COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: April 2021
We have created a COVID-19 FAQ that addresses some of the most common questions we receive.
Do we still need to wear a mask? Do we need to wear a mask once vaccinated? When will we no longer be required to wear a mask?
At this time everyone on a SVUSD campus or facility is required to wear their mask, even if they are vaccinated. While actively eating or drinking your mask may be removed. We continue to monitor the CDC and CDPH guidance and will notify staff when those regulations change.
Do we still continue with symptom checks?
- Yes, students will still have their temperature taken before entering the classroom. Families still need 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.
Can students eat lunch together?
- Students should maintain the recommended physical distance of 6 feet when eating. If students are eating indoors, masks may be removed while they are actively eating or drinking.
Can students now use playground equipment and balls at recess?
- Yes, students may now use balls and playground equipment during recess if they wash or sanitize their hands after using the equipment and before returning to class. Students should remain in their cohort during this time. Playground equipment will be sprayed down in the morning by custodians. Balls should be sanitized between cohorts.
Will the classrooms still be sanitized?
- Yes, classrooms will still be sanitized in the evening.
Can we share food?
- Food should not be shared. Any distributed food should be individually wrapped. Buffets, serving lines, and open boxes of food (ie. donuts) are not allowed.
If my student is a close contact or COVID-19 positive do I still need to notify the school?
- Yes, if your child has been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or if your child is COVID-19 positive themselves, please contact the school administrator or front office. The District COVID-19 team will then be in contact with you to determine next steps and a return date for your child.
Has the close contact definition changed?
- No, a close contact is still considered 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.
Does the District still do contact tracing when we learn of a case?
- Yes, 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.
- The Dashboard continues to be updated and 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.