COVID-19 Reporting and Testing Plan
Please contact the school health office to report if your student is positive for COVID-19.
We are very excited for the 2023-2024 school year! Attendance continues to be a major focus in Turlock Unified School District and we encourage families to send students to school EVERY DAY as chronic absenteeism can predict lower test scores and poor retention in later grades. We hope an understanding of our TUSD Health and Wellness policy will help inform parents’ decisions about when it is necessary to keep a student home from school:
- Students who test positive for COVID-19 need to isolate at home for 5 days from symptom onset or test positive date. They may return to school on day 6 if they’re feeling well, have improving symptoms and are fever-free for 24 hours.
- Once COVID-positive individuals end their isolation period, there’s still a recommendation to wear a mask when out in public for 10 full days starting from the point of infection. But they can go maskless after two consecutive negative tests taken at least one day apart.
- To report that your student is positive, please call your student’s school and share with the health office.
- Students who develop new, unexplained symptoms should not return to campus until symptoms are mild and improving or are due to non-infectious causes (allergies). This includes waiting until 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Additionally, if symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, it is strongly recommended students wear a mask and get tested immediately. FREE antigen tests are available at all school sites.
Our TUSD Health Staff are a great resource for helping families address student health needs and making an informed decision about whether a student should remain at home. Please reach out if you need assistance.
TUSD will discontinue the COVID-19 Dashboard for the 2023-2024 school year but will continue to notify staff and students of potential exposures on the TUSD website. TUSD will also follow all CalOSHA requirements for a safe school and workplace environment including reporting outbreaks to Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (SCHSA).
We look forward to the first bell ringing on August 14 and encourage all our families to send their students to school on a regular basis!
What is Isolation?
Isolation is for people who are already sick. It separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
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