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Navigating these unprecedented times requires us to work with outside agencies to coordinate efforts. PAUSD will continue to take essential actions that will foster a shared understanding of goals, responsibilities, and accountability. We aim to identify and address systemic structures and bias in order to create a culture where all students and families feel safe, welcomed, respected, and valued as part of the school community.
Awareness and Training
- Conduct training on prevention at all levels, focused on COVID-19, including hygiene (e.g., handwashing), and preventative care (e.g., wearing face coverings).
- Train staff on how to wear, maintain and dispose of protective gear safely.
- Provide support for self-isolators due to confirmed cases and symptoms.
- Provide information and support for the impact of not being physically close, being able to read emotions or social cues with faces covered, and how to share thoughts and feelings for others to understand what is needed for both students and staff.
- Train staff on how to identify students struggling with trauma and refer them to mental health professionals for additional support.
- Provide communication on prevention of infectious diseases for students, staff, and parents.
- Regularly remind staff, parents, and students of the need to stay home if any signs of illness are present.
- Communicate to staff, students, and parents about COVID-19-related protocols, including proper use of PPE/EPG, cleanliness and disinfection, transmission prevention, guidelines for families about when to keep students home from school, systems for self-reporting symptoms.
- Target communication to include vulnerable members of the school community.
- If a school has a positive COVID-19 case, contact the Safety Manager at the district to report, track, and trace infections in coordination with public health officials to begin the notification process.
- Notify staff and families immediately of any possible cases of COVID-19.
- Review legal responsibilities and privacy rights for communicating about cases of the virus.
- Provide guidance to parents, teachers, and staff, reminding them of the importance of community physical distancing measures while a school is closed, including discouraging students or staff from gathering elsewhere.
- Advise sick staff members and children not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.
- Inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop. If a person does not have symptoms follow appropriate CDC guidance for home isolation.
- Communicate regularly with all stakeholders regarding academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement.
- Communicate regularly with students and families about resources, and continue to focus on equity and access in critical areas, such as nutritious meals, appropriate technology, language accessible learning options, academic as well as mental health supports, and community resources to ensure basic needs are addressed.
- Provide communication on potential contacts to cases following the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) requirements.
- Notify parents and the school community about school meal service and options.
- Use a variety of communication methods, such as social media, newsletters, and school websites.
Coordination with Local Authorities
- Work with the California Department of Education (CDE), Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), Santa Clara County Department of Public Health (SCCDPH), and related authorities to follow the most up-to-date recommendations regarding screening and testing, contact tracing, and isolation and quarantine measures, as well as ongoing prevention measures including frequent hand-washing and physical distancing.
- Coordinate with partnering childcare providers to ensure safety protocols for participating students and families.
Equity and Access
- Prevent discrimination and inappropriate behaviors related to COVID-19.
- Provide awareness and emphasis on cyber citizenship, prevention of cyberbullying, and teasing, as provided in the digital citizenship curriculum.
- Implement a one-to-one device model so that all students will have access to a device. WiFi is available on our campuses and provided on an as-needed basis to students off-campus.
- All students and staff must abide by all PAUSD technology usage guidelines. This includes reproduction, distribution, or public transmission of teacher-created lessons and materials, which is strictly prohibited.
- No person shall be discriminated against for wearing a protective mask or other personal protective gear, such as face shields, goggles, or clothes covering.
- Refrain from stigma and/or discrimination associated with COVID-19.
- Continue to focus on equity and access in five critical areas:
- Nutritious meals
- Appropriate technology
- Language accessible learning options
- Mental health supports
- Community resources to ensure basic needs are addressed
- Engage employees on COVID-19 plans and provide necessary training and accommodations, and work collaboratively with representatives of labor groups.
- Ensure staffing levels are sufficient to meet unique facility cleanliness, physical distancing, student learning, and health and safety needs to address COVID-19.
