COVID-19 Information and Updates

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1/10/2022 Update:
 
Rowland Unified is committed to the safety of our staff, students and families.
 
With all of the news coverage of staffing concerns and health concerns, we wanted to share that closing ​the district, or schools, ​or returning to all virtual learning is not a local decision. With the state legislature passing AB130, ​only offering virtual/online learning is ​not permitted. ​ In the event there is not adequate staff​ for school or district operations​ or if there is a significant number of positive COVID cases in any one classroom, grade level or school, the decision to move to a virtual learning format is required to be made through the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and/or the California Department of Education. ​We are closely monitoring both staffing and case rates and working very closely with our local health agencies. 
 
For the safety of all and to continue to provide safe schools, RUSD is continuing our extensive safety protocols, thermal cameras that scan temperatures of students and staff, cleaning and sanitizing, and offering free COVID testing for our staff, students and families at the District Office Monday-Friday 11:30 AM - 6 PM. *You must pre-register - click here for more information.
 
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. ​
 

RUSD will continue to implement health and safety mitigation measures, including thermal cameras to screen temperature, upgraded classroom ventilation, physical distancing with plexiglass dividers on students' desks and signage for traffic flow, hand sanitizer stations in all classrooms and common areas, and touchless water bottle filling stations.

January 6, 2022 Superintendent Parent Update Letters Below in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish.
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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