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2020-2021 SDUHSD reopening INFORMATION

2020-2021 SDUHSD reopening INFORMATION


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San Dieguito Union High School District Community,
With the recent announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eliminating mask wearing mandates and social distancing for individuals who have been vaccinated, questions have arisen about what this means for our students and site teams. We recognize that understanding the District’s position is particularly important so that our community knows what the expectations are for school attendance, graduation and end-of-the-year activities. A short answer to questions about the status of mask requirements and social distancing at our schools is that these protective measures will remain in place through the end of the academic year until further notice.
In an effort to provide some clarity about why these protective measures will remain in place for now, we are providing additional information below.
The CDC’s Guidelines
The CDC provides guidance and recommendations for our nation as a whole. Last week, the CDC released guidance that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear face masks indoors or outdoors. On May 15 (Saturday), the CDC issued additional guidance relating to schools as part of its “K-12 School Operational Strategy” recommending that “schools continue to use the current Covid-19 prevention strategies for the 2020-21 school year” (which means that mask and social distancing requirements stay in place for the duration of this academic school year).
The CDC’s recommendation for the continuation of these prevention strategies is based on numerous factors including the below:
  • Dual-dose vaccines for youth between the ages of 12 and 15, which have the highest rate of protection, were not approved until May 12, 2021. 
  • Because people are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after their second dose, and there is a wait period of approximately a month before the 2nd dose can be administered, students in this age group will not be fully vaccinated before the end of current school year.
  • The CDC guideline was also based on time needed for schools to make systems and policy adjustments. Systems and policy adjustments may be required for schools to change mask requirements for students and staff, while continuing to ensure the safety of unvaccinated populations.
Do states have to follow the CDC’s guidelines? 
The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives states the discretion to make their own requirements to protect its residents’ public health. So, the State of California has the authority to devise and adopt its own guidelines and requirements, which may differ from the CDC’s guidelines. 
State of California and the CDPH
School districts in California follow the recommendations of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), subject to additional guidelines or requirements set forth at the County level. At this time, the CDPH’s direction is that schools have prevention strategies in place for the duration of this academic school year. Additional updates will follow after June 15.  
What about graduations/promotions?
Please review your school site’s information on graduation/promotion ceremonies. If there are any concerns about your school’s graduation/promotion or end-of-the-year activities, please direct all questions to school site administration.  
What about 2021-22 School Year
Guidelines and our community circumstances are ever-changing. However, we expect to reopen fully 5 days a week in the fall.  Please reference the following link for more information. 
We will continue to keep our community apprised of additional developments as they become available. 
video resources

video resources

Q and A with:
Dr. John S. Bradley, Rady Children’s Hospital / UCSD 
Dr. Alice Pong, Rady Children’s Hospital 
Chris Abe R.N., CIC, HEM, Vice President, Operations, Rady Children’s Hospital
6:50: Introduction and Data
14:25: Balancing Values
16:15: Transmission of the Virus
17:15: Mitigation Measures
19:20: 6 ft Rule
19:55: Symptom Decision Tree
22:40: Lessons Learned
25:00: End
34:00-38:00: Doctor Panel Q and A (Distancing and Masks)
44:30-47:25: Doctor Panel Q and A (Symptoms)
52:00-58:00: Doctor Q and A (Treatment of Covid-19)
Covid-19 Resources

Covid-19 Resources

Coping & Managing Stress

Feelings of stress, anxiety, or other depression-like symptoms are common reactions during and after the uncertainty of any natural or human-caused incident. Limiting exposure to media and creating a routine with opportunities for varied activities and breaks from "screen time" has been shown to assist people with coping. Here is an example of a suggested daily home schedule during school closure.
Talk with your family about how they are feeling and follow guidance to reduce the effects of stress on your physical and emotional health.
If there is acute distress,
  • Access & Crisis Line 1-888-724-7240
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: Call this toll-free number to be connected to the nearest crisis center for information, support, and counseling.1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517) Disaster Distress Helpline Website:  
  • 911 if emergency
  • For confidential non-emergency requests for school counseling supports, please contact your child's school site directly. 
  • For further mental health supports, SDUHSD partners with CareSolace, a no cost online resource with a live 24X7 concierge line (888) 515-0595 meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer 10 basic questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and no insurance. The system also filters by age, gender, zip code and special request. Care Solace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All of the information that is entered on their platform is completely confidential and stored securely. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting CareSolace.



Prevention of COVID-19

Prevention: How to Stay Healthy and Prevent the Spread of Virus
Please follow these approaches to protect yourself from the virus (CDPH, 2020):
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.  Review Handwashing: A Family Activity
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Additional Cleaning of Surfaces - Clean daily with an added emphasis on all high-touch surfaces (door handles, phones, etc.). 
Stay Home if you are Sick - As part of preventative measures recommended by the county and state public health departments, stay home if you are sick, especially if it includes a fever and/or coughing. Be sure to:
  • Remain at home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Seek immediate medical care by calling your physician if symptoms become more severe, such as with a high fever or if you have difficulty breathing. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, and/or shortness of breath) and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your healthcare provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. CDC Resources for Home