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COVID-19 Community Update

Hello OAUSD Community,

This weekly update can also be found by visiting the COVID-19 Community Update webpage.

Keep following the 3ws - Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance.
 
#strongertogether

NOVEMBER 12th, 2021 OAUSD COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE



WEEKLY 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.

SONOMA COUNTY VACCINES

As children aged 5-11 are now eligible to receive a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination, the Sonoma County Office of Education is providing the following informational flyer to families in the county regarding the benefits of Pediatric Vaccinations. ENGLISH /SPANISH

Please find the Community Vaccination Clinic Locations for Sonoma County for the month of November.

Pediatric Vaccine Webinars: SCOE invites families and staff to attend an informative webinar regarding the Pediatric Vaccine. After a brief presentation by SCPH and SCOE, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will be streamed live on the county’s Facebook page. The webinars originally planned for Nov. 5 have been postponed as noted below. Here is a flyer for the webinars (English and Spanish).
Dates for the webinars are:

  • English Webinar: Tuesday, November 16, 5 pm
  • Spanish Webinar: Wednesday, November 17, 5 pm


Here is a Sonoma County flyer containing FAQs on Pediatric Vaccines.  ENGLISH / SPANISH

CDC SAFER HOLIDAYS 

Holiday traditions are important for families and children. There are several ways to enjoy holiday traditions and protect your health. Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible. Here are some CDC recommendations for safely celebrating the upcoming holidays.


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.


Hello OAUSD Community,

This weekly update can also be found by visiting the COVID-19 Community Update webpage.

Keep following the 3ws - Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance.
 
#strongertogether

NOVEMBER 5th, 2021 OAUSD COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE


WEEKLY 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.


SONOMA COUNTY PEDIATRIC VACCINES
After-school pediatric vaccination clinics will start on November 9, 2021.

  • Press Release: Steve Herrington, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools, issued this press release regarding after-school Pediatric Vaccination Clinics scheduled to begin November 9. 

 

  • Webinar: SCOE invites families and staff to attend an informative webinar regarding the Pediatric Vaccine. After a brief presentation by SCPH and SCOE, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will be streamed live on the county’s Facebook page. The webinars originally planned for Nov. 5 have been postponed as noted below. Dates for the webinars are:
  • English Webinar: Tuesday, November 16, 5 pm
  • Spanish Webinar: Wednesday, November 17, 5 pm
 
ANTIGEN TESTING UPDATE 

Sonoma County Public Health will align with CDPH’s new guidance to accept stand-alone antigen testing in schools. In most cases, Antigen tests can now be used for both symptomatic and asymptomatic students without requiring confirmatory PCR testing. This is a change in practice intended to get students back in class faster from a quarantine. We are currently working through how we implement this new change with our current testing vendor, Concentric. This new change does not include the rapid-antigen home test kits as an acceptable test to clear symptomatic and asymptomatic students.
 
In cases where the student has “classic” COVID symptoms, confirmatory testing may be required if the antigen test is negative.
 
CDPH Guidance can be found here: Updated Testing Guidance


ANTICIPATED CDPH UPDATES AFTER NOVEMBER 1       
To date, there have been no updates from CDPH. However, discussions are underway about potential modifications to the masking requirements. CIF masking modifications are still not approved by the state or local county health officials. As of now, masks will be required for indoor sports events.


REMINDER ABOUT VACCINATED OR UNVACCINATED STUDENTS AND QUARANTINING
Students who are fully vaccinated and have had a COVID -19 exposure, do not have to quarantine if they remain asymptomatic, continue to wear a mask, and test on days 5-7 (after the last exposure).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON VACCINES

INFOGRAPHIC

ENGLISH / SPANISH

 

VIDEO IN ENGLISH 

COVID vaccines for children 5-11 years of age with Dr. Brian Prystowsky 

Dr. Brian Prystowsky, Pediatrician at Sutter Health, talks about the pediatric vaccine against COVID-19 for children 5-11. He explains how the pediatric vaccine works, its dosage and side effects.

https://youtu.be/WDr8-6cyY20

 

VIDEO IN SPANISH

Introducción a la vacuna contra COVID 19 para niños de 5 a 11 años con la Dra Lucía Agudelo

La Dra. Lucía Agudelo, Residente en Medicina Familiar, con Práctica Médica en Sutter Health Santa Rosa y Santa Rosa Community Health, nos habla sobre la vacuna pediátrica contra COVID-19 para niños de 5 a 11 años. La Dra. Agudelo nos explica cómo funciona la vacuna pediátrica, su dosis y efectos secundarios.

https://youtu.be/c3HnQ8EjSco



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.

