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Communication #41: Safety Updates
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Dear Eureka Families
 
We would like to bring to your attention two important safety updates.
 
Safety Mitigation Revised
 
Eureka USD is proud of the mitigation measures we have had in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the school setting. Our measures have supported a low rate of cases and reduced the risk for our staff and students. 
 
We have recently updated our measures based on the decrease of COVID-19 within our community and through collaboration with Placer Health & California Department of Public Health, surrounding districts, our school nurse team, and our parent physician team on our task force. The updated measures (EUSD Safety Mitigation) address the following:
  • Shared materials and equipment
  • Student workspace configurations
  • Students working collaboratively
  • Recess/Preferred Activity Time
  • Lunch for Expanded Learning Time
  • Intervention and Enrichment Opportunities
Virtual Town Hall - Fentanyl Poisonings and Overdose
 
Also, we would like to share with you an important virtual town hall for parents that addresses Fentanyl Poisoning and Overdose. Fentanyl is having deadly outcomes which has impacted families in Placer County. There will be a panel discussion with data presented and shared experiences. The town hall is Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Here is the flyer to register (LINK)

Sincerely, 
EUSD Staff

Communication #40 - Spring Break Reminders
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Hello Eureka Families,

Next week students will be off from school for our Spring Break. Students will return on Monday, April 5. Please review some reminders below as we move into our week off.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies - During the break we ask that families continue to be diligent in practicing key mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please limit exposure in the community, and if around others than your family members, remember to wear your face coverings and keep your distance. 

COVID Reporting Hotline - If your child attends school in the District and has tested positive for COVID-19, please call our COVID Hotline at 916-680-0878 to share this information. This will allow us to notify any close contacts of your child as soon as possible, which could prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

Student Wellness Survey - We are requiring your child to have a wellness survey completed for them before returning before April 5 if one or more of the following conditions apply:
  • Your child is demonstrating one or more symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • Your child has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Your child has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days. 
If any of the above conditions apply to your child when completing the survey, they should not attend school on Monday,  April 5. Health staff will follow up with you on this date to determine next steps for your child. Please look out for an email communication on Saturday,  April 3 with the wellness survey link.

We hope your family enjoys the time away from school, and look forward to seeing our students back on Monday,  April 5.

Thank you,
EUSD

Communication #39 - Full-day Traditional Schedule in 2021/2022
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At the March 15 Meeting of the Governing Board of Trustees, the Board approved staff's recommendation for the 2021/2022 school year to be conducted in a five day, full-day traditional schedule beginning on the first day of school August 11, 2021. Our District will prepare and implement the schedule accordingly in conjunction with the health protocols required at that time. Families currently enrolled in the Eureka Union School District do not need to register for next school year. An Intent to Return Electronic Form for continued enrollment will be coming to you soon. To register a new student for school next year go to the following link, 2021-2022 New Student Registration. In addition, the Board received a report on steps being taken to continue offering virtual learning as an option for students next school year. Upon identifying the need, staff will bring forward a plan and recommendation for the Eureka Virtual Academy/Homeschooling Program to the trustees on April 12.

Communication #38 - COVID Advisory Task Force Update
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Hello Eureka Staff and Families,

This week our COVID Advisory Task Force met for the second time in the past four weeks. A main topic of conversation with the group has been to move to a full day of instruction and when that should happen. The task force reviewed survey data and feedback, county case rates, trends with surrounding districts, and recent research related to COVID impacts on schools. As we know from this year, with any change a significant amount of time and resources needs to be invested for planning to insure a successful path to change the delivery of instruction. In addition, we need to have the necessary funding and resources to carry out this next phase to bring us closer to a normal school day. The good news is that districts in the state will receive significant funding for in-person instruction. EUSD will receive $3.2M in one-time funds for this school year and next school year. The funds will be used to plan for instruction and the impacts from the pandemic such as learning loss and social emotional well being.

On Wednesday, the task force discussed making a transition in mid-April or consider waiting until August 11 to move to full day. The group weighed out the benefits and shared feedback that will be shared with our trustees and community. At the Board meeting on March 8, staff will provide to the Board of Trustees a report regarding the feedback gathered from the task force and stakeholders which will inform a discussion among the governance team to consider next steps. This is a discussion only and no action will be taken by the trustees on March 8. Here is the Zoom link to the meeting.

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility as we continue to navigate the evolving conditions so we can continue to provide quality education for our students .
 
