LUESD is closely monitoring the COVID-19 health crisis and created this resource page to keep our community informed and connected. On this page, you will find updates, information and resources, links to expert health agencies, and an archive of District communications.
Please be aware that as our county progresses into the red tier and subsequent better tiers and good data regarding vaccine effectiveness continues, we will make the changes to our protocols. Those changes will be posted here on this LUESD COVID-19 webpage as well as communications sent to our families.
COVID-19 DASHBOARD AND LATEST UPDATES
The Lemoore Union Elementary School District and our seven 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 amount students and staff on our campuses (in-person instruction only) 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 will be quarantined will be notified directly by the Principal, Nurse or school office staff.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO LIMIT THE SPREAD
It is going to take a concerted effort to keep our students and staff safe. 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. If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, make sure you stay home and get tested if necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
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 or exposure and call the school for further instructions.
By sending your child to school, the parent is attesting that they completed the Parent/Guardian Daily COVID-19 Health Screening Guide with their child that morning before 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.
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
They receive a negative PCR test after symptom onset, their symptoms are improving, and they’ve been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.
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?
Call the school and inform them of the 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. A negative COVID-19 test result does not end/shorten the duration of the required 10-day quarantine; however, we encourage you to have all exposed individuals tested 5-7 days after their exposure event.
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, but please continue to inform the school of this situation so we can give you the full guidance on this protocol.
Trained school employees will identify those students who sit within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes cumulatively throughout the school day with the confirmed positive individual. Those identified individuals will be required to quarantine for 10 days from their last exposure to that individual. A negative COVID-19 test result does not end/shorten the duration of the required 10-day quarantine; however, we encourage you to have all exposed individuals tested 5-7 days after their exposure event. Personal communication will be provided to the parents of students who came in close contact with a COVID-19 positive student or staff member. Personal or teleparent/message communication will be provided to the parents of all students who were in the classroom with a COVID-19 positive individual and end of the week teleparent/message communication will be provided to all parents at that school site.
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.
7. How will students who are not in person learning get school meals?
Please contact your child's school for direction on how to pick up a meal for your child.
LUESD believes physical activity is important to overall student health and well being and is a low risk outdoor activity. All LUESD playgrounds and play areas will be open to designated grade level groups and elementary students will be encouraged to play and exercise during recess.
Whenever possible, PE classes will be held outside and utilize as much social distancing as instructionally possible.
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 at most times. However, LUESD is aware that wearing a face covering is 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 is uncomfortable and will take time to build up to wearing for a full school day. 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 excluded from coming onto campus.
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.
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 has released new travel recommendations on April 2, 2021.