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RHS COVID Exposure Pro-Active Response(Notification to All Parents/Guardians)
Posted 8/18/21

 

August 18, 2021

 

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

Thank you all for a fantastic start to the 2021-22 School Year! We are so thrilled to welcome all of our Dragons back to campus. In an effort to assist all families in understanding the process we have included below the State guidelines (California Department of Public Health-CDPH) and what the notification will look like. This will assist you in understanding what will occur if you do receive an Exposure Notice in the future. 

 

We appreciate you reviewing the sample notice below so you understand the guidelines. To assist us in providing a safe campus and for the efficiency of returning students back to class or allowing them to head home for quarantine, we are requesting a few pieces of support from families:

  1. If your student has been vaccinated please provide a photocopy of the card to the front office or upload a picture of the card through the following google form.

 

  1. If your student is not fully vaccinated but you consent to us testing, through a self-administered nose swab, on site with guidance of trained staff members, please sign the attached consent and return to the front office or upload to the following google form.

 

Please keep in mind we will still notify you through our messaging system of any exposures that impact your student. Providing these items will assist us in understanding your wishes and allow us to begin walking students through the process without delay or without requiring you to pick up your student. 

 

 


According to CDPH guidance, when a student or staff member in a small cohort (class, team, etc) tests positive, the requirements for return to school or quarantine are noted in the sample exposure notice below.

 

SAMPLE instructions in the case of exposure:

 

For students who are FULLY VACCINATED: 

  • If you are vaccinated and DO NOT have symptoms you do not need to be quarantined, but you must show proof of vaccination. 

  • On date will be inserted here: PLEASE COME TO THE location will be inserted here and PROVIDE PROOF of your VACCINATION. If you provide proof of vaccination, and have no symptoms, you will be able to attend classes on date inserted here.


 

For students who are NOT FULLY VACCINATED AND YOU DON’T WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN MODIFIED QUARANTINE (you do not wish your student to be tested):

Your student will begin a 10 day quarantine now. Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.  

 

Those beginning a quarantine adhere to the following:

  1. If not vaccinated, you MUST stay at home for 10 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19. (Unless you hear differently from the public health department, from our records the last day of quarantine from this contact should be Date Will Be Inserted Here).

  2. We highly encourage you to get a PCR COVID-19 test. Santa Cruz County Public Health recommends testing 5-7 days after the last exposure to the COVID-19 case.

  3. Watch for fever (> 100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath and other symptoms of COVID-19 (chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).

  4. As much as possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

  5. Please let us know if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 during quarantine. 

If symptoms do not develop during this timeframe your child may return to school. If symptoms develop, please keep your child home until they are 10 days past the onset of symptom(s) and have not had a fever (without fever reducing medication) during the 24 hours prior to return.

 If you have questions or want more information, please contact your doctor, or Santa Cruz County Public Health (831) 454-4242. For quarantine guidance or testing resources, click here.


 

For students who are NOT FULLY VACCINATED, HAVE NO SYMPTOMS, AND WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN MODIFIED QUARANTINE (you are willing to take (2) tests over the length of quarantine):

Your student is eligible for a MODIFIED quarantine. Students should report to the Testing site location and time to be determined.

 

Those unvaccinated, symptom free, and willing to take the test:

  1. May continue to attend school if they remain symptom free, test twice weekly, quarantine for all extracurricular school and community activities.

  2. Testing is available on campus. A signature is needed for consent to take the test. A student age 14 or older may sign the release themselves. The test is non-invasive and self-administered through a nasal swab at the direction of trained staff. 

  3. Students can return to all extracurricular and community activities on day 8,  if a diagnostic specimen is collected after day 5 and tests negative. This test will also be available on campus. You will still need to self-monitor symptoms through Day 14 from exposure date.

  4. If you receive a positive test OR become symptomatic, you must begin isolation 10 days from date of test collection or symptom onset

  5. If  you receive a positive test, contact tracing will begin for additional exposures starting 2 days prior to symptom onset

  6. We highly encourage you to get a PCR COVID-19 test. Santa Cruz County Public Health recommends testing 5-7 days after the last exposure to the COVID-19 case.

  7. Watch for fever (> 100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath and other symptoms of COVID-19 (chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).

  8. As much as possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

  9. Please let us know if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 during your modified quarantine. 

 If you have questions or want more information, please contact your doctor, or Santa Cruz County Public Health (831) 454-4242. For quarantine guidance or testing resources, click here.


 

Sincerely,

Deanna Young, Principal