COVID-19 Safety Plan
Update Of COVID Safety Protocols On AUSD School Campuses for the 2021-22 School Year
The state of California updated its guidance for schools on July 12th. District staff have been working to update our guidelines for our August 17th start of classes, and we would like to share the following rules and procedures about masking, quarantining, and other safety measures. We fully expect to update these rules as the state's guidelines continue to evolve, and as public health conditions—including the spread of the Delta variant—continue to change.
Masks: Masks will be required for all students and staff when they are indoors at school. This includes classrooms, hallways, and all other indoor space. At the Albany Children’s Center; Cornell, Marin, and Ocean View elementary schools; and Albany Middle School, where many or all students are too young to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, students will also be required to wear masks when they are outdoors, including at recess. High school students are strongly encouraged to wear masks outside. Masks will be available at school for students who arrive without them.
Meals: Meals will take place outside as the weather permits, and students will be distanced to the extent possible during this period.
Social Distancing: There are no longer social distancing requirements for schools. AUSD recommends that teachers and staff increase distance between students when it is possible. Students will continue to be asked to socially distance to the maximum extent possible when they remove their masks for eating or drinking.
Screening for Symptoms: This year, families will be required to screen their children for COVID symptoms each day before coming to school using a symptom list provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A child with symptoms must stay home and should be tested for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. Rapid testing is available at all of our schools.
Positive Cases on Campus: AUSD will continue to closely track cases of COVID-19 on our campuses and follow all state quarantining and reporting requirements. Families are expected to comply with all quarantining rules in the event that their child is determined to have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual. Positive cases on school campuses will continue to be reported on AUSD's Confirmed On-Site COVID-19 Case Dashboard.
COVID Testing: AUSD will begin to provide COVID pool testing at all of our school sites. This voluntary program will allow us to be proactive in screening for COVID-19 in our classrooms. Additional information will be sent to families who wish to participate in this pooled testing program next week. We are awaiting guidelines from the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) about testing requirements for athletics.
Quarantining: The rules for quarantining are now different for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals:
- VACCINATED students, who are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine after close contact with a COVID-positive person.
- For UNVACCINATED students, the quarantine time will depend on where the exposure occurs:
- Exposure in school (modified quarantine): If both the person positive for COVID-19 and the close contact were masked during the exposure in school, the close contact may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they meet all of the following:
- 1) Are asymptomatic
- (2) Continue to appropriately mask, as required
- (3) Undergo at least twice-weekly testing for 10 days after exposure; AND
- (4) Refrain from participating in all group in-person activities (extracurricular activities at school, including sports; and in-person activities within the community setting)
- Exposure outside of school: If the exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case occurred outside of school, the close contact will need to quarantine for 10 days after the last exposure (released on Day 11), or 7 days (released on Day 8) if they test negative on a test taken on Day 6 or later from the date of last exposure.
- Exposure in the household (continued and unavoidable exposure): If the confirmed COVID case is living in the same household AND the close contact is unable to avoid close contact exposure (6 ft for 15+ min within 24 hrs), the close contact would need to stay home for either 17 days (w/ negative test collected after Day 5 from the date of last exposure) or 20 total days.
- Please refer to these flowcharts in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Farsi for visual representation of what to do if your child is showing symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19.
- The AUSD Reopening Plan (below) and School Guidance Checklist
- The COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)