Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements regarding masks?
K-12 students are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance (vaccination status does not apply).
Adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance (vaccination status does not apply).
(updated 8/20/21) Outdoor masking will be required at the elementary and middle school levels beginning on August 23.
Santa Clara County uses a modified quarantine protocol. Tracking unmasked and unvaccinated students is problematic and challenging. After consulting with other school districts, PAUSD made the decision to add outdoor masking as an additional layer of protection. Students who need a break from masking outdoors may remove their mask if they are not within six feet of another person. This common-sense approach will allow students to get fresh air without creating health concerns for others.
High school students will have the option of masking outdoors. This is consistent with other school districts in our region. Vaccinations remain an additional layer of mitigation available to students twelve and older.
Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
Schools will provide face coverings to students who inadvertently fail to bring a face covering to school to prevent unnecessary exclusions.
Mask requirements must be enforced.
In limited situations, a face shield with drape can also be used when communicating or assisting young children or those with special needs
What are the requirements related to physical distancing?
Physical distancing is not required.
Cohorts and Stable Groups are not required.
How will lunch at elementary schools be handled?
Students may remove their masks for eating and drinking indoors.
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 Back to School Nights be held?
Yes, these will be held virtually.
Will there be field trips this year?
At this time, field trips are on hold.
How will music be taught?
Singing with masks is permitted inside.
Woodwinds and brass instruments to be played outside.
Will volunteers be allowed on campus?
School sponsored student activities will allow a minimal number of volunteers.
Are QR Code & ParentSquare Symptom and Exposure Screening Required?
No longer required.
Will students or staff be required to have their temperature taken?
No. This has never been a screening requirement.
Will students or staff be required to provide proof of vaccination?
PAUSD staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination or daily negative COVID test results. Substitutes, walk-on coaches, consultants, volunteers, and other non-PAUSD staff must provide proof of vaccination to be on campus. There is no current requirement for student vaccinations.
Will staff and students be tested for COVID-19 on a regular/routine basis?
PAUSD will test students as necessary per CDPH guidance. Unvaccinated staff members will test daily.
RESPONDING TO A CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED CASE OF COVID-19 AND QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS