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COVID Notification and Next Steps

January 18, 2022

We continue to see a high number of positive cases in Santa Clara County due to the current COVID wave.  With the level of virus in the community, we are all likely around someone with the virus every time we interact with others outside of our households – at the grocery store, the pharmacy, or social gatherings.

Over the past two weeks, 200-300 positive cases per day have been reported by our students and employees across all schools and work locations.  Like the community around us, coming to school or work means you are likely near someone who is COVID positive but does not yet know it.  You should expect that you have been in a classroom, on a break, or sharing space with a COVID positive person every day the last couple of weeks.

For this week, Tuesday, January 18 through Friday, January 21, this letter will be your notification of a COVID positive case at your school or work location and in your classroom or work area.  We will not send individual classroom or schoolwide advisories this week because our entire community would receive both letters each day.  Learn more about how to keep our students, families, and employees as safe as possible below.

Reporting
If you test positive, if you have symptoms, if you are individually made aware of being a close contact, or if you have any other COVID circumstance, report it immediately and follow the instructions provided.

When to Test
To best align to the California Department of Public Health’s recent updates for K-12 schools in California, San José Unified is implementing the following testing protocol:

  1. Testing for Unvaccinated – Our unvaccinated employees are required to take a PCR test for COVID twice every week.  Unvaccinated students should also take a PCR test twice per week until further notice.  Please see testing information below for details.
  2. Testing for Vaccinated – Vaccinated students and employees should get a PCR test when they have symptoms of COVID or are individually made aware of being in close contact with a COVID positive person.
  3. Testing after Isolation – Students and employees who have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days and have completed their isolation do not need to test again, even when they are identified as a close contact to a COVID positive person.  Stay home if you do not feel well or have a fever.
  4. Testing to Shorten Isolation or Quarantine – Students and employees may shorten their isolation or quarantine period if they test negative on a SJUSD antigen test 5 or more days after their COVID event.  Students and employees are not required to take an antigen test.  Isolation and quarantine periods are 10 days when there is no negative result on a SJUSD antigen test.

Types of Tests
San José Unified offers two types of COVID testing that should be used for specific situations.
1.  PCR tests should be used when:

  • You have not tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days
  • You have a COVID symptom
  • You are individually made aware of being in close contact with a COVID positive person

PCR tests are available through San José Unified every school day from 8:10 am – 4:40 pm at 3 testing locations.  Appointments are required.  Read more at go.sjusd.org/COVID19.

2.  Antigen tests should be used when:

  • You have tested positive for COVID and want to end isolation after 5 days
  • You are an unvaccinated close contact and want to end quarantine after 5 days

Antigen tests are available through San José Unified on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 am – 10:30 am at the District Office (855 Lenzen Ave).  After reporting your COVID positive or close contact with a COVID positive person, you will receive instructions on when you are eligible to get a SJUSD antigen test.

Reduce Your Risk
We cannot control the number of cases in our community, but we can take steps to reduce our risk of getting and transmitting COVID.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these steps to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID:

  1. Get Vaccinated – Everyone 5 or older is eligible for the vaccine.  Everyone 12 or older is eligible for the booster.  Get a COVID vaccine as soon as you can.
  2. Wear a Mask – Masks should be fitted to the face without gaps and should cover both your nose and mouth.
  3. Physical Distance – Stay at least six feet away from people who do not live with you to the greatest extent possible.
  4. Avoid Crowds – Large gatherings, particularly indoors, should be avoided to the greatest extent possible.
  5. Hand Hygiene – Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

We appreciate the kind words and support from the thousands of students and employees who have taken a PCR test or picked up an antigen test in the past two weeks.  Thank you for continuing to keep our schools and work locations as safe as possible by following the safety protocols and getting tested when needed. 

 

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