COVID-19 Dashboard & Safety Plan
UPDATE April 29, 2022: California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced that they would not initiate the regulatory process for a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2022-2023 school year and as such, any vaccine requirements would not take effect until after full FDA approval and no sooner than July 1, 2023. Once COVID vaccines are fully approved for students younger than 16, CDPH stated they will consider the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians prior to implementing a requirement.
Update April 7, 2022: California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-2022 School Year. With this CDPH update in mind, our overall approach in SJUSD schools will transition to the following, after spring break (effective April 18):
- Student absences due to two or more symptoms on the COVID-19 list will need either a negative COVID-19 test (we have plenty of Antigen Rapid test kits!) OR a healthcare provider’s note for an underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) or healthcare provider confirmed an alternative diagnosis (e.g., strep throat), in order to clear an illness absence.
- Students do not need to stay home (quarantine) if they have close contact with a confirmed positive case outside of school unless they have symptoms on the COVID-19 list, regardless of vaccination status.
Update March 1, 2022: State of California issued an update to its guidance for face coverings. The requirement for indoor masking in all K-12 school settings will sunset at the end of the day on Friday, March 11. Beginning Saturday, March 12, students and staff will be strongly recommended to wear a face mask/covering while indoors. As we continue to share additional details of the new guidance and update our safety plans, please know the following best practices in mitigation will continue to be provided:
- Availability of masks for all students and staff
- Contact tracing and notifications for confirmed positive cases on school sites
- No-cost optional PCR testing for school community on designated days
- No-cost take home antigen testing for all students
- Handwashing and sanitizing solution throughout all schools
- HVAC filtration and ventilation maximization
- COVID-19 Dashboard
Update February 16, 2022: The state-wide indoor public settings mask requirement ended. Frequently asked questions on masking in schools are addressed on our website News and Announcements section.
Update January 2022: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for an additional month (December 15, 2021 through February 15, 2022) per a new guidance for face coverings. This new measure brings an added layer of mitigation as the Omicron variant, a Variant of Concern as labeled by the World Health Organization, is detected across California, the United States, and the world and is likely to spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Delta variant. Additionally, this new measure brings additional protection to individuals, families and communities during the holidays when more travel occurs, and time is spent indoors. Riverside University Health System-Public Health has also issued new protocols for students and staff in K-12 School Settings that adopt an option for five-day quarantine under specific circumstances. An update to the SJUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan is underway and expected to publish shortly. Meanwhile, contact tracing staff are implementing the updated protocols while the plan is being finalized.
On July 12, 2021 (and updated on November 24, 2021, and January 12, 2022), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-2022 School Year. The foundational principle of the guidance is that all students have access to safe and full in-person instruction and to as much instructional time as possible, with several items under strong emphasis, consistent with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) K-12 School Guidance:
- Vaccinations for all eligible individuals to get COVID-19 rates down throughout the community
- Universal masking in schools (indoors) to enable no minimum physical distancing
- More targeted quarantine practices to keep students in school
- Access to COVID-19 testing as an available additional safety layer.
SJUSD opened the 2021-2022 school year for students on August 5, 2021, under the established start/end times as posted on each school’s regular bell schedule. A summary of the current COVID-19 safety protocols, from our posted plans for the new year, includes:
- All staff and students are required to wear face masks (or face shields with neck drape) when indoors and students are present, regardless of vaccination status
- Staff and students will not be required to wear face masks outdoors
- There are no physical distancing requirements or requirements for desk barriers
- Staff and students will be expected to wash their hands regularly, and hand sanitizer will be available
- Students or staff that present COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be sent home; Contact Tracers will assist with return-to-school timing to minimize missing school
- COVID-19 testing will be available to student families and staff.
The full version of the SJUSD School Year 2021-2022 Safety Plan is available below, along with the SJUSD Medical Exemption for Facial Coverings form.
For SJUSD as a workplace, employees are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Employees have additional applicable requirements, found in the SJUSD Injury and Illness Prevention Program COVID-19 Protection Plan.