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COVID-19 Resources for 2021-22

If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case within our schools or District sites, we may implement multiple actions, based on Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) and State guidance. The District conducts contact tracing to identify if staff or students may have been in close contact with a person having tested positive for COVID-19. The school nurse or school administration will communicate with families if their student has been identified as a close contact.

Masks are one of the most effective and simplest safety mitigation layers to prevent in-school transmission of COVID-19 infections and to support full-time in-person instruction in K-12 schools. Masks best promote both safety and in-person learning by reducing the need for physical distancing. This effort will help keep our schools open.

All students are required to wear a mask indoors while in school. In a revision of its guidance issued on July 12, the California Department of Public Health specified that “schools must develop and implement local protocols to enforce the mask requirements”. Any student not wearing a mask will be offered a mask before any disciplinary action is considered, and teachers will have masks to keep in their classrooms for students who arrive to class without one. We anticipate cases of progressive discipline will be rare and want staff to support students in non-disciplinary ways.

Students who refuse or are unwilling to wear a mask without a validated medical exemption will be offered an alternative learning setting per AB130 legislation. Elementary students can attend the Cloud campus.  Secondary students can attend the Cloud campus or the Monte Vista Independent Studies program if they do not want to wear a mask. Those students who routinely forget their mask or do not wear it appropriately will be redirected and may receive progressive disciplinary action.

Student Face Mask Exemption

Please submit completed form to the school nurse or school front office.

Application for Student Face Mask Exemption

Solicitud de exención de mascarillas para estudiantes

Stay home from work or school, and away from other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.


Wash hands frequently with soap and water and scrub for 20 seconds.

Wash hands:

  • After blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After using the restroom
  • Before eating or preparing food
  • After playing outside
  • Before and after touching your face
  • After transitioning from one area to another

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.


Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.


Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


If you think you or your child is sick, please consult with your health care provider.


National Association of School Nurses hygiene videos for elementary students

General

1. If I don’t feel comfortable having my kids attend school physically what can I do?

Families who prefer a virtual learn at home option can transfer to the Cloud Campus for the 2021-22 school year. Students will have the ability to return to their previous school in the 2021-2022 school year.

2. Will each desk have plexiglass installed?

Plexiglass is available for students upon request.

3. Will there be distancing between desks?

Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are implemented.

4. What safety measures are being taken to protect my child?

The district follows the guidelines of the California Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control, Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and other agencies such as the CA Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). NMUSD’s 2021/22 COVID-19 School Safety Plan can be found on the district’s website (link).   Measures include, masking, handwashing protocols, hand sanitizer, HEPA filtration based on square footage of classroom, and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. The district’s 2021/22 COVID-19 School Safety Plan will be revised to align with any changes to state requirements that may occur throughout the school year.

Parent Involvement

5. When can parents volunteer? 

Currently no parents are allowed to volunteer. Principals will work with their supervisor to determine the need for essential visitors. Between now and October 15, NMUSD will continue to monitor in-school COVID 19 impact and may revise volunteer and visitor protocols to allow volunteers and enrichment providers on campus.

6. How many volunteers will be allowed on campus?

None at this time. When volunteers are approved to be on campus, the principal will determine how many volunteers can be safely on campus.

7. Can we have a PTA meeting during school hours but at a park?

Yes, PTA/PFO groups can meet during school hours at a location off campus. Principals may attend these meetings as necessary.

8. Have outside groups been approved?

  • Yes, through the facility use process. Currently being reviewed/ approved for use outside of the school day when students are not present.
  • Organizations that reside on our school campuses continue to operate (Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Catalyst Kids, etc.)

9. If the PTAs/Foundations host events off campus, can they ask school staff to advertise them with district email?

  • PTAs/Foundations may host events off campus and school sites may help communicate about these events. 
  • No events naming alcohol can be advertised on any system related to NMUSD. 
  • PTA’s and Foundations can use their own websites to advertise events.
  • PTA/Foundations are encouraged to follow the most current CDPH safety guidelines.

10. Can principals attend PTA/Foundation sponsored events?

Yes.  Principals will check with their supervisor for approval.

11. Can PTAs/Foundations get on the BTSN agendas?

Yes.  Please contact your site administrator for more information.

12. Can PTA’s have a Jog-a-thon?

Events like jog-a-thons can be scheduled for the spring with the understanding that it may need to be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19.

