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Public Health Orders

COVID-19 INFORMATION

  • COVID is still at a HIGH SPREAD rate in Santa Clara County. Persons with symptoms should self-quarantine immediately pending the test results because COVID-19 is very contagious. That individual should also separate themselves from everyone in their household, so they do not transmit the virus to any family members in the home. They should wear a mask and social distance if they must be in the same room as a household member. Follow hand hygiene recommendations and avoid sharing any personal items.

COVID Information for MetroED, SVAE and SVCTE Programs

    • Look for symptoms BEFORE coming to work or school.
      • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
        • Fever or chills
        • Cough
        • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        • Fatigue
        • Muscle or body aches
        • Headache
        • New loss of taste or smell
        • Sore throat
        • Congestion or runny nose
        • Nausea or vomiting
        • Diarrhea
    • Stay home if you are experiencing any one or more symptoms listed above and report your absence to your school attendance office. 
    • Students or employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive can obtain an at home rapid antigen test kit and directions for how to administer. 
    • Students and employees can obtain a rapid antigen test kit from their school or Human Resources. 
    • If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, it is important to test for COVID-19 as soon as possible. As long as you have symptoms, stay home and continue to test. It can take a few days for a positive result to show. You can get a negative test and a day or two later test positive.
    • All cases and close contracts follow the guidelines for COVID-19
      • For more information, read below
    • Send your test result to covidliaison@metroed.net. You cannot return to school or work until ALL guidelines have been met and we have received your negative result.
    • Employees must wait to return until they have instructions from the Director of Human Resources, Lisa Ketchum

Resources for Parents and School Employees

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Student or Staff Exhibits One or More COVID-19 Symptoms*

  • K-12 schools are encouraged to develop standard criteria for managing staff and students who develop symptoms of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

    The following guidance applies to ALL students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

    • Test: Get tested right away. Antigen tests are preferred, especially for anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

    • Isolate: Do not attend school. Remain in isolation while waiting for test results. If not tested, continue isolating for 10 days after the day of symptom onset. If the staff/student cannot isolate away from others at home, they should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days when around others.

     

    For more information, see CDPH’s Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public or talk to your school district.

    NOTE: California requires employers to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for most workers through September 30, 2022. This includes circumstances in which workers are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis, attending a vaccine appointment for themselves or for a family member, and/or if a worker's child is isolating due to COVID-19 infection.

Student or Staff Identified as a Close Contract* to a Person Who has Tested Positive

  • Close contact: Someone sharing the same indoor airspace, e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane etc., for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) during an infected person's (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) infectious period.

    The following guidance applies to ALL students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

    • Test: All asymptomatic exposed students and staff should get tested 3-5 days after their last exposure, unless they have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Symptomatic contacts should isolate and get tested immediately.

    • Monitor symptoms: If they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, students or staff exposed to COVID-19 do NOT need to isolate. If symptoms develop, students and staff exposed to COVID-19 should stay home.

    • Return: Refer to the COVID-19 Decision Tree for TK-12 and Childcare (translations pending) for guidance on return to school. Additionally, students should follow their school district’s policies for managing exposures in school. Staff should refer to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards for additional requirements.

    • Mask: Staff MUST and students SHOULD mask whenever near others for a full 10 days after their exposure.

    • Notify: Schools are strongly recommended to use the Group Tracing Approach for notifying students of COVID-19 exposure.

     

    For more information, refer to CDPH’s Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public or talk to your school district.

     

Student or Staff Identified as a Close Contract* to a Person Who Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

  • Close contact: Someone sharing the same indoor airspace, e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane etc., for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) during an infected person's (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) infectious period.

    The following guidance applies to ALL students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

    • Test: All asymptomatic exposed students and staff should get tested 3-5 days after their last exposure, unless they have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Symptomatic contacts should isolate and get tested immediately.

    • Monitor symptoms: If they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, students or staff exposed to COVID-19 do NOT need to isolate. If symptoms develop, students and staff exposed to COVID-19 should stay home.

    • Return: Refer to the COVID-19 Decision Tree for TK-12 and Childcare (translations pending) for guidance on return to school. Additionally, students should follow their school district’s policies for managing exposures in school. Staff should refer to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards for additional requirements.

    • Mask: Staff MUST and students SHOULD mask whenever near others for a full 10 days after their exposure.

    • Notify: Schools are strongly recommended to use the Group Tracing Approach for notifying students of COVID-19 exposure.

    For more information, refer to CDPH’s Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public or talk to your school district.

     

Student or Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 

  • The following guidance applies to ALL students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

    • Isolate: Stay home for at least 5 days after the start of symptoms (or after date of first positive test if asymptomatic).

    • Test: A negative test collected on or after Day 5 is needed to end isolation. If the student/staff is unable to test or chooses not to test, or if they test positive on Days 5-10, then isolation can end AFTER Day 10 if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

    • Monitor symptoms: If fever is present, isolation should continue until 24 hours after fever resolves without the use of fever-reducing medications. If other symptoms are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until Day 11.

    • Mask: Staff MUST and students SHOULD wear a mask when around others for a full 10 days after positive test.

    • Treat: If symptoms are severe, or if the infected person is at high risk of serious disease, or if they have questions concerning care, infected persons should contact their healthcare provider for available treatments.

    See CDPH’s Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public or talk to your school district for more information about how to respond to a student or staff member testing positive.

    NOTE: California requires employers to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for most workers through September 30, 2022. This includes circumstances in which workers are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis, attending a vaccine appointment for themselves or for a family member, and/or if a worker's child is isolating due to COVID-19 infection

     

Helpful Definitions

  • Contagious

    When the person who is infected can give the virus to others.

    A person with COVID-19 is considered contagious 2 days before their symptoms start until at least 10 days later, fever is gone 24 hours, and symptoms have improved.

    If a person with COVID-19 has no symptoms, they are considered contagious 2 days before their positive test until 10 days after the positive test.

    If a person who was initially asymptomatic develops symptoms after testing positive, the contagious period should be considered as two days before the test date and is extended to ten days after the onset of symptoms.

     

    Close Contact

    Anyone who stayed within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes over the course of a day. People should be considered close contacts when the program is reasonably sure that they spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of the infected person during the course of 24 hours. People are not considered close contacts simply because they were in the same group or cohort.

     

    Buses will be considered an "outdoor" environment when identifying close contacts if all COVID-19 safety protocols, including masking and open windows, are in place.

     

    Quarantine

    Quarantine is used to keep people who have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others while they may be contagious. After someone has been exposed to COVID-19, they must stay home and away from other people for a recommended period after their last exposure, until they meet the criteria to return from quarantine. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or had COVID-19 within the previous 3 months, do not have to quarantine after close contact with someone with COVID-19, as long as they are asymptomatic. 

     

     Isolation

    Isolation is used to keep people who are infected away from others while they are contagious. This is usually 5-10 days after COVID-19 symptoms appeared or after they test positive.

COVID-19 TK-12 Decision Tree

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Home Isolation Quarantine Guidelines

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COVID-19 CONTACT

  • We aim to prevent the spread of infection with enhanced protocols, reconfigured campus spaces, and careful control of campus access. We have been taking steps to respond to your needs. For COVID-19 questions or concerns, please email covidliaison@metroed.net or call (408) 723-4245.