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Last Updated: May 16, 2022

Update Regarding Large Gatherings: Open House, Promotion Ceremonies, Events, On Campus Volunteers and Field Trip Chaperones


As we prepare for the closure of the 2021-22 school year, we know that families may have questions about guidelines for open house, promotion ceremonies, end of school year field trips and events, and other occasions when families may be gathering and/or on campus or with students. Please take a few minutes to read the following information closely. Doing so will help you understand the actions being taken in Robla School District to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some of this information you may have read before, however, there are some new updates available toward the end, please read it through.

 

Background: Due to the change in mask mandate to “strongly recommended” and other COVID-19 requirements, we are providing the following guidance on how school sites should handle large gatherings with students and families.

There are still many variables to consider and our community’s safety is our primary focus while they enjoy events at the campuses. Therefore, the following precautions should be taken for large gatherings. We will remain in communication with health authorities so that we are able to make adjustments should circumstances change:


A. Sites are encouraged to hold events outdoors when possible and weather permitting.
For events held outdoors, masks are strongly recommended but not required. Sites need to make masks available for attendees; however, staff may not require any attendees to take or wear a mask.

 

B. For indoor student assemblies:

1. Masks are required for students and staff; provide masks if necessary.
2. No all-school assemblies. At minimum, divide your assembly into two sessions and have half your school attend a separate session.
3. Seat your students in their classroom groups and keep spacing between groups as much as possible.


C. For indoor student plays/performances:

1. Performing students do not need to wear a mask while performing
2. Audience members (parents, staff, students/other children) must wear a mask and the site needs to make masks available to audience members. There is no need to “police” audience members to wear the mask once they are in for the performance.
3. Sites are to advertise the event with “Masks required for all attendees while indoors” language and post signs at the entrances on the day of the event.
4. The Principal needs to contact Nichol Sullivan two weeks prior to the event date to verify the event can still take place. She will discuss the current state of the pandemic with the School Nurse and the Superintendent. If this team determines that holding the event holds too much risk, the event will have to be canceled or rescheduled.

*NEW UPDATE*

D. Open House: 

1. Masking is strongly recommended when attendees visit the classrooms or other indoor areas of the campus. Sites need to make masks available to attendees; however, staff may not require attendees to take or wear a mask.
2. If the site intends to have information booths or a PTC table for example, those activities should be held outdoors and spaced apart to allow large groups of people to socially distance themselves when visiting the tables/booths. Social distancing does not need to be monitored by staff; we simply need to provide the space to allow for social distancing to occur.

 

*NEW UPDATE*
E. Promotion Ceremonies: 

1. Sites are strongly encouraged to hold all promotion ceremonies outdoors.
2. If held outdoors, masks are strongly recommended but not required. Sites need to make masks available for attendees; however, staff may not require any attendees to take or wear a mask.
3. If the ceremony must be held indoors, follow the same procedures as above in “C. For indoor plays/performances”.

*NEW UPDATE**

F. Field Trip Chaperones and Students:

1. Parents/Guardians need to provide proof of vaccination to the school office prior to the field trip or show proof of a negative covid test from the past 72 hours. If the parent/guardian has no proof of vaccination or negative test, he/she must take a rapid test with the school office staff and demonstrate a negative result immediately prior to the field trip. Rapid tests will be provided by the school site.
2. While on the school bus and in indoor settings on the field trip, chaperones and students are strongly recommended to wear a mask. If the venue requires a mask, then one must be worn.

Sites need to make masks available to chaperones and students.

 

*NEW UPDATE*
G. Parent/Guardian Volunteers On Campus 

1. Volunteers are allowed on campus by special invitation or on a pre-arranged schedule in order to limit the number of people on campus at any given time. All volunteers must check in with the school office prior to participating in the pre-arranged activity. At that time, they will need to
provide proof of vaccination, show proof of a negative covid test from the past 72 hours, or take a rapid test with school office staff. Masking indoors is strongly recommended and sites will provide masks as needed.
2. Capacity will be limited to no more than one volunteer per indoor space at any given time.
3. Unscheduled volunteers or “pops-in”parent visits are discouraged but allowable at the discretion of the school principal. The volunteer/parent will need to provide proof of vaccination, show proof of a negative covid test from the past 72 hours, or take a rapid test with school office staff. Masking indoors is strongly recommended and sites will provide masks as needed.

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 will continue weekly COVID-19 testing of students and staff through the end of the 2021-2022 school year;
  • Masking is optional: Masks are optional for students and staff, since March 11th. To view the Governor’s announcement, please click to visit the Governor's website;
  • 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, there is growing evidence is showing 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. The COVID-19 vaccine was offered at all of Robla's schools over the past two months. Children ages 5 and up can still get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster at other areas in the community.  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, as cases are beginning to rise.  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.
 
