The District COVID-19 webpages host a variety of resources and information regarding COVID-19. Please check back as the information is updated frequently.
The COVID-19 Case Reporting Dashboard is maintained weekly during the school year. The dashboard shows a weekly aggregate of positive COVID-19 cases for students and staff per school site. View the dashboard below by expanding the "COVID-19 Reporting" tab.
Families receive notification of positive COVID-19 cases when there are three or more in a classroom within a 14 day period.
*This page updated August 29, 2022
During the 2022-2023 school year, we will continue to focus on COVID mitigation strategies to support the safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff.
Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) is required to follow California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines, as well as those of our local Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). Current recommendations include:
Monitoring of COVID symptoms
- Students and staff will self-monitor COVID symptoms. Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home and take a COVID test. Rapid antigen COVID tests will be available at all school sites.
- Students or staff who test positive should report the positive results to the school and stay home for 5 days.
- Following day 5, any student or staff member may return to school once they test negative. It is recommended to wear a mask for a total of 10 days after testing positive.
- Any individual who continues to test positive may return to school 10 days after symptom onset or initially testing positive.
- During an absence due to a positive COVID test, students will have an opportunity to complete school work in alignment with our regular illness policy.
Availability of COVID tests at school sites
- Optional Rapid Antigen COVID Testing is encouraged for all students prior to the start of school. Each school site will have tests available and will communicate details about test pick-up times at the school site.
- Rapid antigen COVID test kits will continue to be available in the office at all school sites for the use of students and faculty, as needed.
- A general notification will be provided to the entire school community regarding elevated positive COVID cases; elevated cases occur when there are more than three positive cases reported in a classroom within a 14-day period.
- Current COVID recommendations and guidelines can be located on this page (SVUSD’s COVID-19 page) and is accessible via our SVUSD website.
- The COVID Dashboard will be updated weekly.
- SVUSD will continue to communicate to our community timely updates of any changes in CDPH and OCHCA recommendations, should they occur.
Masks are not required
Current CDPH guidance provides for optional masking for students, staff, and visitors while at school or participating in school-related activities.
- No person will be prevented from wearing a mask.
- For those that wish to wear a mask but do not have one or have forgotten it at home, a mask will be provided upon request.
Indoor Air Quality
SVUSD continues to optimize the air quality within our buildings and learning spaces.
- All HVAC systems undergo twice yearly maintenance including installation of new HEPA filters and cleaning.
- Air purifiers are installed throughout school campuses; the units and filters were cleaned this summer per manufacturer specifications.
- Air quality testing occurs throughout the school year.
Students, staff, and visitors are encouraged to maintain clean hands through proper hand-washing techniques. Hand-washing is available in restrooms, hand-washing stations, and in many of our classrooms. Hand-sanitizer will be readily available and accessible.
- Raptor System
- All Volunteers/Visitors must check-in at the front office.
- Your ID will be run through the Raptor System and you will be provided a sticker ID that must be worn at all times on campus.
- Visitors/Volunteers without a Raptor ID sticker will be redirected to the front office by a school staff member.
- Volunteers must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results within the last seven days. .
- Visitors are not required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
Pick-up/Drop-Off at Elementary Schools
In an effort to increase school safety, pick-up and drop-off areas will be designated at all of our elementary school sites.
- 15 minutes prior to the start of school, designated drop-off area(s) will be open to families and caregivers. We ask all family members to please exit the school campus within 10 minutes of school starting, unless they have checked in at the school office for scheduled volunteering.
15 minutes prior to the end of the school day, designated pick-up area(s) will re-open. We ask that family members remain in those areas while waiting to pick-up their student(s).
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District values providing reliable and accurate information regarding COVID cases. The 2022-23 school year COVID-19 Dashboard lists an aggregate of all reported positive cases amongst staff and students at a school site. The Dashboard is updated weekly.
As this is all reported cases, it doesn’t differentiate between those who were on campus while infectious, and those who were not on campus while infectious. These numbers represent COVID-19 positive cases amongst the larger SVUSD community, not just the positive cases on site.
School communities will be notified when a classroom experiences three or more positive cases in a 14 day period.
The District continues to appreciate our families’ efforts to screen their students for symptoms of COVID-19 at home each day before arriving on campus. This shared responsibility is critical to our ability to keep our schools open for in-person learning.
It is especially important to keep your child home when they exhibit two or more of the following symptoms:
Fever of 100.4 and above, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, headache, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, or fatigue/muscle or body aches
One or more of the following symptoms: New cough, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste/smell.
If your student tests positive, please keep them at home and notify your school site. Students with COVID-19 should remain at home for 5 days. If they test negative on Day 5 or any day after they may return to school, but should wear a mask through Day 10. Students who test positive after Day 5 may test daily and return when they test negative or after Day 10, which ever is first.
For the 2022-23 school year, Saddleback Valley Unified School District notifies families and the school community when there COVID-19 positive case are reported in a classroom within 2 weeks.
Confirmed Positive Case
When the school or District receives information regarding an employee or student testing positive for COVID-19 the Saddleback Valley Unified School District Safety staff will notify impacted families with additional information.
The District is excited for the support provided to our students by wonderful volunteers. The District must comply with CAL-OSHA workplace requirements. These requirements outline volunteer COVID protocols.
- complete HR volunteer paperwork at: https://www.svusd.org/departments/human-resources/school-volunteer-screening
- register through Raptor upon arriving at campus
- show proof of vaccination (2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine with the second dose more than 2 weeks ago OR a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two weeks ago) OR a negative COVID test result in the last 7 days (may be PCR or Antigen)
On August 11, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued a Health Order requiring all employees in public and private schools serving students in grades TK through 12 to provide proof of being fully vaccinated for the COVID virus or submit a weekly negative COVID test beginning October 15, 2021. The order can be found here: Order of State Public Health Officer
For the purposes of this order, “workers” includes “volunteers who are on site at a school campus supporting school functions.” This will include in on-campus PTA events such as appreciation luncheons and awards events, in snack bars at sporting events, field trip chaperones, and all other volunteers.
Visitors to school events do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
As volunteers check-in at the school office through Raptor, they will be asked to provide proof of vaccination that includes the name of the vaccinated individual, type of vaccine, birthdate, and dates the doses were administered. Acceptable proof includes an individual's COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), a photo of the card on a phone or computer device, a digital record with QR code readable when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader or documentation of vaccination from a health care provider.
As an alternative to vaccination proof, an individual may provide a negative COVID-19 test. The test must be taken within the last 7 days of visit. The Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) provides free test kits for Orange County residents. To find out more check their webpage. Test kits are also available at school sites.
For volunteers providing a test, please follow these steps:
Using the attached form: Weekly COVID Testing - Form please bring a picture of your test results with you to the school site.
- Print attached form, each week filling out a new section. Name, Date, Site, Phone number and Signature must be included.
- Administer self test per package instructions
- Date must be written on the testing cartridge
- Take photo of cartridge with test results
Bring photo to school site when volunteering.
COVID-19 Symptom Free Attestation
By entering an SVUSD building or facility, individuals are attesting that they do not have COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms and have not been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Symptoms include loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, cough, fever, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, or headaches.