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COVID-19 Resources

Last Updated: September 26, 2022
Upcoming, local and FREE COVID-19 vaccination clinics for anyone ages 6 months and up*

 

All individuals, ages 6 months and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Please get yourself and your child vaccinated and boosted. Evidence shows that individuals who receive a booster dose increase their immunity to a level that provides more protection from all circulating COVID‐19 variants, including Omicron, and reduces severe symptoms. CDC and CDPH recommend that all eligible persons receive a booster dose because immunity wanes several months after completion of the initial vaccine series.
 
All individuals, ages 6 months and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Please get yourself and your child vaccinated and boosted. Evidence shows that individuals who have received a booster dose increase their immunity to a level that provides more protection from all circulating COVID‐19 variants, including Omicron, and reduces severe symptoms. CDC and CDPH recommend that all eligible persons receive a booster dose because immunity wanes several months after completion of the initial vaccine series.
 

Attend any of the clinic locations, dates and times:


BELL AVENUE SCHOOL

Vaccine #1: October 6, 1-5 p.m.

Vaccine #2: November 10, 1-5 p.m

 

MAIN AVENUE SCHOOL

Vaccine #1: October 7, 1-5 p.m.

Vaccine #2: November 17, 1-5 p.m.

 

GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Vaccine #1: October 20, 1-5 p.m.

Vaccine #2: December 2, 1-5 p.m.

 

ROBLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Vaccine #1: October 27,1-5 p.m.

Vaccine #2: December 1, 1-5 p.m.

 

TAYLOR STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Vaccine #1: November 3, 1-5 p.m.

Vaccine #2: December 8, 1-5 p.m.

 

TAYLOR STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Flu & COVID-19 Vaccinations
October 27, 1-4 p.m.
At this clinic: Only Pfizer COVID vaccination is available for 6 months and up; Pfizer bivalent booster is available for adults.

 

Need a first dose or booster? The Moderna and Pfizer bivalent vaccinations--which protects against the Omicron variant--will be available for people 6 months and older.

Children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver to receive their vaccination, and parental/caregiver consent is required.

 

*Appointment registrations will be available at a later date. Walk-ins are available on all dates and locations. Each clinic will occur in the school's cafeteria/multipurpose room.

 

Have questions about the vaccination? See the Frequently Asked Questions About the Vaccination, below.

 

*Appointment registrations will be available at a later date. Walk-ins are available on all dates and locations. Each clinic will occur in the school's cafeteria/multipurpose room.

 
After Your Child is Vaccinated:
Please provide your school office with proof of your child’s vaccination status. There are several options to obtain a vaccination:
 
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found below.
We realize that you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. We are planning parent information sessions in the coming weeks where you can learn more and get your questions answered.  Here are some frequently asked questions and links to more information.

Is the vaccine safe?
COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 years old are subject to the very same multi-step testing and approval process as all other COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 vaccines ─ including those routinely recommended for childhood vaccination.

Millions of adolescents ages 12-17 and adults have been safely vaccinated, and we know vaccines work. Fully vaccinated individuals are 10 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and have a high degree of protection, including against the Delta variant. 

Can my child get a COVID-19 vaccine during the same visit with other vaccines?
Yes. Your child can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit. The way our bodies respond to vaccines and create protection will be the same when a child gets a vaccine alone or with another vaccine. You can ask your doctor for more information. 

My child hates getting shots. Do they need to get both shots?
Understandably, children don’t like getting shots. However, to get the most protection, every child over 5 should get both shots. You can explain to your child that if they only get the first shot, they won’t be protected the full amount. For the highest level of protection (nearly 100%), they will need to get the second shot as well.

The second shot should come 21 days after the first shot. It’s best to aim to get the second shot on time, but if you are late getting your child’s second vaccine, you will not need to start over. 

Let your child know that you understand why they don’t like shots. However, by getting the vaccine, they are protecting themselves and others from getting sick from COVID-19. They are also helping reduce the risk of spreading the pandemic. 

Remind them that once they are fully vaccinated, they can begin to get back to the way things were before the pandemic. Being vaccinated allows them to see friends and family safely, and eventually, they won’t have to wear a mask inside. 

How can I prepare my child for the vaccination?
We know that children can often express fear about the pain when receiving a shot. Here are some ways you can help:

  1. Be honest and calm. Explain that the child may feel a little pinch, but that it will go away very fast. Use words like “pressure” or “poke” rather than “pain” or “shot.” Support the child if they cry.
  2. Find a comfortable position. The child should sit in a caregiver’s lap or lay down during the vaccination, and can continue for comfort during the 15 minute observation period.

  3. Let the child hold a favorite item. Bring anything that is comforting, like an iPad or a favorite toy, stuffed animal, blanket or book, to help the child focus on something pleasant.

  4. Distract the child. Right before the shot, play with an iPad, sing the child’s favorite song, tell a story or just act plain silly to pull the child’s attention away from the shot. Keep the distraction going after the vaccine is given.

  5. If the child is older, ask them to take deep breaths to help “blow out” the pain, imagining that the pain is leaving their mouth.

  6. Provide care after the shot. Calm the child with hugs, cuddles and soft whispers.

What can I expect after the vaccination?

Your child may have some minor side effects, which are normal signs that their body is building protection. These side effects may affect your child’s ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects and severe allergic reactions are rare. If your child experiences a severe allergic reaction after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine providers can rapidly provide care and call for emergency medical services, if needed.

Ask your child’s healthcare provider for advice on using a non-aspirin pain reliever and other steps you can take at home after your child gets vaccinated. In general, aspirin is not recommended for use in children and adolescents less than 18 years of age. Placing a cool, damp cloth on the injection site can help with discomfort.

