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Updates Regarding CDPH Guidance: 01.14.22
Posted 1/14/22

Dear SRVUSD Community,


We have some updates to share with you, which are outlined below. We apologize for the late timing of this message on a Friday, but we wanted to ensure that our information coming from public health is accurate.


But first, I just wanted to acknowledge that on Monday, we will be celebrating and honoring the remarkable life, leadership and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an individual who boldly addressed many of the themes that continue to rise up in our current world. We hope everyone can take a moment to reflect on the life of Dr. King on Monday. If you were not already aware, there is also an opportunity to join the community at an open mic event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at city hall in San Ramon. The event is hosted by the San Ramon Valley Diversity Coalition, as well as the Town of Danville, the City of San Ramon, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and District 2 Supervisor Candace Andersen. 


When considering which of Dr. King’s amazing quotes to share in this message, I chose the one below because it seems to capture the essence of what we have been facing together as a community as we navigate through the challenges of this pandemic.


“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Thank you to each and every member of our SRVUSD community for your faith in us and in each other. For coming together to do all that we can to keep our schools open and our students in class. As you review the updates below, please feel free to reach out to us at communications@srvusd.net  with any questions.

 

Take care,

John

 

Dr. John Malloy 

Superintendent



 

Thank you for your patience as we took some time to analyze the information regarding the new CDPH guidance. We have determined that the best plan for SRVUSD to continue with our success in keeping schools open, while still adhering to all local and state guidance, is to utilize the group tracing approach when students are exposed to COVID-19 in a group setting. 


The group tracing approach means a shift in who is notified when there is a positive COVID-19 case at your student’s school. Up to now, you would receive a letter from your school indicating that your student was a “close contact” to someone who tested positive. Moving forward, the group contact tracing approach means that you will be notified if your student shared the same indoor airspace together with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes. This will include classroom/classes attended that day, and may also include other in-school activities where the student identified as positive spent time with other students for more than 15 minutes indoors.


Students who are identified as a “group contact” as a part of this updated process are not required to test in order to return/stay in school. However, testing is recommended one time within 3-5 days after last exposure.

 

You will now have three options if your student is identified as a group contact:


  1. Opt in to test your student when the Agile group tracing team comes to your school. This option will likely resume towards the end of next week, as we need time to work with Agile to increase capacity due to the larger number of COVID-19 cases.

    1. Students in grades 6-12 will perform a medically observed self-swab, (any student who needs help with the swab will be provided with assistance by the Agile medical technician).

    2. Students in grades TK-5 will continue to test with the medical technicians as usual.

  2. Choose to test your student elsewhere, for example at SRVUSD’s Education Center, a County testing site or using a home test kit.

  3. Don’t test. Your student can just return to school, as long as they remain symptom free.


Regardless of your decision related to testing, please be sure your students remain at home when they have any symptoms. Please also remember to assess your student each morning before they come to school and remind your student that they must continue to wear a mask indoors. When you get an exposure letter, you will be given some ideas on how and where you can secure an appointment if you want your student to be tested.

 

If you receive a group exposure letter in the upcoming days before we resume in-school testing, you will be provided with some specific guidance at that time. In the meantime, please use options 2 and 3 above until your school sends a group contact notification letter that includes information about the Agile on-site school testing.

 

One of the key benefits of moving to the group contact tracing approach is that students may continue to take part in all aspects of K-12 schooling unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. 

 

We realize that a shift in protocols and practices brings questions about what the new guidelines mean to our families. Our COVID-19 Response team continues to work through the logistics and details of how this will impact our students, parents, caregivers, and schools. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

Thank you as always for your support in keeping our students and community safe. And remember, we are here for you. If you have any questions at all, please send an email to communications@srvusd.net.