COVID-19 Communication to Families
Re: Current Protocols Regarding COVID-19
Dear District Families:
Welcome back to the 2023-24 school year. While the declaration of a health emergency due to COVID-19 ended this past spring, you simply have to watch the local news to know that COVID-19 does still exist in the community, state, and nation. We are writing to you today to inform you of the current protocols in place.
What to do if…
Your child has COVID-19 symptoms:
- People with symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection should wear a mask, isolate, and test for COVID-19. At-home COVID antigen test kits are available for free in all school offices, including the District Office. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, runny nose, cough, and sore throat.
- If your child tests negative using an antigen test, but continues having COVID-19 symptoms, they should continue to stay home and away from others and retest in 2 days.
- Please do not send your sick child to school. Please notify the school of the absence due to illness.
Your child tests positive for COVID-19:
- Keep your child at home and away from others for a minimum of 5 days.
- Follow all isolation instructions.
- If your child needs to be in the same room as others, make sure they wear a well-fitting mask.
- Children whose symptoms have resolved and are fever free for at least 24 hours, meet the criteria to end isolation after Day 5 and return to school. All individuals leaving isolation after day 5 should continue to wear a well-fitting mask indoors when around others through Day 10.
- If your child was at school 2 days before testing positive for COVID-19 or before developing symptoms, they were infectious and capable of infecting others. We ask that you please inform the school immediately if your child tests positive so that we can monitor and reduce the risk of an outbreak.
Your child is exposed to someone infected with COVID-19:
People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to stay home away from others if they test negative on days 3-5 and do not have symptoms. If they start to feel sick, they should stay home and test right away. For more information, please see Instructions for Close Contacts.
As a reminder, at-home COVID antigen test kits are available in your child(ren)’s school office. Most at-home tests can be safely used past the expiration date listed on the box. Check the FDA’s At-Home COVID-19 Test page to see if the expiration date of your test kit has been extended.
The information in this letter can also be accessed on the school district’s website at: www.rbusd.org and clicking on the COVID-19 drop-down menu.
Carmen Dawson, Catherine Gaillard, Deanna Sears
RBUSD District Nurses