health is urging students 16 years of age and older, as well as their families, to get vaccinated at a local vaccination clinic. Information on where and when these clinics are being held and how to sign up is available here.
Of the many benefits for vaccinating students, one important benefit is that vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if exposed to a COVID-positive person. Also, students will be able to hang out with friends who are vaccinated without the need to mask or socially distance.
Looking ahead, we anticipate the vaccine will also be available to anyone 12 years of age and older within the next couple of weeks. Once this is confirmed, County Health officials, in partnership with SCOE, will host a webinar for parents and the community to provide information, address concerns, and answer questions. More information on the date and time of the webinar will be shared when confirmed.
Sonoma County Public Health officials are pleased to share that we have made excellent progress toward vaccinating a large portion of the adult population. More than 50% of adults in Sonoma County have been fully vaccinated. Another 18% of adults have completed one dose. The county goal is 70% of Sonoma County’s adult population to be fully vaccinated by May 15. We continue to promote vaccines for public health and safety.
2. Change in Quarantine Requirements for Vaccinated Staff
Cal/OSHA has partially updated its COVID-19 guidance for schools in relation to quarantine requirements for staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 but are fully vaccinated. Now, in accordance with CDC and CDPH guidelines for fully-vaccinated persons, Cal/OSHA states: "Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic. Following a known exposure at work, fully vaccinated workers do not need to quarantine if asymptomatic."
CDPH has also updated its Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People to clarify that exposed, asymptomatic, fully vaccinated workers do NOT need to be excluded from the workplace. Because of Executive Order N-84-20, CDPH guidance supersedes the Cal/OSHA standards on this specific point.
The state also expects that Cal/OSHA will issue draft language for their new regulations as early as this Friday. The goal is to try to get new regulations into effect by the June 15th Blueprint deadline.
3. Youth Sports & Shared Playground Equipment
Please note that once Sonoma County moves into the Yellow Tier (perhaps as soon as May 12), it is no longer necessary to clean playground equipment between uses. Sites will still need to clean equipment at the end of each day, but not between student groups during the day.
4. Quarantine for Siblings of Exposed Students
The County Health medical team discussed whether siblings of a child who is quarantined for being a close contact to a COVID-19 case-patient need to be quarantined as well if they cannot be kept apart. The decision was NO, you do not have to quarantine the non-exposed sibling unless the child who was a close contact develops symptoms. If the exposed child develops symptoms, then the sibling would need to quarantine and test.
5. Travel Guidance
We have received questions regarding travel and quarantine post-travel. Per the CDC and CDPH, fully vaccinated persons do not need to test or quarantine after domestic travel. They are advised to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms. Individuals do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months.
For unvaccinated individuals, CDC and CDPH recommend delaying travel until a person is fully vaccinated. CDPH guidelines for non-essential travel by (not fully) unvaccinated persons states the following for unvaccinated individuals:
Except in connection with essential travel, Californians should avoid non-essential travel outside of California, to other states or countries unless they are fully vaccinated.This reduces the risk that new sources of infection and new virus strains could be introduced to California.
Non-essential travelers from other states or countries, are strongly discouraged from entering California, and should adhere to the quarantine procedures set forth below.
Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before travel, and get tested 3-5 days upon arrival to their destination. They should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative.
Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated and don't get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel."
For international travel, please see this CDC guidance.
District Progress Towards Reopening - ONE Question and Answer
Please take a moment to read the March 26, 2021 Reopening Update:
QUESTION 1: Now that the guidance on physical distancing has changed from 6 ft to 3 ft, will all students return to school simultaneously on April 12th?
ANSWER 1: Changing Guidance on Physical Distancing: You have probably heard by now that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended reducing the required social distancing requirement between students in elementary schools from 6ft to 3ft to enable schools eventually to reopen more fully. At the beginning of this week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) concurred with this recommendation. However, with Sonoma County just emerging from the purple tier, last Friday we were told to expect the 6’ distancing requirement to remain in place for Sonoma County (thereby requiring the hybrid) through the end of this school year. Although we were not expecting the Sonoma County Public Health Department to adjust its guidance so soon, late Tuesday, districts were informed that Sonoma County Public Health also decided to revise their recommended social distancing guidance between students from 6’ to 3’ in elementary schools.
The new guidance only changed the social distancing requirement for students. Student chairs can now be 3ft apart rather than 6ft which allows us to put more students and desks in each classroom. The distance between the teachers to students is still 6ft. All people on campus will still be required to wear masks and observe all of the other safety protocols per our Covid Safety Plan. We will need to change only the aspects of the safety plan that address the social distancing of students in the classroom. All other components of the plan will remain intact.