13. Can parents receive the student symptom flowchart?

Yes.  It will also be in the district safety plan.

14. Can PTA’s do their Home Tours this year?

Events like Home Tours can be scheduled for the spring with the understanding that it may need to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

15. Can we have after school PTA events on campus?

Schools may hold their PTA, School Site Council, ELAC, etc. meetings in person afterschool as long as meetings are outdoors with masks.  In addition, PTA may hold on campus, after school events (i.e. Trunk or Treat).  PTA’s will need to submit the Facility Use Application at least 2 weeks prior to your event.  All COVID-19 safety protocols need to be followed at the event.

Masks

16. Does my child need to wear a mask?

PreK-12 students are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance.   Adults in PreK-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional outdoors.

17. What kind of mask should my child wear?

Choose a mask that has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric; fits your child and covers his/her nose and mouth; and fits snugly without gaps.  For more information, please see the CDC’s: Guide to Masks.

18. Can my child wear a face shield instead of a face mask? (nothing else underneath)

Face Shields are not recommended alone. Research of face shields is ongoing, but effectiveness is unknown at this time.

19. What if my child forgets a mask?

Any student not wearing a mask will be offered a mask and teachers will have masks to keep in their classrooms for students who arrive to class without one.

20. What if my child refuses to wear a mask at school?

We anticipate cases of progressive discipline will be rare and want staff to support students in non-disciplinary ways.

Students who refuse or are unwilling to wear a mask without a validated medical exemption will be offered an alternative learning setting per AB130 legislation. Elementary students can attend the Cloud campus.  Secondary students can attend the Cloud campus or the Monte Vista Independent Studies program if they do not want to wear a mask. Those students who routinely forget their mask or do not wear it appropriately will be redirected and may receive progressive disciplinary action.

21. How often should I wash my cloth mask?

Reusable masks should be washed whenever they get dirty, or at least daily. If you have a disposable face mask, throw it away after wearing it once. Always wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.

22. What are the best ways to keep my child safe?

Please encourage your child to remember to wear their face mask and to wash their hands frequently during the school day. Keep your child home if he/she is sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness.

Contact Tracing/Quarantine

23. Can you please define close contact?

“Close contact” means being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, over a 24-hour period regardless of masking.

24. Who do I call if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

Please contact your school site, as soon as possible, for all confirmed COVID-19 exposures and COVID-19 positive tests. Please let us know the symptoms, when symptoms started, date of the confirmed COVID-19 test, and any previous recent exposures to a COVID-19 positive individual.

25. How will you ensure confidentiality of my students' test results? Who do you tell when I report my child tests positive for COVID?

NMUSD strives to protect all student data and is bound by the Federal Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA). Schools are mandated to report all COVID-19 positive cases to Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). In addition, the information may be shared, based upon individual circumstances, with NMUSD employees who work directly with your child to provide academic and support services while your child is quarantined/isolated.

26. What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

  • Isolation and quarantine are used to keep people who have or might have COVID-19 away from others in order to keep the infection from spreading.
  • Quarantine restricts the movement of persons who were exposed to a contagious disease, like COVID-19, in case they become infected.
  • Isolation is for people, with or without symptoms, who have tested positive for COVID-19. Those in isolation need to stay home for at least 10 days after their symptoms begin and until their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medications.

27. What is the student who got infected required to do? Length of isolation?

  • COVID-19 positive individuals will continue to follow the same protocol as last year.  They will isolate at home for 10 days (isolation either begins the day the person became symptomatic OR the day the person was administered a COVID test (if asymptomatic).
  • Students will only be allowed back on campus once their symptoms (if symptomatic) have resolved.  This means that the 10-day isolation period MAY be extended if the positive individual is still symptomatic.

28. How will absences be marked?

All absences related to COVID/COVID exposure are placed on independent study and are excused.

29. What are the options if my child is considered a close contact?

Our district follows guidance from the OCHCA Student Symptom Decision Tree.  This year there are three different options for quarantining as outlined in the new OCHCA COVID Decision Tree.

  • Full Quarantine- This is the traditional quarantine model implemented last year.  If you opt to go with this model, your student will quarantine--at home--for 10 days. The 10-day quarantine begins the day after the student’s last exposure with the COVID-positive individual. NO TESTING is required to return to school.
  • Partial/Shortened Quarantine- If you choose this model, you must quarantine your child for 5 days and then test them on Day 6 or 7 (when viral load is usually at its highest).  If the student tests negative, they are free to return on Day 8 of quarantine (and thus shaving two days off of the traditional quarantine time.
  • “Modified” Quarantine- If parents choose this model, the student may return to school immediately, but must wear a mask at all times (inside AND outside).  The Orange County Healthcare Agency (OCHCA) requires that the student be tested twice within the 10-day quarantine period.

