COVID-19 Response & Information

Health & Safety Measures

Updated May 6, 2022

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.

5-6-22 Decision Tree_TK-12 and Childcare_5.6.22 .pdf

Adults on Campus and Volunteers

  • As we continue to monitor our health and safety guidance through the California Department of Public Health, we have been allowing opportunities for adults on campus to support essential programs. Schools have designated and approved essential volunteers to assist in classrooms on campus. We thank all of our parent/guardian volunteers who have donated hours of their time to support our schools.

  • Elementary school parents/guardians may walk their child to the classroom door, however parents/guardians must stay outside of the classroom and may be on campus for the first 10 minutes prior to the start of the school day. Non-staff adults will need to leave campus as soon as the bell rings. Middle school parents, please continue to follow the guidelines set by your school in regards to dropping off items/food for your child. And as always, adults may not enter campus during the school day without checking in with the front office first.

  • After school, parents may come onto campus after the school bell rings at dismissal time to pick up their student from their specific classroom. Please remain outside your child’s classroom door.

  • Adults on campus are recommended to wear a mask indoors while in the office or while volunteering in indoor settings.

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.

  • 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. If the student is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they will be provided a face mask while they are being helped in the Health Office.

Cleaning Protocol

  • 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.

Face Masks

  • Wearing a face mask while on campus is strongly recommended, but not required for staff and students.

  • Each school site has a supply of face masks in case one is requested.

  • Masking is an individual choice, and we will respect others regardless of their individual choice to wear a mask or not.


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.

Isolation Procedures for COVID-19 Positive Individuals

An administrator will communicate with families in the event of a potential exposure to a COVID-19 positive case, in adherence with all privacy laws.

A COVID-19 positive case will stay home for at least 5 days after start of symptoms (or after date of first positive test if no symptoms.)

    • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and an antigen test comes back negative.

    • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10 if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

    • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until 24 hours after fever resolves.

    • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.

    • Recommended to wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

Vaccinations & COVID-19 Testing

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

    • 98% of USD employees are vaccinated.

    • Unvaccinated staff will be required to be tested weekly, per CDPH order (August 11, 2021). Vaccinated staff are recommended to test monthly.

    • Students are encouraged to get routine COVID-19 testing. USD provides optional weekly on-campus testing at all schools and at the District Office.

    • 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.

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.

  • 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 2021-22 school year, USD published the count of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on a weekly basis.

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

Case counts include individuals with a lab-confirmed positive test or self-reported at-home test.

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