August 12, 2022
As we continue to prepare for the opening of schools next Wednesday, we want to update you on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s (LACDPH) and RBUSD’s protocols and guidelines.
Masks: Per LACDPH, masks are strongly recommended for students and staff inside school buildings and classrooms. Outside, masks continue to be optional for students and staff. Masks are available in the school/health office should your student want/need one.
COVID-19 Testing: Beach Cities Health District will no longer be conducting COVID-19 testing. We are getting large quantities of Over the Counter antigen tests that are available for students if needed in the case of exposure or the onset of symptoms. These, like masks, may be obtained at your school/health office.
Positive Case: Should your child develop symptoms, please keep him/her/them at home and have him/her/them tested (an at-home antigen test is the easiest/fastest result). Report any positive case to your child’s school and follow their instructions for next steps. You may also refer to the Protocols for Student Quarantine at the following link: Protocols for Student Quarantine
Communication After Exposure: In the event there is a positive case in your student’s classroom or group (team, club, etc.), affected individuals will be contacted directly by their school or District staff with self-isolation directions and other important information. Families of students who are not affected will not receive a notification letter.
Health Screening: This is important. We continue to ask that you, the parent/guardian, screen your child’s symptoms each morning, prior to your child(ren) leaving for school. Please contact your school office immediately if your student tests positive. We will not screen students nor will we take temperatures upon entry to the school site.
Hand Hygiene: We continue to emphasize washing one’s hands often. Our schools are equipped with an abundance of soap, water, paper towels, and hand sanitizer. We encourage each student to bring his/her own bottle of hand sanitizer to school each day.
Air Filtration/Classroom Ventilation: As we shared previously, we use the MERV-13 air filters in every standard classroom in the district. These filters are replaced quarterly. The HVAC systems are programmed to run during all occupied hours of the day. Additionally, we keep classroom windows and doors open.
As LACDPH makes substantive changes to their guidelines and protocols, we will share this information with staff and families in a timely manner. Again, agility wins the long game here and we must be ready for what is next.
Steven E. Keller, Ed.D.
Proud Superintendent of Schools
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