COVID-19 Information and Updates

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March 25, 2022

 

Dear Rowland Unified Families:

We hope that you will be able to take time for rest and relaxation during Spring Break next week!

If you are traveling during the break, LA County Department of Public Health and the CDC recommend you take a COVID test prior to departing and again 3-5 days after you return. A free, at-home rapid COVID test kit for your student is available at your school site today, or at the District Office. The District Office is open next week and you are able to pick up your at-home rapid COVID test kit during the hours of 8 AM – 4:30 PM.  Using the at home test kits is not required prior to returning on April 4, but it is encouraged.

COVID Clinic will continue to offer COVID testing at the District Office next week from 11:30 AM – 6 PM Monday – Friday. Vaccine and booster shots are also available by appointment on Fridays. Pre-registration information can be found at www.rowlandschools.org.

We hope you have a wonderful Spring Break and we thank you for your continued support keeping our schools safe and healthy!

 

Warm Regards,

 

Julie Mitchell, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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March 9, 2022

 

 

Dear RUSD Families,

 

Rowland Unified continues to remain committed to providing care, compassion, connection and content, all while placing a top priority on the health and safety of our students and staff. We have followed California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) guidance and mandates to allow for full in-person instruction in the safest way possible. RUSD is proud of our additional safety precautions implemented that few districts in the region or State have done, such as thermal scanners to screen temperatures of students and staff upon entry, touchless water bottle filling stations, increased handwashing stations, outdoor eating and learning spaces, HEPA filters in all classrooms, increased ventilation and upgraded HVAC filters.

 

On February 28, Governor Newsom announced that with declining COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations across the west, California, Oregon and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance to make wearing masks indoors at school optional after March 11, 2022. On March 4, 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updated our local Health Orders to align with the state guidance on masks. The Health Order now states that masks are strongly recommended, but no longer required in schools.

 

Therefore, with a few exceptions, effective on Monday, March 14, it is optional for students and staff to wear a mask while on campus.

 

We appreciate and acknowledge that the state and county lifting the mask requirement may cause anxiety for some people, especially those who are at higher risk for COVID or live with someone who is at higher risk. Wearing a mask will continue to be an option for every student and staff member who wishes to wear one at any time. One should not make assumptions regarding someone’s beliefs or health status based upon their choice to wear or not wear a mask. Masks will continue to be available for staff and students at school. All students and staff are to feel comfortable and free from judgment for their personal mask-wearing decision. If your child(ren) expresses any anxiety, feel free to reach out to our teacher, school principal and/or counselors for additional support.

 

In an effort to maintain the health and safety of all:

  • Students and staff should continue to remain home when sick.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test if exhibiting symptoms.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to take advantage of COVID-19 testing and vaccines offered at the District Office by COVID CLINIC - more information found by CLICKING HERE.

 

Thank you for your collaboration as we continue to navigate changes. I truly appreciate your patience and understanding as we provide for the health of our students and staff while keeping the focus on student learning and achievement.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie Mitchell, Ed.D.

Superintendent

March 9, 2022 Superintendent Parent Update Letters Below in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish.
RUSD COVID RESPONSE TEAM:​ ​

 

If your child is feeling ill or has been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, please do not send them to school. Contact the COVID Response Team at RUSD-COVIDResponse@rowlandschools.org for further assistance. ​

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1/12/22 Health Update:

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health amended the requirement for quarantine and isolation, which generated changes for both students and staff. The guidance now states:

 

 

Close Contacts:

Students who are Close Contacts to Someone Who Tests Positive:

  • If recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days and are asymptomatic they do not need to quarantine or test.
  • Fully vaccinated (booster status is not required for consideration for students) do not need to quarantine. They are able to stay in school if they are asymptomatic and test on, or close to day 5. Day 4, 5 or 6 is acceptable.
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine after exposure. They may test on or after day 5 and if the test result is negative they may return to school. 

Staff who are Close Contacts to Someone Who Tests Positive:

  • If recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days and are asymptomatic they do not need to quarantine or test.
  • If fully vaccinated and boosted if eligible ("up to date" on vaccines) they do not need to quarantine. They are able to remain at work if they are asymptomatic and test on, or close to, day 5. Day 4, 5 or 6 is acceptable.
  • If fully vaccinated and NOT boosted when eligible they do not need to quarantine.  They are able to remain at work if they are asymptomatic and must test on day 3, 4 or 5 following exposure. 
  • Staff who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine after exposure. They may test on or after day 5 and if negative may return to work.

Isolation:

Any student or staff member who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, previous COVID infection, or lack of symptoms must isolate. Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving/reducing, there is no fever, and a COVID test is taken on or after day 5 and the result is negative. When taking a subsequent test, post-infection, the test should be an antigen rapid test and not a PCR test. If the test result is positive or a fever is present, without the use of fever-reducing medicine, isolation should continue. Isolation may conclude after day 10. 

 

Counting days:

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or if asymptomatic the date of the positive test, or date of exposure. 

Day 1 is the first full day of isolation or first day of quarantine or post-exposure.

 
Update 8/11/21: Governor Newsom issued an order that school employees must verify that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or take a test weekly verifying they are negative for COVID-19. RUSD will continue to work with state and local agencies to understand the implications of this order as we move to implement it in the near future. More information wil be provided as we have updates. Click here to view the state's order.
 
Update 7/30/21: Please note there has been some misinformation online and on social media that school districts do not have to follow the California Department of Public Health's universal mask mandate. Please note that universal masking is required for California and Los Angeles County TK-12 schools to begin the 2021-2022 school year in person. Click here to view the health order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

 

LA County Department of Health

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available for those 12 and older. For more vaccine information and resources, please visit:  Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

 

You can find the latest information and additional resources about COVID-19 on the following websites:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

California Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California Department of Education