Sincerely,
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #37 February Break
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Hello Eureka Families,

Next week students will be off from school for our February break. Students will return on Monday, February 22. Please review some reminders below as we move into our week off.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies - During the break we ask that families continue to be diligent in practicing key mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please limit exposure in the community, and if around others than your family members, remember to wear your face coverings and keep your distance. 

COVID Reporting Hotline - If your child attends school in the District and has tested positive for COVID-19, please call our COVID Hotline at 916-680-0878 to share this information. This will allow us to notify any close contacts of your child as soon as possible, which could prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

Student Wellness Survey - We are requiring your child to have a wellness survey completed for them before returning to school on February 22 if one or more of the following conditions apply:
  • Your child is demonstrating one or more symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • Your child has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Your child has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days. 
If any of the above conditions apply to your child when completing the survey, they should not attend school on Monday, February 22. Health staff will follow up with you on this date to determine next steps for your child. Please look out for an email communication on Saturday, February 20 with the wellness survey link.

We hope your family enjoys the time away from school, and look forward to seeing our students back on Monday, February 22.

Thank you,
EUSD Staff

Communication #36 - State Guidance for K-12 Schools
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Dear Eureka Families and Staff, 
 
On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued updated directives through the release of new Guidance for K-12 Schools. The framework and guidance is for both districts wanting to reopen and for those who are already open. After reviewing the guidance, EUSD is able to accommodate the changes, and will continue instruction under our current five day in-person model.
 
Since November 9,  EUSD has been open for all students who desire to be in the classroom. We have been committed to implementing the numerous safety protocols explained in our School Reopening Guide. Our diligence has led to keeping our schools open, and we will continue moving forward under our current in-person instructional model. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists have stated that schools should resume in-person learning as soon as possible if social distancing and masks are properly enforced, which we are enforcing at our schools.
 
We are making arrangements for changes based on the recent guidance document. The adjustments we will make include the following:
  • Classroom Space: The guidance states “Under no circumstances should distance between student chairs be less than 4 feet”. We have assessed our classroom spaces and most of our classrooms are able to accommodate the new classroom distancing requirement. This is because we have lower class sizes than we would in a normal school year. We are carrying out plans to lower our class size in the classrooms requiring modifications to accommodate the new distancing requirement, which includes arranging desks in a way that minimizes face-to-face contact, add staff where needed, and restructure class assignments where needed. 
  • Quarantine Time Frame: EUSD will continue to require a 14 day quarantine if a student or staff member is exposed to an individual who is positive for COVID-19. This is based on the guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Although there is allowance for a 10 day quarantine timeline, there is a requirement that through day 14, close contacts must stay 6 feet apart from each other. Based on the current school model within EUSD, we are not able to meet this requirement. We will continue to require a 14 day quarantine timeframe to adhere to current guidelines.
  • Symptomatic Students: EUSD will continue to require staff or students who demonstrate one or more of the symptoms related to COVID-19 to not attend school for 10 days. Currently, with health staff clearance, our practice has allowed students to return before the 10 day time frame if all of the following conditions are met:

    1.  The student has not been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19;
    2.  The student has received a negative test result (reviewed and verified by health staff);
    3.  The student is not demonstrating symptoms for the past 72 hours. Please note that beginning February 2, EUSD will be  aligning our practice to the new CDPH guidance, regarding condition 3. The student must not be demonstrating symptoms for the past 24 hours instead of 72 hours.
Please note there is one more option for a student to return before the 10 day time frame. If your child has a preexisting condition (documented by their authorized medical provider), they may be cleared to enter school. A school nurse must review and determine next steps. We request authorized medical providers share the following details to be considered by the school nurse: 1. Student Information, 2. Symptoms and Health Condition(s) Attributed to, 3. If there are concerns related to COVID-19 at this time, 4. Date of clearance to return to school.
  • Face Coverings: CDPH updated their guidance to align with EUSD’s current practice, it is now required that students TK-8th grade wear face coverings. Please note that we request your help in reminding students on how to store their covering while they are taking their mask break (and eating their snack) at school. CDPH encourages students to place their face covering in a clean, safe area when they are not wearing it. Our staff will be reminding students of options, which may include placing in their pocket, their snack bag or other holder. Please check in with your child to consider options which may work for them.
Thank you for your ongoing flexibility as we continue to navigate evolving health conditions, State directives, and public health orders.
 
