2021-22 School Year

Latest Updates

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March 12th marks the end of California’s mask requirements for students and adults in the state’s K-12 schools, which means students and staff no longer are required to wear masks at schools. Masks are now optional, but strongly recommended. This change comes after recent changes by the Fresno County Department of Public Health to end close contact and quarantine recommendations, and co-curricular testing expectations for schools.

We invite you to watch an important message from Superintendent Eimear O’Brien, Ed.D. as we move into a new phase of individual choice and traditional illness prevention in our community. 

For more information about current COVID-19 mitigation procedures, the state’s new recommendation for face coverings, and the District’s safety plan visit https://www.cusd.com/StudentStaffHealth.aspx.

Moving forward, the following remain in place as we transition to a more traditional illness prevention model supporting healthy schools and classrooms:
  • No cost N95 and KN95 masks are available upon request from school offices and remain an option for students and staff 
  • Long-term improvements in indoor air quality and cleaning procedures  
  • Recommended testing for anyone who has symptoms of illness 
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of illness must remain off campus for 10 days or until a negative COVID test is obtained after the fifth day of illness onset or positive test (Learn more here). 
  • In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or COVID-19 symptoms, Clovis Unified schools offer no cost testing after Day 5 of symptom onset or positive test to students and staff seeking to return on Day 6 (Learn more here). 

Mar. 1, 2022: School Mask Requirement Ends Mar. 12 (click to expand)

March 1, 2022:
On February 28, crediting continued improvements in COVID-19 conditions, the Newsom Administration announced a midnight March 11 end to California’s school mask requirements for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status. California will also end its face covering requirement on school buses as of midnight March 11, which will align with earlier federal requirements for school transportation. Until March 12, Clovis Unified will continue with our existing education-based enforcement procedures that include making a mask available to students, communicating an expectation that the State’s face mask requirements are followed, and providing the state-required notification to any parent whose student does not wear a mask in class.
 
Today’s announcement comes following California’s transition to an endemic approach to COVID-19 mitigation and what health officials are calling a state of “normalcy.”  You can read a copy of today’s announcement at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx. Students wishing to continue to wear a mask after March 11 may also do so. Following the announcement, Governor Newsom issued an executive order to align CalOSHA requirements with California's K-12 School Guidance.
 
This welcome step toward a complete return to normal in our classrooms is good news, and an announcement we have been eagerly waiting for because it signals a major turning point in our COVID-19 journey.  If you have any questions about our on-going health and safety measures, like the availability of PPE, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, or our indoor air quality and free-standing HEPA filtration units, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local school as we move forward together.

Feb. 24, 2022: Mask Enforcement Update (click to expand)

In light of continued improvements in local COVID-19 conditions and in an on-going effort to prioritize in-person learning for all students, the Clovis Unified Governing Board took action on Feb. 23 to modify current procedures for enforcing K-12 mask requirements on campus.  
 
The following updated procedures for K-12 mask enforcement are effective February 24 in Clovis Unified:
  • It remains the requirement that all students will wear face coverings while indoors at school until such time as California’s K-12 school requirements change. Students are also expected to wear a mask while on school buses based on federal regulation.
  • As part of the required enforcement, if a student arrives at school without a face covering, a mask will be offered to the student.
  • If a student refuses to wear a mask indoors parents will be notified and reminded of the mask mandate, but a student will not be removed from class. 
 
The Governing Board’s adoption of an enforcement process that allows an unmasked student to remain in class is consistent with flexibility given to schools in the K-12 Guidance, to create enforcement processes that consider local circumstances, and reflects a gradual lessening of restrictions such as the January modification to quarantine and isolation timeframes, and last week’s decision by Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) to end the student contact tracing mandate and no longer require testing, as the transition to a state of normalcy continues.  
 
Other factors considered in making this adjustment included: 
  • Current COVID-19 data provided by FCDPH showing exponentially improving conditions across the county consistent with an endemic phase of COVID-19;
  • Fresno County’s February 16 decision to lift the contact tracing mandate as well as testing expectations for students based on an evaluation of risk factors to students; 
  • Facility improvements and sanitizing practices at every school site that include HVAC upgrades, free-standing HEPA filtration air purifiers, and daily cleaning procedures. 
  • Availability of vaccination, no-cost testing, and KN-95 and/or N-95 masks; and
  • California’s recent relaxation of adult face covering requirements as we move to an endemic phase of COVID-19.
 
To learn more about the basis of the Governing Board’s decision, read the full recommendation presented by the COVID-19 work group at the February 23 meeting. We will continue to update families as local or state conditions change in the future that impact our schools.

