July 14, 2021
Hello Elk Grove Unified Students, Families and Staff,
With great excitement, we welcome the new school year and the full opening of our schools for learning. We have much to look forward to as we finish out a wonderful summer learning program and prepare to bring all students back to every campus, every day, learning in every subject and in every classroom. While we are excited to reopen EGUSD schools for full-time, in-person learning, the safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority, and we want to share the latest health and safety guidance that applies to all school settings for
On Monday afternoon, the District received an update from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) related to K-12 school settings, which primarily pertains to masking. Please know that this guidance is effective immediately, and we will follow this guidance in our schools. The updated guidance applies to all schools for the 2021-2022 school year, which for Elk Grove Unified, begins for 18 Year Round schools that start on July 15. Previous guidance for the remainder of Summer Learning will be in effect for those schools still in Summer Learning.
Below is a brief summary of the primary changes we will be implementing for the new school year:
Masking Guidance Updates
All EGUSD students are required to wear masks indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance. All adults in TK-12 settings are required to wear masks when sharing indoor spaces with students. According to the new CDPH guidelines, masks are optional outdoors for all TK-12 settings.
Previous masking exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance will still be honored.
Per the CDPH mask guidance, students who do not qualify for a face covering exemption, or who are not willing to wear a face covering, may attend either the EGUSD Virtual Academy or Las Flores Independent Study Programs.
Schools will provide masks if students need them, and school staff will continue to follow existing protocols to address behavior issues related to mask wearing.
Physical Distancing Update
According to the new CDPH guidelines, in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g. masking) are implemented.
School Visitors and Volunteers
Access to school campuses is permitted. Visitors and volunteers are not allowed in classrooms unless deemed essential for educational purposes. In those cases all safety protocols will be adhered to.
COVID-19 Rapid Testing
BinaxNow COVID-19 rapid antigen testing will be available on-site at EGUSD schools for symptomatic students. COVID-19 rapid testing will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent possible spread at schools. Parents/guardians must provide written consent for their student(s) to be tested. You can find the consent form here. The form only needs to be completed once, but parents/guardians will be notified prior to each test administered. If you would like to sign the consent form ahead of time, please print, sign, and return to your student’s school. Consent forms will also be available to complete at school sites.
More information about the BinaxNow COVID-19 Rapid Test can be found here.
Quarantine Recommendations for Unvaccinated Students
Quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated students for exposures when both parties were wearing a mask, as required in TK-12 indoor settings.
When both parties were wearing a mask in the indoor classroom setting, unvaccinated students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors) may undergo a modified 10-day quarantine as follows. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:
- Are asymptomatic;
- Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
- Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine; and
- Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting.
What if my child is showing symptoms?
Students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection should not return for in-person instruction until they have met CDPH criteria to return to school for those with symptoms:
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
- Other symptoms have improved; and
- They have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.
Where can we go to get vaccinated?
Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for all eligible people in California, including teachers, staff, students and adults sharing homes with members of our TK-12 communities.
- Visit MyTurn for more COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
- Kaiser Permanente is offering a free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Bruceville Center Vaccination Station 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.