Sincerely,
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent
 

Communication #35 - Student Wellness Survey
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Dear Eureka Families,
 
We are requiring ALL students have a wellness survey completed within the next 36 hours.  Please complete this survey for each child who attends school in Eureka USD.  Student Wellness Survey
 
Students enrolled in the Eureka Virtual Academy do not need to complete the wellness survey.
 
This information will be reviewed by our health team to determine if your child is able to return to school on Tuesday.  If your child is demonstrating any symptoms related to COVID19,  please keep them home from school.  You will receive an email communication from our health team on Monday with their recommendations for your child’s return to school.
 
As we remain deeply committed to creating a meaningful and effective educational experience for our students, we continue our focus daily to ensure all of our processes and procedures are in alignment with public health guidelines.  Please help us by being honest and open with how your child is feeling, so we can keep our students and staff safe.
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #34 - Preparing for After Winter Break
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Dear Eureka Families,
 
Wishing you all a well-deserved, restful and most importantly a safe Winter Break. As the school year approaches the halfway mark, it has been a journey in which we have learned a lot and have already put in countless hours of effort and dedication to our most deserving students and families. Our staff and families truly earned some time to relax and this two week period will certainly offer us all the chance to carefully connect with loved ones and recharge ourselves. Enjoy these next few weeks as we welcome 2021.
 
Winter Break: COVID Reporting Hotline - If your child attends school in the District and has tested positive for COVID-19, please call our COVID Hotline at 916-680-0878 to share this information. This will allow us to notify any close contacts of your child as soon as possible, which could prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 
 
Travel Advisory - Although we have heard many of our families may be traveling over the break, we ask that you review the current travel advisories from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  We cannot require students who travel out of state or the country to quarantine, but we encourage families to consider a self-quarantine after travel. Please review the recommendations from CDPH below: 

1. Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.  

2. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to California. 
 
Winter Break: Required Student Wellness Survey - We are requiring ALL students to have a wellness survey completed before returning before January 5. This information will be reviewed by our health team to determine if your child is able to return to school on Tuesday, January 5. If your child is demonstrating any symptoms related to COVID19, please keep them home from school. You will receive an email communication from our health team on Monday, January 4 with their recommendations for your child’s return to school. Please look out for communications on Saturday, January 2 with the wellness survey link.
 
Attracting Substitute Teachers - Due to staff becoming quarantined in relation to COVID19, the need for substitute teachers has become a competitive process throughout Placer County. For this reason, EUSD took action at Monday’s Board meeting to increase our substitute pay rates by 25%. We want to be able to keep our schools open during this time, but it will require adequate substitute staffing to ensure we can continue uninterrupted instruction. As a small District, we are close-knit like a family, so if you want to be a part of EUSD, please reach out to Human Resources Administrative Assistant, Kathy Collins (kcollins@eurekausd.org). 
Substitute Teacher Flyer.
EUSD Employment (i.e. Substitute Teacher) Link
 
Please take care of yourself, take care of one another, and we can take care of Eureka Union.
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #33 - Regional Stay Home Order & Following County Protocols
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Dear Eureka Families and Staff,
 
On December 3, Governor Newsom announced a stay at home order that will go into effect for three weeks in regions with less than 15 percent ICU availability. The State of California yesterday announced the implementation of the Regional Stay Home Order in the Greater Sacramento Area, including Placer County, based on ICU capacity in regional hospitals. The order will go into effect on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 
 
It’s important to note that the Regional Stay Home Order does NOT impact schools. Schools that have already opened may continue to provide in-person instruction on school sites with continued vigilant implementation of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, even under the stay home order.
 
Eureka Union School District remains open. We will continue to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Placer County Public Health while implementing our safety protocols. These plans provide layers of protective measures, including face coverings, physical distancing, testing, contact tracing, health screenings, and regular cleaning and disinfection. As a result of these safety procedures, we will continue to serve students on campus. 
 
Following Protocols
 
As a reminder during the holiday season, it is imperative that we all take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 so when we return from winter break, there will be less chance of germs returning along with us. And, please stay home if you are sick. Placer County Public Health has published some tips for the holidays.
 
