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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 by the school site. Please answer or listen to all calls/teleparent messages you receive from the school district or school sites.

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 notify your school immediately. Please follow the current school protocols below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED PARENT QUESTIONS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

CDPH has issued new updates to the timelines for isolation and quarantine. Those updates, effective April 6, 2022 are reflected in the below FAQ section:

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?

As of April 6, 2022, we are following our regular sick day protocol which states that students with a fever need to remain home for 24 hours after the fever without the use of fever reducing medication or if they do not feel well enough to be at school. Students who have had a close contact event can come to school if they are not having symptoms. Student who test positive or experience symptoms after a known close contact event need to remain home and inform the school. See the following flowcart for all Student COVID-19 protocols.


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

As of April 6, 2022, we are following our regular sick day protocol which states that students with a fever need to remain home for 24 hours after the fever without the use of fever reducing medication or if they do not feel well enough to be at school. If your child has a fever at school, the parent/guardian will be called to come pick up the student. The student will wait in a separate area.


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

If your child has not had a known exposure event, your child may return to school when they are feeling well enough and they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. We recommend that you have your child tested for COVID-19, but it is not required.

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

If the student is not having symptoms, they may come to school. If they develop symptoms, please call and inform the school. The student will need to test to rule out COVID-19. Once the negative test result has been verified by the school site, the student may return. If you choose not to have your child test, please call the school site to receive your timeline for when your child may return to school.

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

On January 12, 2022, the CDPH updated their protocols for a group exposure identification. Students who may have been indoors for more than 15 minutes cumulatively throughout the school day from the confirmed positive individual will be identified as a possible exposure. Those identified students can remain at school as long as they do not have symptoms. Testing is recommended but not required. If a student has been identified as a possible exposure, parents/guardians will receive an email via our messenger service each Friday. The email address you have provided in Aeries will be the address used. Please answer or listen to all calls/teleparent messages you receive from the school district or school sites. 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 5 days since the test date or symptoms started, a negative test is obtained on day 5, symptoms are improving, and they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine or 10 days if the student does not want to test again.  The negative test result will need to be provided to the school site in order to return on day 6 or later. No test is required to return after day 10.

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?

Yes. On March 14, 2022, CDPH and our local health department no longer require students to wear a mask when indoors. It is strongly recommended and masks will still be provided to students if they want one.


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

As of March 14, 2022, it is no longer required to receive an exemption for your child from wearng a face covering.


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.

We have three free testing options available and utilize the two different types of tests based on the protocol needs.

  1. Rapid antigen testing: This will be new for us starting January 2022 once supplies are delivered. Our nurses have been trainined and certified to provide free rapid antigen tests with the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card to students and staff at school with results in 15 minutes. Registration for this test is different than the registration you may have already completed for our PCR testing and we apologize for the incovenience of that. You may register your child under the student tab of this link: https://my.primary.health/l/eachone

  2. PCR Testing: This is the same testing we have provided so far this school year through the COLOR platform with CDPH's Valencia Branch Lab. We use this testing for our staff weekly testing requirement and to meet the modified quarantine or test-to-stay student requirements of the CDPH School Guidance. This is a moleclular test that takes 2-5 days to receive results. This service is free and confidential. You will need to register your child only once before 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.

  1. At home tests. Each of our sites have a limited supply of home tests that you can request to complete some of the testing requirements.

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 students in our district. 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? (Please note that changes from CDPH happen frequently and documents are updated when able)

2021-2022 Opening of School Plan

Employee Daily COVID-19 Self Check

Employee Illness and Exposure Expectations

Student COVID-19 Protocol Flowchart (revised 4.6.2022)

Valley Children's Hospital COVID-19 Briefings and Research