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COVID-19 Community Update

SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

 

Hello OAUSD Community,

9/24/21 COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE


OAUSD COVID-19 DASHBOARD - UPDATED EACH FRIDAY

dashboard has been created on our website to share information about the positive COVID-19 cases in our schools. The positive cases reported are those where the positive case may or may not have been physically on campus during the infectious period. This does NOT necessarily indicate in-school transmission.

NEW SCDPH CLARIFICATION ON EXPOSURE/QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

This clarification is related to when an exposure occurs with unvaccinated individuals and intended to reduce at home quarantines.

For someone to be ineligible for modified quarantine, the unmasked exposure period does not need to reach a total of 15 unmasked minutes. If they have a cumulative total of 15 minutes of close contact (masked or not) throughout the day, and any significant portion of that time is unmasked (i.e. for lunch), they are not eligible for modified quarantine.
VACCINATION CLINICS

Sonoma County officials are coordinating efforts to offer juvenile vaccine clinics (for 5-11 year olds) in cooperation with pediatric providers. The goal is to open clinics in early November as the FDA will allow. More information will be shared when available, including a parent education webinar component currently under discussion.

You can find the most up to date information about upcoming community vaccination clinics here at scoe.org/vaccines.

TESTING 

Click below to read the new OAUSD one-page flyer with some quick facts about COVID-19 testing (the flyer is also shared as an attachment to this communication).

ENGLISH / SPANISH

Here is the weekly antigen testing school schedule:

Location Pooled Test Day/Time Follow-up Test Day/Time
District Office Wed, 8-11a Fri, 8-11a
La Tercera Mon, 8a-3p Wed, 8a-3p
Loma Vista Tue, 8a-3p Thu, 8a-3p
Miwok Valley Tue, 8a-3p Thu, 8a-3p
Old Adobe Mon, 8a-3p Wed, 8a-3p
Sonoma Mountain Wed, 8a-3p Fri, 8a-3p

Consent links to participate in the District’s antigen testing program with Concentric are listed below. (You will need to use your school's personalized access code listed below to complete the consent form.) 

Consent link for over 18 test takers (staff)


Consent Link for all OAUSD students

  • La Tercera 
    1. OADOBE-LATER
  • Loma Vista 
    1. OADOBE-LOMAV
  • Old Adobe 
    1. OADOBE-OLDA
  • Miwok Valley 
    1. OADOBE-MIWOK
  • Sonoma Mountain 
    1. OADOBE-SONOM

If you have any questions, please contact your school office or the Covid-19 Safety Technician, Michael Jones, mjones@oldadobe.org


The information we share with you today is subject to change based on virus conditions, local vaccination rates, and changes in state and local health guidance. We know the changing nature of this information can be confusing or frustrating. Our district is doing the best we can to navigate ever changing rules and provide clear, transparent updates to our school community. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

 

Hello OAUSD Community,

9/17/21 COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

OAUSD COVID-19 DASHBOARD - UPDATED EACH FRIDAY

dashboard has been created on our website to share information about the positive COVID-19 cases in our schools. The positive cases reported are those where the positive case may or may not have been physically on campus during the infectious period. This does NOT necessarily indicate in-school transmission.

NEW CDPH INFOGRAPHIC - SCHOOL CASE DECISION TREE

Please see this helpful infographic from the CA Department of Public Health for addressing a confirmed case of COVID as well as a COVID exposure at schools.

NEW SCDPH GUIDANCE ON QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

Please review the September 16, 2021 update of the Scenario-Based COVID-19 Guidance from the Sonoma County Department of Public Health.

Here is a summary of the changes:
  • Any "At-home Quarantined" student/staff may now discontinue quarantine if tested tested negative on/after Day 5. (The prior guidance required a negative test after day 6.) 
  • With regard to "Modified Quarantine" students must now quarantine from extra-curricular activities for 7-10. (The prior guidance required that students quarantine for the full 10 days.) 

TESTING 

Student Pooled Testing began this week at all school sites. We are participating in Pooled Testing to more easily identify symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID cases early as a means of reducing spread, keeping the community safe and keeping students in class and in school.

We are sending big kudos to our students and staff for being so incredible with all of these unusual protocols happening on our school campuses! It is truly a team effort to keep everyone safe. We had a few hiccups with staffing shortages and a couple of missing test results and we anticipate that next week will be even more informative with a lot smoother implementation even as more students and staff sign up to be tested.