As we are carrying out contact tracing guidelines, parents should be prepared for their children to come in and out of distance learning which may be based on a variety of factors such as quarantine, staffing impacts, public health guidance, etc. Families will be contacted through an email from their principal if their student is part of a quarantined group. To learn more about the responses to various scenarios our staff are following, please review the Placer Health COVID Response Scenarios as this provides the measures schools in Placer County are taking. We appreciate your continued support and patience in our implementation of protocols which are aligned to the Placer Health guidance. Our school teams are working closely with District leadership and our school nurses to refine our practices continuously and ensure they are consistent. Based on the input we have received from families, we are sharing a few FAQ’s below for review. If you have any questions related to the FAQs, please reach out via email to Kristi Marinus, Director of Student Services at kmarinus@eurekausd.org
 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
 
Question: If my child is demonstrating symptoms, but receives a negative test, when can they come back to school?
 
Response: If you believe your child’s symptoms are not related to COVID-19, and they have not been exposed to an individual who is positive to COVID-19, one option to come back to school before the 10 day timeline is to have your child tested for COVID-19. If they are confirmed negative, they may be cleared to enter school three days after symptoms resolve.  All students are required to be cleared by a school nurse to return to school, who must review the negative test result and confirm your child has been symptom free for three days. Please review Scenario 4 in the Placer Health link above. If your student does not get tested, but is demonstrating symptoms, staff will be following guidance in Scenario 1.
 
Question: Last week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed their recommended quarantine timeline. Why is Eureka not following the new recommendations?
 
Response:  Placer Health receives guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Eureka USD follows the guidance from Placer Health. CDPH guidance is not always aligned to the guidance from the CDC. At this time, CDPH has not updated their guidance related to quarantine timelines to align with CDC. Eureka will continue to follow the guidance from Placer Health related to quarantines of staff and students. For more information, please review Scenario 2 in the Placer Health link above.
 
Question: How is it determined who quarantines if there is a positive individual with COVID-19 who has been on campus during their exposure period? I have heard there are differences between the elementary and junior high school protocols.
 
Response: Site administrators will identify school site contacts, quarantine and exclude exposed contacts for 14 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious. At the elementary school level, students are assigned to cohorts. These cohorts are together for their full school day and may mix within their classroom cohort during this time. If there is a positive individual with COVID-19, the entire class will be quarantined. At the junior high level, students are in mixed cohorts during their school day. If there is a positive individual with COVID-19, those who are considered close contacts to the individual will be identified based on those who have been within 6 feet of the individual for 15 minutes or more during the school day. For all divisions, site administrators will also consider contacts outside of the classroom setting, including transportation, intervention, enrichment and before/after school activities. Please review Scenario 2 (Close Contact to Positive Exposure) and Scenario 3 (Positive COVID-19 test) in the Placer Health link above.
 
Your continued patience and understanding is greatly appreciated during this time. All of the precautions, protocols, and procedures we have in place at our schools rely heavily on the community's cooperation with those safeguards. We're counting on everyone's cooperation with the health and safety recommendations in order to keep our classrooms open.
 
Please take care of yourself, take care of one another, and we can take care of Eureka Union.
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #32 - Schools Remain Open and Keeping Them Open
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Dear Eureka Families and Staff,
 
Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced a new regional stay at home order. There was some confusion in the governor’s presentation regarding how schools are affected by the order, but later the governor clarified that the new order does not impact schools that are already open. He issued a clarification on Twitter regarding schools, which is echoed in guidance now available on the state’s COVID-19 website. More information about the order can be found here.
 
Schools To Remain Open - COVID-19 cases in schools within Placer County continue to remain relatively contained and in-person instruction is not currently considered a driving factor in recent case increases. As the Placer County Public Health Department has allowed in-person instruction to continue, our schools will remain open. We will continue to monitor case data daily and work with the public health department in our weekly meetings. Any changes to in-person instruction will be communicated to families and staff so everyone can adequately prepare. 
 
Keeping Our Schools Open - On November 17, 2020, we communicated with families that we would be refining our practice in supporting students who are demonstrating any of the symptoms related to COVID-19: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Based on the influx of COVID-19 in our community, we ask that if your child is demonstrating any of the symptoms above, your child should stay home from school. If your child comes to school and is demonstrating any of these symptoms you will receive a phone call to pick them up. Based on the guidelines from Placer Health, your child will stay out of school for 10 days, which begins the day after your child begins demonstrating symptoms. During this time, access to instruction will be provided by their teacher(s). 

