Health and Safety


Important Update


Promoting and maintaining the health and safety of all students and staff at DJUSD is our number one priority.  In order to quickly manage cases of possible infection in our community we have added an email and phone number that staff or families can call to report a positive or probable case of COVID-19.  When leaving a message, please list your full name, school site or department, and a phone number to reach you.  You should receive a response back from a district nurse within 24 hours.

 
covid19reporting@djusd.net

(530) 235-6137


In order to maintain the health of district staff and students, do not enter a DJUSD facility if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or you are waiting for your test result.  Contact your health provider or the number above if you have additional health questions.


DJUSD COVID-19 Contact Tracing Protocols
In order to prioritize health and safety, DJUSD in conjunction with the Yolo County Health Department has created protocols related to positive or probable COVID-19 cases in a classroom/cohort setting.

Important Definitions

Cohort: A cohort is a stable group with fixed membership that stays together for all courses and activities (i.e. lunch, recess) and avoids contact with other persons or cohorts.  Examples of a cohort include a classroom or daycare group.


Close Contact: A close contact is defined as a person who is less than six (6) feet from a case for greater than fifteen (15) minutes, regardless of whether a mask was worn.  In some school situations, it may be difficult to determine whether individuals have met this criteria and an entire cohort, classroom, or other group may need to be considered exposed, particularly if people have spent time together indoors.

Isolation: Isolation is used to separate those infected with a contagious disease from people who are not infected. Isolation restricts the movement of ill persons to help stop the spread of certain diseases. Instructions for home isolation can be found here: Instructions for Home Isolation and Health Monitoring

Quarantine: Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of persons who were exposed to a contagious disease in case they become infected. These people may have been exposed to a disease and not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Instructions for home quarantine can be found here: Instructions for Home Quarantine and Health Monitoring

Communication: Official letter or phone call from DJUSD advising of a likely or confirmed exposure to COVID-19.

School Site COVID-19 Lead: School Nurse or covid19reporting@djusd.net or (530) 235-6137

 

PROTOCOLS:

What happens if a student or staff member responds “yes” to one of the health screening questions, has a temperature of 100 or above, and/or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to school, with no known exposure to a Confirmed Case?

  • The cohort remains open.
  •  The student or staff member should not enter the building, should be sent home, and self-isolate. If the student or staff member is at home, they should not come to school.
  •  The student or staff member should contact their healthcare provider for any further steps and testing if advised.
  •  No communication from DJUSD is needed

 

What happens if a student or staff member becomes symptomatic for COVID-19 while at school?

  •  The cohort remains open.
  • The student or staff member will be supervised in a separate area until they can be sent home to self-isolate.
  • The school nurse will contact the parent or staff member to discuss symptoms and advise regarding contacting their healthcare provider for any further steps and testing if advised.
  • No communication from DJUSD is needed.

 

What happens if a student or staff member lives with or has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive or has been given a probable diagnosis for COVID-19?

  • The cohort remains open.
  • The student or staff member must report this to the School Site COVID-19 Lead (School Nurse or covid19reporting@djusd.net or (530) 235-6137) immediately and should be excluded from the cohort.
  • Student or staff member will be asked to sign a release of information to allow DJUSD to communicate with the Yolo County Public Health Department.
  • The student or staff member and all of their household members should:

○    Quarantine

○    Monitor symptoms

○    Contact their health providers for additional steps and to schedule testing.

  • The School Site COVID-19 Lead will gather any additional information regarding details of known contact and notify Associate Superintendent Laura Juanitas who will forward this information to the Yolo County Public Health School Liaison.
  • Public Health School Liaison will consult with Yolo County Infection Control and advise of any additional next steps including support of expedited testing if advised.
  • If the student or staff member has siblings, family, or household members at other school sites with exposure to the same Confirmed Case, they will be excused from school and the Public Health School Liaison will be contacted to assess exposure risk and determine disposition (eg. exclude from cohort).
  • In consultation with Public Health School Liaison, the District Office will notify student families and staff.

 

What happens if a student or staff member in a cohort tests positive or has been given a  probable diagnosis for  COVID-19?

  • The cohort will be closed for 14 days from last known exposure.
  • The student or staff member who tests positive must isolate per guidelines.
  • Student or staff member will be asked to sign a release of information to allow DJUSD to communicate with the Yolo County Public Health Department.
  • School Site COVID-19 Lead will notify Associate Superintendent Laura Juanitas who will notify Yolo County Public Health immediately.
  • School Site COVID-19 Lead will identify all close contacts (likely all members of the cohort) and work with Public Health Case Investigator and Public Health School Liaison to exclude and quarantine close contacts.
  •  Once directed by Public Health, all families of students and staff members of the cohort will be notified with a phone call followed by a letter that a student or staff member in the cohort has tested positive.
  •  The cohort should be quarantined for 14 days from date of last known contact.
  • The entire cohort of staff and students should be tested, working directly with their healthcare providers. Public Health School Liaison will be notified if a student/staff is unable to complete testing.
  • School will disinfect classrooms and other spaces used extensively by the positive case per state and local school guidance.

 

What happens if a student or staff member who had symptoms of COVID-19 tests negative?

  • The cohort remains open.
  • The student or staff member is able to return to school following guidance from a health care provider or when they are three days post-fever (without taking any fever-reducing medication)
  • If the student or staff member has had close contact with an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days from last known contact with the positive individual despite the negative test. If an individual is identified as a contact to a confirmed case, their quarantine will be coordinated by Public Health.
  • In consultation with Public Health, the District will consider school communication notification.