December 30, 2021
Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,
We hope you are having a restful and enjoyable winter break. As you have likely seen in the news, COVID-19 rates are increasing and there is growing concern over the rapid emergence of the Omicron variant.
As we return to school, we want to keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. Under guidance from Sacramento County Public Health, we encourage all students and staff to test for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. Doing so will support our priority to keep in-school learning and activities available to all students.
There are several options for testing:
Home Test Kits
If you have home test kits, we encourage you to test your student(s) immediately prior to return to school.
If your medical provider offers COVID-19 testing, have your student tested prior to returning to school.
Community Testing Site
Access testing at one of the many community testing sites listed at the Sacramento County COVID-19 Symptom Screening Mobile Testing Sites. Please note that due to increased demand, wait times may be longer than usual.
School/District Free PCR Testing – All 11 Sites will re-open 1/3/22 M-F 7:30am-5pm
EGUSD COVID-19 Testing Locations Flyer
As a reminder, if your child is experiencing symptoms of illness or if they test positive for COVID-19, please keep them home from school and follow isolation guidance. Those who are symptomatic will be isolated and sent home. Please review our EGUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan if you have questions about screening, exposure notifications, close contact tracing and quarantining measures.
Symptom Screening (Page 13-15)
Please screen your children for symptoms of illness before having them return to school. If a student is symptomatic with COVID-19 symptoms, they should remain home and be tested for COVID-19. Staff should follow the same guidance.
Quarantine (Page 15-21)
Students or staff who tested positive for COVID-19 during the winter break must complete their isolation period before returning to school. The California Department of Public Health is currently reviewing CDC’s recent updates to isolation and quarantine guidance. Should the state recommend any changes in current practice, we will share that information and update our protocols.
We are hopeful that employing these strategies will help limit outbreaks, keep our school communities healthy, and keep students in school.
Thank you and stay safe and stay healthy,