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 orange 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.
The Lemoore Union Elementary School District would like to provide you with an update on our practices when students come to the office with symptoms or when parents call in that their child has symptoms. If the symptoms are within your child’s baseline, meaning that the symptoms are consistent or typical for the child, then they will be permitted to remain at school provided they have not experienced an exposure event to someone positive for COVID-19. If the symptoms are outside of the child’s baseline, then the student will be able to return to school if there has been no known exposures, it has been 24 hours since the child had a fever, their symptoms are improving AND one of the following three options:
1) The parent provides a negative rapid antigen or PCR test; OR
2) The child has a doctor’s note clearing them to return to school; OR
3) 10 days has passed since the onset of symptoms.
Another update is that each school in our district will now provide PCR testing for our students who are exhibiting symptoms. After calling the school that your child has symptoms, the staff member will provide a weblink for you to register your child for a COVID-19 test and make an appointment at the school if you elect to have your child tested at the school. The COVID-19 PCR testing is optional but may provide an opportunity for your child to return to school sooner provided they receive a negative test result. You will also not incur any costs out of pocket for this testing.
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. Please follow the current school protocols below.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
5. What happens if there is a classroom or campus COVID-19 exposure at my child's school?
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. Communication will be provided to the parents of all students who were in the classroom with a COVID-19 positive individual at the elementary sites and and end of the week teleparent/message communication will be provided to all parents at all of our school sites.
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.
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.
8. How will elementary recess and PE work?
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.
LUESD accounts for the possibility of heat related illness as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and will not require students to wear masks outdoors when our temperatures increase.
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.
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 bring your symptomatic child to the school to be tested for COVID-19. The school site will let you know what time and where to bring them. 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:
13. Where can I register for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Anyone 12 and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 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 12-17 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.
Vaccine appointments are widely available across Kings County. If you need assistance registering for a vaccine appointment, please call your school site nurse. The COVID-19 vaccine is currently not a required immunization for school enrollment. You are not required to provide proof of this vaccine to the school, but we will enter it into the student's health file if it is provided to the school.
For information on the 3 different authorized COVID-19 vaccines, follow this link to the CDC's information page.