Monitoring and Testing for COVID-19

Monitoring and Testing for COVID-19

We strongly recommend that your student get a PCR test for COVID-19. Find out about your COVID testing options in SF.

When Someone Gets Sick

 

When Someone Gets Sick

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If your child has any of the following symptoms: Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or experiences change in their ability to taste or smell in the past 10 days.

Please contact the school to report, even if symptoms started on a non-school day.

Your child must stay home for 10 days following the day symptoms started, unless the student has a doctor’s note.

Your child can return after 10 days of being symptom-free, no fever in the past 24 hours, and all other symptoms have improved.

  • Synchronous Distance Learning is not available if your child is home due to illness.
  • Your child will be provided Asynchronous Distance Learning work. 

If your child reports any of the following symptoms when being health screened at school entry: Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or experiences change in their ability to taste or smell.

Your school will contact you to pick up your child immediately.

Your child must stay home for 10 days following the day symptoms started, unless the student has a doctor’s note.

Your child can return after 10 days of being symptom-free, no fever in the past 24 hours, and all other symptoms have improved.


 
  • Synchronous Distance Learning is not available if your child is home due to illness.
  • Your child will be provided Asynchronous Distance Learning work.

If a staff member or student in your child’s classroom tests positive for COVID-19.

Your school will notify you that your child will need to quarantine.

 

If your child is at school, your school will contact you to pick up your child immediately.

Your child will need to quarantine at home for 14 days.

SF Department of Public Health may contact your family to provide support.

  • Synchronous Distance Learning may be available for your child via their teacher or a substitute.
  • If Synchronous  Distance learning is not available, your child will be provided Asynchronous Distance Learning work.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19. 

Please notify your school immediately, even if you find out on a non-school day.

 

If your child is at school,  

contact the school to pick up your child immediately.

Your child must stay home on Isolation for 10 days following the day symptoms started OR after the date the test was taken. 

SF Department of Public Health may contact your family to provide support.

Your child can return after 10 days of being symptom-free, no fever in the past 24 hours, and all other symptoms have improved.

  • Synchronous Distance Learning is not available if your child is home due to illness.
  • Your child will be provided Asynchronous Distance Learning work.

If your family decides to end in-person learning and move into Distance Learning for the remainder of the year.

You must inform your child’s principal at least one week prior to your child moving to Distance Learning. 

 
  • Your child will be provided Asynchronous Distance Learning work until a remote assignment is finalized.

When Someone Has COVID-19 Symptoms

When Someone Has COVID-19 Symptoms

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If the result is negative your student may return to school immediately if: If the result is positive, inform the principal right away and continue to isolate. Your student can return to school  if: If you choose not to test your student, they must continue to isolate. They can return to school if: 
  • Symptoms are improving 
  • At least 24 hours with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), and
  • You can provide a copy of negative test results 
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and  
  • At least 24 hours with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), and
  • Symptoms have improved (symptoms do not need to be completely better)
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and  
  • At least 24 hours with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), and
  • Symptoms have improved (symptoms do not need to be completely better)

 

When Someone is a Close Contact

When Someone is a Close Contact

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If your child is identified as a close contact to someone who tests positive for COVID-19

  • Your school will notify you that your child will need to quarantine.
  • If your child is at school, your school will contact you to pick up your child immediately.
  • Your child will need to quarantine at home for 10 days.
  • SF Department of Public Health may contact your family to provide support.

When Someone Test Positive for COVID-19

When Someone Test Positive for COVID-19

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If your child tests positive for COVID-19. 

  • Please notify your school immediately, even if you find out on a non-school day.
  • If your child is at school, contact the school to pick up your child immediately.
  • Your child must stay home on ISOLATION for 10 days following the day symptoms started OR after the date the test was taken. 
  • SF Department of Public Health may contact your family to provide support.
  • Your child can return after 10 days of being symptom-free, no fever in the past 24 hours, and all other symptoms have improved.

Monitoring and Testing for COVID-19

Criteria to Return from Isolation After Testing Positive

  • at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared or the date of the test (whichever is earlier), and  
  • at least 24 hours with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), and
  • symptoms have improved (symptoms do not need to be completely better)

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • School staff will close off areas used by any person who tests positive as soon as possible. Site custodial staff will perform cleaning and disinfection of affected areas in accordance with CDC’s Cleaning and Disinfecting guidance, including opening windows to increase air circulation, disinfecting all surfaces, and cleaning all floors. 
  • If it has been more than 7 days since the person used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection are not necessary.

Monitoring for Possible Outbreaks

SFUSD will monitor for an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19. If an increase is detected, the district will alert the SF Department of Public Health to consult on whether your child’s classroom and/or school will close to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Monitoring for Possible Outbreaks

COVID-19 Testing

  • Testing is a very important part of keeping our schools safe by caring for ourselves and others and helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Regular testing helps us to support students and school staff to know when to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19. 
  • The California Department of Public Health and our agreement with our labor partners require that the District offers testing to students for COVID-19 prior to returning to school for in-person learning and every two weeks while attending school in person.
  • SFUSD will have student testing sites available at no cost to families at least one week before they return to in-person learning. More information about testing sites will be made available closer to the return date.  All students will be able to access in-person learning even if a family chooses not to have them participate in the COVID-19 testing.
  • Contact your healthcare provider: If you have insurance, you can get tested through your healthcare provider.
  • If you do not have health insurance, you can schedule a test at an SF Health Network site by calling 415-682-1740. Calls are answered 24 hours a day in most languages.
  • For more information visit sf.gov/find-out-about-your-covid-19-testing-options.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Testing is one of the best ways to keep you, your family, and our school community safe. Color is partnering with SFUSD to expand access to COVID-19 testing. Below is a dashboard that shares testing data, including how many tests have been completed, the number of positive tests, and the rate of positive tests. 

Total Positive Cases Staff Self Reported Student/Family Self Reported COLOR Testing reported
74 13 54 6
Total COLOR Tests Released Positive Tests Positive Test Rate
16,756 9 0.0%
Location # of Positive Tests (in person) # of Positive Tests (not in person)*
Central Office locations 2 2
PK - 5 Elementary Schools  44 8
PK-8 Schools 1 2
Middle Schools  4 4
High Schools  6 1
TOTAL 57 17

 

 

Last updated: August 4, 2021 @ 9:00