[Friday, Nov 5 at 5:24 PM]
This post has been updated to include additional informational resources (an infographic and videos) on vaccines.


OCTOBER 29, 2021 COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

Hello OAUSD Community,

Please read this weekly update that can also be found by visiting the COVID-19 Community Update webpage. This is the first week since school began that we have not had a positive case reported! Please keep following the 3ws - Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. We are growing through this pandemic together!

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.

STUDENT QUARANTINE PROTOCOL FOR IN-SCHOOL EXPOSURE UPDATE

The current Student Quarantine Protocol For In-School Exposure (TK-12) infographic has been adjusted by the County Health schools team to reflect recent updates from CDPH on contact tracing. To confirm you have the most recent document, please note the date in the footer (Rev. Oct. 27, 2021).  

OVERNIGHT SCHOOL TRIPS AND TEAM TRAVEL MODIFICATIONS

There have not been any changes to SCPH’s strong recommendation against overnight school field trips and overnight team travel. Although there are no State Health Orders, County Health strongly recommends against school field trips and overnight team travel at this time due to numerous challenges in protecting students from exposure to COVID-19 while off-site. These guidelines may change as student vaccination rates increase.

GUIDELINES FOR RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER TRAVEL 

Currently, CPDH has no current requirements for travel out of state or out of the country, just recommendations to quarantine (7-10 days) and test (3-5 days) after travel if unvaccinated. Click here for the current CDPH Travel Guidelines.

CDC recommendations will vary depending on whether someone is vaccinated or not, and whether they are traveling domestically or internationally. Quarantine and testing after travel is generally a strong recommendation (not a requirement), but testing to get back into the country is required.

CDPH recommends travelers refer to the guidance on their specific scenario and has provided a few slides on this topic, which they covered in yesterday’s COVID Liaison meeting.
 
MASK MANDATE FOR VACCINATED ADULTS 

Recent changes to mask requirements for the fully vaccinated workplace do not apply to public schools, where masks are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

SCHOOL VACCINATIONS FOR 5 TO 11-YEAR-OLDS 

SCPH anticipates opening school vaccination clinics shortly after FDA and CDC approvals and will issue guidelines most likely on November 4 or 5. An Equity Group has been evaluating the impact of COVID on communities with higher case rates, and roll-out of the clinics will incorporate consideration of high-risk schools. There is ongoing and coordinated outreach for Spanish-speaking families to promote the clinics as a family event where everyone can receive COVID vaccinations. County Health and SCOE anticipate the first local student clinics will begin the week of November 8.

County Health and SCOE will be presenting English and Spanish webinars on Friday, November 5, at 3pm (English) and 4pm (Spanish) to answer the community’s questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children. Please register for the webinars using links below:

English Q&A Session – Friday, Nov. 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/SoCoVaccineQuestions
 
Spanish Q&A Session – Friday, Nov. 5 at 4:00 p.m.
Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/PreguntasSobreVacunas
 

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.


October 22, 2021 COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

Please find information on the new Sonoma County Dashboard School COVID-19 Cases, CDPH Guidance Updates, and the updated OAUSD COVID-19 Dashboard.

Hello OAUSD Community,

Please read this weekly update that can also be found by visiting the COVID-19 Community Update webpage.


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 SONOMA COUNTY DASHBOARD SCHOOL COVID-19 CASES

A draft version of the new Sonoma County Dashboard School COVID-19 Cases is now available, which provides an illustration of the current numbers and trends of COVID-19 school cases in Sonoma County.

CDPH GUIDANCE UPDATES

On October 14, the Safe Schools for All Team announced some revisions and additions to the K-12 Schools Guidance FAQ.
Please see specific changes and links below.
 
Specifically:

  • FAQ #10 provides updated recommendations regarding testing during quarantine;
  • FAQ #13 provides updated recommendations for a targeted approach to school-based contact tracing; and
  • FAQ #20 provides considerations when hosting dances and assemblies. 

The CDPH K-12 Schools Guidance was also updated to explicitly refer and link to the FAQ website within Section #8 on Quarantine recommendations.


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.


OCTOBER 15, 2021

Hello OAUSD Community,

Please read this weekly update that can also be found by visiting the COVID-19 Community Update webpage.

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.

