• March 9, 2022
    CDPH's Updated Public Health Guidance for K-12  Schools in CA, Effective March 12, 2022



    On February 28, 2022, 

    This morning, Governor Newsom announced that with declining case rates and hospitalizations across the west, California, Oregon and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance. After 11:59 p.m. on March 11, California, Oregon and Washington will adopt new indoor mask policies and move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools. Governor Newsom’s full statement can be found here

    The current requirement for all staff and students to wear a face mask at school and in offices will be lifted effective Monday, March 14, 2022.

    What TTUSD's community needs to know about the latest change:

    • Indoor masking rules will remain in effect throughout TTUSD until the end of day March 11, 2022. 

    • On Monday, March 14, 2022, the masking guidance from CDPH will shift from a requirement to a recommendation. While the CDPH still recommends the use of masks in public settings involving groups of people, it is no longer a requirement. 

    • Per the CDPH, this decision to shift their guidance is based on the sharp and continued decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and vaccination rates in California, and national and global trends they are monitoring.

    • TTUSD will continue to follow CDPH guidelines for student and staff safety.  

    • Effective Monday, March 14, 2022, the decision to wear a face mask on campus and in TTUSD offices will be optional and based on personal choice. Face masks will no longer be mandatory for TTUSD students or staff on Monday, March 14, 2022. 

    • TTUSD will continue with its extensive safety measures in place that protect students and staff from COVID-19, which include Merv-13 air filters in every TTUSD building, air purifiers in every classroom, handwashing stations, and social distancing when appropriate and feasible.

    • According to CDPH, in California, masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and long-term care facilities.

    • School buses serving K-12 populations are considered a school setting and accordingly, masking remains required through March 11, 2022, after which time masking will be strongly recommended but not required.

    We have a diverse population with differing views and different health conditions. Parents, students, and staff -  Please be respectful of each other’s different views and honor one another’s choices regarding masking.

    We value every member of our TTUSD community and it’s essential to us that everyone feels safe and secure within TTUSD. 

    CDPH's Updated Guidance for the Use of Face Masks
    Governor Newsom's statement   
    CDC's Community Levels


    On Friday, February 25, 2022, the CDC updated its guidance on masking requirements for K-12 school districts. 

    They now have general community guidelines and are no longer creating separate, special masking requirements for schools. The CDC’s masking recommendation is based upon community transmission levels – low, medium, and high. 

    IMPORTANT NOTE: TTUSD must follow the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) guidance and the CDC’s update does not replace what we have in California with the CDPH’s and the Governor’s universal mask mandate.  

    We do not yet know if the CDPH will align with the newly released CDC guidelines, but the Governor stated on February 14, 2022, that he would be holding a press conference on Monday, February 28, 2022, to announce when masking mandates in schools would be adjusted to recommendations vs. requirements. 

    We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more. 

    Links to CDC’s latest guidance: 
    CDC updated guidance - schools   COVID Community Levels


    TTUSD’s updated COVID quarantine protocols           En Español

    Protocols for individuals with symptoms of illness 

    • An individual who has any symptoms of illness must stay home and quarantine immediately.
      • Symptoms of illness include a runny nose, sore throat, fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
    • If the individual with symptoms takes a COVID-19 test and they test negative, they can return to school after symptoms have resolved and they are fever-free for 24 hours (regardless of vaccination status). 
    • If an individual tests positive for COVID, they must isolate at home. If they remain free of symptoms of illness, they can take a COVID test on or after day 5. If their test is negative on or after day 5, they may return to school on or after Day 6, showing proof of the negative test. If the test is positive on or after Day 5, they must remain isolated until they receive a negative test or after 10 days, whichever comes first.
    • The first day of symptoms is considered Day 0 - the next day is Day 1.  
    • If the individual chooses to not take a test  - isolation continues for 10 days from symptom onset, 24 hours fever free (no fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are resolved.

    Protocols for individuals exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID (a close contact)

    A “close contact” is defined as when a student has been in close contact (within six feet, for more than 15 minutes, over a 24-hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID. 

    All individuals who are exposed to a positive COVID case are recommended to monitor for symptoms and follow the guidelines below based on their vaccination status. Individuals who exhibit symptoms of illness should quarantine immediately and get tested at TTUSD’s COVID testing sites for symptomatic staff and students.

    • Symptoms of illness include a runny nose, sore throat, fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion, and vomiting.

    Protocols for fully vaccinated individuals with no symptoms of illness - they do not have to quarantine

    • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days, even when not at school, after the exposure.
    • Individuals are encouraged to test on Day 5 after exposure.
    • If your student is vaccinated and/or boosted, please share their vaccine record with their school if you have not already done so. You may email or text a picture of their vaccine record to your school secretary or principal.

     

    Protocols for unvaccinated individuals who have no symptoms of illness - they are eligible for modified quarantine

    • If the unvaccinated individual was exposed to a positive COVID case, they were wearing a mask at the time of exposure, and they have no COVID-19 symptoms, the student is eligible for in-school modified quarantine. 

    Modified Quarantine: Modified quarantine allows students to stay at school as long as they are asymptomatic. Testing will occur at least two times after exposure and will be administered/supervised at their school. In order to be eligible to take COVID-10 tests at school, students must be registered at Primary Health

    • If the unvaccinated individual was exposed to a positive COVID case, outside of school, and was unmasked, they must quarantine for 5 days, even if they have no symptoms of illness. If on Day 5, they remain free of symptoms of illness and take a COVID test on or after day 5, and their test is negative, they may return to school with proof of a negative test. If the unvaccinated individual chooses to not test, and they remain symptom-free, their quarantine can end after day 10.

