COVID-19: Student & Staff Health

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The health and wellness of our students and staff are top priorities. The following are extra health, sanitizing and hygiene steps that are occurring during the school day:

  • Prior to coming to school, families and staff are asked to conduct a health screening to self-evaluate for COVID-19 symptoms, including a temperature check. 
    • Anyone with a fever of 100.0 or higher should not go to school. 
    • Individuals with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-10 days after exposure to the virus. 
    • Symptoms that would necessitate your child to stay at home include: Fever or chills; Cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Fatigue; Muscle or body aches; Headache; New loss of taste or smell; Sore throat; Congestion or runny nose; Nausea or vomiting; Diarrhea; Repeated Shaking/Tremors (Fresno County Public Health Department, Return to School, 11/23/2020).
  • Absences as a result of illness symptoms will be excused. 
  • Temperature checks are conducted at school sites prior to students entering the campus.
  • Face coverings approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Fresno County Department of Public Health are required for staff and students. (See details here.)
  • Extra time is built into the day for hand washing/sanitizing, and regular reminders about proper placement of facial coverings or masks.
  • Systems are in place for contact tracing and isolation of symptomatic individuals if someone falls ill while on campus. These systems help in monitoring potential exposure within the school community in the event of a positive case at school.
  • Deep cleaning, ventilation and sanitizing of facilities follow California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control protocols. 
  • Classroom spacing of at least 3 feet between students and social distancing of at least 6 feet with changes in walking routes on campus to maximize social distancing and use of every available instructional space.
  • No on-campus visitors except essential visitors & volunteers who follow the onsite screening procedures.
FCDPH RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN
Click below to see the complete Fresno County Department of Public Health Return to School plan.


Prevention Tips

  • Wash hands often using soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Practice social distancing when practicable.
  • Wear a mask or face covering.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Do not share food or drinks.
  • Frequently clean commonly used household items and frequently used surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19: Symptoms may appear 2-10 days after exposure and could include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or repeated shaking/tremors.
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If Your Child Becomes Ill

  • Contact your health care provider.
  • Your child should be kept out of school activities for 10 days after showing symptoms and after they have been fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and no longer experiencing symptoms.
  • Inform your site administrator, school nurse, coach, director or advisor that your child is home sick.
  • All household contacts should not return to school or work for at least 10 days from last contact the positive person and/or until such time as the person with symptoms is confirmed to be COVID negative and symptom free. (Please see the Fresno County Department of Public Health Return to School plan above for details.)

Wear Your Face Covering Correctly

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  • Wash your hands before putting anything on your face.
  • Put it over your nose and mouth, and secure it under your chin.
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face. 
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.

Use Face Mask to Protect Others

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  • Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms.
  • Wear the covering in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and if you do, wash your hands.

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully

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  • Handle only by ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing, and wash hands immediately after removing

Contact Tracing & Quarantine Guidelines

What happens when a student or staff member becomes sick?  

The following process occurs in the case of a positive COVID test of a Clovis Unified employee or student:

  • The student or employee with a positive COVID test reports to their school site or immediate supervisor a positive COVID test result.
  • Appropriate Contact Tracing is immediately initiated by Clovis Unified’s trained Contact Tracing team.
  • Disinfection of any identified locations related to the positive COVID test is completed by the district sanitation-disinfection team.
  • Director or Principal sends two communications:
    1. To students or staff members that may have had close contact exposure as determined by contact tracing.
    2. To all site/department families/employees not exposed but at the location for informational purposes. 

Developed in collaboration with Fresno County Department of Public Health.

Person A

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Any person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Confirmed with lab result.

With symptoms:

Isolation until the following requirements have been met:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours* (1 day) with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and
  • Symptoms have improved and are not new or worsening.

* The 24 hours without fever may possibly occur within the last day of the 10 days of isolation, or after the 10 days.


Without symptoms (Asymptomatic):

Isolate for 10 days from test date:

  • Monitor self for symptoms, take temperature twice daily.
  • Isolation ends after 10 days have passed if no symptoms have been present.
  • Identify and contact anyone you have been in close contact (less than 6 feet, greater than 15 minutes) within 48 hours prior to your first symptom, or if asymptomatic, 48 hours prior to your test date.

Person B

Any person who is solely symptomatic or who has tested for COVID-19 due to symptoms and waiting for lab results.

With symptoms:

Isolation until the following requirements have been met:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours* (1 day) with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and
  • Symptoms have improved and are not new or worsening.
If test is negative, may return sooner when symptom-free.

* The 24 hours without fever may possibly occur within the last day of the 10 days of isolation, or after the 10 days.

Person C

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Any person who lives in the same household with Person A OR Symptomatic Person B*
 
No symptoms:
  • Quarantine for 10 days following the date of last exposure including complete separation from the person in your house with COVID-19. This means no contact, no time together in the same room, and no sharing of any spaces, such as bathroom or bedroom.
  • Quarantine to continue for 10 days after Person A completes isolation, IF unable to avoid exposure to Person A. (Please see the Fresno County Department of Public Health Return to School plan under the right navigation above for details.)
  • May quarantine for only 7 days following the last exposure to the positive person IF you have a negative test for COVID-19 on Day 5, 6 or 7.
Does not need to quarantine due to an exposure if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for 2 weeks or longer.

* If Person B receives a negative test result, then Person C does not need to quarantine.

Person D

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Any person with close contact to Person A (>15 min (cumulative per day), <6 ft)
 
Quarantine immediately and for 10 days following date of last exposure:
  • Contact Fresno County Department of Public Health with any questions 559-600-3200.
  • Monitor self for symptoms, take temperature twice daily.
  • Notify Primary Care Provider if symptoms develop.
May quarantine for only 7 days following the last exposure to the positive person IF you have a negative test for COVID-19 on Day 5, 6, or 7.

Does not need to quarantine due to an exposure if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for 2 weeks or longer.

Person E

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Any person who has had exposure to Person C or D

NO QUARANTINE OR ACTION REQUIRED unless Person C develops symptoms OR tests positive and Person E had contact with them within the 48 hours prior to Person C having symptoms or testing positive then:
  • Contact Primary Care Provider to see about testing.
  • Clear on daily Employee screening tool.
Does not need to quarantine due to an exposure if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for 2 weeks or longer.

Definitions

  • Isolation separates infected people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  • Close Contact defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person(s) for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, cumulative time, during the infectious period (48 hours prior to symptom onset while symptomatic, or 2 days prior to test date if asymptomatic, up to the last contact with the COVID-19 positive person(s)).
* For additional details regarding the CUSD Employee contact tracing and notification process, please see “Employee Protocols” page.

Social Emotional Support

We recognize that our students have been negatively impacted by the COVID pandemic and suspension of on-campus instruction, and a transition back to school wouldn’t be complete without expansive social-emotional support. In Clovis Unified, regardless of instructional models, families will have access to an extensive network of supports including school psychologists and others to support your child.  

Tier I interventions are available for all students through every school. These include services like School Wellness Teams, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and available counselors and psychologists. Tier II and III interventions that offer a heightened level of support for students are also available. (See link to the Multi-Tiered System of Supports below.)

While delivery of these services might look different in an online environment, a student’s teacher and/or any other school personnel can connect your child with these resources. Parents can also request support and intervention for their student by contacting their school office at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

To view the Student & Staff Health section of the Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

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