SLZUSD Reopening Frequently Asked Questions
San Lorenzo Unified School District
Reopening Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What safety protocols have been put in place for students and staff?
The District will adhere to all Department of Health guidelines and recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Physical Distancing, Cleaning and Disinfecting.
Are masks mandatory?
Masks will be mandatory for all staff and students. They will be required to be worn at all times, except in snack or meal time situations. Masks will be supplied for those that forget their masks. Students or Staff unable to wear masks or face coverings due to special medical circumstances will have reasonable accommodations.
What screening procedures will schools use for students and staff?
Staff and students will be required to complete a daily online self assessment form before entry to school sites. Any staff or student that becomes ill during the course of the day will be directed to the isolation room for further steps.
Will there be COVID testing for students and staff?
SLZUSD has contracted with Curative for testing of staff according to the recommended guidelines. Only student athletes participating in close contact sports will be tested using the District’s contractor.
How will classrooms be properly disinfected?
The District follows CDC and ACPHD Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting of schools and classroom spaces.
How will classrooms be properly ventilated?
Classrooms will be equipped with
- MERV 13 filters for the HVAC systems where possible
- Hepa air purifiers
- Venting and circulating fans
Doors and windows may have to remain open for additional airflow.
Will schools utilize distancing protocols?
Desks and tables will be set up in classrooms, so that students remain at least 6’ apart. Students will also stand in line at least 6’ apart. Markers will be in areas where students would have to line up.
What will it look like when students come to school?
Each school site will prepare directions for families that show where and how students can be dropped off at school. There may be different drop off and pick up locations for different grade levels. We will ask that all families use the drop off and pick up lane, and not park or leave your cars, unless otherwise directed by your Principal.
Will parents/caregivers be allowed on campus?
Parents and caregivers will not be allowed on campus at this time. Should a student need to get picked up early for whatever reason, the school office will call parents to make arrangements. When dropping off or picking up students, we ask that parents not leave their cars and use the drop off/pick up lane.
What happens if my child gets sick?
SLZUSD and its schools have to follow mandated procedures for responding to students who:
- Have tested positive for COVID-19
- Have symptoms of COVID-19
- Have had close contact with people who have COVID-19
The symptoms of COVID-19 are quite wide ranging. Because of that, any student displaying COVID-19 symptoms needs to stay home, and any student who develops symptoms at school needs to be picked up from school immediately. Those symptoms include:
- Fever (100.0 F or more) or chills ● Headache
- Cough ● New loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing ● Sore throat
- Fatigue ● Congestion or runny nose
- Muscle or body aches ● Nausea or vomiting
If your child develops these symptoms at school, the teacher will call the office. A staff member will take your child from the classroom to an isolated place, where they will be supervised until picked up. Students - and their siblings - must be picked up within 30 minutes by you or your identified emergency contact.
When the parent arrives to pick up their child, they will be asked to stay in the car, call the office, and wait for the child to be escorted outside. Parents and other visitors are not allowed on campus during this time.
If your child is sent home, our COVID-19 Liaison will follow up with you.
Because of the small size of our cohorts, having one sick student can affect the entire group. SLZUSD nurses have been trained as COVID-19 Liaisons by the Alameda County Public Health Department and will work closely with the department on positive student and staff cases.
STUDENTS WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home, in isolation, for 10 days and anyone who has been deemed a close contact has to quarantine for 10 days.
Staff will conduct a case investigation, identify classmates or staff who had close contact with the student, and also disinfect the classroom. In rare instances, the cohort may be moved to Distance Learning for the duration of the quarantine period.
STUDENTS WHO DISPLAY SYMPTOMS
Students with symptoms that are new and not explained by a reason other than possibly having COVID-19 should be at home in isolation. Their medical evaluator should be contacted and COVID 19 testing may be recommended. The ill student can return to school after the following criteria have been met:
- at least 10 days have passed since the start of COVID-19 symptoms
- child has had no fever for at least 24 hours without the help of medicine, and
- the child's symptoms have improved.
If the student wants to return before the 10 days have passed, a negative molecular PCR test must be proven along with a medical evaluator note stating the symptoms are not COVID-19 related and when the student can return to school.
STUDENTS WHO DISPLAY SYMPTOMS
Students who display one symptom and have had exposure to someone with COVID-19 will need to remain in isolation until they have been tested or a medical evaluator has sent a letter ruling out COVID-19. The student’s cohort will also have to go into quarantine until COVID-19 has been ruled out. The ill student can return to school if s/he is feeling better, has been fever free for 24 hours (without the use of medicine) and a medical evaluator provides a letter saying the symptoms were not due to COVID-19 (Source: “COVID-19 School Guidance: Alameda County School Reopening Plans,” p. 45 and 47.)
