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COVID-19 Reporting and Testing Plan

Keep Our Schools Safe

Please contact the school health office to report if your student is positive for COVID-19.

2023-2024 Healthy Schools Information

On January 9, 2024, the California Department of Public Health updated its COVID-19 Isolation Guidance and COVID-19 Testing Guidance. Overall, the CDPH is now prioritizing interventions for those at a higher risk of severe illness while minimizing disruptions in schools and workplaces.
 
Updated Definitions:
"Infectious period" is redefined as:

  • For symptomatic COVID-19 cases a minimum of 24 hours must pass since symptom onset.  In such cases individuals may return to school/work if symptom-free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medications, and if their symptoms are mild and improving.
  • For asymptomatic cases there is no infectious period for isolation or exclusion from school/work; however, if symptoms develop, the criteria above apply.

Masking Recommendations:
Masking guidelines remain unchanged. 

  • Positive COVID-19 cases and those with respiratory symptoms should wear masks indoors for 10 days from symptom onset or positive test date (if asymptomatic). Note: CalOSHA mandates masks for employees indoors for 10 days from symptom onset or positive test date (if asymptomatic).

Updated Testing Recommendations: 
CDPH no longer advises testing for all close contacts.  However, testing is recommended for:

  • Individuals with new COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Close contacts at higher risk of severe disease or those in contact with high-risk individuals.
  • Free COVID-19 tests are available at all TUSD school sites.

Potential Exposure Notification:
Per CalOSHA, TUSD will notify employees of close contacts, but we will no longer post positive case locations on the TUSD website. Please continue to notify your school if your student tests positive for COVID-19.
 
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with these updated guidelines, which aim to provide a more symptom-based approach for managing COVID-19 as they do other illnesses.
 
Sincerely,
Marie Russell
Director of Communications, Family Engagement, and Outreach

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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