Jan. 28, 2022: COVID-19 Testing Update (click to expand)

January 28, 2022: 
To support families of students needing a negative COVID-19 test to return to school after a positive COVID-19 test or a household quarantine, Clovis Unified campuses are offering no cost testing options for parents.  Each school in the district sent parents specific information about testing options available through their local school.
What do I need to know about Clovis Unified’s COVID-19 testing?
  • No cost testing is provided for students and staff in need of a verified negative COVID-19 test to return to campus after isolation or household quarantine. Testing is not available to the general public. 
  • This testing is not for initial COVID-19 diagnosis, it is only for those individuals who have already tested positive for COVID-19 and are seeking to return to school after Day 5 of isolation or household quarantine. 
  • Testing will be offered for those who are on Day 6 of required isolation or household quarantines who need a negative test to return to school. This will allow students who test negative to immediately rejoin their classroom. 
  • Parents must be present to administer the rapid test to their child(ren).  A signed parental consent is required for secondary students who want to self-administer their COVID-19 test. (Print waiver available here.) 
  • Parents may provide their own testing kit, or a no-cost COVID-19 antigen test will be provided by district personnel. Testing that occurs at a district site is a verified test for the purpose of returning to school and school activities.
January 25, 2022: Clovis Unified is currently conducting its six-month review of our existing COVID-19 Safety Plan.  We are inviting public comment on these updates through February 2, 2022. Minor modifications to the plan have been made to reflect updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health since last year and can be reviewed here https://www.cusd.com/covid-19safetyplan.aspx.

Feb. 17, 2022: Contact Tracing & Testing Updates (click to expand)

Effective February 17, the following updates are in effect on our Clovis Unified campuses:
 
  • Contact tracing will no longer occur for close contacts following a positive case report. 
    • This includes ending the quarantine of symptom-free siblings following a positive household contact.
    • Classroom exposure letters will also no longer be generated after a COVID case report.
  • Student testing will no longer be required for co-curricular programs.  
    • When teams travel outside of Fresno County, any CIF or event requirements in place within the county our students compete will still be followed. 
  • Testing of students returning prior to Day 11 after a positive COVID test will continueas will the expectation that household members of a positive case self-monitor for symptoms. 
    • Our district-offered, no-cost testing will also continue to be provided as a service to return students to class as soon as possible.
 
We are grateful to see COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations decreasing to a point that such changes can be made and will continue to partner with our local and state health officials on future updates to K-12 school protocols.  These new updates allow students who are no showing symptoms and who have not tested positive for COVID-19 to remain at school, and only those students who are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19 to stay home. For now, California continues to require K-12 schools to enforce indoor face covering requirements for students, and staff when students are present.
 
The FCDPH Return to School guidance has also been updated to reflect these changes and can be found online using this link.

Jan. 3, 2022: Masks required indoors until at least Jan. 15, 2022 (click to expand)

UPDATE: REGARDING MASKS ON CUSD - Extension of California's indoor face covering requirement 
After examining the California Department of Public Health’s Dec. 13 Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings, the following update to existing mask requirements will be in effect in Clovis Unified until Feb 15, 2022. Previously, this order was expected to expire Jan. 15, 2022.
  • Masks will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in any indoor setting unless an individual is alone in an office or classroom, actively eating or drinking, or has an exemption on file with Human Resources in compliance with CDPH regulations. This is in addition to the existing mask requirement when students are present.
  • The updated mask requirement includes meetings or gatherings where members of the public are interacting with CUSD staff (such as school or district lobby areas, public or parent meetings, etc.).
Thank you for partnering with us in our efforts to keep our schools healthy learning spaces for students.
Your Clovis Unified Educational Team

Nov. 5, 2021: Youth Vaccination Updates (click to expand)

November 5, 2021

Wondering about vaccination requirements for school children?
There’s a lot in the news about COVID-19 vaccinations for children, and we understand that may have parents asking how this impacts California’s education plans, and in particular, Clovis Unified’s plans. In addition to the timeline below outlining key dates about youth vaccinations and educator testing, the following are answers to questions we have been hearing. (Keep checking back for updates and more FAQs as we continue to monitor the evolving conditions at: https://www.cusd.com/2021-22SchoolYear.aspx. We are committed to keeping you informed!)

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 issuing Emergency Use Authorization COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds, is Clovis Unified conducting vaccinations on school campuses?
A: 
The district does not have plans to offer vaccinations at our school sites outside of voluntary family clinics hosted 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

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Nov. 3, 2021: CDPH Mask Mandate Update (click to expand)

November 3, 2021

In August 2021, CDPH stated its mandate to continue to require masks indoors in K-12 schools, and said it would determine no later than November 1, 2021, whether to update mask requirements or recommendations. On October 20, 2021, CDPH reaffirmed its current approach to COVID-19 prevention and containment in schools. The State is maintaining the universal indoor mask mandate in K-12 schools and will continue to monitor conditions.

Oct. 1, 2021: Governor Discusses Future Vaccine Mandates & Contact Tracing (click to expand)

October 1, 2021
 
  • Contact Tracing: Per FCDPH guidance, contact tracing is deferred in the first instance of a positive case in a classroom or co-curricular program so long as all students were masked and remain asymptomatic. If a second case is reported within a 2 week period that cannot be traced to a source outside of school, contact tracing and quarantine procedures are initiated.
  • Student & Staff Vaccinations: On Oct. 1, 2021, the Governor announced that he had directed that the health and safety code be updated to include a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all public, private and charter school students and also removed the testing option for educational employees who have chosen not to be vaccinated. The mandate for students will be effective the school 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.

2021-22 School Year

As we continue to provide in-person learning opportunities for students at all of our school campuses, we want families to be aware of important measures in place to promote healthy full-time, in-person learning in Clovis Unified.  
Review our COVID-19 Safety Plan here.

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