The below information provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to COVID-19 protocols and practices in the Eureka Union School District (EUSD) for the 2021-22 school year. EUSD will update the information as it becomes available.
1. What will school look like this year? All EUSD students (except those enrolled in long term independent study) will be onsite at schools five days a week for a full in-person instructional school day.
2. Will students have the option to attend school remotely? EUSD will have the option for the 2021-22 school year in our Long Term Independent Study (LTIS) model for any student who would benefit from this type of instruction. If you are interested in this option, please complete the Interest Form. If you wish to learn more about LTIS, you may go to this webpage.
3. Will there still be health and safety measures in place this year? Yes. EUSD will continue to maintain vigorous health and safety measures in the 2021–22 school year. These include improved ventilation, improved cleaning and detailed response plans for positive COVID cases amongst either students or staff.
4. Will face coverings/masks be required? Face coverings/masks will not be required to be worn while outside. A recent release from the California Department of Public Health mandates that, while inside, all individuals wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. The EUSD Board of Trustees will be voting on how this new mandate will be enforced at its next board meeting on Monday August 9.
5. My student cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition. What options are available? Per CDPH requirements released July 12, 2021, “Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.” For more information regarding this, please contact your school principal.
6. What educational options are available if we don’t want your student to wear a mask while at school? EUSD will have the option for the 2021-22 school year of an independent study model, for any student who does not want to wear a mask while at school. If you are interested in this option, please complete an Interest Form and you will be contacted with further information.
The School Day
7. What are the expectations for arrival and departure from school?
Students may arrive 15 minutes prior to school starting and head to the playground.
Parents will say goodbye to their children outside of the school gates.
Students are to be picked up or depart school promptly at the end of the school day.
8. Will my student have their temperature checked at school?
No. Students will not have temperature checks at school when arriving.
We encourage parents and guardians to continue to monitor their child’s health.
Students must remain at home if they run a fever or exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 per CDPH guidelines.
9. Are students required to stay cohorted for recesses, lunches, and nutrition breaks? No. Students will be released for recesses, lunches, and nutrition breaks each day and will not be required to stay cohorted. During lunches where eating will take place indoors, physical distancing will be maximized.
10. Will students be allowed to utilize the playground structures and to use the recess equipment? Yes. Students will be allowed on the playground structures and have access to all recess equipment.
11. Are students going to be allowed to work in groups, or will they need to stay physically distanced while in class? Students will be allowed to work in groups, and no physical distancing will be required in the classroom since masks will be worn inside.
12. Is the school library open and available for students to check out and take home books? Yes. Students can visit the library to check out books. If students use the library during recess, a mask will be required to be worn.
13. Will schools be providing transportation to/from school for students? Yes, EUSD will resume regular transportation for students on busses to and from school. Masks will be required while students are on the bus. To apply for reduced or no cost transportation please fill out the attached link Income Data Collection Form
14. Will parent volunteers be allowed on sites this year? Yes, although the start date is still being determined. Any volunteers will be required to wear a mask while on sites.
15. Will drinking fountains be available for students throughout the day? Yes. Drinking fountains will be available for students throughout the day. However, to minimize germs being passed during use, it is recommended students bring their own water bottle to fill throughout the day.
Meals At School
16. Will schools be providing lunches for students during the school day? Yes. EUSD will be offering free breakfasts and lunches on site for all students during the 2021-22 school year. Even though lunches are free, please fill out the Income Data Collection Form to help Eureka USD qualify for additional funding opportunities.
17. My student is in junior high, will they be able to choose their lunches like in the past? To begin the school year, middle school students will be provided with a standardized hot lunch option but will not choose from an a la carte menu, and no salad bar will be available.
18. If my student is participating in long term independent study, will lunches still be available? Yes, they will be available for pick up once a week on Mondays at Granite Bay High School between 8:30-10:30AM. Five breakfasts and lunches will be provided at a time.
Student Illness/Quarantining/COVID Testing
19. What will be in place to help curb student illness and the spreading of COVID-19? EUSD staff will continue to promote healthy habits, including handwashing throughout the day, including before and after eating, during restroom breaks, and returning from recess and lunch. Hand sanitizer will continue to be available throughout the school, and continued use of masks will help curb the spread of all illnesses at school sites.
20. What if a student gets ill during the school day? EUSD has processes and protocols in place should a student fall ill during the school day, including a designated care area at each school site, monitored by an adult, until a parent can pick up the student.
21. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, how many days will they need to be quarantined? Quarantining periods will depend on the circumstances in which the student was in when they tested positive for COVID-19. See CDPH Guidance for “Quarantining” for specific details. EUSD will analyze each case reported and adhere to the requirements set forth by CDPH for both quarantining and contact tracing of impacted individuals.
