COVID-19 is an infectious disease that poses a health threat to people of all ages and races. However, there are simple things we can do to help keep ourselves and others healthy.
We all must do our part! The best ways to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is to practice physical/social distancing, wash our hands frequently and thoroughly for 20 seconds, avoid touching our face, conduct daily self-symptom checks, and stay home when we are ill.
Upon returning to school August 6th, 2020, MUSD will implement Phase 1: Off-Campus Learning based on current health conditions in addition to our 100% online learning through our new program, MUSD Online Academy.
Cases of COVID-19 have rapidly increased in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. In light of this information, the Board of Trustees authorized a plan consisting of three learning models to be phased based on allowable conditions of public health, and a fourth learning model to be offered as an option simultaneously: Phase 1: 100% Off-campus learning for students, Phase 2: Blended Learning, Phase 3: On-campus Learning consisting of a full day modified schedule, and the option of the MUSD Online Academy, 100% online learning.
MUSD’s fourth learning model is the Manteca Unified School District’s Online Academy for K-12 and will run simultaneously to the phased plan.
This learning model is public school at home taught by MUSD certificated educators. It is nearly 100% online learning and is vastly different from our spring ’20 crisis distance learning response. The MUSD Online Academy entails a robust, state standards adopted curriculum which will require direct teaching and much support from families to ensure their student's academic success. Learn more here: www.mantecausd.net/onlineacademy.
When students and employees return to school, our MUSD campuses will look different.
MUSD is implementing a variety of thoughtful safeguards across all grade levels and campuses to decrease the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Maximized space in classrooms, staggered recess, and lunch periods, implemented one-way traffic directions, small and consistent student cohorts, accessible hand-sanitizing and hand-washing stations, provided personal protective equipment, and physical barriers on site to name a few.
Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher, signs or symptoms of COVID-19, and/or that has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 must NOT enter a school/MUSD campus.
Students will receive a temperature reading upon classroom/campus entry. Employees are required to conduct a daily, home self-screening which includes a temperature reading and answering a set of questions related to COVID-19 signs and symptoms before coming to campus each day. Families are encouraged to do the same.
All staff and students 3rd grade and above will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Students in 2nd grade and below are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.
Employees will be supplied with gloves and four (4) cloth masks and in addition, teachers will be provided two (2) face shields. Students will be provided two (2) cloth masks. MUSD campuses will have an adequate supply of soap, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and tissues. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with primary interventions.
MUSD will promote physical distancing on its campuses through several strategies.
In the classroom, strategies will include creating small and consistent student cohorts, minimizing movement in shared spaces, maximizing distance between seating, isolating student belongings, ensuring adequate supplies to minimize sharing, and utilizing outdoor spaces when possible.
In non-classroom spaces, strategies will include designating routes for entry and exit, modifying bell schedules to reduce traffic patterns, serving lunch in classrooms or outdoor areas, implementing one-way traffic directions, holding recess in separated areas at staggered times, and limiting the capacity or number of employees in offices, conference rooms, and break rooms at one time.
School lunches will be served as individually plated meals.
Meals served in classrooms or outdoor areas instead of cafeterias or multipurpose rooms where practicable. Students will remain in their consistent cohorts. Students may bring their own meals or be served individually plated meals by our Nutrition Education team. Lunch periods will be staggered.
If an employee or student becomes ill while on campus, he/she will immediately report to the school’s dedicated health/isolation room.
Teachers and staff will monitor for signs of illness throughout the day. The school nurse, or designee, will complete a suspected COVID-19 incident/case form for symptomatic persons and direct the symptomatic employee to leave work or call the parent of the symptomatic student to be picked up and go home. The nurse will determine if emergency services is to be called based on symptoms.
If a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been self-reported from an individual within a school/district community, the District’s Health Services department will work to identify any close contacts of the confirmed case and assess the risk of exposure.
While we all hope to avoid exposure to illness from COVID-19, we need to be prepared for that possibility. If you are identified as a close contact (any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) of a confirmed case of COVID-19, a notice will be sent via email or phone informing you of the known exposure. Individuals in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must home quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms including daily temperature checks. Close contacts may only return to campus after isolating at home for 14-days and no symptoms are present.
Students or staff who are diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting for test results, or have symptoms of COVID-19 cannot return to any MUSD campus until they meet specific criteria.
Employees and students with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or are symptomatic, can only return to campus when the following criteria is met:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first occurred. Or, if asymptomatic, 10 days since your positive test result. If you are tested again, you may return to campus or be around others when no symptoms are present and have tested negative on two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart; AND
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); AND
- You have improved in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc.);
MUSD is developing a plan for the possibility of repeated closures of classes, groups, or entire facilities when persons associated with the facility become ill with COVID-19.
Individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the San Joaquin Public Health Officer. Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school. The Local Health Officer may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data. If a partial or total school closure is warranted, families will be contacted and a swift transition to Phase 1: Off-Campus Learning will occur for the students of the school(s) affected.