US NEW TRAVEL POLICIES

The United States' new international travel policies are just weeks away from going into effect. The US will be lifting its travel ban and November 8 will be the official start of a wide reopening of the US to fully vaccinated foreign travelers arriving by air and land. This week, similar plans were announced to open US borders with Canada and Mexico to vaccinated visitors for tourism and other nonessential travel. The November 8 date applies to both land and air travel. The policies allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the United States, replacing a patchwork of bans and restrictions that have been in place since the start of the pandemic.
 

SCHOOL PROTESTS IN CALIFORNIA OVER MANDATORY VACCINES

A school walkout across the state is planned for Monday, October, 18 for parents who are choosing to rally against vaccine mandates for schoolchildren. According to some of the social media flyers, the walkout affects elementary, middle, and high schools in California and also calls for teachers and other school employees to stay home from work Monday. This statewide protest is the latest move by parents and voters dissatisfied with both on-campus mask-wearing and vaccine mandates in California schools. Earlier this month, California enacted the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine mandate for schoolchildren. Governor Newsom stated that he aims to have all students in 7th through 12th grades vaccinated by next fall once the shots gain final federal approval for everyone 12 and over. Additionally, the Governor shared the state will require students in kindergarten through sixth grades to get the vaccine once final federal approval comes for children 5 to 11.

We are asking all OAUSD families to consider the following regarding the school protests:

  • The pandemic has ushered in this new existence of schools operating as health clinics while attending to the needs of students related to learning and social-emotional growth and development.
  • Keeping children home from school to protest a COVID-19 vaccine requirement announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as posts on some social media outlets are suggesting, would only result in more lost learning time for our students. 
  • Our school funding will not be impacted by these absences. But our children will be.
  • Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success. We need them here in school.
  • School Districts have no control over the proposed mandate, which would be managed similarly to other vaccines on the state list already required by California law for students attending K-12 schools.

Please help us do what is in the best interest of students and make sure your child is in class and at school on Monday, October 18th.


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. 


OCTOBER 1, 2021

Hello OAUSD Community,

Please read this weekly 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 CLARIFICATION WITH CLOSE CONTACT AND TRANSIENT INTERACTIONS AMONGST STUDENTS AT RECESS AND LUNCH 
 
“During outdoor recess, transient interactions between students are unlikely to meet the close contact definition of being within 6 feet for 15 minutes.” CDPH has emphasized that focus for contact tracing should be on those who spent time directly with the positive case.

Additionally, If a student has a total of 15 minutes (or more) of close contact exposure (being within 6 feet os a COVID-19 Case) throughout a 24-hour period (ie: they sit next to someone in class all day), they are considered a "close contact" and are required to quarantine.

o   If ALL of their close contact exposure time was mask-on-mask, then the close contact is eligible for Modified Quarantine, which means they can return to school during their quarantine period. Some occasional mask slips are excusable (ie: when taking a sip of water, or if their mask slips down their face), and are not considered “unmasked” exposure.

o   If any significant portion of their close contact exposure time was unmasked (while eating lunch within 6 feet of someone, for instance) then their exposure is considered higher risk – this means they are not eligible for Modified Quarantine and they must quarantine at home. Because they have already met the 15-minute threshold as a “close contact” due to their exposure throughout the day, the unmasked time does not need to add up to 15 minutes for them to be ineligible for modified quarantine. As explained above, occasional mask slips are excusable (ie: when taking a sip of water, or if their mask slips down their face) and are not considered “significant” moments of exposure.  


If the ONLY exposure someone has to a positive COVID-19 Case during a 24-hour period is for 14 minutes (or less), they technically do not meet the “close contact” definition, and therefore are not required to quarantine. To note: even though they may not meet the criteria for being required to quarantine, if a person has had 14 minutes of unmasked close contact exposure to a confirmed Case, they may still be at risk for developing a COVID-19 infection.


PEDIATRIC VACCINATION ROLLOUT

The Pfizer vaccine is expected to be approved for 5 to 11-year-olds by late October/early November. SCOE and the County of Sonoma wish to have systems and messaging in place to ensure a fast, safe, and effective rollout of the pediatric/juvenile vaccine. This approach will include encouraging families to talk with their pediatricians, hosting bilingual, school-based, virtual and in-person information sessions, and offering school-based clinics as trusted community sites for vaccination.

Sonoma County Vaccination Numbers

  • Vaccination rates of 12-17 population county-wide: 63.3% fully vaccinated, 7.7% partially vaccinated.
  • It took roughly 4 months to achieve 70% full or partial vaccination rate in the 12-17 population.
  • There are nearly 37,000 age-eligible pediatric (5-11) students in Sonoma County based on public/private school enrollment.

