Workplace Intervention Committee (WIP)
The District has formed a specialized incident command team with key individuals who meet twice daily to debrief on all suspected and presumed COVID-19 cases to initiate internal protocols and devise District mitigation efforts and procedures based on current conditions.
Presenting Symptoms While On Campus
If an employee or student becomes ill on campus/district, he/she will immediately report to the school’s dedicated health/isolation room and an incident/case form will be completed by a school nurse or designee.School office staff will phone Health Services to request a school nurse to report to site as soon as possible.
Once the employee or student arrives at the health/isolation room, staff will immediately provide them with a mask and gloves. Staff will explain that this is to help protect other employees and students and prevent the spread of a potential virus.
- The nurse/staff member must complete the Suspected COVID-19 Incident/Case Form and either direct the symptomatic individual to leave work or call a parent/family member to transport them home. The nurse/staff member will determine if emergency services should be called based on symptoms.
- The nurse or designee and others attending to the symptomatic person, will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while working with the individual displaying symptoms.
- The nurse and campus/district supervisor must identify persons who may have come in close contact with the person displaying symptoms. Unless required by the local health authority, confidentiality will be maintained as directed by State/Federal HIPAA and FERPA compliance laws.
- The school nurse or designee will assess the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and advise individuals identified as a close contact (any individual within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) that they may have been in contact with an individual that has been diagnosed with or is likely to have COVID-19 and should follow current guidelines per order of the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer.
Following CA Public Health Department guidelines, the contaminated area(s)
- Area will sit idle for 24 hours prior to deep cleaning
- Appropriate PPE equipment shall be utilized by cleaning staff
Guidance for Known Exposure
While we all hope to avoid exposure to illness from COVID-19, we need to be prepared for that possibility. If you or someone you have been in contact with has been exposed to the virus, our first concern is for your health and safety and those around you. In this rapidly changing situation, healthcare providers should have the most up-to-date information from the CDC.
Reported Case of Covid-19 Within Schools / Offices
If a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been self-reported from an individual within a school/district office community, the District’s internal Health Services Department must be notified immediately. The department will work to identify any close contacts (any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) of the confirmed/likely case and assess the risk of exposure. A notice will be sent via email or phone informing close contacts of the known exposure. The notice will disclose as much information as possible relating to the best indicated date and location of exposure. MUSD will maintain confidentiality as required under HIPAA and FERPA and state law related to privacy of educational records.
Close contacts of the confirmed individual will be instructed to home quarantine for 14 days post exposure, per the SJCPHS Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19.
If you determine you have symptoms or a fever, contact your primary care physician, the Health Services Department, and the HR Department. If you are diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 you must continue isolating at home.
- As per Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order Dated July 1, 2020 under the Authority of the California Health and Safety Code Sections 101040, 101085, and 120175, the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer orders:
All Household members, intimate partners, caregivers of a person with COVID-19, and individuals who have had close contact to a person with COVID-19 must quarantine themselves. These persons are required to follow all instruction in this Order and the San Joaquin County Public Health Services guidance documents reference in this order.
If there is an identified cluster, three or more individuals from different households, MUSD will notify San Joaquin County Health Services as advised.
Considerations for Partial or Total Closure
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 there are at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff cases within a 14-day period.
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.
The District will close all schools if 25% or more of schools have closed to due to COVID-19 within 14 days of each other, and in consultation with local public health department.
If a partial, total school closure, or District closure is warranted, families will be contacted via email and/or phone and a swift transition to Phase 1: Off-Campus Learning will occur for the school(s) affected. The email and/or phone call will disclose as much information as possible relating to the events. MUSD will maintain confidentiality as required under HIPAA and FERPA and state law related to privacy of educational records.