We are reaching out again to share this information, as there are families who have chosen to not share with staff that their child has been demonstrating symptoms, and we have had families who have sent their child back to school before the end of the 10 day timeframe without permission from staff. We understand that families are impacted when their child cannot attend school, but in order for us to keep our students and staff safe and schools open, we need to work together as a community. Moving forward, we will be implementing the following protocols:
  • If your child is absent from school, please call in their absence and share the reason they are not at school. If they are demonstrating symptoms related to COVID-19, please share this information with us. If we do not receive a call by the end of the day from you sharing the reason your child is out, your child will not be able to attend school until we hear from you.
  • If we do not hear from you on the day your child is out of school, and they attend school the next day, we will contact you upon their arrival to be picked up.
As shared previously, if you believe your child’s symptoms are not related to COVID-19, there are two options which may be considered to come back to school before the 10 day timeline. Please note that a school nurse must provide clearance for your child to return to school for any absences related to symptoms of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience with our school nurse team, they will be responding to communications only during their work hours.
  • Option 1: Have your child tested for COVID-19. If they are confirmed negative and are symptom free, they may be cleared to enter school.
  • Option 2: If your child has a preexisting condition (documented by their authorized medical provider), they may be cleared to enter school.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we move through the school year.
 
Please take care of yourself, take care of one another, and we can take care of Eureka Union.
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #31 - Voicemail Sent on 11/29/2020 - Coming Back From Break
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Hello Eureka Families and Staff, 
 
This is Superintendent, Tom Janis, and we are pleased to welcome our students back to school tomorrow from the holiday break. Either in-person or through our Eureka Virtual Academy, your teachers, supporting staff, and site administrators are prepared to continue quality engaging learning as we move along in trimester two.
 
As a reminder, if your child is demonstrating any symptoms related to COVID19,  please keep them home from school. Call your child’s school on Monday, November 30 to let them know your child is ill. You will receive communication from a school nurse with next steps.  If your child is sent home from school because they are demonstrating symptoms related to COVID19, they will be asked to stay at home for 10 days. 
 
As we remain deeply committed to creating a meaningful and effective educational experience for our students, we continue our focus daily to ensure all of our processes and procedures are in alignment with public health guidelines. 
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #30 - Placer County Moves To Tier 4-Purple
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Dear Eureka Families and Staff,
 
On November 16, Placer County moved back to the “widespread” Purple Tier-4 of the California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Eureka Union School District reopened all of our seven campuses to in-person instruction on November 9. Our schools are considered open and can remain open.
 
From Public Health - According to Placer County Public Health, cases in schools have remained relatively contained and in-person instruction is not currently considered a driving factor in recent case increases. Household transmission and social gatherings have been key drivers of transmission. As such, public health officials are urging residents to use many of the same precautions that have been in use in public venues for the duration of the pandemic. 

Maintaining Transparency - We are committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on our campuses and other District facilities, while maintaining privacy and confidentiality for our students and staff. The data presented on our new dashboard represents: 1) the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among District staff and students, and 2) a weekly update of the most recent confirmed cases and positivity rate, COVID website. As public health has allowed in-person instruction to continue, our schools will remain open. We will continue to monitor case data daily and work with the public health department in our weekly meetings. Any changes to in-person instruction will be communicated to families and staff so everyone can adequately prepare. 

Working Together - As we head into the holiday season, please take precautions and restrict movements within large groups of people outside of the school setting in order to reduce the possibility of disease transmission and reduce the risk of COVID-19 when we return from holiday breaks. Health and Human Services Director and Interim Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham stated, “Remember, when we wear a mask or forgo a higher risk activity, we aren’t just protecting ourselves, we’re giving a gift to all of those people around us who might suffer more if they are infected with the virus.” Here are some published tips for the holidays, Placer County Holiday Safety Tips and CDPH Guidelines on Private Gatherings

Not Feeling Well? - Based on the influx of COVID-19 within Placer County, moving forward we are refining our practice. Please review the following information carefully.
  • If your child demonstrates any symptoms related to COVID-19, please keep them home from school. Your child will be asked to stay at home for 10 calendar days.  
  • If your child is currently at home and demonstrating any symptoms related to COVID-19, we request they stay at home for the remainder of the school week (as we will be moving into a week long break next week).
  • If your child is sent home from school because they are demonstrating symptoms related to COVID-19, they will also be asked to stay at home for 10 days. 
During the time your child is home, access to learning will be provided by their teacher(s). Note that 10 days begin on the day after symptoms first appeared, staff will work with each family to determine the entry date for your child.