The target is to achieve a 25% pediatric vaccination rate by Dec. 1; 50% pediatric vaccination rate by Jan. 31; and 70% by Feb. 28.

The focus is to ensure the rollout is equitable and addresses barriers to vaccination. Families will first be encouraged to be vaccinated through their local pediatrician/healthcare provider. Clinics will be offered for those without convenient or affordable access to healthcare providers. The goal is to ensure that parents have the information, support, resources, and knowledge to make health-based decisions about vaccinating their children, along with easy access to reputable and trusted vaccination sites.

Fall Outreach Activities
The focus is to provide opportunities to hear from and ask questions to trusted local pediatricians.

  • A joint webinar hosted by SCOE and County Health in late October and will feature county coordinators and pediatricians. There will be two language options: One English language session and one Spanish-language session, each with translation into the other language.
  • A series of similar webinars with pediatricians and local school leaders that are targeted to school communities will run October - February.
  • Support for in-person meetings between health officials/pediatricians and ELACs/DELACs. Series will begin in November and run through at least the end of 2021.

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

TESTING 
Staff Testing
We are strongly encouraging all staff to consent to undergo weekly diagnostic screening testing with Concentric. Remember, the purpose of this testing is to identify symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID cases early as a means of reducing spread, keeping our community safe, and keeping our students in school.

CDPH/SCDPH Health Order 
The California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) order requires all public and private schools serving students in transitional kindergarten through grade 12 to verify the COVID-19 vaccination status of all workers and to require unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated workers to undergo diagnostic screening testing. Staff wishing to sign up and participate in the diagnostic screening with Concentric must give consent to participate in the pooled and the rapid Antigen follow testing. Staff wishing to sign up and participate in the diagnostic screening with Concentric must give consent to participate in the pooled and the rapid Antigen follow-up testing. Concentric doesn't allow participants to only consent to one portion of the program. Giving consent means participants must take the day one pooled test and then follow-up with the day two individual antigen. Additionally, the state will not accept the day one pooled test to count as the weekly diagnostic screener without the day two follow-up antigen. As a reminder, School workers also have the option to test elsewhere with other resources outside the District (workers may need to use unpaid time or sick leave when needing to test during work hours). If this option is selected, please note that weekly test results must be submitted to Sonya Wasden in Human Resources at the district office or by email at swasden@oldadobe.org by 12:00 pm each Friday. If results are submitted late or if results are not shared, workers can be excluded from work, and potentially disciplined.

Additionally unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated staff must do the following:
1)Submit the google form, OAUSD COVID-19 Vaccination Status Self Attestation 2021,
indicating your vaccination status and if applicable, upload proof of your vaccination status.
2) Complete and submit the Worker Vaccination or Consent to Testing Form.

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 also listed below to complete the consent form.)

Here is the weekly antigen testing schedule for each school:

Location
Pooled Test 
 Additional time 
for STAFF ONLY
Follow-up Test
 Additional time 
for STAFF ONLY
La Tercera Mon, 8a-3p Mon
8-8:30
Wed, 8a-3p Wed
8-8:30
Loma Vista Tue, 8a-3p Tue
8-8:30 and 11:30-12:00
Thu, 8a-3p Thu
8:15-9 and 11:30-12:30
Miwok Valley Tue, 8a-3p Tue
8-8:30 and 1:30-2:00
Thu, 8a-3p Thu
8-8:30 and 1:30-2:00
Old Adobe Mon, 8a-3p Mon
8-8:30; 11:45-12:15
Wed, 8a-3p Wed
8-8:30; 11:45-12:15
Sonoma Mountain Wed, 8a-3p Wed
8-8:30
Fri, 8a-3p Fri
8-8:30


Consent links to participate in the District’s antigen testing program with Concentric are listed below.
 
Consent link for over 18 test takers (staff)

Consent Link for all OAUSD students

You will need to use your school's personalized access code listed below to complete the consent form.

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


NOTE: Staff must test at the location they work at. Please use the designated and assigned access code listed as this is the location testing results will be sent to. District office staff are assigned to La Tercera and the Maintenance and Transportation Yard staff are assigned to Old Adobe.

Once again, the District's participation in this state program as well as staff and student consent to participate are all completely optional. We are providing this opportunity to support our families and employees.

All things related to testing is beyond the transitional capacity of school and district operations. As we layer on a change like this there will inherently be processes to figure out. We continue to ask for your patience and partnership.

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 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.