Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake


What is a close contact?

  • A close contact is someone who spends 15 minutes or more within six feet of a person with COVID-19 over a period of 24 hours. Close contacts are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and should quarantine for 14 days from last exposure. 

What does the District do when we learn of a case?

  • The District completes an investigation in conjunction with OCHCA to determine close contacts to the positive individual and low risk contacts. Letters are distributed to the school community as well as individuals. The District also ensures areas are sanitized and evaluates to determine if protocols or practices need to be updated to limit spread.

Where are people being infected?

  • As the District investigates each positive case, there are a few trends we continue to see. Events such as birthday parties and non-SVUSD supported sport tournaments seem to contribute to the spread, number of close contacts within the District, and positive cases within the District. Another culprit appears to be coming in close contact with others, especially indoors. As individuals gather together, even for a short period of time, and come in close contact with one another we typically see multiple close contacts and positive cases from these types of activities.  

How many cases will it take to close a school? 

  • That is determined by OCHCA who look to determine if there are multiple outbreaks on a school campus. Outbreaks are considered to occur when individuals from 3 or more separate households test positive and there is no common social exposure outside of school. Once an outbreak is determined to occur on a school campus, OCHCA works with the District to determine appropriate steps.

Symptom Check

  • 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 hybrid learning. The student symptom check can be found in English and Spanish

COVID-19 Dashboard

  • The Dashboard lists current cases as well as cumulative cases for each school. A case is deemed current while the individual is considered positive by the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). This lasts for 10 days from symptom onset. Once the 10 day period is completed, the case is removed from the current case list at a site. As individual cases vary and the date between symptoms onset and notification to the District can vary, some cases may appear in the current case count for less than 10 days.