COVID-19 Response & Information

USD Webinar on Health & Safety Measures (Aug 5, 2021)

USD Webinar on Responding to a COVID+ Case at School (Aug 18, 2021)

In the wake of school closures in March of 2020, USD implemented state health department protocols for students and staff. During the 2020-21 school year, students began the year in Distance Learning, and returned to school through a phased-in approach in the winter and spring of 2021.

Union School District will begin the 2021-22 school year with full-time, in-person instruction at all schools.

Health & Safety Measures

Updated September 13, 2021

We continue to support a safe return to in-person learning this school year following all health and safety protocols as directed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and local public health department.

We will continue to communicate updates or revisions of any state and local guidance and/or recommendations for schools. As a community, we will continue to ensure the health and wellness of our students, staff and USD families together.

Our Commitment

  • To provide a healthy environment in which our students can learn and thrive.

  • To comply with all state and local health orders, mandates, and guidelines in order to ensure the health and safety of all individuals on campus.

Checking Symptoms & Staying Home When You're Sick

Prior to coming to school

  • In order to prevent transmission, it is critical for individuals to remain home if sick.

      • Students must also stay home if a member of their immediate household tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Staff members will submit a daily health screening.

  • Student guardians will be asked to monitor daily for symptoms including fever over 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

  • Students may return to school when:

      • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and other symptoms have improved; AND

      • They have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.


Once at school

  • Should a student develop symptoms while on campus, they will be brought to a CARE area and a staff member will contact the family with next steps.

Face Masks

Current state guidance requires masking regardless of vaccination status by all staff and all students (TK-8th grade) while indoors on campus.

  • Wearing a face mask outdoors is required for staff and students in alignment with CDC guidance.

      • Individuals may remove their mask outdoors when eating or drinking during recess/lunch or engaging in vigorous exercise outdoors during PE.

  • Each school site has a supply of face masks in case an extra face mask is needed.

  • If a student is having difficulty wearing a face masks consistently, an administrator will be in contact with the parent/guardian to determine a solution (e.g. face mask breaks as needed.)

  • Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition must wear an alternative (e.g. face shield with drape). If exempted, please contact your site principal.


Recess, Lunch and Physical Education

  • Snacks and Lunch: Eating meals outdoors will be prioritized and outdoor seating areas will be maximized.

  • Recess and PE: USD will be requiring masks for outdoor activities such as recess and physical education in alignment with CDC recommendations. During outdoor PE, teachers will use their discretion about whether students need to unmask due to the level of physical exertion.

      • If a student is having difficulty wearing a face masks consistently, an administrator will be in contact with the parent/guardian to determine a solution (e.g. face mask breaks as needed.)


Vaccinations & COVID-19 Testing

    • Union School District encourages all staff and age-eligible students to get vaccinated.

    • 95% of USD employees are vaccinated.

    • Unvaccinated staff will be required to be tested weekly, per CDPH order (August 11, 2021).

    • All USD staff will take part in monthly surveillance COVID-19 testing.

    • Students are encouraged to get routine COVID-19 testing.

    • Based on CDC guidance, individuals may continue to test positive for the 90 days following the onset of infection, even if they have recovered from the illness. For this reason, students or staff members who previously tested positive are not required to test for 90 days from the initial positive COVID test. Documentation of their diagnosis should be submitted to their site or supervisor to exempt from testing requirements.

Handwashing & Hygienic Practices

    • Routine, frequent and proper hand hygiene (soap and water or hand sanitizer) is one of the best ways to avoid spreading germs. Everyone should continue the habit of washing hands frequently at home and at school.

    • Schools will continue to teach and reinforce washing hands throughout the school day, as well as hygienic practices such as avoiding contact with one's eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes among students and staff.

    • Handwashing stations are situated in various locations on campus and hand sanitizer is available in all classrooms.

Cleaning Protocol

  • Custodial staff will continue to clean school sites every day. Cleaning involves wiping down high-touch surfaces to remove surface contaminants.

  • In the event of a confirmed case of illness, custodial staff will use high-grade sprayers with a sanitizing product that is EPA approved for use against COVID-19.

  • EPA cleaning solutions are approved for use in classrooms.

  • Staff and classrooms have access to paper towels and spray bottles of a cleaning solution to wipe down any shared surfaces.

Ventilation

  • Properly installed and maintained Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are key to ensuring healthy indoor air quality in school learning environments.

  • The HVAC systems at all sites in the district have been evaluated by a licensed contractor to ensure proper air circulation in every building in the district.

  • Ventilation systems across the district are outfitted with MERV-13 filters which are replaced three times per year. A record of the filter change date is recorded in each classroom.

District Dashboard

During the school year, USD publishes the count of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on a weekly basis. Data counts will be updated each Friday evening. Please note, adjustments may be made to case counts for the previous week each Monday should the district be notified of a positive case from Saturday or Sunday.

Counts include students who are currently participating in-person at schools and staff members who are teaching or working in-office or on-campus.

To ensure privacy, names or identifying information of positive cases will not be disclosed.

Responding to a COVID-19 Case

  • An administrator will communicate with families in the event of a reported positive case of COVID-19, in adherence with all privacy laws, and outlining modified quarantine requirements for close contacts

  • A COVID-19 positive case will stay home and isolate/quarantine for 10 days

  • Close contacts in school will be on a Modified Quarantine where they will be able to continue attending school as long as they:

      • Are not showing symptoms;

      • Continue to wear a mask;

      • Are tested twice weekly;

      • Unvaccinated students continue to quarantine from all other activities

  • Parents may opt to keep their asymptomatic child home for 10-days and request a short-term independent study contract from the school

  • Based on CDC guidance, individuals may continue to test positive for the 90 days following the onset of infection, even if they have recovered from the illness. For this reason, students or staff members who previously tested positive are not required to test for 90 days from the initial positive COVID test. Documentation of their diagnosis should be submitted to their site or supervisor to exempt from testing requirements.

International Travel Guidance

Resources & Links

The following links contain additional information regarding state and county health guidance and district plans.


Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Center Community Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine

The first COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for use in the United States. All individuals age 12 or older are now eligible for vaccination. For more information, including how to schedule an appointment or find a drop-in vaccination site, visit www.sccfreevax.org

Public Health Orders

On June 15th, California ended its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and enacted a new Health Officer Order with limited restrictions (related to face coverings, mega-events, and settings serving children), see here for details: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Order-of-the-State-Public-Health-Officer-Beyond-Blueprint.aspx

As of June 21, 2021, most local Health Orders have been lifted or are being phased out, see here for details: https://covid19.sccgov.org/public-health-orders

COVID-19 Testing

To find a free and easy COVID-19 testing location near you, visit www.sccfreetest.org

County Services

For updated information about County service impacts, visit https://www.sccgov.org/sites/opa/opa/covid19/Pages/home.aspx

General Information

For information about COVID-19 response efforts in Santa Clara County, guidance for businesses and workers, local data, testing resources, Public Health Orders, and other resources, visit: www.sccgov.org/coronavirus