If you believe your child’s symptoms are not related to COVID-19, there are two options which may be considered to come back to school before the 10 day timeline. 
  • Option 1: Have your child tested for COVID-19. If we have documentation that your child is negative, and they are symptom free and 24 hours fever-free (without fever-reducing medication), they may be cleared to enter school.
  • Option 2: If your child has a preexisting condition (documented by their authorized healthcare provider), they may be cleared to enter school. If this documentation is not already on file at your child’s school, we will be requiring families to provide this information to staff.
Please note that a school nurse must provide clearance for your child to reenter school for any of the above absences. Their contact information is listed below:
Self Quarantine for Family of Close Contact - If you have been around someone who was identified as a close contact to a person with COVID-19, the recommendation from both Placer Health and CDC is to closely monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. You are not required to quarantine. We do understand that families may choose to do so, and we will honor and appreciate their caution. If your family chooses to self quarantine, share this information when you provide the absence to your child’s school, and reach out to your child’s teacher(s) to work with them in providing access to learning. 

What To Expect - Our classroom teachers/staff (exceptions may occur at the junior high level) may also be required to quarantine or may choose to self quarantine due to close contact exposure. If this were to occur, you would be notified and your child’s classroom would return back into Distance Learning from home with their classroom teacher (if the teacher is well enough to continue instruction through a virtual format). This will allow consistency with the classroom teacher’s instructional program and newly formed relationships to benefit our students. 

Your continued patience and understanding is greatly appreciated during this time. All of the precautions, protocols, and procedures we have in place at our schools rely heavily on the community's cooperation with those safeguards. We're counting on everyone's cooperation with the health and safety recommendations in order to keep our classrooms open.
 
Please take care of yourself, take care of one another, and we can take care of Eureka Union.
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #29 - Moving Forward
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Good Afternoon EUSD Families,
 
We were excited to welcome students back to campus this week. We had a successful launch of in-person instruction with thanks to everyone, including staff and families, for their efforts to ensure a smooth transition back to school. As we remain deeply committed to continuing a meaningful and effective educational experience for our students, we will remain focused on ensuring all of our processes and procedures are in alignment with public health guidelines.
 
Moving Forward - After approval of the five day modified schedule in preparation for Trimester Two, on October 12 our Board of Trustees gave the flexibility to continue with the five-day schedule even if the county moves to a different tier under the state's monitoring system which is designed for businesses and activities. This flexibility maintains stability which will lessen disruption for families, students, and staff. We will be in the five-day modified schedule moving forward. Any change with an instructional model will involve guidance from the county public health department, which every school district in the county meets with weekly for updates and feedback. 
 
What We Have Learned -  As many districts have been open in the region for many weeks now, what we have learned is transmission of COVID is not happening at schools. In the Sacramento Bee on Saturday, an article which included the Placer County Health Officer addressed the increase in cases in Placer County and pointed out schools are not driving the surge,
 
“Epidemiologists found that it’s not schools or nursing homes driving the surge, but rather more people passing the disease to household members as well as a growth in large gatherings.” 
 
If we receive guidance to move away from the five-day modified schedule, time for making a transition will be provided. Again, we will continue to work with, and seek guidance from, the public health department.
 
What To Expect -  As we are carrying out contact tracing guidelines, parents should be prepared for their children to come in and out of distance learning which may be based on a variety of factors such as quarantine, staffing impacts, public health guidance, etc. Families will be contacted through an email from their principal if their student is part of a quarantined group. Interested in learning more about the scenarios our staff are following from Placer Health? Click HERE. In addition, please note the following clarification as many of our families have been reaching out. If you have been around someone who was identified as a close contact to a person with COVID-19, the recommendation from both Placer Health and CDC is to closely monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. You do not need to self-quarantine unless you develop symptoms or if the person identified as a close contact develops COVID-19.
 
Families and Staff Working Together -  The District requests both families of students receiving in-person instruction, and staff who are serving our students, to take precautions and restrict movements within large groups of people outside of the school setting in order to reduce the possibility of disease transmission CDPH Family Gatherings. This will allow our campuses to remain open for our students. Staff are passionate about providing meaningful educational services which will be permissible if we work together to maintain health and safety. Please consider this when making plans for Thanksgiving this year. The more people you and your family are exposed to, the more likely you are to be exposed to the COVID virus. We can only keep our schools open with your help! In addition, please remember to have your face covering if needing to come on campus or waiting for your child after school. 
 
Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we navigate through the school year.
 
Please take care of yourself, take care of one another, so we can all take care of Eureka Union.
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #28 - Reopening Schools Reminder
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Hello Eureka Families, 

This is Superintendent, Tom Janis, and I am pleased to share with you that we are ready to welcome students back to campus for Trimester 2 on Monday, November 9, for in-person instruction. Students will attend school five days a week and will be dismissed at lunch time. The instructional day does not end after lunch though as teachers will assign learning tasks for students to complete asynchronously. For those families that have committed to our Eureka Virtual Academy, your students will continue with Distance Learning.

Our school sites have recently sent out information to families related to the return of our students to campus. If you have not received information from your school for Trimester 2, please reach out to the school office to verify your place of enrollment for this Monday. 

As we remain deeply committed to creating a meaningful and effective educational experience for our students, we are focused on ensuring all of our processes and procedures are in alignment with public health guidelines which are addressed in our School Reopening Guide where this information can be found on our district website.
 
Please Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of One Another, and Let’s Take Care of Eureka Union!
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #27 - Update & Planning for In Person Instruction
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Dear EUSD Families, 

As was announced at the October 12 Board meeting, we will bring students back onto campus with an in-person five day modified schedule for Trimester 2 beginning November 9.  As a result, we are focused on ensuring all of our processes and procedures are in alignment with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines which are addressed in our School Reopening Guide. At the same time, we remain deeply committed to creating a meaningful and effective educational experience for our students. 
 
To prepare for Trimester Two, our Board of Trustees gave flexibility to move forward with the five day schedule even if the county moves to Tier 3-Red under the state's monitoring system for businesses and activities. As we have been closely watching, we will continue to monitor the case rates and participate in regular weekly meetings with the county health department for input and guidance. Maintaining stability will lessen disruption for families, students and staff. 

Trimester 2 Class Assignments
To accommodate our students and families, the Eureka Virtual Academy (EVA) was available for students not currently enrolled in the program. In addition, to accommodate our staff’s requests, teachers transferred to EVA to balance the growth of new students enrolling. An outcome of the student and staff changes led to some students receiving a new teacher for the remainder of the school year. If your child is receiving a new teacher you can expect communication coming from the school prior to November 9. 