Here are few important reminders:
  • If your child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and is sent home to quarantine the only test that can clear them to return to school is a negative PCR test. The antigen pooled test will not count to clear a student who is Covid-19 positive.  A negative PCR test is needed for a student to be cleared to return to school, and the antigen pooled test is not a PCR test.
  • The first-day antigen pooled test and the second-day follow up 15-min rapid Antigen test will count towards the two tests needed for modified quarantine, which will allow students to stay remain class and in school.
  • If the first-day pooled test is negative, no additional tests will be conducted that week. 
  • Schools will not test students without parent permission.
  • The entire school community will receive a communication when a student or staff member has been identified as having COVID-19 and we are following public health guidelines to implement isolation and quarantine protocols. You can read more here.
Parent Consent
 
We are asking families to give consent for students to be tested during the 2021-2022 school year by clicking below (you will need to use your school's personalized access code listed below to complete the consent form for each individual child):

Consent Link for all OAUSD students

  • La Tercera                    OADOBE-LATER
  • Loma Vista                   OADOBE-LOMAV
  • Old Adobe                    OADOBE-OLDA
  • Miwok Valley                OADOBE-MIWOK
  • Sonoma Mountain        OADOBE-SONOM
If you have any questions, please contact your school office or the Covid-19 Safety Technician, Michael Jones, mjones@oldadobe.orgScenario-Based COVID-19 Guidance

 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

 

Hello OAUSD Community,

As we seek to maintain a safe environment for employees, students, families, and the community. Please look for these regualr updates and visit the COVID-19 Community Update page to review the latest information and guidance for public schools from the State of California and Sonoma County health officials. 

Thanks to entire community for sharing the feedback and input. We can get through this together by offering solutions and looking for opportunities to collaborate.  

 

NEW OAUSD COVID-19 DASHBOARD!!!!!

dashboard has been created on our website to share information about the positive COVID-19 cases in our schools. The positive cases reported are those where the positive case may or may not have been physically on campus during the infectious period. This does NOT necessarily indicate in-school transmission. The dashboard will be updated each Friday.

MASKING

Face coverings are required to be worn by all staff and students in all settings (both indoor and outdoors) regardless of vaccination status unless exempt for medical reasons, in which case a medical exemption form must be signed by your child’s physician.

QUARANTINE

Full Quarantine would require unvaccinated close contacts of a confirmed positive COVID student to stay home for 10 days. Modified Quarantine as described in the Student Quarantine Flowchart (English Spanish), should be implemented to keep students in class and allow the unvaccinated close contacts of a confirmed positive COVID student to continue to come to school as long as:

  1. Both students were wearing a mask;
  2. The exposed student remains asymptomatic;
  3. The exposed student undergoes twice weekly testing; and
  4. The exposed student refrains from extracurricular activities.


TESTING 

OVERVIEW

  • Testing for students will occur once a week at each school site. All students for whom we have parent permission will participate in a weekly antigen "pooled test" for COVID-19 in their classroom. This is a screening test that will let us know if anyone in the class has COVID-19.  It does not give individual test results.  In the event that we get a positive result with the pooled test, we will follow up with a 15- min rapid-antigen test that will immediately identify who is sick.
  • The entire school community will receive a communication when a student or staff member has been identified as having COVID-19 and we are following public health guidelines to implement isolation and quarantine protocols. You can read more here.
  • If your child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and is sent home to quarantine the only test that can clear them to return to school is a negative PCR test.


WHAT

Asymptomatic pool testing or pooled testing—means testing an entire classroom to detect the virus that causes COVID-19. Students in a class swab their own noses with a short swab and the sample is placed in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). If there is a positive pooled test, two days later, a scheduled rapid antigen test will be administered to individually test each student within that classroom with immediate results.

Tests will be self administered by the students under the supervision of a nurse who is employed by Concentric, the testing company the district has contracted with to conduct testing. Results are provided directly to schools through a secure website and will then be communicated directly to families.

Please watch this video to learn more information about the asymptomatic testing conducted at our schools.

WHY

To identify symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID cases early as a means of reducing spread, keeping the community safe and keeping students in school. Pooling covers many people with just one test; this dramatically reduces the cost of testing without sacrificing accuracy.

For students who do not test positive, the antigen pooled test will count towards the two tests needed for modified quarantine, which will allow students to stay in school.

The antigen pooled test will not count to clear a student who is Covid-19 positive.  A negative PCR test is needed for a student to be cleared to return to school, and the antigen pooled test is not a PCR test.

HOW

Step 1: Parent Permission. Schools will not test students without parent permission.
Step 2: One day per week, every classroom at each site will be tested. Your school will send out the testing schedule. All students in a class swab their own noses with a short swab that goes only half an inch into the nostril and place their samples in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). The samples in that tube are then run as a single sample, using one test.
Step 3: 48 hours later, a scheduled rapid antigen test will take place to individually test each student within a classroom in which there were one or more positive results.

If the pooled test is negative, no additional tests will be conducted that week.

Parent Consent
 
We are asking families to give consent for students to be tested during the 2021-2022 school year by clicking below (you will need to use your school's personalized access code listed below to complete the consent form for each individual child):

Consent Link for all OAUSD students

  • La Tercera                    OADOBE-LATER
  • Loma Vista                   OADOBE-LOMAV
  • Old Adobe                    OADOBE-OLDA
  • Miwok Valley                OADOBE-MIWOK
  • Sonoma Mountain        OADOBE-SONOM

 If you wish to remove consent you must inform the school in writing using a withdrawal form.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your school office or the Covid-19 Safety Technician, Michael Jones, mjones@oldadobe.org.