August 27, 2021
Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,
Today we express our sincere gratitude. Thank you to everyone who has been or is getting vaccinated, diligently wearing masks and washing hands. Because of everyone’s hard work and diligence, all 67 of our schools are open with in-person learning, athletics and extracurricular activities. We all certainly have more work cut out for us and by working together as a community, we will make it through and stay focused on student growth and learning. Below are some frequently asked questions recently posed and our responses.
Has the EGUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan been updated?
- Yes. Please take a moment to review updates to the COVID-19 Symptom & Quarantine Decision Forest for K-12 Schools reflected in the revised EGUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan with updates in our quarantining and modified quarantining protocols.
Will workers in TK-12 schools be required to show proof of vaccination or be subjected to testing?
- Yes. Elk Grove Unified is preparing for compliance with the CDPH Health Order from August 11th that requires all TK-12 public schools to verify and track the vaccination status of all paid and unpaid workers.
How can parents help reduce exposure to COVID-19 in our schools?
- Follow the guidance. If your child has a fever or is showing COVID-19 like symptoms, students should not come to school and parents are encouraged to contact their health care provider and contact your school. Please reference the EGUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan for Health Screening information and we highly encourage those eligible to get vaccinated.
Is there a simpler version of the Symptom Decision Forest that parents can use?
- Yes. We’ve simplified the Symptom Decision Forest for Tree #1. Essentially, if your child presents with any of the COVID-19 symptoms, keep them at home and contact your health care provider and/or have your child tested. A negative rapid antigen test will further require a negative PCR test, before sending them to school. This also applies to all staff. Here is a link to the shortened symptom decision forest and the full version is in the EGUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Where can parents and the community find vaccination clinics?
- Everyday: Free Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Bruceville Center Vaccination Station from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m or visit myturn.ca.gov.
- August 28, 2021: FREE 12+ Kids and Adults Covid Vaccination Event
NCNW Sacramento Valley Section & LaFamilia Family Counseling Center in conjunction with the Good Health Wins program are hosting a FREE 12+ Kids and Adults Covid Vaccination event. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be provided by the Sacramento Department of Public Health and Curative. Event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Mack Road Valley Hi Community Center (7833 Center Parkway, Sacramento).
Click here to register | Click here for flyer
- Statewide COVID-19 Hotline: A statewide COVID-19 hotline is available at (833) 422-4255 for parents to call with questions about COVID-19. The statewide call center is open 7 days a week (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST / Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST)
- FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine: On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. FDA Press Release
Are there community testing sites parents and students can go to instead of the school?
- Absolutely. Some schools are inundated with testing requirements for modified quarantine and may not be available for symptomatic testing. In these cases you may get testing at any of these free community sites listed here: Sacramento County Symptom Screening Mobile Testing Sites
Is testing available at school sites?
- Currently, testing is limited to students who become symptomatic at school and are sent to the COVID-19 Symptom Isolation (COSI) room, students identified as a close contact and placed on modified quarantine and/or for athletics. Parents can expedite this process by providing online consent at this pre-registration link if testing is warranted while at school.
Will there be preemptive testing for athletics?
- Yes. According to recommendations from the California Department of Public Health and further outlined in the Sacramento County Public Health Supplemental TK-12 Guidance from August 6, 2021, non-vaccinated individuals competing in high risk sports should receive pre-emptive testing. Beginning the week of August 23, 2021, EGUSD Fall sport athletes competing in Football and Water Polo will need to test if they do not show proof of vaccinated status. This testing will be conducted at sites, similar to the testing all EGUSD athletes performed in the Spring of 2021.
During contact tracing, are protocols for athletics in outdoor environments different from indoors?
- No. According to Sacramento County Public Health Supplemental TK-12 Guidance from August 6, 2021, close contacts in the outdoor setting should be treated the same as indoor close contacts with regard to quarantine recommendations.
What new resources are available to parents and the community?
- 2021 Child Tax Credit: A new IRS online tool is now available for families to quickly check if they qualify for advance 2021 Child Tax Credit Payments. For more information and to access the online tool, please visit: irs.gov/childtaxcredit2021.
- Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT): P-EBT is a federal program that gives eligible families additional food benefits on top of CalFresh Food benefits and school meals. P-EBT cards can help you make a smaller budget feel bigger. For more information, please visit: https://capandemic-ebt.org
If I am a new parent to EGUSD, is there a district handbook?
- The EGUSD District Parent/Student Handbook can be found on our District’s website under Students/Families. An addendum was added to last year’s handbook to provide updates to the non-discrimination statement and contact information for the Equity Compliance and Title IX Officers for all of the items listed. Additionally, the full board policies for “Nondiscrimination/Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying” (BP 5145.3) and “Sexual Harassment (Students)” (BP 5145.7) were included and notice of a “Student Rights” page for more information on student rights and resources was added to our website. These additions have now been incorporated into this year’s new handbook. Please note that each school will also have school site specific handbooks that you can ask your school about. Each year, parents will be automatically asked to confirm receipt of a handbook through ParentVUE.
Can parents help with filling job positions?
- Yes! We need your help. We have multiple opportunities for parents and community members to be engaged in our school community. Join us today by becoming a part of the EGUSD family. See our current job openings. EDJOIN.org
- If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, that can also lead to becoming a teacher. And, for recently retired teachers, by Executive Order, retired teachers no longer need to wait to return to service. Please visit our Substitutes webpage on becoming a substitute. Pay for EGUSD Retirees is $200 per day: http://www.egusd.net/employment/substitutes/
Click here for Food & Nutrition Substitute Positions:
- Short hour shifts – normally between 10 AM – 1:30 PM – great for parents who want to drop their child off in the morning before school and be off work before it is time to pick them up.
- Flexibility – Work when and where it is convenient for you. As a FNS substitute, you have the flexibility to decide which days and at what school sites you work.
- Fun – We have great teams who enjoy working with students and sharing the benefits of good nutrition and healthy eating.
Are there other ways I can help?
Fire Relief – Flyer
- The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) has partnered with other education leaders to launch CA Kids Fire Relief, a two-week statewide effort where students and school communities throughout CA are being encouraged to provide financial and emotional support to students, families and schools impacted by the catastrophic wildfires. Students are also encouraged to send cards and personal letters of support and encouragement which will be hand delivered to students and schools in the fire regions.
During this charitable effort, SCOE is urging students and their families to send cards, personal letters, gift cards for food, clothing, gasoline and also VISA gift cards to:
CA Kids Fire Relief
c/o Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Blvd. – P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003
You can also donate by visiting www.tinyurl.com/CAKidsFireRelief
Humanitarian Crisis Relief
- Due to the current humanitarian crisis happening in Afghanistan, many refugee families will soon call the Elk Grove and the Sacramento region home, and many more of our community members are experiencing fear and anxiety for their family members who are still there and may not be able to leave.
- Please view our resource list for staff who are working to support our families who may be in need of resettlement information, basic needs support, or mental health services. You may also reach out to the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department for assistance.
When can parents attend or listen in on the next Board Meeting?
- The next Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 7th in-person at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center. Masks will be required indoors.
Good News and Stories to Share
- New Mural at Stone Lake Elementary – Stone Lake Elementary school has a new mural on campus! Mark Beard, principal at Stone Lake Elementary, wanted to give his students something special when they returned to school for the first time in over a year. Through a partnership between the Stone Lake PTO and Stone Lake teachers and Franklin High teachers, the team recruited a group of Franklin High students who worked together through the summer to create a beautiful mural for the Stone Lake Hawks.
Thank you and stay safe and stay healthy,