Health and Safety Protocols

Face masks

Our Commitment to Safety

Per our district pillars, Wiseburn prioritizes safety for all stakeholders on our campuses. Our all-encompassing health and safety protocols draw upon the best practices, recommendations, and required directives of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in order to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community at large. Below, you'll find our plans for safe and healthy practices for in-person services and learning. 

Overview

In order to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff, and community amid the continuous threat of COVID-19 and its emerging variants, we will employ health and safety protocols as advised by public health experts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The directives of our public health officials continually evolve based on public health data to ensure schools prevent transmission most effectively while also reducing undue impacts to student instruction.

On February 28, 2022, the state and county announced changes to the indoor masking mandate for educational settings. Information about those changes can be found in our Masks section below.


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Masks

  • Beginning Saturday, March 12, California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health shifted from requiring masks indoors to strongly recommending masks indoors at childcare sites and K-12 schools.
  • In line with state and county guidance, Wiseburn strongly recommends but no longer requires masks indoors or outdoors on our campuses.
  • Wiseburn continues to offer upon request, for voluntary use, well-fitting medical masks and respirators to school employees who work indoors and are in contact with others. 
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Ventilation

  • COVID-19 spreads through the air. To combat COVID-19, the CDC, recommends using filtered ventilation systems.
  • In March 2021, we installed state-of-the-art 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 will be active and providing continuous disinfection in our classrooms.
  • Our HVAC systems are routinely maintained. Air filters on air conditioning units will be replaced every three months.
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Vaccines

  • Per the CDC:
    • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including severe illness and death.
    • COVID-19 vaccines are effective against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating in the United States.
  • All staff members are required to be 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).
COVID-19 test

On-campus COVID-19 Testing

Used in conjunction with other mitigation strategies, regular COVID-19 testing provides an additional tool to support a safe and successful in-person instruction, allowing for early identification of cases and preventing transmission.

  • Wiseburn began offering COVID-19 testing for students, staff, and community members twice a week beginning the week of August 23. Beginning January 24, Wiseburn shifted our Fulgent PCR testing schedule to four days per week in order to allow for more testing opportunities.
  • COVID-19 test results will be available to the patient as well as the Wiseburn COVID-19 Compliance Officer within 24 - 36 hours.
  • Wiseburn will also have a cache of rapid COVID-19 tests for immediate use should the need arise.
How to Receive COVID-19 Testing

Our COVID-19 testing is operated by Fulgent. All WUSD staff and students (TK-8 and SLC/FuturesPlus) are encouraged to take free COVID-19 tests Monday through Thursday on our school sites — no appointment needed!

Monday: Anza Elementary from 12 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Dana Middle School from 12 - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Cabrillo Elementary from 12 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: Dana Middle School from 12 - 6:30 p.m.

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Due to the high demand for testing, Wiseburn's COVID-19 testing sites will only be open to WUSD staff and current students (TK-8 and SLC/FuturesPlus) at this time. 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. This change is in effect until otherwise stated. We thank our community for their patience and understanding.

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Limiting Indoor Crowding Where Possible

  • Per LADPH, physical distancing strategies are still recommended as long as they do not interfere with full-time attendance for all students.
  • Wiseburn will employ social distancing where possible.
  • Class transitions and hallway use will be monitored and adjusted, as needed by site administrators.
  • Wiseburn will also maintain an increased distance as much as possible during times when students or staff are not masked (e.g., due to eating or drinking, napping).

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