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    Lafayette Elementary

    Melissa Barclay, Principal

    Office: 925.927.3570

    Attendance: 925.927.3578

    Covid-19 testing

    As we begin the 2022-2023 school year, we reiterate our commitment to safe, in-person learning for all students, and a safe working environment for our staff. We continue to employ a layered mitigation strategy in our schools and offices, in alignment with current guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), our local health agency, Contra Costa County Health Services (CCHS), and Cal/OSHA. More information can be found on our website, under the tab “COVID-19 Resources.”

    Since the start of the pandemic, we have aligned our district-wide protocols with the guidance and direction of our public health agencies. We continue that approach with the protocols for the coming school year, as outlined below.

    Face Masks

    CDPH continues to “strongly recommend” that students, staff, and campus volunteers wear face masks when indoors on campus, but they are not required. Supplies of high-quality masks (N95, KN95, and 3-ply surgical masks) will be available at all schools and the District Office, and masks will be provided to any student, staff member, or campus volunteer who wishes to wear them.

    COVID-19 Testing

    For the 2022-2023 school year, the District will discontinue weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing. Testing technicians will not be present on campuses, and at-home testing will replace proctored tests.  

    At-home tests will be available at all schools and work locations and will be available for the following uses:

    • Tests will be available to staff upon request
    • Tests will be offered to classes of students in the event of a known outbreak (3 or more reported cases in a single class during a 14-day period)
    • Tests will be distributed to families for voluntary use at the start of the school year and may be distributed at other times, such as return from breaks or 5th grade camp.

    CPDH has issued a blanket extension of all FDA-approved over-the-counter COVID-19 tests beyond their FDA-authorized expiration date. If you have an expired at-home test, as long as the test's internal control line after test development is both easily visible and the color specified by the test instructions, the test may be used. This emergency blanket extension is valid until CDPH specifies otherwise.

    STUDENTS: Returning to School After Testing Positive for COVID-19

    We ask that families follow the recommendations set forth by CDPH. Based on these recommendations, students should remain at home if symptomatic, should take an at-home COVID-19 test, and should isolate for five days if positive. Students may return to school after five days, as long as symptoms are improving and the student is fever-free for 24 hours without medication. A negative test is not required to return to school.

    As was the case pre-pandemic, students with symptoms of any illness (whether COVID-19 or other illness) should stay home until symptoms have improved and the student is fever-free for 24 hours without medication.

    Please reach out to Deanna Poulsen and Christina Stearns in our office, 925-927-3570 if you have any further questions.  

    Contact Tracing, Case Reporting, and Notifications

    Please let your school’s front office, Deanna and Christina, know if your student has tested positive for COVID-19, and follow the protocols outlined above. We are still obligated to report all positive cases to the state, and the more information we have about test positivity in our community, the better equipped we are to make decisions that affect all of us.

    The District will continue to maintain a COVID-19 Dashboard on its website, which will identify all positive cases of which we are aware who were on campus within 48 hours of the positive test. We will no longer be sending group tracing notifications when there is a positive case in a classroom. We will, however, advise parents in a particular class if there have been three or more confirmed cases, at which time we will distribute optional at home tests to those who wish to use them.

    In accordance with the Cal/OSHA notification mandate, we will continue to notify staff of a positive case on campus within one day of learning of the exposure.

    We continue to maintain our COVID-19 email hotline - please email covid19support@lafsd.org with any questions.