Staying home when ill is an essential safety layer to protect one another and prevent the spread of infections in schools. Students who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for evaluation, possible testing and care.
In Manteca Unified employees and students are required to continue the self-screening process by completing a daily survey that asks questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and exposure, before reporting to campus. This daily self-screener uses the same online platform and delivery method as last school year. Based on the individual’s survey results, he/she will either be directed to remain home or be approved to come to campus. If the results direct an individual to remain home, he/she will be asked to complete a contact tracing survey to help identify close contacts.
If a student requires assistance to complete the daily survey, the child’s parent/support provider should initiate the survey from the child’s email, which will allow them to enter their cell phone number in order to receive all future daily survey links.
MUSD will provide excused absences for students who are sick and remain home.
MUSD COVID-19 Action Chart
If a student begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, the following process will occur:
- Teacher or staff excuses students from classroom or area within the school and alerts the site’s COVID-19 safety officer
- The school’s COVID-19 safety officer takes the student to an isolated room or area and ensures the student is properly supervised. The child’s parent/support provider is called, and arrangements are made for the student to either go home or seek emergency medical attention
- The student’s parent/support provider picks up the child from school and contacts their healthcare provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 testing
- The areas that the ill student had occupied are cleaned and disinfected
Students who are showing symptoms consistent of COVID-19 are encouraged to get tested; results may help with rapid contact tracing as well as prevent possible spread at school and a safe return to in-person learning.
Students with symptoms of COVID-19 should not return for in-person instruction until they have met the following requirements:
- Symptoms have improved; AND
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND
- Negative test result is submitted*; OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that symptoms are not contagious; OR it’s been 10 days since symptom onset
*Unless identified as a close contact, then the student must complete the full 10-day quarantine at home