UPDATE TO THE CVUSD COMMUNITY REGARDING IN-PERSON BLENDED LEARNING INSTRUCTION
OCTOBER 23, 2020
Dear CVUSD Parents and Guardians:
As we prepare for a number of our students to return to campuses for special education services and afterschool conditioning, the health and safety of our students and staff remains a top priority for the District. Eligible students with disabilities will begin returning to campus on November 9th and students participating in afterschool conditioning will return to campus beginning next week.
The District will welcome students, teachers, staff and coaches back with the most comprehensive health and safety protocols and measures in place. However, because the County of San Bernardino is still in the most restrictive, Purple Tier of the California State Blueprint for a Safer Economy, it is reasonable to expect that there may be positive COVID-19 cases among our student and staff population once they return to campuses. Rest assured, the District has in place safety procedures and communications protocols as follows:
The District created a COVID-19 Dashboard on the CVUSD website to publicly track the number of positive cases at each school relative to the total population of the students and staff who are physically on campus. The COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated regularly and indicate the number and percentage of positive cases at each location. The COVID-19 Dashboard can be accessed from the home page of the District website here: https://www.chino.k12.ca.us
The COVID-19 Dashboard is important because the State of California recommends that it may be appropriate to close a school if at least 5% of the “total number of teachers/students/staff [physically on campus] test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period.” Additionally, the entire school district may close if 25% or more of schools in a district (9 of 36 schools) have closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days, and the District has consulted with the local public health department.
Positive COVID-19 cases
If a student attending in-person instruction or afterschool conditioning tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be required to remain home for the duration of their illness as specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The District will conduct contact tracing in accordance with published CDC guidelines (accessible on the District website here: https://www.chino.k12.ca.us/Page/37109)
If contact tracing interviews indicate that the student had prolonged, first contact with students or staff, the families of the students who came in first contact with the COVID-19 positive student and/or staff will be contacted by the school administration team and directed to self-isolate at home for the amount of time required by the CDC.
According to the CDC, if it is difficult to ascertain close contact in a cohort, the entire class or the entire team that is conditioning may need to self-isolate for 14 days.
In the event of a COVID-19 positive case, the school community will receive notice from the site administration. The District community will receive notice from my office. Additionally, as stated above, all positive COVID-19 cases in a 14-day window will be indicated on the COVID-19 Dashboard.
Health and Safety
Our classrooms and school facilities are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. We will continue to encourage staff and students to practice healthy habits regularly, such as washing hands frequently, wearing face covering (unless medically exempt), maintaining adequate social distancing, and staying home when ill. In the event of any positive COVID-19 case on our facilities, we have trained staff to thoroughly clean and disinfect any affected areas.
Thank you for your partnership and support as we transition to the next step in providing for our students during this pandemic.
Norm Enfield, Ed.D.