    Protocols for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days

    • Any individuals who have tested positive for COVID within the last 90 days must follow the guidelines listed above. We are taking this action because we are seeing individuals get COVID again within a 90 day period. We realize that this is different from what’s outlined in CDPH’s latest guidance for schools but it’s necessary to protect the health of our students and staff and minimize the spread of COVID within our school community. 

    Quarantine period for individuals put in home-quarantine during the week of January 24-28, 2022

    • If any vaccinated individuals are quarantined during the week of January 24-28, 2022, effective Monday, January 31, 2022, if they remain symptom-free, they will be eligible to return to school on Monday, January 31, 2022, with proof that the child is fully vaccinated against COVID. 
    • If any unvaccinated individual or classroom is quarantined during the week of January 24-28, 2022, effective Monday, January 31, 2022, if they remain symptom free, they will be eligible for modified quarantine. 

    Extracurricular Activities

    • Effective Saturday, January 29, 2022, our temporary (more restrictive) measures will be lifted for all extracurricular activities including theater, dance, band, academic teams, and sports. For high school athletics, we will be following NIAA and CIF guidelines. 
      • There are some testing requirements for indoor, high contact sports for unvaccinated individuals. No testing is required for outdoor sports.
      • Spectators (with face masks on while indoors) will be allowed at home games.

    Visitors and Volunteers

    • Effective January 31, 2022, visitors and volunteers are allowed back on campus as long as the individual follows all TTUSD COVID-19 protocols while on campus and volunteers have completed the clearance process.

    TTUSD Testing Sites for Symptomatic Students and Staff

    TTUSD now offers two COVID testing sites for our students and staff members should they become symptomatic. This is not surveillance testing - it is only for students and staff who are ill. Testing is not available for parents/guardians, and it is not for trips or other personal means. Please register your child in Primary Health if you have not already for all testing needs. 

    Testing locations for SYMPTOMATIC TTUSD students and staff:

    TTUSD’s District Office, 11603 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee in the modular in the back parking lot. (view map here) (Drive around to the back of the main building.)

    Rideout, THROUGH 3/4: 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. This location closes after 3/4/22.

    NOTE: These TTUSD testing sites are for symptomatic staff and students only during the school year. This testing site is NOT for family members. For the community, free COVID-19 testing is available in Truckee through Placer County Public Health. It is not necessary to have symptoms; however, pre-registration is required and can be done at http://www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123.


     Note: 

    • All safety mitigation measures currently in place, including wearing face masks when indoors, remain in place. Note: CDPH’s Current Guidance for Schools requires face masks to be worn when indoors. This mask mandate indoors is regardless of whether or not students are present. 
    • TTUSD has N95 masks from the state (through PCOE) that will be distributed to students and staff in the next week.
    • TTUSD recently received COVID-19 home tests from the state.  We will be distributing these COVID-19 home tests to all students before Ski Skate Week. This is a preventative measure to prevent any spread of COVID when students return to school. More details to come as we get closer to Ski Skate Week. 

    Resources:

    On December 13, 2021, the California Department of Public Health announced new guidance for the use of face coverings indoors that goes into effect December 15, 2021 - January 15, 2022. The intent of this new measure is to bring an added layer of mitigation against the Omicron variant. Read the full details on this latest guidance from CDPH here


    As of November 4, 2021, COVID-19 pediatric vaccines are available to the public. The Tahoe Forest Gateway Vaccine Clinic, at 11004 Donner Pass Road, is now offering pediatric Pfizer vaccines to individuals aged 5 – 11 years old. (A parent or guardian must accompany all children under the age of 18 to their appointments.) TTUSD is not hosting any student vaccine clinics. TTUSD does not have access to the vaccine nor are we equipped to host a vaccine clinic. 


    Appointments are STRONGLY encouraged as walk-in appointments may not be available.  Tahoe Forest Gateway Vaccine Clinic will continue to vaccinate 12+-year-olds.

    Tips from Tahoe Forest for scheduling:

    They recommend using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari as your internet browser.
    If you cannot find an appointment time that meets your needs, or appointments at their location appear to be full, please check back every few days. 
    In this early stage of the pediatric vaccine roll-out, they are receiving small quantities of pediatric vaccines from the state. 
    They will open additional appointment slots once they receive the vaccine.
    After your first vaccine appointment is complete, you will need to go back onto MyTurn to schedule the second vaccine appointment.
    Schedule the second vaccine appointment 21 days or more after the first vaccine.

    Additional notes: 

    • There may be messaging on myturn.ca.gov that indicates that school districts are having vaccine clinics.  TTUSD is not hosting any student vaccine clinics. TTUSD does not have access to the vaccine nor are we equipped to host a vaccine clinic. 
    • Bring identification for both the minor receiving the vaccine and the parent or guardian.  Identification for the minor is not a requirement.
    • Any individual who has been instructed to quarantine (full, modified, has already tested negative, etc.) will not be allowed inside the vaccine clinic.  Please return once your full quarantine (14 days after last exposure) has ended.
    • Any individual with COVID symptoms will not be allowed inside the vaccine clinic.
    • Consider consulting these tips, for how to prepare children for receiving a vaccine.  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/visit/before-during-after-shots.html

    Please visit  https://myturn.ca.gov  to schedule

    TTUSD is not hosting any student vaccine clinics. TTUSD does not have access to the vaccine nor are we equipped to host a vaccine clinic.

     



     
     On August 11, 2021, Governor Newsom announced that California will require public schools to verify that workers are fully vaccinated and unvaccinated workers will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. (Click here to view full order.)

    The order by Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, California’s public health officer, is part of the state’s efforts to protect Californians from the dangerous Delta variant of COVID-19 that is circulating in our community. Vaccination status can have an impact on if and how long employees are required to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19, and employees who are not vaccinated may be offered additional personal protective equipment under rules from Cal/OSHA.


     

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