STUDENTS WITH CLOSE CONTACT
Students with close contact to a positive case must quarantine for 10 days. We recommend that your child be tested 4 to 10 days after close contact and that you send the test results to the school. If the test comes back negative, the student still must stay in quarantine for the full 10 days, due to the chance of being infectious or developing symptoms.
What cleaning supplies are used?
The April 6 Community letter says that Mondays are Distance Learning Days, but on April 26, some grade levels will be returning?
What is the difference between the Distance Learning program and the Hybrid Learning Program?
Distance Learning is what we are currently doing, where students only meet with their classmates and teachers online via Zoom or Google meets: including asynchronous (independent) work. Hybrid Learning is a combination of In person instruction and Distance Learning.
Can I choose to stay in a Distance Learning program for the remainder of the school year?
Families will be able to choose to stay in Distance Learning for this school year.
What will the Hybrid Learning Program/Schedules look like?
This is the current draft of the Elementary schedule.
The schedule for Middle and High School grades is currently being developed, but it is likely that not all secondary grade levels will be able to return to In person learning this year.
Update: We are offering a choice for students at all grade levels. Please see below for drafts of Middle and High School Schedules. Students will be assigned to Cohort A or Cohort B. Periods in blue are online classes. Periods in green will be on campus instruction. Students will be assigned to Cohort A or Cohort B. Students will attend the assigned period for the day depending on the weekly rotation. On Campus Instruction will be an opportunity to get targeted support. No new material will be covered during On Campus time.
*ARM = Asynchronous Responsibilities for Members
Will I have to commit to this program for the rest of the school year?
Switching between Distance Learning and Hybrid Learning programs will be on a space available basis. We will create waiting lists once students return to school and families will be contacted if a spot is available.
Will my student in Elementary school get a different teacher?
There is a possibility that students may get a different teacher. Our process will be to place students in their chosen program and then match with appropriate staffing. We will do our best to keep classes and teachers together.
Update: Each teacher will have two groups: Distance Learning and On Campus. If students are affected by any staffing changes, Principals will contact the families individually.
Why do elementary students only get 2 hours per day in school?
In order to maintain a stable cohort size according to the guidelines, we must create 2 cohorts for each elementary class. With teacher and parent/guardian feedback, we did increase student days from two to four days of in person instruction.
Update: In order to avoid re-rostering students, we created a schedule that provides time for each teacher to attend to their On Campus learners and Distance learners.
Will bussing be available for my student?
Bussing may be available for a small number of students. Routes will be determined once we know which students will be returning to Hybrid Learning.
Update: Information for transportation was sent out the week of April 5th. The application form is here.
What Elementary Schools are Early Start or Late Start?
Colonial Acres, Hesperian, Hillside, Lorenzo Manor
Bay, Corvallis, Dayton, Del Rey, Grant
Will lunches be available for students?
Grab and go lunches will be available for students in Hybrid Learning at their school sites. Students in Distance Learning will still be able to receive Grab and Go meals at various locations.
Update: Meals continue to be available for all students when schools reopen!
- Lunches will be available for both in person and distance learners.
- Elementary In Person students will be provided grab and go meals as they exit campus
- Multiple days' worth of meals may be provided to ensure students receive all 7 days' worth of meals within the 4 days they are on campus
- Meals will be provided frozen, in bags; hot meals may be offered if schedules allow
- Middle and High School In Person students will be provided a hot meal before class begins. Eating areas are still being determined.
- Distance Learners will be provided frozen grab and go meals on Mondays and Thursdays (7 days' worth of meals with be provided within these 2 distribution days).
- Families with children not enrolled in our district may receive meals during distance learner distributions only (Mondays and Thursdays).
- Meals may only be picked up from one site per day; to ensure your child receives the correct number of meals for the week, we encourage you to attend the same meal service distribution site to obtain meals for your children.
NOTE: Upon schedule finalization, meal distribution times will be announced. Information will be updated on websites, black board & peach jar messages will be sent out and information shared with Principals.
Will there be an after school program?
Adventure Time will not be available for services this school year. We are currently in conversations with the Boys and Girls Club to see what services can be offered.
Update: We have sent emails to appropriate schools to survey parents for Adventure Time support. Adventure Time will be contacting parents for services.
REGISTRATION FOR DISTANCE LEARNING OR ON CAMPUS INSTRUCTION:
Does every student need to make a choice for Distance Learning or On Campus?
I logged into Aeries Portal and I do not see the option to choose, what do I do?
When is the deadline to register for Distance Learning or On Campus instruction?