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Wiseburn Unified School District

Jan. 2: Updated COVID-19 info for our return

Dear Wiseburn Families and Friends,

I hope this message finds you and your families well.

As we prepare for the return to school tomorrow, we are cognizant of the spread of COVID-19, and in particular, the Omicron variant. In order to ensure we are returning to school as safely as possible amid the current pandemic conditions, we are closely following and implementing the updated guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), which I want to detail for our families below.

Wiseburn’s COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Our District has already practiced and/or prepared for many of the updates which must be implemented within the next two weeks. We will stress the importance of compliance across all of our sites and continue our diligence in all areas of our response to the pandemic. Below, I have outlined some of the major updates that will be added onto our existing protocol as well as some critical efforts that remain in effect:

  • Everyone on campus must wear a mask outdoors with the exception of when eating/drinking.
  • Employees must wear surgical masks, which were distributed today to each office and classroom for immediate use.
  • It is recommended that students wear non-cloth masks of multiple layers with a wire across the bridge of the nose for a better fit. For families who have these types of masks, please send them with your student. Otherwise, each classroom in the District received a stock of surgical masks including childrens’ sizes. We will provide them as needed to our students.
  • Mandatory testing of asymptomatic close contacts will be in effect when the exposure originated at the school site. In most cases, this test will be required on or after Day 5 of exposure. Students may or may not have to quarantine during this time, as determined on a case-by-case basis following LACDPH guidance.
  • All Los Angeles County School Districts are mandated to follow the guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health TK-12 Reopening Protocols (Appendix T1). Therefore, we are mandated to follow the more strict quarantine guidelines from LACDPH, as opposed to those recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Our District has a healthy supply of PPE and cleaning/disinfecting supplies. Our maintenance and operations and custodial teams have been dedicated to ensuring our school facilities are clean and disinfected. This includes the frequent evaluation of our air ventilation systems including the air purification units we added prior to our return to school in early 2021.

In addition to the above required protocols, we have been in ongoing conversations with our COVID-19 testing partners at Fulgent and will immediately improve the efficiency of our testing centers by strongly prioritizing students and staff. While we have been proud to offer this service to the greater community, as the demand for testing increases, we must focus on those who are on our campuses regularly.

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, we recognize that in-person learning is critical for each student’s academic success and mental, social, and emotional well-being. Wiseburn is committed to continuing with this primary model of instruction unless guidance from public health officials indicate it is unsafe to do so. Our families can continue to support safe in-person instruction by:

We also understand that some may be unable to return tomorrow for various reasons. Please work with your school site(s) to gather the work needed to continue with learning.

What's Next

Tomorrow morning, the 80 Los Angeles County District Superintendents and Charter School executives will have an opportunity to meet with and receive the latest information from Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA County’s director of public health.

Due to the fluidity of the situation, we understand that circumstances can change quickly. If applicable, we will release any new information and ask that our families regularly check email and our website for any urgent notifications.

Lastly, as we monitor the COVID-19 situation, particularly upon our return to school, we will evaluate all options and will adjust our response as needed. We will continue to maintain transparent communication with our families throughout.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Sincerely,

Blake Silvers, Ed.D.
WUSD Superintendent