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Wiseburn Unified School District

 

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Jan. 12: COVID-19 protocol update from LACDPH

Dear Wiseburn Families and Friends,

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has issued new COVID-19 guidelines that are intended to reduce unnecessary student absences from in-person learning, while recognizing that students being on campus have more protection than when they are in the community because of the layered levels of COVID-19 prevention measures at schools.

These guidelines prioritize responding to positive cases and identifying possible infections, while also updating guidelines for quarantining after exposure to COVID-19.

Wiseburn is updating our existing COVID-19 safety protocols in line with LACDPH's additional new guidelines as follows:

  • Parents/caregivers of infected children will be notified of the positive result via email by WUSD's COVID-19 compliance officer and asked to keep the infected child at home. Parents/caregivers who have questions about isolation requirements may now call the LACDPH COVID-19 Information Hotline directly at 1-833-540-0473. This line is available in multiple languages and operates 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM.
  • LACDPH's new guidelines recommend schools contact entire classrooms where a positive case has been identified and recommend all students to get tested for COVID-19 due to possible exposure. WUSD schools already notify by grade level with information on which classroom has a confirmed case of COVID-19, and we will continue to notify with classroom-specific notifications. Wiseburn will also continue to identify close contacts and notify them individually as we have been doing.
  • Under LACDPH's new guidelines,
    • The following close contacts are NOT required to quarantine and may remain in school:
      • Asymptomatic students that are fully vaccinated
      • Asymptomatic students who are recently recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days
    • The following close contacts are required to quarantine but may remain in school provided that masking and testing requirements are met:
      • Asymptomatic students with a mask-on-mask exposure at school and test negative in twice weekly testing (i.e., once as soon as possible after exposure and once again on or close to Day 5).
    • Symptomatic students and any students who do not fall into any of the above categories are required to quarantine at home.
  • WUSD updates on COVID-19 testing opportunities:
    • WUSD has the capacity to continue allowing testing of all WUSD staff and TK-8 students (138th St., Anza, Cabrillo, Dana, SLC) through our Fulgent on-site testing. We have also secured a commitment from Fulgent to offer PCR testing on our sites from Monday - Thursday each week. We will publicize widely when our four-day testing schedule goes into effect, likely in the next two weeks.
    • WUSD will use our rapid tests for symptomatic students and close contacts to an on-site, confirmed COVID-19 case in order to quickly identify potential cases of COVID-19.
    • In the event your student is a close contact to a confirmed case of COVID-19, your school site will call to notify you. During this call, you will be asked for consent to test your student while they are on campus during the school day.
  • Under LACDPH's new guidelines, students who are in isolation due to a confirmed COVID-19 infection may return to school if:
    • At least 5 full days have passed since your symptoms first started, and
    • You have a negative viral COVID-19 test collected on Day 5 or later, and
    • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, and
    • Your symptoms are improving, and
    • You wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth when you are around others, indoors and outdoors, for a total of 10 days.

    -OR-

    • At least 10 full days have passed since your symptoms first started, and
    • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, and
    • Your symptoms are improving.
  • Under LACDPH's new guidelines, students may use home test kits for all testing requirements. This simply allows for the use of rapid antigen tests to confirm a positive or negative COVID-19 status. The rapid antigen test may take the place of a PCR test result, though PCR test results may continue to be used as well.

To help explain the new guidelines from LACDPH, please see the flowchart images below, which demonstrates the updated quarantine and isolation protocols visually:

Quarantine flow chart
Isolation flow chart

 

Wiseburn has followed all LACDPH guidelines for COVID-19 prevention throughout the pandemic. These updated guidelines add onto our existing protocol, some of which are highlighted in the blue box below as a reminder to our families.

We thank you for your cooperation in our continued COVID-19 mitigation efforts, and will continue to keep families updated on all relevant COVID-19 safety guideline changes from our local health authorities.

Sincerely,

Blake Silvers, Ed.D.
WUSD Superintendent

Existing COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols

  • All students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home.
  • Universal masking with some appropriate type of face covering is required for both indoor and outdoor settings on the school campus. Exceptions would include when actively eating or drinking.
  • School employees are required to wear higher grade masks. Surgical masks are a minimum requirement. Higher level PPE (e.g., KN95 or N95 respirator masks may also be considered.)
  • In March 2021, Wiseburn installed air purifier systems that are connected to our current HVAC systems in all 150 classrooms, office spaces, and multi-use rooms. These air purifiers are similar to those used to disinfect air in airplanes, and they provide continuous disinfection in our classrooms.
  • All staff members are vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions (those who fall under these exceptions must undergo regular COVID-19 testing) as per an Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom (effective 8/12/21).