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January 19, 2022 - Group Tracing Positive Cases

Dear CVUSD Families,

This past week, the CDPH and San Diego County provided multiple updates to COVID guidelines for schools. 

One of the most significant changes applies to if your child is exposed to a positive COVID case at school. There is an adjustment, effective immediately, to the contact tracing process at schools called group-tracing.

The new group-tracing approach to students exposed to a positive COVID case at school allows for a quicker and broader response through prompt notification, testing, and isolation protocols. Anyone who spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared indoor airspace (e.g., for example, an entire classroom or an entire athletic team during practice) will receive an email notification. 

Because being exposed to somebody with COVID does not necessarily mean that your child will become infected, public health says your child may remain in school if you receive this notification, unless they develop symptoms or test positive. In addition to wearing a mask and monitoring for symptoms, it is recommended your child get tested within 3-5 days after the last contact with the positive individual. Proof of a negative test does not need to be submitted in this case. Any positive results should be reported to your child’s school immediately.
This group-tracing strategy also allows for schools to continue to provide safe in-person instruction without excessive quarantining for students and without tying up valuable staff time to undertake intense (and often protracted) contact tracing processes to try to identify individual students who were within a specified radius of someone infected. 

We continue to appreciate your partnership in keeping your child home when symptomatic or COVID positive so we can provide a healthy learning environment for all.

The Cajon Valley Union School District