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Last updated 8/16/22 at 1:46 p.m.
 
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COVID-19 UPDATES AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

Coronavirus Update 78 - Welcome Back to School Safety, Published August 16, at 1:46 p.m.

 

Hello Arcadia Unified Families and Community,

 

We hope you had a fantastic summer break, and we are thrilled to welcome our students and families back to school this week! Arcadia High School is our first school back tomorrow on Wednesday, August 17, and then all of our middle and elementary school students return to campus on Thursday, August 18. Before we embark on another exciting school year, we wanted to briefly touch base regarding the latest health and safety protocols and the latest health order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH). 

 

There is a lot of promising news as we proceed forward together into the 2022-2023 school year. Case counts remain low, and hospitalization rates are even lower. LACDPH updated its health order on Tuesday, August 10, for the first time since May, but there were no significant changes, so we will open schools in the same manner and with the same protocols as we ended the 2021-22 school year in June. The many health and safety protocols we implemented at the onset of the pandemic will continue to take place at all of our schools, which include, but are not limited to, frequent sanitization and disinfection of classrooms, especially high-touch points, masks will still be available upon request, and we will ensure our upgraded ventilation systems are continuously running properly. Our AUSD Health Helpline will also remain available to address questions and concerns related to COVID-19 and can be reached at [email protected]. As we all know, things can change rapidly, but this should make for a smooth transition and start to the new school year. You can view the latest health orders from LACDPH at the following links: 

Appendix T1: Protocol for K-12 School

Appendix T2: COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan Guidance in TK-12 Schools

Los Angeles Department of Public Health website

 

Reminders

  • Masks are not required but recommended
  • Masks are available at schools upon request
  • Qualtrics screening will not be required this school year; however, please self-assess your child for symptoms of illness prior to each school day
  • Do not send your child to school if they are sick (click here for guidelines
  • Please continue to report positive cases via our AUSD Health Services Reporting and Support form here
  • The State of California Health Officer Order regarding Vaccine Verification of School Workers (issued August 11, 2021) remains in effect; this order requires all school workers to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week. 
  • Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 will be notified and will receive detailed instructions via email regarding masking, testing, and next steps

 

COVID-19 Testing 

We are pleased to announce that we will continue to offer COVID-19 testing to AUSD students and staff. Based on updates from our County and State Public Health Partners, as well as feedback from our students, staff, and stakeholders, we are shifting to a new test distribution model.

 

Start of the Year Distribution: As part of our efforts to make testing accessible before the start of school, nearly 9,000 COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test boxes (18,000 tests) will have been made available to students through school registration days.

 

Rapid Antigen Testing: Based on feedback from our State and County Public Health Partners, Rapid Antigen tests are now the preferred method of COVID-19 testing for TK-12 schools. Rapid Antigen tests allow for both at-home and onsite testing. They allow for quicker return-to-school timelines for students and staff, assist with test-to-stay strategies, and can help to clear individuals to return to school after a COVID-19 infection. Because of this, PCR testing is no longer available as an option through AUSD and all testing offered will be through Rapid Antigen tests.

 

Testing Availability: Starting on Monday, August 22, 2022, up to one Rapid Antigen test may be requested each week for AUSD students and staff. Tests may be picked up from the AUSD COVID-19 Testing Kiosk in the lobby of the Arcadia Education Center:

 

150 S. 3rd Ave

Arcadia, CA 91006

7:30 - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

(When school is in session.)

 

In order to pick up the test, please have a student or staff ID number ready along with the birthdate of the person who will be using the test. The COVID-19 Testing Kiosk is an automated system and will be taking the place of last year’s in-person test center. Please note, the availability of elective non-required weekly testing may be contingent upon funding and supplies from County and State Public Health Partners.

 

If a student or staff member is identified as a close contact in a COVID-19 exposure, a follow-up email may include additional testing options.

 

Rapid tests may also be available in the following ways:

 

FREE FDA-Approved Rapid Antigen Home Tests

Residential households in the U.S. can place an order for 8 free at-home COVID-19 tests, including free shipping: https://www.covidtests.gov/

 

Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19

Providing low or no-cost testing: Click Here

 

We appreciate your partnership with us as we continue to support the evolving testing needs of our community.  

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected] 

 

Commitment to Communications

As always, we remain committed to updating our dedicated Coronavirus webpage with new resources and information. You can view this communication, our 78th, (in English and Chinese) and all the previous updates we have sent to all parents and staff on our website. If you or someone you know needs additional language support, please let us know. We also encourage you to follow our Facebook page and Twitter page, where we will share additional non-urgent information and Arcadia Unified news. You can sign up for our Arcadia Unified Community Email List here, and/or encourage others to do so to ensure receipt of our communications. We are so appreciative of your support and partnership as we embark on another great school year! 

