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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated March 11, 2022


What are the requirements regarding masks?
After March 11, 2022, in accordance with state and county mandates, masking indoors is optional. While the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) strongly recommends continued use of masks, we understand this is a choice each individual or family will make. It is important to respect different decisions and opinions regarding masking.


With changes to masking, will COVID 19 testing continue?
Yes, PAUSD will continue to partner with COVID Clinic and offer testing for students and staff.

Do students and staff need to notify PAUSD when positive?
Yes. Parents, guardians and staff are still required to share their positive test results with the school office or a staff member's immediate supervisor. Negative test results must also be shared with health staff when returning to school or work.


Have exposure notifications resumed now that there has been a change in the Omicron surge?
Yes, PAUSD has resumed sending group contact letters to staff and students who shared the same indoor space with a confirmed positive case for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. Please note:  Parents, guardians and staff may receive more than one notification for the same positive case due to a variance in class and work schedueles.


What are the requirements related to physical distancing?
Physical distancing is not required. Cohorts and Stable Groups are not required.


How has PAUSD addressed ventilation concerns?
We have worked with mechanical engineers, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) design professionals, and mechanical contractors in order to evaluate our ventilation systems in regards to the ASHRAE guidance.

We have maximized air filtration for HVAC systems by using filters with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of at least 13 and made other modifications to increase the quantity of outside air and ventilation in classrooms, offices and other spaces.

Portable high-efficiency air cleaners have also been deployed where needed.

Engineering systems are in place for when the amount of outside air needs to be minimized due to other hazards, such as heat and wildfire smoke.


Will there be field trips this year?
We are reviewing all field trips on a case by case basis.


Where can I get answers to children vaccination questions?
Please see the FAQ in English and in Spanish.