Close Contact Protocols

Close Contact Protocols - 1/21/22

San Diego Unified considers the health and well-being of our students and staff a priority. Please be assured that we are committed to facilitating an optimal learning experience while ensuring the safety of our students and staff.

With the current surge in COVID cases, our contact tracing team needs to be able to contact more families than ever. To help with notifying our students, in consultation with the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency and the California Department of Public Health, district physician Dr. Taras and the Nursing Department composed an additional notice to send out to students/families when the combined case rate at a site is 5 cases or more (students and staff).

This letter will be different from the non-close contact letter you may be used to receiving. Our contact tracing team will continue to follow up on all positive cases for both students and staff and send specific contact tracing letters for all staff.

It is important to note that infections diagnosed in students and school staff are not necessarily the result of exposure at school. In fact, schools are considered safe places to prevent infection between individuals, because safety protocols are followed at school and supervised.

If your student is identified by group tracing as having been exposed to a COVID-positive individual, here is what you need to know:

  • Your child may remain in school unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Being exposed to somebody with COVID-19 does not necessarily mean that your child will become infected. In fact, scientific research and experience from around the country – including from California during this school year – demonstrate that schools remain among the safest places for children to be, because all are wearing masks and our rooms are well-ventilated.
  • All students (including vaccinated and those within 90 days of prior infection) are required to test on Day 3, 4, or 5. Your child can remain in school if tests are negative. Parents are only required to inform the school of positive test results.
  • Exposed students who participate in testing may continue to take part in all aspects of K-12 schooling, including sports and extracurricular activities, unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.
  • Please strongly consider signing your child up for the District-sponsored weekly COVID-19 testing at the school site. Alternative testing options for your child are home-testing kits as well as any public health, private medical, or other community testing site. For more information on testing programs at school, visit our District Testing Website.

  If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, please ensure they isolate at home immediately and notify your school right away. When you notify us, we can take additional steps to keep our school community safe. We will give you a date when your child can return and if your child needs to be tested.

If you haven’t done so yet, we highly recommend your child get vaccinated against COVID-19. If your child is 12 years of age or older, a booster dose is recommended five months after the second dose. Vaccinations against COVID-19 remain the best way to protect against the spread of this virus and against severe disease. Make an appointment to get vaccinated or contact your child’s doctor or healthcare provider to learn more. We also offer vaccines at some district sites. Visit our district COVID-19 Vaccine Website for more details.
We will continue to provide you with regular updates as needed.

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