On February 28, the Governor of California announced that the state is lifting the mask mandate in schools, effective at the end of today, March 11th. To view the Governor’s announcement, please click to visit the website.
 
The Sacramento County Department of Public Health (SCPH) has stated “Effective March 12th (end of day on March 11th), universal masking requirements in K-12 and Childcare settings will move to a strong recommendation. Schools/districts may choose to continue to require masks after this date, however, there will be no statewide or local mandate requiring them.” Last night, the Robla School Board took action to end the current mandate for masks and staff in all Robla Schools and selected that date of March 14, 2022 as the date when masks are strongly recommended, but not required.
 
Therefore, as of March 14, masking will be optional in all Robla schools.
 
It is now time for parents to decide for their children and for staff members to decide for themselves whether they will wear a mask at school. Staff and students must conduct themselves in a way that shows others that they respect each family’s decision and each employee’s personal decision to wear a mask or not. Robla School District will continue to follow CDPH guidelines for student and staff safety. We will continue with other safety measures that protect student and staff from COVID-19, which include effective filters in every Robla School District building, hand sanitizer widely available, and the availability of COVID-19 testing for staff and students every week. If you or if your child are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, there are still many opportunities to do so. Vaccination clinics are scheduled to take place at all Robla Schools in March and April. View the information below for more details.
 
We want every member of the Robla School District community to feel safe. We have a diverse community with many beliefs and views and with different health conditions, we ask our parents, students, and staff to please be respectful of each other’s views. We are so excited that the conditions in our community, in our state and in our country have improved to a level that allows us to make this important change.
 
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 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 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 after Day 10. 


STUDENT EXPOSED TO PERSON WITH COVID-19 AT SCHOOL 

Parents/Caregivers should be notified of the potential 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. 

 

STUDENT EXPOSED TO PERSON WITH COVID-19 IN A NON-SCHOOL SETTING

The student may continue to attend school as long as they do not develop symptoms of  illness. Recommend the student test for COVID-19 5 days after the 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. 

 

CONTINUOUS HOUSEHOLD EXPOSURE (PERSON LIVES WITH SOMEONE WITH COVID-19) If a student lives with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: 

  • If fully vaccinated (regardless of booster status), the student may continue to  attend school as long as they do not develop symptoms of illness. The student  should test for COVID-19 5 days after initial exposure. 
  • If not fully vaccinated, the student should quarantine. The quarantine period for  the student can end at the completion of the isolation period for the last positive  case in the household if close contact is asymptomatic and has a negative  COVID-19 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
  • Sign‐up your student for weekly surveillance testing at our school sites:
    1. Visit: https://shk-patient.limsabc.com/#/
    2. Click "Register as a new patient"
    3. Enter Office Location Code as your child's school site in all caps. Office Locations: RSDBELL, RSDGLENWOOD, RSDMAIN, RSDROBLA, or RSDTAYLOR
    4. Agree to disclaimer and consent, add your details, fill in your insurance information or state-issued driver's license or identification card number.
    5. Check your email or mobile phone for confirmation of the registration.
  • For registration assistance, email [email protected]

 

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.

All individuals, ages 5 and older are eligible for vaccination. Please get your child vaccinated and boosted, when eligible. 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. CDC and CDPH recommend that all eligible persons receive a booster dose because immunity wanes several months after completion of the initial vaccine series. Proof of vaccination will help lessen quarantine requirements of students in some cases.
 
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.

Click on the sections below for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and testing

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)

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.

 

Register Your Student for Weekly Testing

With the rise in COVID 19 over the winter holiday we are encouraging all students and staff to participate in weekly self-testing at school at no cost.

The tests are self-administered and take just a few seconds. Parents receive their child’s results typically about 24 hours after the test was administered. This testing helps keep all of our students and staff safe at school. 

If you would like to register your student up for the weekly testing please complete the following steps:

  1. Visit: https://shk-patient.limsabc.com/#/
  2. Click "Register as a new patient"
  3. Enter Office Location Code as your child's school site in all caps. Office Locations: RSDBELL, RSDGLENWOOD, RSDMAIN, RSDROBLA, or RSDTAYLOR
  4. Agree to disclaimer and consent, add your details, fill in your insurance information or state-issued driver's license or identification card number.
  5. Check your email or mobile phone for confirmation of the registration.

For registration assistance, email [email protected]

 

 

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.

 

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

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

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