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Fall 2022 COVID-19 Updates

Fall 2022 COVID-19 Updates

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new guidance for K-12 school sites on June 30, 2022, effective July 1, 2022. This update is to make you aware of what COVID-19 protocols will be in place for Fall 2022 in Washington Unified School District (WUSD). 

Masking: Masking with a high-quality mask, such as an N95, KN95 or KN94, although not required, is still strongly recommended in all indoor spaces. If your child chooses to wear a mask on school campus and does not have one, masks are readily available on all school campuses.

Testing options:  WUSD is working closely with the CDPH to ensure testing is available on school campuses for all symptomatic or exposed students and staff. If your child develops symptoms or has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, you may request a rapid antigen test kit from your school office if needed. While WUSD is no longer offering testing for our community, please note that there are a variety of options available, including healthcare providers, USPS test delivery, and a vending machine at the West Sacramento City Hall offering free rapid antigen tests. Insurance providers will reimburse up to eight (8) COVID tests a month.

Notification of Exposure:  Schools will send out school-wide notifications of positive cases on campus and will closely monitor trends in cases. If there are multiple cases in a cohort (ie classroom or grade level), more specific notifications will be sent to that cohort. WUSD will be updating its COVID-19 dashboard once weekly for positive cases.

Ongoing COVID-19 Mitigation: WUSD custodial staff is continuing precautions in all cleaning protocols and will adjust these protocols as needed. HEPA filters are installed in every classroom and workspace and monitored regularly. The District has adequate supplies on hand to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, tissues, no-touch trash cans, face coverings, and hand sanitizers with 60 percent ethyl alcohol for staff and children who can safely use hand sanitizer.

Guidance for Exposed and/or Symptomatic Individuals: CDPH no longer requires quarantine for exposed individuals; rather, if your child has been exposed to a known positive case, it is strongly recommended your child test 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask for 10 days after exposure. If your child develops symptoms, please test your child before he/she returns to school. If your child tests negative on a rapid antigen test but continues to have symptoms, it is recommended to re-test after 24 to 48 hours. Students with mild, resolving symptoms and a negative test can return to school. Please notify your school office if your child is staying home due to COVID-19 symptoms or is awaiting test results.
Please note that if a student has any of the following symptoms, the student must stay home regardless of COVID test results:
  • Fever of 100.4°F or above
      • May return once student is fever-free for 24 hours without medication
  • Diarrhea/vomiting 
      • May return 24 hours after last episode without medication
  • Cold symptoms
      • Students with heavy cold symptoms, such as deep or uncontrollable coughing, a significant lack of energy, or a constantly runny nose that the child cannot maintain themselves, ought to stay home until symptoms improve
  • Sore throat
      • Keep student at home and contact a medical provider for a severe sore throat and/or if white spots are in the back of the throat, with or without a fever
  • Pink eye
      • Student should be kept at home until evaluated by a medical provider
  • Rash
      • Student may return after being evaluated by a medical provider, especially with additional symptoms like itching or fever
  • Fluid-filled blisters of unknown origin
      • Student may return after evaluation by medical provider

Isolation Guidance for Positive Individuals: Yolo County requires that COVID-positive individuals stay home and follow the CDPH isolation guidance, last updated on June 9, 2022. Please follow the guidelines below if your child tests positive for COVID-19. Please also notify your school office as soon as possible if your child tests positive for COVID-19.
Persons Who Test Positive for COVID-19
Recommended Actions (Required by Yolo County)
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms.
  • Stay home for at least 5 days after start of symptoms (or after date of first positive test if no symptoms).
  • Isolation can end after Day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen collected on Day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test, choosing not to test, or testing positive on Day 5 (or later), isolation can end after Day 10 if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until 24 hours after fever resolves.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after Day 10. If symptoms are severe, or if the infected person is at high risk of serious disease, or if they have questions concerning care, infected persons should contact their healthcare provider for available treatments.
  • Per CDPH masking guidance, infected persons should wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.