Q. What are the current quarantine and isolation guidelines?
A. The following is effective in Clovis Unified as of February 17, 2022.
Following a positive COVID-19 test, individuals must isolate at home for 5 days rather than the previously required 10-day period. A student or staff member may leave isolation and return to school or work on day 6 so long as all of the following conditions are met:
Symptoms are resolved or resolving, and the person has been without a fever for at least 24 hours. If symptoms are not resolved or resolving, and/or fever has been present within 24 hours, an individual must continue to isolate until day 10 or symptoms are resolved/resolving and/or fever-free for 24 hours.
A negative test must be obtained on day 5 or later. A medically verified negative test must be obtained and provided to the school nurse in order for a student to return prior to day 11 following a positive COVID test or, if not tested, the onset of COVID-related symptoms.
Symptom-free individuals after a close contact exposure may remain at school or work.
Siblings of a person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (but one who does not have a positive COVID test) can continue to attend school and activities, and monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop and/or a positive COVID test occurs, then the individual would follow the appropriate isolation/quarantine procedures.
These changes reflect current guidance and requirements from the California Department of Public Health, Cal/OSHA, and the Centers for Disease Control. You can learn more about these updates from CDPH at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx, and about Clovis Unified’s health and safety procedures at https://www.cusd.com/2021-22SchoolYear.aspx.
Q. Are parents, visitors or volunteers allowed on campus? Can parents walk students to or pick-up students from class?
A. Specific details and requirements for visitors are available from your child's school site.
Q. What are the restrictions on volunteering in my child’s classroom? Do I have to be vaccinated?
A. Volunteers are allowed on campuses this year in a limited capacity provided the current health and safety guidelines are followed. As of October 15, 2021, the CDPH requires public, private and charter schools to verify employees' COVID-19 vaccine status, and require weekly COVID-19 testing for any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees. This order applies to all school employees, and also applies to volunteers. Specific details, requirements and processes for volunteers are available from your child’s school site.
Q. How does lunch-time work?
A. Clovis Unified has received a waiver that allows all students to continue to receive no-cost breakfast and lunch at school during the 2021-22 school year. Students use their school cafeteria for meals and meal schedules are based on physical distancing requirements. Intermediate and high school students must have their ID card to receive a no-cost breakfast or lunch. A la carte items may be available for purchase at secondary schools. Visit Parent Connection to add funds to your student's account.
Q. Can my child bring their own lunch box to school or does it need to be in a disposable bag?
A. Yes, children may bring their own lunch box.
Q. Are the same symptom rules in place for quarantine and contact tracing requirements?
A. Quarantine and contact tracing guidance has been updated as greater access to vaccination has become available. Visit the Health & Quarantine Guidelines page for more information.
Q. Is rapid COVID testing available through the district?
A. Rapid COVID testing is available for all students and staff after day 5 of a positive test to return to campus prior to day 11. Specific details are available from your child's school site.
Q. What happens if we have another spike in cases? Since schools will not be doing any distance learning is there a plan in place for a new government shut down of schools?
A. In recent announcements, CDPH has emphasized the importance of in-person learning and taken steps to support schools in remaining open for on-site instruction. Improving COVID vaccination rates and treatments for the virus help protect against future shutdowns, but there is no certain guarantee against future requirements for schools. As a result, Clovis Unified will remain prepared to use an online instructional model currently in place in case a classroom or school must close due to positive COVID cases during the current school year.
Q. Are vaccines required for students or staff?
A: On Oct. 1, 2021, the Governor announced that under his emergency services powers he has issued a vaccination mandate for all public school students ages 12-17 and removed the testing option for educational employees who have chosen not to be vaccinated. The mandate for students will be effective the term following when the COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved by the FDA, and the end to employees’ option to test rather than be vaccinated will also end at that time. We will continue to monitor the Governor’s mandate and provide updates as they become available.
Q: How does the recent FDA Emergency Authorization of COVID-19 vaccination for children 5-11 years old affect my Clovis Unified experience?
A: COVID-19 vaccinations are not currently required for children attending Clovis Unified schools. The recent Oct. 29 FDA approval of the Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, nor the May 10 FDA approval of Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine for kids 12 to 15, do not trigger Governor Newsom’s directive that California students be vaccinated.
In October, the Governor announced that sometime after the FDA gives Full Approval (and not Emergency Use approval) of the COVID-19 vaccination for children, that vaccination requirements for California students will be “phased-in by grade spans, grades K-6 and grades 7-12.” (See our news article here for more details on the Governor’s October announcement.) The dates of the FDA providing full approval or the implementation of the Governor’s mandate have not yet been announced by their offices.
The California Department of Public Health is currently developing the regulation directed by the Governor, a draft of which has not yet been released for the required public comment period.
Q: In light of the FDA authorizing COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds, is Clovis Unified conducting vaccinations on school campuses?
A: No. The district does not have plans to offer vaccinations at our school sites outside of voluntary family clinics hosted during non-school hours by community-based groups, similar to those that have been offered in the past.
Q: Does the emergency permission form parents sign for schools to treat their student in an emergency mean schools can give students the vaccination?
A: No. The emergency permission for a school to treat a student in an emergency does not apply to COVID-19 vaccination.
Q: My child is 16, and the FDA has given Full Authorization for vaccination for ages 16 and above. Is my child now required to be vaccinated in order to attend school?
A: No, not at this time. The Governor’s vaccination and education plan says that the state’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement will become effective only after full authorization is approved for kids, and that COVID-19 requirements will be phased-in by grade spans of grades K-6 and grades 7-12. Those dates are currently unknown. At this point, the Governor has indicated new COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students would not take effect in the middle of a school term (semester/quarter).
Q: Can I get my child vaccinated for COVID-19 now that the FDA has given Emergency Use Authorization for kids ages 5-15?
A: All children ages 5 and up are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Free vaccinations for children are being offered in the community, and parents are encouraged to discuss this with their child’s healthcare provider. Information is also available through the California Department of Public Health at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/ or to find a clinic or schedule an appointment visit: https://myturn.ca.gov/.
Q: How can I find out more about the FDA’s recent Emergency Use Authorization for kids?
A: Visit: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-authorizes-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-emergency-use-children-5-through-11-years-age
Q. Can students be assigned classes based on their and/or their parents’ vaccination status? Can parents request their child be placed in a vaccinated teacher’s class?
A. No. Currently, there is no plan to accommodate requests based on vaccination status.
Q. What are the safety protocols for bus riders?
A. Clovis Unified buses operate home-to-school routes for all students qualifying for district transportation. On the bus, students can expect enhanced ventilation and sanitizing. As of March 11, 2022, masks are no longer required on school buses in California.
Q. Are devices available to use/required daily? Do those devices need to be shared?
A. Schools have devices available for student use as was the case prior to COVID. When supplies or devices need to be shared among students, hand washing is enforced as well as sanitizing of shared supplies. Students may also bring their own device to school when it is needed for classroom instruction.
Q. Are desks sanitized between class periods for students who attend intermediate or high schools?
A. Teachers have access to cleaning supplies for high touch surfaces within their classroom. In addition, high-touch surfaces on the campus are cleaned 3 times per day. Campus wide disinfection using electrostatic sprayers happens daily.
Q. I have questions about the COVID-19 Dashboard. Where can I get more information?
A. Please see the FAQs at the bottom of the COVID-19 Dashboard page.