Image depicting what parents should expect with the COVID-19 vaccination for children

Infographic Source: Centers for Disease Control

How much will it cost for my child to get the vaccine?
The US federal government provides the vaccine for free to all people over the age of 5 who live in the United States. This service is available regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

No matter where you take your child to get the vaccine, even if it is out of your network, or if your family doesn’t have health insurance, the vaccine is available to every person at no cost.

What happens if my child isn’t vaccinated?
Although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 compared with adults, children can:
  • Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Get very sick from COVID-19
  • Have both short and long-term health complications from COVID-19
  • Spread COVID-19 to others
 
Children with underlying medical conditions are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with children without underlying medical conditions. Children who get infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can also develop serious complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)—a condition where different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
 
The consequences of a pediatric COVID-19 case can be serious and potentially last months.Getting accurate information is important and can help stop common vaccine myths and rumors. Talk with your pediatrician about any questions or concerns you may have.

Other COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Who, what, when, where, and why for your family (Source: Hazel Health)
COVID-19 Vaccination-What Parents Need to Know (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Ensuring Vaccine Safety for Children (Source: National Institutes for Health)
COVID-19 Vaccines Protect the Family, Too (Source: National Institutes for Health)
COVID-19 Vaccine Top 5 Questions for Parents (Source: California Department of Public Health)

Click on the sections below for more information about Robla School District's COVID-19 Health & Safety Procedures 

As the state of California and Sacramento County have changed mandates and COVID-19 restrictions, we want to provide an update on Robla School District's COVID-19 practices and policies:
  • COVID-19 Testing: We have discontinued weekly testing for the 2022-23 school year;
  • Masking is optional: Effective Friday, September 23, the Guidance shifts from a strong recommendation for masking for the general population in all indoor settings at all times to the use of CDC Community Levels to help inform masking recommendations.  There is no specific masking guidance for schools—they fall under guidance for the general public.  Please review the Guidance for more information.  We will notify families if masking guidance changes for schools.
  • School vaccine mandate delayed: The COVID-19 vaccination mandate for grades 7-12 was delayed until July 2023, pending full FDA approval status. There is not a COVID-19 mandate for grades TK-6 at this time. 
  • Get vaccinated: Although the school vaccine mandate has been delayed, growing evidence is shows that people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have received boosters are less likely to be hospitalized or develop COVID-19 complications, including long-COVID.  The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. Please see the Vaccination Clinic schedule above, consult with your child’s doctor to obtain resources for a vaccination or visit the SCPH website for more information on vaccinations or you can make an online appointment at http://bit.ly/SacCountyVaccine or https://myturn.ca.gov/;
  • Monitor for symptoms: Although restrictions have been loosened, COVID-19 is still present. Please continue to monitor your child and other family members for COVID-19 symptoms.  More information is provided below regarding symptoms and what to do if your child has symptoms.
 
We will continue to provide updates as this continues to be a changing situation.
 
We are asking parents and guardians to follow the “self‐screening process” we established when we originally returned to in‐person learning. If your student exhibits any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home, get them tested for Covid‐19 and notify the school office:
 
Symptoms may include:
  • Fever (100.4+) 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 updated schools guidance from the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, the following guidelines will be used for students:

 

STUDENT WITH NEW SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS 

Students with symptoms of illness should stay home and test for COVID-19.

  • If test is negative, may return if at least 24 hours have passed since fever and symptoms  have improved significantly. 
  • If test is positive, stay at home for 5 days. Isolation can end after Day 5 if symptoms are  not present or are resolving and a diagnostic specimen collected on or after Day 5 or later tests  negative. Consistent use of a well-fitted face mask while indoors at school is strongly recommended through Day 10. If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms  are not present or are resolving, isolation can end 10 days after symptom onset (Day 11)
  • Contact the school/school nurse for further guidance


STUDENT EXPOSED TO PERSON WITH COVID-19 IN ANY SETTING

Parents/Caregivers will be notified of any potential school exposure. The student may continue to  attend school as long as they do not develop symptoms of illness. Recommend the individual test for COVID-19 5 days after the exposure. It is strongly recommended that exposed students wear a well-fitting mask indoors around others for at least 10 days following exposure.

 

 

STUDENTS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN THE PAST 90 DAYS Asymptomatic students that have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days are not  required to quarantine or test for COVID-19 in response to a new COVID-19 exposure. However,  if a child develops new symptoms after being exposed to COVID-19, they should quarantine and test (antigen/rapid test).

 

If your child is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed, you should have your child tested for Covid‐19.There are several options to obtain a test:

  • Consult with your child’s doctor to obtain a test.
  • Visit the Sacramento County Department of Public Health’s website for community test locations at: http://bit.ly/SacCOVID19tests

 

An at Home Test Kit can be used in conjunction with submitting an Attestation Form to the school office with the final result. The Attestation Form declares that the test specimen was obtained from the student represented on the form, including the date the specimen was collected, and that the test was processed according to the instructions provided. The Attestation Form can be obtained from the school office or you can download it below.

Studies show that regular COVID-19 testing can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  That is why we are offering weekly testing for students at our schools.  We also encourage families to utilize the free COVID-19 testing services that are available in our community and through at-home tests.

 

Free At-Home Testing Kits: Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order 4 free at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests. Getting tested, along with vaccinations and masking, help us reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19 and its variants. For free at-home COVID-19 tests, visit covidtests.gov.  Tests are also available from your school's front office.

 

Free COVID-19 Testing in the Sacramento CountySacramento County is offering free COVID testing. 

Check out this Proper Hand Washing Techniques video and follow the steps to keep your hands clean to stay healthy!