September 10, 2021
Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,
Today’s update will cover more frequently asked questions from parents and staff as we continue to move forward with keeping schools open for in-person learning. All of the questions are excellent and demonstrate how much everyone cares about the safety, education and wellbeing of everyone in our TK-12 school settings.
We also want to acknowledge that Saturday, September 11th, 2021 marks the 20 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Throughout Elk Grove Unified and in many homes around the country, we will pause to remember friends, family and loved ones who died in the 9/11 attacks.
New School Safety Newsletter and Safety Reminders
Are resources available for back to school safety reminders?
Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 at School
What can anyone 12+ do to help stop COVID-19 from spreading in our schools?
- Anyone 12 years and older can get vaccinated to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Everyone can also follow our safety measures while at school and when in public settings. If a student or staff member has any one of the COVID-19 symptoms (not chronic), they should not come to school and instead report the illness to the school.
If a child/staff has new COVID-19 like symptoms (not chronic), should they stay home?
- Yes. Please contact the school and either contact a health care provider to receive an alternative diagnosis of symptoms or get tested for COVID-19.
When can a child/staff return to school after experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms?
- In consultation with the Sacramento County Health Officer, if students or staff are symptomatic and test negative with a rapid antigen test, it could be a false negative, therefore, SCPH states that they must follow up with a PCR test to confirm the negative rapid test results. Students and staff must then remain at home until they receive a negative PCR test result.
Do symptomatic students/staff have an alternative different from testing for COVID-19?
- Yes. They may receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider and may return to school if at least 24 hours have passed since fever and symptoms have improved significantly.
Should parents go to the Emergency Room to get tested quickly?
- Emergency rooms do not provide COVID-19 testing unless a person has a medical need for emergency evaluation. It is recommended that parents call their child’s pediatrician first to discuss their child’s symptoms. More information can be found here from CDPH on COVID-19 Symptoms.
Are there community testing sites parents and students can go to instead of the school?
- Absolutely. Here is a comprehensive list of Sacramento County Symptom Screening Mobile Testing Sites. Furthermore, a District team is working on a plan and logistics to avail COVID-19 PCR and antigen testing in regionally designated and secure locations throughout EGUSD.
Will quarantined student absences be excused?
- Yes. Students who are in at-home quarantine or reported as ill will receive an excused absence.
Is there a HOTLINE parents can call to ask COVID-19 related questions?
- Yes. A statewide COVID-19 hotline is available at (833) 422-4255 for parents to call with questions about COVID-19. The 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)
If parents have questions about the EGUSD COVID Dashboard who can they ask?
Where can parents and the community find COVID-19 vaccination clinics?
- Sacramento County COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Kaiser Permanente Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Bruceville Center Vaccination Station from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m 7 days a week.
- COVID vaccine locations throughout California are also at myturn.ca.gov.
Regular Services and Support for Parents
Does EGUSD offer parents translation or interpretation services?
Can Independent Study parents receive assistance on helping their child in this new format?
- Yes. Parents who have chosen a learning strategy outside of the classroom and instead in a virtual environment may contact the Family and Community Engagement office at (916) 831-5530 for resources on how to help keep their child engaged in a virtual learning scenario and be successful.
Ongoing Employment and Training Opportunities with EGUSD
How can parents help get out the word to fill open jobs and reduce staff shortages?
- Please share the following information:
- EGUSD needs to fill 100 paraeducator positions and is specifically recruiting for Special Education Paraeducators through new Hiring Days! We are also looking to bring on many Substitute Teachers. Interested candidates can register for our Paraeducator and Substitute Teacher Hiring Day on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The Hiring Day will be held at the Robert L. Trigg Center (9510 Elk Grove-Florin Rd.) in the Board Room. Register today via Eventbrite. For more information about employment opportunities with EGUSD, please visit our Employment page on our website.
Is there a local program where parents or former EGUSD students become credentialed teachers?
- Absolutely! Elk Grove Unified School District and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) School of Education Teacher Intern Program, in partnership with Genentech, are pleased to announce the “Reach for the Upside Grant.” This opportunity will increase the number of teacher candidates of color in our local schools. We are looking for candidates that meet qualifications and experiences to become a Genentech Fellow. Visit the SCOE Teacher Intern webpage to learn more and you can register to attend a virtual information session for the Teacher Intern Program on Thursday, September 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. via Zoom. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
EGUSD Board of Education Information
When can parents attend or listen in on the next Board Meeting?
- The next Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 21st in-person at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center. Masks will be required indoors. If you don’t know who your Board Member is, visit our Leadership webpage to get to know your Board Member.
- Here are Board Adopted Resolutions for September that parents and the community are welcome to recognize, share and celebrate:
Story Sharing and School Highlights
- Elk Grove Unified’s Sheldon High School and Florin High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapters were recently named Star Chapters for 2021 by the National FFA Organization. This award is given to chapters who follow the National Quality FFA Standards which includes aspects of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Sheldon and Florin are two out of 20 chapters in California to receive the award.
Thank you and stay safe and stay healthy,