Safely Returning to Schools FAQ

ABC Unified School District

Returning to School Safely

2021-2022 School Year


Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 8/19/21


Student and staff health and safety are the priority at the ABC Unified School District. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the District has worked closely with public health officials at the county and state levels to ensure the safety of our schools. During the return of students to school in the spring, ABCUSD schools passed all inspections by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Below is a list of questions and answers about the District’s safety plans for the coming year. The District must follow all safety protocols from the CDC, California Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. These protocols do change, and the District will share any changes with families and communities.  


Are masks required for students when they return to school in person this fall?

Students are required to wear face coverings when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are recommended when students are outdoors but not required. 


What safety measures will schools take to keep students healthy and safe in the fall?

ABCUSD schools will enforce the wearing of face coverings while indoors. Additional precautionary safety measures will be implemented, including:


  • Installation of MERV-13 filters in HVAC equipment (hospital-grade filtration)
  • Air filters in each classroom
  • Physical distancing of three feet between students where possible and six feet between students and adults
  • Regular handwashing and hand sanitizing with handwashing stations at each school and touchless hand sanitizer stations in classrooms
  • Consistent reminders for students and staff to stay home when sick and get tested for COVID-19 if needed
  • Continued promotion of those able to get vaccinated

Will volunteers be allowed to help at schools this year?

Nonessential visitors will not be allowed at schools, including volunteers. Visitors will need to make an appointment to meet with school staff. 

 


What will lunch look like at schools this year? 

Lunch service will look very similar to years past. Students will eat outdoors, with physical distancing when in line. Students will be reminded to wear their masks while in line for lunch service. Trained staff will clean high-touch surfaces frequently, and surfaces exposed to food will be cleaned and sanitized before and after meals. Also, school meals are free for all students this year. 


What happens if a positive case of COVID-19 is reported at school?

The District works with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health when a positive case of COVID-19 is reported at a school. Depending on the case, the number of those exposed, a class, or a school may be asked to quarantine. Schools will provide work for students to complete while in quarantine.

 

What happens if a student is exposed to COVID-19 at school?

If a student is considered a “close contact” (a “close contact” is considered to be within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer over 24 hours) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 at school, they must quarantine as follows:

 

  • Close contact - A person who was indoors and within six feet of the infected person for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. 
  • Students and staff members identified as close contacts should test for COVID-19, even if asymptomatic, and inform the school of the results. 
  • Exposed students and staff members must quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 10 days from their last contact with the infected individual if they have not received a test for COVID-19. However, they must adhere to COVID-19 preventative measures through Day 14. 
  • Exposed students and staff members who are tested after Day 5 from the date of exposure and the results of the test are negative, quarantine may end on Day 7.  However, they must adhere to COVID-19 preventative measures through Day 14. 
  • Exposed students and staff members who are fully vaccinated should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days but are not required to quarantine.
  • LA County Department of Public Health may contact exposed students and staff members to collect additional information.

Will transportation be provided as in the past?

Yes. Those students who qualify for transportation services will have access to transportation to and from school. Students will be required to wear a mask when on the bus.


Will after-school daycare be programs be offered?

Yes. The ABC Extended Day Program will be offered at the locations where it has been in past years. Visit the Extended Day Program website for more information. 


What are the restrictions for students returning to school after traveling?

Please see the travel advisory from the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Those who are unvaccinated will have to follow testing and quarantine guidelines. 


Where can I find more information about K-12 COVID-19 safety protocols?

California Department of Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools, 2021-22 School Year

 CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools

L.A. County Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools: Appendix T1 

ABCUSD Safely Returing to School