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COVID-19 INFORMATION

FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

This page is meant to provide the latest information and protocols Lemoore Union Elementary School District is following for the 2021-2022 school year. On this page, you will find updates, information and resources, links to expert health agencies, and an archive of District communications. LUESD closely monitors COVID-19 conditions in our school district and our community.  LUESD is subject to the guidance of the CA Department of Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in CA 2021-2022 School Year, the current CA mask mandate, and, as an employer, the CalOSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards.  We are also subject to stricter guidance from the Kings County Department of Public Health and our local school district should ones be issued.  It is also the role of the Kings County Department of Public Health to interpret guidance for local education agencies when the situation is not clarified in any of the guidances.

2021-2022 OPENING OF SCHOOLS PLAN

COVID-19 DASHBOARD AND LATEST UPDATES

The Lemoore Union Elementary School District and our eight schools are also committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on our campuses, while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for our students and staff. The data below represents the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases of students and staff on our campuses during their infectious period over a rolling 14 day period. This data will be updated daily as cases are confirmed. In the event of a positive case, parents of students who are identified as a close contact to the confirmed case will be notified directly by the school administrator or other delegated school staff.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO LIMIT THE SPREAD

In addition to health and safety measures taken on our campus, we encourage you to be proactive and to reinforce the importance of hand-washing, physical distancing and face coverings to limit the spread of COVID-19. Also, if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, please stay at home and notify your school immediately. Please follow the current school protocols below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED PARENT QUESTIONS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Please review the 2021-2022 Opening of Schools Plan. This FAQ section is meant to provide more information than what might be in the 2021-2022 Opening of Schools Plan.

1. What are the student screening protocols at home before school?

2. What happens if my student develops symptoms at school?

3. When may my student return to school after developing symptoms?

4. What happens if my child has had an exposure event to someone with COVID-19?

5. What happens if there is a classroom or campus COVID-19 exposure at my child's school?

6. When may my child return to school after testing positive for COVID-19?

7. Are curbside to go meals being provided this school year?

8. What will the distancing protocols be this school year?

9. Will my child be able to attend school without a face covering?

10. What documentation do I need to provide for my child to be exempt from wearing a face covering?

11. Are there any out of country or out of state travel requirements for my child?

12. Where can I get my child tested for COVID-19?

13. Where can I register for the COVID-19 vaccine?

14. Where can I find some of the District's COVID-19 Documents and Forms?

1. What are the student screening protocols at home before school?

Parents/guardians are asked to screen their children for fever and other new or different symptoms from their child's baseline prior to coming to school each morning by following these questions. Students should stay home if they have any indication of symptoms outside of their baseline or exposure to a confirmed case and call the school for further instructions. By sending your child to school, the parent/guardian is attesting that they completed the screening with their child that morning before school.


2. What happens if my student develops symptoms at school?

When a student displays or reports one or more symptoms of COVID-19 that is new or different from their baseline, the school will have the student wait in the school site's designated wellness room and send the student home. 


3. When may my student return to school after developing symptoms?

If the student has not also had an exposure event, the student may return to school after developing symptoms when:
It has been 10 days since the start of the symptoms, their symptoms are improving, and they’ve been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine
OR
They receive a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test after symptom onset, their symptoms are improving, and they’ve been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.
OR
They receive a doctor's note clearing them to return to school regardless of testing status.


If your child has had COVID-19 in the last 90 days or has been fully vaccinated, they still need to follow all the above symptoms based protocols.

4. What happens if my child has had an exposure event to someone with COVID-19?

Please call the school and inform them of the exposure event. The school site nurse will be able to talk you through the quarantine procedure for your specific exposure event. Students identified as a close contact of an individual with COVID-19 in the same household or other personal event will be required to complete a 10-day quarantine from their last contact with that individual during the confirmed cases infectious period. During the 10-day quarantine, if any additional members of the household become positive, all household members (except the positive members) are to restart their 10-day quarantine based on the new positives’ symptom start date or test date. The student also has the option of decreasing the quarantine time by testing on Day 5 after last contact and returning to school on Day 8 after contact if the test is negative and the student has not developed symptoms.  The nurse at your child’s school site will be able to walk you through the steps of this process and provide testing location information.

