COVID-19 Exposure & Quarantine Protocols and Status of Vaccination Requirement- Updated April 22, 2022
April 21, 2022
Dear LVJUSD Families,
As the severity of COVID-19 cases remains low, our County and State public health agencies continue to modify health and safety guidance. We would like to share the most recent updates related to COVID-19 exposure and quarantine guidance and how our District is modifying our protocols in response. We will also share the most recent information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirement timeline.
COVID-19 Exposure & Quarantine Protocols
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has modified its guidance related to COVID-19 exposures and quarantine. Starting Monday, April 25, our District will transition to CDPH’s recommended group-tracing approach to students exposed to COVID-19 in a TK-12 setting. Our District’s protocols will be as follows:
- An individual is considered to have had a COVID-19 exposure if they have spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared indoor airspace (e.g., classroom) with someone with COVID-19 during their period of infectiousness. Therefore, if there is a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in your student’s classroom, you will receive an email exposure notification.
- Parents will be notified of a COVID-19 exposure regardless of their student’s vaccination status.
- All exposed students, regardless of vaccination status, can continue to attend school and extracurricular activities as long as they are asymptomatic and not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Modified quarantine protocols for unvaccinated students have been discontinued.
- Upon receiving an exposure notification, CDPH highly recommends that all students, vaccinated or unvaccinated, be tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days, unless they tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days. Testing is not required for school attendance; however since testing is recommended, the following options are available:
- Use of an at-home antigen test. (If obtaining an at-home test poses a hardship, your school should have a limited supply.)
- NEW: Drop-in, no-cost COVID-19 testing at the LVJUSD District Office Boardroom (685 E. Jack London Boulevard) is available Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. In order to participate, please be sure your student is registered with PrimaryHealth. Students must be accompanied by their parent or guardian for testing and provide a digital or printed copy of their exposure letter.
- Test with your healthcare provider.
- Find a local COVID-19 testing site.
- If testing after exposure, you do not need to submit your student’s negative test results to your school, however, if your student tests positive for COVID-19, please ensure they isolate at home immediately and notify your school right away.
COVID-19 Vaccine Will Not Be Required in Schools for 2022-23
CDPH has issued a press release stating that any COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students will not take effect until after full FDA approval and no sooner than July 1, 2023. For the 2022-23 school year, there will be no requirement of a COVID-19 vaccine for students to attend school.
As always, we appreciate your partnership and support as we work together over these final seven weeks of school to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.
*Please refer to our 2021-22 School Guidance and FAQs for additional information.