- Develop and provide staff training or utilize state-provided training on disinfecting frequency, and tools and chemicals used in accordance with the Healthy Schools Act, CDPR guidance, and Cal/OSHA regulations.
- Provide training for staff who use specialized hazardous chemicals for cleaning.
- Provide confidentiality around health recording and reporting.
- Provide training on trauma-informed practices and suicide prevention.
- Designate a staff liaison or liaisons to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns.
- Protect and support staff who are at higher risk for severe illness (medical conditions that the CDC says may have increased risks), or who cannot safely distance from household contacts at higher risk, by providing options such as telework or negotiated change in classification or duties. If reasonable accommodations are not practicable, the LEA should work with the employee to develop a flexible leave plan that endeavors to avoid exhausting the employee's earned leave.
- Provide information to parents regarding labor laws, Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, and Unemployment Insurance.
COVID-19 Monitoring, Testing, and Reporting
- Students identified with COVID-19 symptoms are to be reported to a designated school staff, separated from the school population by campus supervision and escorted to the isolation room until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility, as soon as practicable. For serious illness, call 911 without delay.
- Contact thermometers should only be used when a fever is suspected and if appropriate PPE can be used (face mask, eye protection, and disposable gloves).
- The secretary or a designated school staff is to use existing procedures to contact the parent or guardian and request a school pick up. It is very important for all student emergency contact information to be current.
- If transportation is not immediately available, the school staff will hold the student in isolation for the remainder of the school day. The school staff will provide a resting place for the student.
- A designated school staff may arrange transportation to a healthcare setting, if necessary.
- A designated school staff will file necessary forms, per existing procedures for return of the possible COVID-19 infected student to a parent or guardian.
- School Administrators should report any confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the Safety Manager.
- School Administrators are to notify the SCCPH immediately of any positive COVID-19 case by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and calling 408-855-4214.
- All staff and families in the school community must be notified of any positive COVID-19 case while maintaining confidentiality, as required by state and federal laws.
- The CDPH recommends routine testing for all staff. Testing is now widely available at testing sites and through healthcare providers. In addition, PAUSD is investigating options to provide routine testing at a designated site(s).
Positive Test Results
- Students and staff are required to get tested as soon as possible after they develop one or more COVID-19 symptoms, or if one of their household members or non-household close contacts tests positive for COVID-19.
- Parents/guardians and staff are required to notify school administration immediately if a student or staff tests positive for COVID-19, or if one of their household members or non-household close contacts tests positive for COVID-19.
Negative Test Results
- Symptomatic students or staff who test negative for COVID-19 are to remain home until at least 72 hours after resolution of fever (if any) and improvement in other symptoms.
- Asymptomatic non-household close contact to a COVID-19 case will remain at home for a total of 14 days from the date of last exposure, even if they test negative.
- Asymptomatic household contacts should remain at home until 14 days after the COVID-19 positive household member completes their isolation period.
- Documentation of negative test results must be provided to school administration and Human Resources if sent home due to COVID-19 symptoms or close contact.
Emergency School Dismissal
- In the case of an infectious disease outbreak that requires emergency school dismissal, the District Office Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated.
- Someone from the Safety, Security, and Disaster Preparedness Office will join site leadership.
- Parents will be notified through voice, text, and/or email messaging to pick up their child.
- Parents or guardians are to use the site assigned pick-up location to pick up their student(s) and are to stay in their vehicles.
- It is important that school staff and teachers are able to release students in a controlled environment to their parent/guardian for the purpose of a full school dismissal or a class release.
- The Student Release area shall be staged so that parents/guardians can easily pull up without getting out of their vehicles.
- Parents/guardians will need to identify the name and grade level of their student(s).
- Parents/guardians will need to bring their photo ID and show it upon request.
- Staff will radio for the student(s) to be released from their classroom(s), escorted to the pick-up spot by campus supervisor or other staff, and released to parent/guardian care.
- Once a parent/guardian retrieves their student(s), they are to leave immediately and allow for the next vehicle to pull up.