SBAS COVID-19 Protocols
- Do you have any of the following
- Fever (at or above 100.4 F)
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Sore Throat
- Have you been in contact with a person known to be infected with or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 10 days?
- Are you subject to a quarantine or isolation order?
If you are positive or think you are positive...
January 7, 2022
Happy first week back from SBAS! We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding, and flexibility with the ever-changing LACDPH guidelines as we work to ensure in-person learning for our students. The purpose of this communication is to update you with the amended guidelines that will take effect on Monday, January 10.
All Los Angeles County schools have two weeks to implement the changes listed below. For SBAS, some are already underway and all will be fully implemented starting Monday, January 10. The changes and updated protocols are illustrated below:
We understand that with new quarantine and exposure requirements, the need for accessible testing is even greater. If you are having difficulty finding a COVID-19 testing site, we would recommend that you check the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Testing Website. (click here to go to the LACDPH Testing Website) We are in the process of trying to acquire home tests specifically for our students. When those become available, we will let you know.
An additional change requires staff to now wear surgical, multi-ply, or N95 masks. Students are recommended to do the same. LACDPH strongly recommends that everyone in LA County move away from the cloth or single-ply masks. We have plenty of masks available on our campuses should a student or staff member need one. <I will insert photos of the different mask styles>
We ask for everyone’s help in reinforcing protocols with each other, following the symptom screener daily, staying home when you are sick, and reporting all positive test results in a timely manner. Please reach out to me if you have any questions and you can access all SBAS’s COVID-related updates and information, including quarantining protocols and supports for students, at www.southbayadult.org and click on COVID-19 Updates.
Drew Gamet, Director
South Bay Adult School
A word about the SBAS COVID-19 procedures...
Over the past few weeks, you undoubtedly have seen notifications or have been contacted directly in regards to COVID-19 positive cases affecting our campuses. As Los Angeles County experiences a surge in positive cases, we want to take a moment to clearly outline RBUSD’s response to every reported case.
When a positive case (either student or staff) is reported, staff conducts a full investigation including contact tracing, to determine those whom LACDPH deems as “close contact.” Contact tracing is pivotal, as persons can be contagious 48 hours prior to symptoms/positive test results. According to LACDPH, a person is deemed a close contact under the following conditions:
- Person was within 6 feet of the positive case for more than 15 minutes, even with masking. This may include identified students within the classroom, lunch, athletic teammates, recess, or other personal contact.
- Person was within 6 feet of the positive case without a mask.
- Household members of the positive case.
- Exposures reported outside of school campuses.
Once the exposure list is compiled, school staff work to personally notify, via phone call, each close contact, followed by a detailed exposure letter. COVID positive, symptomatic, and exposed persons must quarantine for no less than 10 days. An unvaccinated person must self-quarantine away from others and monitor symptoms for 10 days after the last exposure to the infected person. If students do not have symptoms, they may be released from quarantine at the end of Day 10 (11th day after exposure). OR, if s/he produces a negative molecular COVID test (not an antigen test), on day 5, 6 or 7 from exposure date and does not have symptoms, s/he may be released following 7 days of self-quarantine (8th day after exposure) and return to school on the next school day.
There are exceptions to mandatory quarantining:
- Fully vaccinated persons, with no symptoms, do not have to quarantine. Proof of vaccination required.
- Persons having recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (Proof from doctor required).
**These individuals should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days following an exposure.
**COVID-19 testing performed only with symptoms and/or upon advice of healthcare professional
Finally, the community is notified in writing that the school campus has a COVID-19 positive case and the district COVID-19 DASHBOARD is updated. If you do not receive a direct phone call or exposure letter, your child is not deemed exposed. In order to expedite contact tracing and investigations, we highly recommend that all vaccinated students (12 and up) have a photo/copy of vaccinations cards readily available via cell phone or on their person.
After many months of distance learning, we understand the frustration quarantining students and their families must be feeling at being away from school campus. Our number one priority is to ensure the safety of our students and staff, and that schools remain open and operational. If you do have to quarantine, please know you will be fully supported and provided with all assignments, as needed. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to me for more information.
Director, South Bay Adult School