If your child has had COVID-19 in the last 90 days or has been fully vaccinated, they do not need to quarantine if they have a close contact and remain symptom free, but please continue to inform the school of this situation so we can give you the full guidance on this protocol.

Please review the Student Close Contact Protocol Flowchart.

5. What happens if there is a classroom or campus COVID-19 exposure at my child's school?

Students who are within 6 feet indoors for more than 15 minutes cumulatively throughout the school day from the confirmed positive individual will be identified as a close contact. Those identified students can remain at school during their 10 day quarantine period if indoor masking was adhered to by both parties, but are required to test twice weekly during that 10 day period at the school site.  Testing will be provided at each school site after a parent has registered their child.  The parent or an appointed representative of the parent may need to be present with the elementary student during this testing at the school site. The nurse or other staff at your child’s school site will be able to help you with the details of this process.

Direct communication will be provided to the parents of students who are identified as a close contact with a COVID-19 case. If there are 3 or more cases identified in a classroom, a special notice will go out to that classroom's parents. There may be additional instructions provided with that notice if the 3 cases appear to be linked to each other. A dashboard is updated daily regarding case count numbers at each school site over a rolling 14 day period and serves as the communication to all families at the school site.

6. When may my child return to school after testing positive for COVID-19?

Call the school and inform them of the confirmed test result. Your child may return to school after a positive test when it has been 10 days since the symptoms started, the symptoms are improving, and they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine or 10 days from the test date if the student never developed symptoms.  At this time, our school liasons at the Kings County Department of Public Health have advised LUESD to process a positive test result even if it is suspected to be a false positive. KCDPH has stated to school district's that a parent may get an MD note stating that the positive test was a false result along with the follow up negative test result.


7. Are curbside to go meals being provided this school year?

No, our regular in person meal service will be the only option this school year. 

8. What will the distancing protocols be this school year?

The CDPH, CDC, and American Academy of Pediatrics all agree that many of the distancing protocols that were required last school year are not required this 2021-2022 school year when indoor masking is enforced.  Therefore, a lot of the distancing related protocols have been relaxed.  This means that our students may be sitting within 3 feet of one another, facing one another and/or doing small group work without plexiglass partitions.  Our students may also be mixing with other grade levels in the cafeteria, library, resource classes, electives, recess, etc.


9. Will my child be able to attend school without a face covering?

No, the current face covering mandate for CA states that all individuals older than 2 years old must wear a face covering when indoors regardless of vaccination status in K-12 schools. However, LUESD is aware that wearing a face covering may be a new skill that will take time to learn like any new skill we teach. This new skill might cause a person to touch their face more than usual which is more harmful than good. Also, wearing a cloth face covering can be uncomfortable and will take time to build up to wearing for a full school day indoors. Some individuals might have a health condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Our educators are experts in teaching new skills and behaviors to students appropriate to their developmental level, cultural background, and potential barriers to learning. This skill will be revisited frequently upon initial return to school by our teachers to help facilitate building this new skill. We appreciate our families supporting the development of this new skill at home before school starts by practicing and reinforcing the importance of this effort to limit the exposure of this virus to others. Any student (who does not meet the face covering exemption criteria of the current mandate or Industry Guidance for Schools) that refuses to wear a face covering will be provided education and encouragement on the importance of face covering at schools.


10. What documentation do I need to provide for my child to be exempt from wearing a face covering?

A letter from your child's healthcare provider stating that they are unable to wear a face covering is sufficient documentation. They wil need to wear a face shield or other equal alternative. Here is a sample template for a medical exemption for mask wearing developed by Valley Children's Hospital. Allowing students to remain in school after a close contact with a confirmed case is contingent on mask wearing.

If your child has an exemption from wearing a mask, they will still have to follow the unmasked modified quarantine procedure which means they must quarantine at home. If your child with the mask exemption happens to be the positive individual, all of their close contacts who may have been wearing a mask must quarantine at home too. Please refer to the Student Close Contact Flow Chart attached at the top and bottom of this page. These are the requirements of the CDPH Guidance for K-12 Schools in CA 2021-2022 School Year.