Trimester 2 In-Person Instruction

While we are excited to have our students back on campus, in planning for a smooth transition we have some very important information to share with you before students return.  
  • School Calendar: Wednesday, November 11, is a holiday in recognition of Veteran’s Day and Thursday, November 12, will be a staff inservice day. There will be no instruction that day as staff will be participating in workshops for technology, student engagement, and supporting student wellness. Thanksgiving Break will be November 23-27. School Calendar 
  • Start and Dismissal Times: School start and dismissal times for the five day modified schedule will remain staggered to accommodate our divisions, family needs and transportation. While there will be some asynchronous learning tasks assigned, the majority of the instructional day will be in-person learning at the sites. Under the modified schedule, students will be dismissed from school before lunch. Lunch will be available for those who wish to participate in the lunch program. 
  • Snack/Mask Breaks: During this time, students will have the opportunity to use the restroom, take a break from wearing their mask, and have a snack provided from home. Students will stay with classmates during the break. 
  • Afternoon Instruction: The instructional day does not end after lunch. Teachers will be assigning  learning tasks for students to complete asynchronously. These tasks may be printed or digital and may include Physical Education.  
  • Attendance: Attendance requirements and expectations remain the same as in a regular school year.
  • Immunizations: All students will be required to have updated immunization records in order to return to in-person instruction.
  • Transportation: We look forward to providing bus transportation for our students. Please visit the District’s Transportation Website if your child(ren) needs busing to attend in-person instruction. On our website you will find the link to purchase your child(ren’s) bus pass, available routes/stops and bus rider procedures. We are asking for your cooperation by submitting your bus pass application prior to October 30, 2020 to be processed in time for the start of school on November 9th, 2020. LINK
Working Together to Stay Healthy
As the health and safety of our staff and students is a top priority, please take a moment to remind your child(ren) of the importance of supporting and following the procedures and protocols at school. We have a number of additional expectations we are asking students to follow, including but not limited to: face coverings, social distancing, following paths of travel, and other procedures outlined in the School Reopening Guide.  
  • What happens if a student or staff has symptoms or tests positive with COVID-19? EUSD will follow Placer County Public Health and Placer County Office of Education current recommendations outlined. LINK 
  • Current Positive or Close Contact of COVID-19? If your child has tested positive or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, they are required to be quarantined for 14 days. As of this email, school will begin within 14 days. In order for our staff to begin the tracking procedures, we are requesting families reach out to your child’s principal or school nurse to share this information as soon as possible. 
  • What is the latest regarding COVID-19 testing for students? The Placer County Public Health Office and the Placer County Office of Education have arranged for COVID-19 testing. See more information for students LINK. In addition, families can take their child to their health provider.
  • Student Health Screening: Before coming to school each day, parents/caregivers must use the screening questions referenced in the School Reopening Guide page 26 LINK.
  • Talk with your children: Please remind your child(ren) to talk with you if they don’t feel well. Also, please remind them about the importance of hand washing, physical distancing and wearing required face coverings. This is not going “back to school” in a way we ever imagined, so it’s very important we all use extra patience, kindness and respect. 
  • Temperature Checks: We require temperature checks each morning for staff and students entering school campus. Our goal is to minimize the risk of spread should a student or staff member demonstrate symptoms associated with COVID-19.  
  • Face Coverings: To support staff and student safety, for any in-person instruction we will be requiring face coverings for all students unless they are eligible to be exempt through a medical waiver. Students will be provided breaks during the school day from wearing their face covering during their time on campus. If you believe your child qualifies for a waiver, please reach out to your school nurse  by November 4 at the latest. If we do not have a waiver on file for a student on November 9, they will not be allowed on campus unless they are wearing a face covering.
  • How can you help? PLEASE do not send your child to school if they are sick or exhibit symptoms attributed to COVID-19. We realize students have asthma, allergies, and other conditions which can have symptoms that could be mistaken for COVID-19. If so, please communicate with the school office so your child is not mistakenly identified as a possible COVID-19 case. DO NOT send your child to school if they have a fever over 100 degrees. Also, please do not mask the fever with a fever reducing medication and then send them to school. We understand the need for fever reduction medication, but if there is a need for fever reducing medication, please keep children home until the fever subsides for at least 24 hours so we can continue to keep our classrooms and schools open. 
Please know principals are developing site specific plans and will be sharing them in the near future. Thank you to all staff and families for your understanding and support as we begin the return of students to our schools. 
 
Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of One Another, and Take Care of Eureka Union,
 
Tom Janis
Superintendent

Communication #26 In-person Learning Trimester 2
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On October 12, our Board of Trustees approved our School Reopening Guide and the return to school model for Trimester II on November 9. This will allow EUSD to deliver instruction five days a week, on campus, using a modified daily schedule which can allow sites to safely follow social distancing to the greatest extent possible.  

As there are many components to the planning, we want to provide a description of what can  be expected in the five day modified schedule:  
  • Start and Dismissal Times: School start and dismissal times for the five day modified schedule will remain staggered to accommodate our divisions, family needs and transportation. While there will be some asynchronous learning tasks assigned, the majority of the instructional day will be in-person learning at the sites. Here are the following start times for the divisions:
    • Greenhills, Maidu and Oakhills: 8:30AM - 12:30PM
    • Excelsior and Ridgeview: 9:05AM - 1:05PM
    • Cavitt and Olympus: 7:45AM - 11:45AM
Under the modified schedule, students will be dismissed from school before lunch. Lunch will be available for those who wish to participate in the lunch program. 
  • Snack/Mask Breaks: During this time, students will have the opportunity to use the restroom, take a break from wearing their mask, and have a snack provided from home. Students will stay with classmates during the break
  • Face Coverings: To support staff and student safety, for any in-person instruction we will be requiring face coverings for all students unless they are eligible to be exempt through a medical waiver. Students will be provided breaks during the school day from wearing their face covering during their time on campus.
  • Immunizations: All students will be required to have updated immunization records in order to return to in-person instruction.
  • Transportation: We look forward to providing bus transportation for our students. Currently, we are evaluating how many students we will be able to serve on our buses due to social distancing requirements so we can ascertain how many students will be eligible to ride the bus. 
For families choosing to continue remote learning for your student/s, he or she will be participating in EVA (Eureka Virtual Academy) and will most likely have a new teacher and classmates.  

Eureka Union School District is committed to the health and safe return of our students. Please consult our School Reopening Guide for details on how we are keeping our students and staff safe when we reopen our schools for Trimester II.  

Thank you!
 
Tom Janis 
Superintendent

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