Q. Will temperature checks still be required?
A. Temperature checks and other health and safety requirements will be in place for as long as they are required by health and safety officials. Right now, we are planning for the possibility that daily health screenings will remain a part of required safety protocols, but that on campus temperature checks will not be a part of the school day. If requirements for schools change as COVID conditions improve, we will update plans accordingly.
Q. Will students and staff be required to wear masks during the 2021-22 school year? Will face shields be allowed in lieu of masks?
A. We’re tired of masks, too! But for now, they continue to be required by local, state and national health officials in order for us to hold in-person classes. Face coverings and other health and safety requirements will be in place for as long as they continue to be required for our facilities to be open. As a result, we are planning for the possibility that face coverings may be required and would schedule additional mask breaks and similar opportunities for students to have time without face coverings during the school day. If requirements for schools change as COVID conditions improve, we will update plans accordingly.
Q. Can students take off their masks in PE?
A. Currently students are not required to wear masks when they are engaged in strenuous physical activity (loosely defined as any activity that will work up a sweat).
Q. Can a student get a doctor’s note to not wear a mask or to wear a shield instead?
A. Currently, there are very limited reasons that a student may be deemed physically incapable of maintaining mask wearing. Parents should contact their local school should their child have a medical necessity related to face coverings.
Q. If/when masks are no longer required, can my child still wear one if I want them to?
A. At this time, we do not anticipate requiring students to NOT wear a mask but will continue to evaluate this option related to state and local health guidance and requirements.
Q. The CA state health department said school districts can make masks optional because it’s not a law. Why aren’t you making them optional?
A. The California Public Health Department requires masks for grades K-12, it is this mandate that Clovis Unified is following. For more information visit the CDPH’s Reopening Framework and Guidance Q&A
Q. Will the District be utilizing any waivers that would allow for the proper implementation of sports and co-curricular activities?
A. There are no waivers available to exempt schools from following California Department of Public Health face covering requirements for K-12 schools. We continue to be involved in conversations at the State level related to this conversation and as requirements evolve will update our practices.
Q. Will social distancing of 3ft or 6ft be required next year? Will we limit the number of students per class?
A. The current 3 ft of distancing required between students in classrooms, and six feet of distancing in other on-campus settings are included in our staffing and facility plans for the coming year. State health officials have not announced plans to change these distancing requirements, but as COVID conditions and vaccination rates improve these requirements may also be changed, in which case we will revisit this topic. Classes are currently being built in accordance to social distancing guidance, which is informing the maximum capacity of classrooms.
Q. Will parents, visitors or volunteers be allowed on campus? Can parents walk students to or pick-up students from class?
A. We are following COVID guidance requirements at the State and Local level that expects schools to limit on-campus traffic. We will open our schools for parent volunteers and visitors when this guidance permits and will continue to communicate with our families as guidance changes. When approved, parents will be provided opportunities to volunteer and visit campus with details of check-in procedures and required health screening shared by individual school sites prior to the start of school in August.
Q. How will lunch-time work?
A. Clovis Unified has received a waiver that will allow all students to continue to receive no cost breakfast and lunch at school during the 2021-22 school year. A la cart items will also be available for purchase at secondary schools. Students will use their school cafeteria for meals and meal schedules will be based on physical distancing requirements in place at the start of the school year.
Q. What about recess?
A. Recesses will be held with supervision. Schools will communicate specific recess plans to parents prior to the start of the school year.
Q. Will the same symptom rules be in place for quarantine and contact tracing requirements?
A. Our trained contact tracing teams will continue to follow required quarantine and isolation procedures. With recent changes from the state on required physical distancing between students in classrooms (to 3ft) we have requested that the quarantine guidelines (currently at 6ft) be updated to all be consistent at 3 ft for students.
Q. Can school nurses complete COVID-19 test for students with symptoms?
A. We are currently exploring options to expand COVID-19 testing options for students, and currently school health offices can refer families to locations offering no cost COVID-19 testing.
Q. Will rapid COVID testing be available through the district?
A. Rapid COVID testing for all students will not be available through the district, but school sites can provide a list of testing sites for families to access.
Q. Will there still be a Care Room?
A. Schools will continue to have a separate space for students who present with COVID symptoms while on campus so they can be cared for while waiting for parents to pick them up.
Q. What will happen in the fall 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. 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. Will vaccines be required for students or staff to return in-person?
A. There are no plans under development to require vaccination for staff and students. We continue to closely watch the state-level dialogue on the topic and will keep the community informed if such a requirement becomes part of California’s school vaccination requirements.
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. Currently, the District is not requiring vaccinated individuals to report that information to the District.
Q. What are the safety protocols for bus riders?
A. Clovis Unified buses will operate home-to-school routes for all students qualifying for district transportation. On the bus, students can expect enhanced ventilation and sanitizing, required face coverings, and reduced numbers of riders per bus.
Q. Do we need to send supplies with our children, such as sanitizers and extra masks?
A. Schools will have a supply of hand sanitizer for student use as well as extra masks. However, if masks are still required as part of the health and safety guidance in Fall, each student is encouraged to bring their own mask.
Q. Will devices be available to use/required daily? Will those devices need to be shared?
A. Schools will 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 will be enforced as well as cleaning of shared supplies. Students may also bring their own device to school when it is needed for classroom instruction.