11. Are there any out of country or out of state travel requirements for my child?

There are currently no travel restriction requirements in the State of California; therefore, LUESD will not require any students or staff to quarantine after travel. The State's travel recommendations can be found here.

12. Where can I get my child tested for COVID-19?

There are several places you can take your child to receive COVID-19 testing: at school (see information below) or other locations around Kings County (please refer to this link under the testing section).

School Testing Procedure: You can make arrangements to have your child tested at the school for COVID-19. Please call the school for more instructions on testing at school. The school site will let you know what time and where to bring them. This is the same testing provided to meet the modified quarantine requirements of the CDPH School Guidance. This service is free and confidential. You will need to register your child only once before the testing at our school location with this link or QR code:

 https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=1663974students

Student QR code

LUESD has received some questions from parents regarding the testing provided at our school sites through the COLOR platform with CDPH's Valencia Branch Lab. Here are the answers from COLOR:

  • How can a participant revoke their HIPAA consent? If a participant would like to revoke their HIPAA consent, they can head to https://www.color.com/hipaa-revoke.

  • How often do we have to renew our consent? Currently you only have to register once, but have to renew your consent every 6 months.

  • Why are we being asked so many questions on the profile setup, such as gender identification, etc.? All questions that we ask during registration are required by CA law. If you have questions on specific questions feel free to reach out to us at covidsites@color.com. Thank you!

  • What chemicals are on wet swabs? The transport media should not come into contact with the person testing. The swab is placed into the transport media only after the individual has done the self swab. If you would like to know the chemicals in the transport media, you can find the data sheet here.

  • What happens to samples once the lab has processed the COVID test–are they used for any other purpose? COVID samples are only for COVID testing. Color does not perform testing of any kind without explicit patient consent. You can find more information here: https://www.color.com/covid-privacy.

  • Is there a possibility of getting cotton swabs for those that are allergic to polyester? Unfortunately we likely do not have alternative swab types available. Here is additional information on our swabs: https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/3989189/CDPH%20documents/SteriPack%20Swab%20Information.pdf.

13. Where can I register for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Kings County regularly has free, walk-up COVID-19 and flu vaccine clinics throughout our county. This link will take you to the health department's webpage regarding COVID-19. Please click on the "Vaccine Site Schedule" on that page. Individuals are not considered to be "fully vaccinated" until it has been 14 days since their last dose in that series (2 doses for Moderna and Pfizer and 1 dose for Johnson & Johnson). Currently only the Pfizer 2 dose vaccine is eligible to those 5-17 years old. You can register to receive the vaccine by going to myturn.ca.gov OR vaccines.gov or by texting your zip code to 438829. The myturn.ca.gov site allows you to make an appointment for the whole family.

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently not a required immunization for school enrollment.

For information on the 3 different authorized COVID-19 vaccines, follow this link to the State's information page.

 Vaccine Info

Valley Children's Healthcare's recent newsletter answers vaccine questions for ages 5-11. Valley Children's statement regarding MIS-C in children and COVID-19 stated "The best way you can protect your child is by taking everyday actions to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19: vaccinating all eligible household members, frequent handwashing, social distancing, wearing a mask (for everyone over 2 years of age) when outside of your home." Valley Children's also addressed increased pediatric hospitalizations in their last newsletter stating, "As hospitals in our community and across the United States are once again experiencing tremendous numbers of COVID-19 patients - primarily those who are unvaccinated - due to the rapid-spreading Delta variant, we are also seeing more children in our hospital infected with COVID-19. Unlike last year’s surge, when COVID-19 was often a secondary diagnosis in kids coming in for other medical reasons, today, we are seeing children who primarily have a COVID-19 diagnosis. The impact of the Delta variant on kids is clear."

14. Where can I find some of the District's COVID-19 Documents, Forms, and Resources?

2021-2022 Opening of School Plan

Parent/Guardian Student Daily COVID-19 Self Check

Employee Daily COVID-19 Self Check

Employee Illness and Exposure Expectations

Student Close Contact Protocol Flowchart

Student Close Contact Protocol Flowchart Spanish

Valley Children's Hospital COVID-19 Briefings and Research