COVID Mitigation Plan for the 2022-23 School Year

  • Ross Valley School District’s COVID-19 Mitigation Plan continues to focus on the health and safety of all students, staff and families.  Our strategies have been developed and are revised in partnership with Marin County School Guidelines: Public Health Guided Site-Based Classroom Instruction to support a full return to in-person instruction for all students. MHHS updates the Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines as needed.

    This webpage is intended to offer each community member a central location to access information and resources during this continually evolving time.  This page (see below and to the left) will remain fluid and responsive to new information from local, regional, state, and federal agencies.  

     

    Prevention Measures

    With the high community level of COVD-19 in Marin County, masking indoors is strongly recommended. Masks are simple and effective in preventing transmission of COVID-19 infections and other respiratory illnesses.  Additionally, all eligible students and staff should get vaccinated, boosted (if eligible), and stay up to date with any newly recommended vaccinations. Though both vaccination and masking are strongly recommended by Public Health, neither is required in school and each individual's personal choice will be respected.

    COVID-19 Testing Strategy for 2022-23

    We are working with MCOE, MHHS, and CDPH to provide test kits to students and staff as follows:

    • The person has symptoms, either at school or at home
    • The person has had a known exposure
    • To end isolation after 5 days
    • Before returning from a school break or out-of-state travel
    • For high-risk exposures or activities

    For additional testing resources,

    • Click here for testing resources in Marin County.
    • Earlier this year, the U.S. government began a campaign to make at-home COVID-19 tests more accessible to the public. If you’ve used up your complimentary supply, or weren’t aware of the initial promotion, place your order for four free COVID-19 tests by visiting COVIDtests.gov. You’ll receive them in the  mail. Please note: There is a limit of two orders per household, equating to eight total at-home tests.  If you need help placing an order for your at-⁠home tests, please call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). Every household in the U.S. is eligible for this promotion, so take advantage today. 
    • Health Insurance providers must reimburse for the cost of up to eight at home tests per month (work with your healthcare provider additional for details).

     

    COVID-19 Test Reporting

    For ALL tests done at home for students and staff, results are to be reported to the school or work site and should be reported to Primary Health. This includes home tests provided by the school or those purchased/obtained elsewhere. Please report both positive and negative results.  Primary Health requires registering for the 2022-2023 school year; the accounts registered last year are no longer active.  We have pre-registered students and staff members in Primary Health. Please click on the following link to complete registration: Click Here to Get Started. 

    Contact covidresponse@rossvalleyschools.org if you have questions or need assistance.

    Anyone who is NOT a student or staff member in RVSD, should use the Marin County Self-test Reporting form for reporting at-home COVID-19 test results.

     

    Guidance for Students Who Test Positive for COVID-19

    Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 must quarantine at home for at least 5 days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test, if asymptomatic. They may not attend any extracurricular, sports, social, or community activities including afterschool programs and child care during this time. They may be released from quarantine on day 6 with proof of a negative test on Day 5 or later if they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications and their symptoms have improved. Notify the school office immediately if your student tests positive for COVID-19.

     

    Monitor for Symptoms and Test 

    We ask all students, staff members, and volunteers to continue to monitor themselves and their household members for symptoms of COVID-19 and to stay home and test if they have ANY symptoms:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
    • Loss of smell or taste
    • Fever of a 100.4° F or above
    • Chills
    • Body ache
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea or vomiting

    DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF THEY EXHIBIT ANY SYMPTOMS, EVEN IF MILD OR FLEETING. Students who exhibit any symptoms of illness while at school will need to be picked up from school promptly.  

    In the event a student with symptoms tests negative for Covid-19, the current guidance from CDPH and MHHS is to stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without medication AND symptoms have significantly improved AND they have a negative COVID-19 test. 

     

    Guidance for Students Exposed to COVID-19 outside of School
    If they do not have symptoms, exposed students may attend school and other activities; they do not need to quarantine. 

    • Monitor for symptoms for 14 days and test on Day 5 after the exposure
    • Wear a mask for 10 days in public and at school

    If symptoms develop,

    • Remain at home and test immediately
    • If they test negative for COVID-19, remain at home and retest for COVID-19 with an antigen test on day 3 after the start of symptoms OR immediately seek PCR testing. Once a negative COVID-19 antigen test on day 3 after symptoms or a negative PCR result is received, the student may return to school if without fever for 24hrs and symptoms have significantly improved.

     

    Guidance for Students Returning from Out-of-State Travel

    Students returning from out-of-state travel may continue to attend school in-person as long as they are asymptomatic. They should get tested for COVID-19 on Day 5 after returning to California.

     

    How to Count Days for Testing/Quarantine

    For the purposes of determining when to test following exposure, out-of-state travel, or to end quarantine, Day 0 is counted as:

    • The last contact with an infectious COVID positive person OR 
    • The first day of symptoms OR 
    • The date of a positive test, if asymptomatic OR 
    • The date of return to California 

    For those needing to quarantine, it begins on the next day, Day 1.

     

    Visitors/Volunteers

    Non-essential visitors, including parent volunteers will be limited. Essential workers will be required to adhere to all health and safety guidelines. Any substitutes, contractors, visitors, and volunteers working directly with students should be fully vaccinated. For more information about volunteering in our schools, click here.

     

    COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools & Site Safety Plans for the 2021-22 School Year (As updated guidance is received for the 2022-23 school year, this section will be updated accordingly)

    Following Marin Health and Human Services (MHHS) Guidelines for Schools, each of our schools and our district office will continue to operate under a Site-Specific Safety Plan (SSSPP) / COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP).  Specific information regarding each school campus can be found in their site’s respective plan, originally developed, and revised as needed, by the site’s SSSPP Task Force (teachers, administrators, parents, staff), and reviewed/approved by Marin County Office of Education (MCOE). 

    Each site’s COVID Safety Plan for the 2022-2023 school year is linked below.

    We will continue to follow guidance from our public health partners to ensure that our schools are safe for our students, staff, and families.

     

    COVID-19 Vaccination 

    RVSD is complying with all Public Health Orders regarding vaccinations and vaccination status verification.  All required reportable data has been posted on the District website by October 1, 2021, and will be updated as required by Marin County Public Health.

    Visit the Vaccine Finder webpage to view available clinics and schedule an appointment. Remember, vaccine recipients between the ages of 5 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a vaccine.   

    If unable to find a vaccination clinic open at a time that works with your schedule, more options for COVID-19 vaccine clinics are available by visiting California Department of Public Health’s MyTurn COVID and flu vaccination scheduling website. 

    Once your child has received their 2nd shot in the series, please provide a copy of the vaccination record to your child’s school office.  If you wish to decline to provide your child’s vaccination record, please let your child’s school office know.

     

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