30. When can students return to school if we choose the partial/shortened quarantine option?

In the “Partial Quarantine” option, close contact students will quarantine at home for 5 days, and get tested after that time.  If a negative test results, the student may return to school on day 8 (thus shaving 2 days off of the 10-day quarantine period).  Students who quarantine must monitor for symptoms and mask at all times through day 14 of exposure and if they develop symptoms during that time they need to notify the school nurse and isolate.

31. Who qualifies for modified quarantine?

The modified quarantine option is only applicable for school-based exposures. For student exposures that occurred outside the school, an at-home, full quarantine is required.  Modified quarantine is for unvaccinated students who are exposed to a COVID-19 infected individual AND both the exposed student and COVID-19 infected individual were wearing a face covering. They may continue to attend school if they:

  • Are asymptomatic;
  • Continue to appropriately mask for 14 days, both indoors and outdoors;
  • Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine. Parents must provide a lab report from the COVID test in order to do modified quarantine.; AND
  • Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school for 14 days, including sports, and activities within the community setting.  The exposed student may participate in all required instructional components of the school day (including riding the bus), except activities where a mask cannot be worn, such as while playing certain musical instruments. Exposed students may also eat meals on campus.
  • Students who quarantine must monitor for symptoms and mask at all times through day 14 of exposure and if they develop symptoms during that time they need to notify the school nurse and isolate.

32. Who qualifies for partial/shortened quarantine?

The partial/shortened quarantine option is only applicable for school-based exposures. For student exposures that occurred outside the school, an at-home, full quarantine is required.  Partial/shortened is for unvaccinated students who are exposed to a COVID-19 infected individual and either or both parties were not wearing a face covering during student's exposure to the COVID-19.

33. What should be the timing for twice weekly testing of students undergoing a modified quarantine? 

In general, it is recommended to test immediately after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.  Subsequent testing should occur at least 3 days apart.  As per Item 9 in the K-12 Guidance, quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen is collected after Day 5 from the date of last exposure and tests negative.

34. Does the school require a certain test?

NMUSD requires a test with FDA approval options including PCR and antigen tests. There must be a way to provide test results IN WRITING. Pictures of at-home tests/ results are currently not to be accepted.

35. What are students permitted to do during modified quarantine?

When students are attending school during modified quarantine, they continue to be required to wear masks indoors and outdoors.  They may use school buses, including buses operated by public and private school systems. They may participate in all required instructional components of the school day, except activities where a mask cannot be worn, such as while playing certain musical instruments.  However, students on modified quarantine may eat meals on campus using food service recommendations provided in the K-12 Guidance.  They are excluded from all extracurricular activities, including sports (practice and play).

36. When students are on modified quarantine, are all kids in the class being treated the same? What will they do for lunch and recess?

Students will go to lunch and recess with other students at the same scheduled time, however students that are close contacts must keep their masks on at all times unless eating or drinking.

37. If a student is isolating or in full quarantine will there be live interaction and synchronous instruction?

 Students in elementary grades who need to isolate or quarantine will work with their classroom teacher to obtain school work that may include physical packets, lesson activities through Google classroom. Secondary school students will also obtain school work via Schoology or teacher created packets/materials. Upon completion of the quarantine, students will submit any physical or virtual copies of assignments to their teacher. (At this time) there is no remote option for students isolating or in full quarantine. If interested in virtual education, please contact the Cloud Campus.  The Cloud offers an online synchronous education for students in grades TK-12.

Covid-19 Dashboard

In an effort to continue to provide purposeful and accurate information related to COVID-19 in our schools, the following chart represents the number of current confirmed COVID-19 cases among our in-person staff and students. Data is updated daily (if new cases are confirmed).

The school nurse, principal, or District staff will notify any staff or students who are considered to be a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

* Total number of students and staff - This number will fluctuate as we are finalizing staff and student numbers for the 2021-22 school year.

**Current confirmed cases - Information updated as cases are confirmed. Current positive cases reported within the last 10 days.

^Indicates one positive case that serves multiple school sites