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Important Update on COVID-19 Cases

April 30, 2021

 

Dear TTUSD parents, 

We wanted to update you on the current COVID-19 cases at Truckee High School (THS). We have had a significant number of THS students required to quarantine due to direct exposure to identified positive COVID-19 individuals. 

The majority, if not all of the positive cases, are a result from exposure during non-school related activities - outside of the Truckee High School campus or any district facilities. 

We are closely monitoring this situation and are in constant contact with the Nevada County Department of Public Health. Truckee High School has been identified as a school with a COVID-19 “outbreak.” Outbreak is defined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as “At least three probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period.” At this time we have 24 confirmed positive cases. All direct student contacts have been identified and have been asked to quarantine. We have an active COVID-19 Dashboard on our website (ttusd.org.virus) that is updated daily. This is where you can check the status of active COVID cases for all of our schools. 

Currently, the public health and TTUSD metric used for school closure is based on a total of 5% positive cases of the staff/student population within a 14-day period. This equates to a total of 39 active cases. Should THS reach this number,  the entire school would immediately transition to distance learning and all extracurricular activities would be temporarily suspended. THS would reopen after receiving clearance from Nevada County Public Health. 

This is a serious issue and we need to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to COVID-19 mitigation measures. 

Remember, if a student is required to quarantine, they must remain at home for 14 days. There are NO exceptions to this rule. If your child is required to quarantine they should NOT leave the home to socialize with friends, go to school, go to work, be around other households, or participate in sports or other extracurricular activities. For more information regarding quarantine and scenario protocols, please visit here

By not following the rules and taking health risks, it puts other students and staff at risk. It’s important that we finish the year on a positive note by minimizing the exposure risks and following the COVID-19 mitigation rules. 

If a student or family member is sick and/or has COVID symptoms, please quarantine, follow the directions from the school nurse, and refrain from going out in public.

Safety remains a top priority for all of our students and staff members. We have extensive safety mitigation measures in place at each campus to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We need all students, parents, and staff members to be diligent about putting safety first when not on campus.  We can’t stay safe and keep our schools open without your help. 

We realize you may have questions. Here are some answers and definitions to common questions we’ve heard:

Contact guideline:  If you are identified as the contact of a positive case you will be notified. Contact definition remains as within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes or more while wearing a mask.

Vaccinated Contact: You are considered fully vaccinated if it has been seven days since your second dose of the vaccine.  If a person is fully vaccinated, and identified as the contact of a positive case, you do not need to quarantine.  You can be on campus.  You do need to monitor for symptoms (as usual) and stay home if you develop symptoms. NOTE: If your child received the vaccine, please notify your child’s school nurse. 

Unvaccinated contact: If you are identified as a contact of a positive case and you are not vaccinated you will need to complete the 14-day quarantine from the last date of contact with the positive case. If an unvaccinated contact tests negative for COVID they still need to complete the 14-day quarantine.  This is because the incubation period is 14 days.

Symptomatic person: Regardless of vaccination status, if you have any COVID symptoms you need to stay home from campus.  If you get tested and have a negative test you can return to campus if you are fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving.  If you choose not to test you will need to stay home for 10 days from the start of symptoms. If you are symptomatic, vaccinated or not, you need to stay home and if you choose to be tested you can return to campus with a negative test result. 

Contact of a contact: For anyone who has been in contact with the “contact of a positive case” there is no need for the contact of a contact to quarantine at this time.  The expectation remains that you monitor for symptoms and stay home/test if symptomatic.  

Contact tracing is conducted when the district has identified a positive case (THS student and/or staff). Contact tracing involves interviews from the school nurse(s) with the positive case(s) and those identified as possible close contacts (defined above). Students with a positive test in the last 90 days are exempt from quarantining. 

Each situation is different and it is confidential. We are reminding everyone to trust the process when it comes to student/staff notifications.

As usual, there will be a Sunday night update to all of THS parents from Mrs . Mallonee and we will have another district-wide update for you by Monday afternoon. 

Please be safe.

Sincerely,
Carmen Ghysels, Logan Mallonee & Jeff Santos
Superintendent, Truckee High School Principal, & Executive Director of Student Services