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COVID-19 Information & Practices

 
 
San Dieguito Union High School District Community,
 
As the upcoming school year approaches, you may have questions about the recent directives from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) setting forth requirements for schools and what they will mean for our students and site teams. Superintendents throughout the County have met with each other and Dr. Wooten (San Diego’s public health officer) to clarify what is considered mandatory for our districts. This letter is to share the most recent information applicable to our schools and to assure you we are closely monitoring developments to keep you apprised of changes as they occur.
 
The two most restrictive prevention measures that were included in last year’s guidance are no longer required: physical distancing and cohort scheduling. The elimination of these measures will allow districts to provide full-time in-person instruction for every student enrolled in our schools. CDPH has also created new options that will reduce, and in some cases eliminate, absences required for quarantine following a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. This will allow us to avoid sending full classrooms of students home for quarantine.
 
With the elimination of these requirements, the CDPH and our district are relying on a multi-layered prevention strategy approach. Per the CDPH, the requirements were devised in an effort to bring all students back to our campuses full time, in-person and in class as much as possible, and to reduce absences and be proactive given the increased presence of contagious variants of COVID-19.  
 
Highlights of the CDPH’s updated mandates regarding facial coverings include:
·       Outdoors: Masks are optional for all persons in K-12 school settings.
 
·       Indoors:

1) Students: Masks are required, with exemptions per CDPH mask guidance
2) Adults in K-12 school settings: Masks are required when sharing indoor spaces with students. Even if a student is not present, as of 7/28/21, the CDC and CDPH recommends masks for indoor public places due to the Delta variant and how contagious it is.
3) Exempted Persons: Persons exempt from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition must wear a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
 
·       Alternative Educational Options: Pursuant to the requirements in AB 130, SDUHSD will offer independent study options for the 2021-22 school year, which will have attendance and engagement requirements.
 
·       In limited situations where a face covering cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons, (e.g., communicating or assisting those with special needs) a face shield with a drape (per CDPH guidelines) can be used instead of a face covering while in the classroom as long as the wearer maintains physical distance from others. Staff must return to wearing a face covering outside of the classroom if indoors (e.g. hallways).
 
I understand that members of our community may consider the face covering requirement unnecessary, while others may believe the guidance does not go far enough. After a summer of not wearing masks, the idea of having to wear masks in order to attend school in-person has caused debate and mixed emotions among our community. But, County health officials have emphasized that all school districts must comply with the requirements set forth for schools in the CDPH notice included in the State Public Health Officer Order of June 11, 2021, which derives its authority from Health and Safety Codes 120125, 120140, 120175,120195 and 131080 and other applicable laws. We as a district do not have the discretion to change the mandated provisions.
 
The San Diego County public health order includes a similar requirement, as does Cal/OSHA, which requires employers to follow the mandates of the CDPH. The CDPH will review the masking requirement no later than November 1, 2021.
 
In addition to the continued monitoring of developments throughout the State of California, we are also creating a COVID-19 Information webpage on our district website to keep our community updated as best we can.
 
Sincerely,                    
Lucile H. Lynch
Interim Superintendent
 
Covid-19 Resources

Covid-19 Resources

Coping & Managing Stress

Feelings of stress, anxiety, or other depression-like symptoms are common reactions during and after the uncertainty of any natural or human-caused incident. Limiting exposure to media and creating a routine with opportunities for varied activities and breaks from "screen time" has been shown to assist people with coping. Here is an example of a suggested daily home schedule during school closure.
 
Talk with your family about how they are feeling and follow guidance to reduce the effects of stress on your physical and emotional health.
 
If there is acute distress,
  • Access & Crisis Line 1-888-724-7240
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: Call this toll-free number to be connected to the nearest crisis center for information, support, and counseling.1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517) Disaster Distress Helpline Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline  
  • 911 if emergency
 
  • For confidential non-emergency requests for school counseling supports, please contact your child's school site directly. 
  • For further mental health supports, SDUHSD partners with CareSolace, a no cost online resource with a live 24X7 concierge line (888) 515-0595 meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer 10 basic questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and no insurance. The system also filters by age, gender, zip code and special request. Care Solace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All of the information that is entered on their platform is completely confidential and stored securely. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting CareSolace.

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Prevention of COVID-19

Prevention: How to Stay Healthy and Prevent the Spread of Virus
Please follow these approaches to protect yourself from the virus (CDPH, 2020):
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.  Review Handwashing: A Family Activity
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Additional Cleaning of Surfaces - Clean daily with an added emphasis on all high-touch surfaces (door handles, phones, etc.). 
Stay Home if you are Sick - As part of preventative measures recommended by the county and state public health departments, stay home if you are sick, especially if it includes a fever and/or coughing. Be sure to:
  • Remain at home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Seek immediate medical care by calling your physician if symptoms become more severe, such as with a high fever or if you have difficulty breathing. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, and/or shortness of breath) and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your healthcare provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. CDC Resources for Home