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Saddleback Valley PTA Council serves the schools in Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Our council represents 25 units and falls within the Fourth District PTA, California State PTA and National PTA.  

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Change in COVID Guidelines - 1/7/22

 

Hello SVUSD Families,

Recently, the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency updated  COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance. As the COVID-19 landscape continues to change, we want to make sure to keep you informed regarding how it affects our students and staff in SVUSD.  

New Quarantine/Isolation Guidelines

SVUSD’s updated protocols are based upon the most recent CDPH Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines and  Orange County Health Care Agency Orders and Strong Recommendations.  

In summary:

  • COVID-19 positive staff and students may return to work or school after Day 5 if symptoms are not present/improving AND they test negative on Day 5.

  • Close contact staff who are vaccinated and boosted* (or vaccinated, but not yet booster- eligible**) may remain at work.

  • Close contact students who are vaccinated and boosted* (or vaccinated, but not yet booster- eligible**) may remain in school if they test negative on Day 5. 

  • Close contact staff who are not vaccinated must remain at home for at least 5 days. A negative test on Day 5 is required to return along with remaining asymptomatic.

  • Close contact staff who are vaccinated and unboosted (but booster-eligible)*** and asymptomatic may remain at work if they test negative between Day 3-5.

  • Close contact students who are not vaccinated or are unboosted (but booster-eligible)*** may remain in school if they test negative on Day 5, are asymptomatic, and wear a mask. These students are not eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.

  • For a graphic that contains this information, please see SVUSD Return to Work/School Flowchart

  • District contact tracers will work with affected individuals to determine return-to-school dates. 

 

SVUSD COVID Reporting Dashboard

  • The SVUSD COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard is updated daily with positive COVID cases of students and staff that have been present on campus while infectious. 

  • If an individual is not on campus during their infectious period, such as during vacation or holiday, the case is not included in the Dashboard.  

  • In addition to accessing this information via our District website, you can also monitor the Dashboard at the following link: SVUSD COVID Resources

 

Daily Symptom Check and reporting COVID positive results to sites

  • All students and staff should continue to complete a Daily Symptom Check  to determine whether or not to come to school each day. 

  • Students who are COVID-19 positive, show symptoms, or are a close contact should remain at home and a parent or guardian should contact the site attendance office.  

    • The SVUSD District contact tracing team will contact you and inform you of your child’s return-to-school date.  

    • Your child’s school site will partner with you to continue your child’s learning while in isolation/quarantine. 

 

Mask-wearing in SVUSD

  • All students, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on SVUSD campuses when indoors and around others. 

 

Lastly, roughly 40% of the COVID tests from the state’s optional testing program have now arrived. We will inform you soon of the plan for their dispersal. We anticipate that the remaining tests will arrive shortly. 

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Crystal Turner

A Message from SVPTA President

 

I know this year continues to throw curve balls our way, from new ways of doing things to the latest communication from Governor Newsome. We understand this is an extremely sensitive topic, we want you to know that we are here to support our units as we navigate the next few months. There is so much uncertainty surrounding this topic and as we all know, things are continuously changing. I know reactions to this announcement from the Governor vary, again this is a very personal & sensitive topic. As always, I welcome your questions & will work to get the answers for you.

 

I also want to remind everyone that as parents we are all allowed to have a voice and an opinion.  You are your child’s greatest advocate.  Here is a list of resources & constructive ways to advocate for your children.  

 

The past 18 months have been so hard on everyone, I’m not sure any of us have fully processed how much COVID has impacted all of us. One goal of mine for this year, is no matter what, have PTA keep our focus on our incredible kids, to support them anyway we can & keep them in school full-time.  We have done that to date, I’m so proud of all your PTA’s. You have provided so much normalcy for them. Let’s keep the positive momentum going & our focus on supporting all KIDS.  

 

I also want to reiterate that myself & the SVPTA team are here for you.  I want you to know that we are committed to supporting you. Again, we want to hear from you, I love hearing the positive, but I also want to know your concerns. I truly value all of you, you are incredible leaders, you have valuable perspectives & us working together is so important to me. I will also continue to work closely with the district to share your concerns. As information unfolds, I will make sure to convey accurate information & details to all of you. Again, I want to thank you all for your leadership, insight, patience & your heart for all the children in our district.   

 

Gratefully yours,

 

Michele Sparks, SVPTA President