 

Sincerely,

Arcadia Unified School District 

#ForwardTogether

 

冠状病毒更新 78 - 欢迎回到学校安全

 

你好阿卡迪亚统一家庭和社区,

 

我们希望您度过了一个美妙的暑假,我们很高兴欢迎我们的学生和家庭本周回到学校!阿卡迪亚高中是我们明天 8 月 17 日星期三返回的第一所学校,然后我们所有的初中和小学学生都将在 8 月 18 日星期四返回校园。在我们开始另一个令人兴奋的学年之前,我们想简要地谈谈关于最新的健康和安全协议以及洛杉矶县公共卫生部 (LACDPH) 的最新健康命令。

 

随着我们共同迈入 2022-2023 学年,有很多有希望的消息。病例数仍然很低,住院率甚至更低。 LACDPH 于 8 月 10 日星期二更新了卫生令,这是自 5 月以来的第一次,但没有重大变化,因此我们将以与 6 月结束 2021-22 学年相同的方式和协议开学.我们在大流行开始时实施的许多健康和安全协议将继续在我们所有的学校实施,其中包括但不限于对教室,特别是高接触点进行频繁的消毒和消毒,口罩仍将可应要求提供,我们将确保我们升级后的通风系统持续正常运行。我们的 AUSD 健康热线也将继续可用,以解决与 COVID-19 相关的问题和疑虑,可通过 [email protected] 联系。众所周知,事情可能会迅速变化,但这应该有助于顺利过渡并开始新学年。您可以通过以下链接查看 LACDPH 的最新健康命令:

附录 T1:K-12 学校协议

附录 T2:TK-12 学校的 COVID-19 暴露管理计划指南

洛杉矶公共卫生部网站

 

提醒

  • 口罩不是必需的,但建议使用
  • 学校可应要求提供口罩
  • 本学年不需要进行 Qualtrics 筛选;但是,请在每个上学日之前自我评估您孩子的疾病症状
  • 如果您的孩子生病了,请不要送他们上学(点击此处获取指南
  • 请在此处继续通过我们的 AUSD 健康服务报告和支持表格报告阳性病例
  • 加利福尼亚州卫生官员关于学校工作人员疫苗验证的命令(2021 年 8 月 11 日发布)仍然有效;该命令要求所有学校工作人员要么出示完全接种疫苗的证明,要么每周至少接受一次检测。
  • 将通知暴露于 COVID-19 的学生和教职员工,并将通过电子邮件收到有关掩蔽、测试和后续步骤的详细说明

 

COVID-19 测试

我们很高兴地宣布,我们将继续为 AUSD 学生和教职员工提供 COVID-19 测试。根据县和州公共卫生合作伙伴的最新情况,以及学生、教职员工和利益相关者的反馈,我们正在转向新的测试分发模式。

年初分发:作为我们努力在开学前进行测试的一部分,将在学校注册日期间向学生提供近 9,000 个 COVID-19 快速抗原测试盒(18,000 个测试)。

 

快速抗原检测:根据我们州和县公共卫生合作伙伴的反馈,快速抗原检测现在是 TK-12 学校 COVID-19 检测的首选方法。快速抗原测试允许在家和现场测试。它们为学生和教职员工提供了更快的返校时间表,协助制定留校考试策略,并有助于让个人在感染 COVID-19 后重返学校。因此,AUSD 不再提供 PCR 检测作为选项,所有提供的检测都将通过快速抗原检测。

 

检测可用性:从 2022 年 8 月 22 日星期一开始,每周可为 AUSD 学生和教职员工申请最多一次快速抗原检测。可以从 Arcadia 教育中心大厅的 AUSD COVID-19 测试亭领取测试:

 

第三大道 150 号

阿卡迪亚,CA 91006

周一至周五下午 7:30 - 下午 4:00

(学校上课时。)

 

为了参加考试,请准备好学生或教职员工的身份证号码以及将要参加考试的人的出生日期。 COVID-19 测试亭是一个自动化系统,将取代去年的现场测试中心。请注意,选择性非必需每周测试的可用性可能取决于县和州公共卫生合作伙伴的资金和供应情况。

 

如果学生或工作人员被确定为接触 COVID-19 的密切接触者,后续电子邮件可能会包含额外的测试选项。

 

快速测试也可以通过以下方式获得:

 

免费获得 FDA 批准的快速抗原家庭测试

美国的居民家庭可以订购 8 次免费的家庭 COVID-19 测试,包括免费送货:https://www.covidtests.gov/ 

 

基于社区的 COVID-19 测试站点

提供低成本或免费测试:单击此处

 

感谢您与我们的合作,因为我们将继续支持我们社区不断变化的测试需求。

 

如果您有任何问题,请随时联系我们:[email protected] 

 

对通信的承诺

与往常一样,我们仍然致力于用新的资源和信息更新我们的冠状病毒专用网页。您可以在我们的网站上查看我们的第 78 次通信(英文和中文)以及我们之前发送给所有家长和员工的所有更新。如果您或您认识的人需要额外的语言支持,请告诉我们。我们还鼓励您关注我们的 Facebook 页面和 Twitter 页面,我们将在其中分享其他非紧急信息和 Arcadia Unified 新闻。您可以在此处注册我们的 Arcadia 统一社区电子邮件列表,和/或鼓励其他人这样做以确保收到我们的通信。我们非常感谢您的支持和合作,因为我们开始了另一个伟大的学年!

 

真挚地,

阿卡迪亚联合学区

#ForwardTogether