Our leadership team met on Monday morning to discuss this change in guidance, options, and possible next steps for our planning. District and site administrators also met with both bargaining teams on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and there was consensus that more time to prepare is needed in order to pivot to a full time return of all students back on campus at the same time. With spring break next week, there simply is not enough time for us to complete it all in order to welcome students back simultaneously to begin on April 12th. Keeping students at the forefront, we do not want delay reopening beyond April 12th. Furthermore, we need to ensure that we reopen in a timely fashion as to not incur any additional loss of funding.
Please be patient with us as we work to respond to this monumental and unexpected change in guidance. There are numerous complexities required for the planning for both families and the district that require a little time. Parents would need time and opportunity to adjust childcare arrangements. The district would need to adjust staffing, invest in another facilities overhaul, and amend many complex schedules related to busing, childcare, etc.
Consequently, while all students began the year with their current teacher, on April 12th we will separate students into hybrid on-campus and distance learning. Some students will inherently receive a new teacher. To make any additional changes to the model and to pivot again, possibly assigning students to a third teacher, is simply not in the best interest of students. With only 7 weeks left in this school, we are trying to build in as much consistency as possible.
We will begin after spring break in the am/pm hybrid as planned. This will enable us to become comfortable with our safety protocols with approximately half the student body at one time before reopening more fully. Please be sure to open the email you receive each morning to answer the question and submit the CrisisGo Covid Symptom Check for your child(ren) each day they will be on campus.
FAll 2021 Return to On-Campus Learning Taskforce
We are planning to welcome all students back to campus for a full return in fall of 2021-2022. Please look for information regarding a Fall 2021 Return to On-Campus Learning Taskforce.
Stay safe and enjoy the break!
- Sonoma County Dashboard - COVID-19 Case Data (Current Data)
- OAUSD 2020-2021 Reopening Plan (Jul. 23, 2020)
- Board Resolution 755 - Reopening Criteria (Approved February 25, 2021)
- OAUSD CSP (Approved March 12, 2021)
- CA Dept of Public Health Reopening In-Person Guidance (Jan. 14, 2021)
- Sonoma County roadmap to Reopening – Case Data (current data - Feb. 16, 2021)
- CDC Plan to Reopen K-12 Schools (Feb. 12, 2021)
- SCOE School Staff Vaccination Program (began Feb. 8, 2021)
- Gov. Newsom Announcement on Agreement on SB 86, March 1, 2021.
- Text of Senate Bill 86, March 4, 2021.
Safe Schools for All Hub, Jan. 14, 2021.
Guidance for Schools in California, CDPH, Jan. 14, 2021.
Statement from governor’s office, Dec. 30, 2020.
Summary: California’s Safe School for All Plan, CDPH, Dec. 2020
Rationale: California’s Safe School for All Plan, CDPH, Dec. 2020
- Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Mitigation, Feb. 26, 2021
- Science Brief: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Schools, Updated Feb.12, 2021.
District Progress Towards Reopening - FOUR Questions and Answers
ANSWER 1: Special Education Small Cohorts will open on March 22nd and all other students Tk-6, will return on April 12th.
ANSWER 2: The OAUSD CSP was approved on Friday, March 12th.
OAUSD CSP (approved 3/12/21) (SPANISH COMING SOON!)
ANSWER 3: You may have seen new CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, which allows fully vaccinated individuals not to wear masks around others who are also fully vaccinated. However, please note: the CDC guidance is advisory only and does not override state guidance.
ANSWER 4: There is no guarantee that a student will be able to remain with his or her current teacher.
QUESTION 5: Can you share the school schedule for the hybrid model when school reopens to on-campus instruction?
ANSWER 5: Next week, we will be reviewing data for each school in relation to the hybrid model, with the intent of keeping each child with their current home teacher. This may or may not be possible. All information will be communicated to families in a timely manner.
Based on the latest guidance and requirements it is possible that our plan can still change or be revised based on the guidelines.
1. Students will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday either in a morning or afternoon session of 150 minutes of direct instructional time. Wednesdays will follow a synchronous and asynchronous distance learning format similar to the current daily distance learning schedule. The 1/2 school days at home will be distance learning to meet the required daily instructional minutes as follows:
- TK/K 180 minutes per school day
- 1st-3rd 230 minutes per school day
- 4th-6th 240 minutes per school day
2. Students and staff will be kept in stable groups that stay together for all activities and minimize/avoid contact with other groups or individuals who are not part of the stable group.
Hybrid Model Morning and Afternoon Stable Groups with possible staggered start times