22. Will I be notified if my student has come in contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 while at school? Yes. EUSD will continue to follow the requirements for notification by the CDC and CDPH related to close contact of individuals when a positive test result has been reported. Student and staff privacy will be maintained.
23.Where are county options for COVID-19 testing?
The County provides free testing for any individual that needs it. For more information or to register to be tested please visit the LHI website.
COVID-19 Information From Placer County Public Health
Provided by the Placer County Office of Education in collaboration with Placer County Public Health (Updated: March 4, 2020)
Eureka Union School District in partnership with the Placer County Office of Education and Placer County Public Health and other state and regional agencies, continues to closely monitor COVID-19. As of this letter, there is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Placer County, but the immediate risk to the general public and to schools in Placer County is relatively low.
We will continue to keep our students, staff, and families informed as we receive guidance from public health officials. In the meantime, please see answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received from our school community in recent days.
Q: How are student absences being handled? A: All absences due to illnesses are excused with parent confirmation, per policies outlined in our district materials.
Q: Are there any plans to alter or cancel travel, field trips, school dances, etc... due to concerns? A: There are no recommendations from public health officials at this time for cancellation of public events or field trips. Based on direction from Placer County Public Health, “students and school staff should go about their daily lives and practice the same precautions that they normally do during cold and flu season.”
For information on travel plans you or families might be planning for Spring Break, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for travel guidelines.
Q: Are additional sanitization procedures taking place at sites and in classrooms? A: We remain diligent in our efforts to disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as desks, keyboard and doorknobs using state-recommended cleaning materials. Additionally, we are encouraging hand hygiene in locations readily accessible to students and staff by providing tissues, soap and hand sanitizer. All soap dispensers will be filled daily. Transportation is taking extra cleaning precautions, increasing daily cleaning.
Q: What happens if a child is symptomatic with flu/cold symptoms? If a child is symptomatic (for example: fever greater than 100.4, shortness of breath, cough, congestion), they should stay home and contact their personal physician for further guidance. A child may return to school once fever free for 24 hours without medication. If they are at school, and begin to feel sick, they should check in with the health office.
Q: What if a student catches the virus? A: Any time a student is confirmed to have a communicable disease, the District communicates with Placer County Public Health for directives and guidance on preventing the spread of the specific communicable disease. This not only applies to COVID-19, but other health conditions as well (H1N1, tuberculosis, meningitis, etc.)
As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. All children and staff members with fever (>100.4 F / >38C) should remain home from school and other activities until they had no fever for 24 hours, without fever medication.
Q: What if someone in a staff member’s immediate family is diagnosed? Are all quarantined in that household? A: If students or staff come in contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, they should stay home, contact their medical provider, and call Placer County Public Health at (530) 886-5310. If someone must quarantine or isolate, they will be notified by Placer County Public Health.
Q. How do school sites handle requests for Independent Study (IS) related to coronavirus fears? A: Granting an IS request at the site level is a site based decision. To request a Short-Term Independent Study please call the school office staff and the District will follow the steps as outlined in the HHI/MIS application process.
Q: Who will make a decision to close schools? A: If an outbreak occurs, and school closures are recommended or ordered, decisions will be made following discussions between the school district, the Placer County Office of Education and Placer County Public Health. We will also consider guidance from the California Department of Education.
Our District is unable to know if or when individuals are exposed to any illness, which is why we follow guidelines from expert agencies like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Placer County Public Health. Rather than recommending the cancellation of schools and public events, at this time, these agencies are asking people who may have been exposed to the virus, and their immediate families, to remain home from school and other activities.
Q: If, in a worst-case scenario, a school gets shut down, what “distance learning” protocols are being considered? A: The District is currently looking at options to continue to provide our students access to instruction. We remain diligent in our communication with the Placer County Office of Education and Placer County Public Health professionals to establish protocols for schools and prepare for possible future school disruptions. More details will be communicated as they are available.
Q: Does the District have an emergency response plan specifically for pandemics? A: We are working with the Placer County Office of Education and Placer County Public Health professionals to establish protocols for schools and prepare for possible future school disruptions. Specific pandemic response activities will be highly dependent on emerging data and direction provided by health authorities.
To control an epidemic, public health professional work closely with a range of specialists, such as epidemiologists (scientists who study the spread of diseases among animal and human populations), medical specialists, virologists and immunologists. Control of epidemics almost always consists of four types of preventive measures—quarantine, immunization, mass education about prevention, and early and aggressive treatment of ill people.