- Donner Trail Elementary
Important Quarantine Information
Our goal is to provide the best in-person learning experience for our students while keeping them safe during this global pandemic. We know that having students learning in person is the best way to engage and educate students, and students out of school can cause significant challenges for parents. As we navigate another school year with COVID-19, we must remain diligent about student and staff safety.
We currently have positive cases of COVID-19 within our student community. Extensive contact tracing was conducted, and we have had to quarantine groups of students. All of the families affected by this quarantine have been contacted directly. These close contacts must quarantine at home for 10 days. If a student becomes symptomatic, they are encouraged to get a COVID test. Free COVID-19 testing is available in Truckee through Placer County Public Health. (Please note: Placer County closed the TTUSD Rideout Testing Center so tests are no longer available at that location.)
Our goal is to implement a modified quarantine option at our elementary and middle schools. Modified quarantining allows students who are asymptomatic and have not tested positive for COVID-19, to remain at school during their “quarantine time” period with no participation in extracurricular activities inside or outside of school.
There are several requirements for a school district to offer a modified quarantine, including administering COVID-19 testing to students at least two times per week. This requires our district to be licensed by the state to administer antigen tests at all of our schools; we are in the certification process right now. The other challenge to implement testing is a national shortage of antigen tests for schools, pharmacies, and medical offices.
We are currently testing out modified quarantines at our high school campuses. These students qualify for the vaccine and with over 75% of our high school students participating in school sports, they are already getting tested to compete. Once we have our license to conduct our own testing, which we anticipate in the weeks to come, we will have this up and running for all schools. We will keep you updated as changes are made.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we do our best to keep our schools open and our students and staff safe.