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Important Updates for San José Unified

January 6, 2022

This week has been a unique return to school for our students, families, and employees.  On Sunday and Monday, we distributed almost 17,000 at-home antigen test kits to families and administered well over 2,000 PCR tests to students and employees. 

822 positive cases of COVID were reported between January 1 and January 3, 2022, about 2.7% of all San José Unified students and staff.  Daily PCR testing continues to be more than 4 times what it was prior to the holidays, and, just like our county, state, and nation, we are seeing increased positives.

We have reports of positive cases throughout San José Unified’s schools and work locations.  During this week, we will not be sending individual classroom or school-wide advisories since the virus was transmitted in the community prior to school resuming.

Known Exposures
Our testing system and our nurses have done an amazing job identifying positive cases.  Our nurses are focused on ensuring students and employees who test positive stay home.  You will receive a letter from your school or work location with instructions on what to do if you have a known exposure.  If you do not receive a known exposure letter, you have not been in contact with a positive case and do not need to take any action.  You can continue to attend school or work if you pass the daily health screen each day.  If you would like to be tested as an extra precaution, you can schedule a test through San José Unified at go.sjusd.org/COVIDtest.

Proper Masking at School and Work
Students and employees should wear a properly-fitted mask each day.  All locations have surgical masks available for students and employees.  Students who wear a mask that does not properly cover their nose and mouth will be given a surgical mask to ensure everyone has a well-fitting mask.

Update to Isolation Period
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently revised guidance on the length of time a person who has tested positive for COVID must isolate.  San José Unified has updated its isolation period to align with this updated guidance as follows:

  • A person who tests positive must isolate for at least 5 days
  • A person who has tested positive must have no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and any symptoms must be improving before they may return
  • A person who tests negative on an antigen test through San José Unified 5 or more days after their isolation period began may return to school or work the following day
  • A person who does not take an antigen test through San José Unified may return to school or work after 10 days

For students and employees who have recently reported a positive test result, we have already sent specific return to school or work instructions.  Please check your email.  We will continue to process the positive test results and provide instructions on the isolation period.

Antigen Testing
San José Unified will offer antigen testing for students who have tested positive beginning on Monday, January 10, 2022 and for employees who have tested positive beginning on Sunday, January 9, 2022.  If you are eligible for antigen testing, you will receive an email with instructions about the test.  Students and employees are not required to take an antigen test if they test positive, but they can only return to school or work prior to the 10-day isolation period if they have a negative antigen test through San José Unified.

PCR Testing
We will continue to offer PCR COVID tests to students and employees on school days at our 3 testing locations.  Please schedule an appointment in advance of coming to be tested so we can keep our operation running as efficiently as possible and reduce wait times for people in line to test.  For additional information, visit go.sjusd.org/COVID19.  Please note that San José Unified is no longer distributing antigen tests.  Our available inventory of antigen tests is being used to return students and employees to work or school prior to the 10-day isolation period per CDPH guidelines.

Reporting COVID Circumstances
It is essential to the health and safety of our community that COVID positive test results, known exposures to COVID, and COVID symptoms are reported immediately.

Student circumstances must be reported at go.sjusd.org/COVIDtracker.

Employee circumstances must be reported at go.sjusd.org/COVIDnotify.

It is important that students and employees report their circumstances properly, starting with using the correct link above, so that we can continue to keep our schools and work locations as safe as possible.

Absences
We are experiencing much higher than normal absence rates for both students and employees.  We appreciate the commitment of our employees as they cover these absences in creative ways.  We understand the strain placed on families when a student is unable to attend school as scheduled.

Given the situation, we had an amazingly safe and successful return to school following the holiday season.  We truly appreciate your continued understanding, support, and patience.  We also appreciate how diligently the San José Unified community has prioritized health and safety.

 

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