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COVID Update - March 1, 2022

CDPH logoMarch 1, 2022

Dear LGUSD Families,
Yesterday, the Newsom administration and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the statewide school timeline that will lift the mandatory masking mandate for all students in two weeks. The announcement included the following key points:
  • The statewide school indoor mask mandate will expire for all students, regardless of vaccination status, at the end of the day on Friday, March 11.
  • Monday, March 14, will be the first school day with no state requirement.
  • County public health officers and local education agencies may still impose rules more stringent than the State.
The administration cited encouraging trends that include low pediatric hospitalizations as part of the metric for the masking change, as well as the effectiveness of isolation and quarantining to diminish school and community spread of COVID-19. 
We realize there are vast opinions on COVID mitigation and this has proved controversial and divisive, not only for our community, but for our State and nation. From the outset of the 2021-22 school year, LGUSD (school board, administration, teachers, and support staff) have emphasized our plan to follow the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidelines in determining safety measures for our schools. This has helped keep schools open and fully staffed throughout the pandemic, and we plan to continue that approach by adopting the recommended timeline.
As Superintendent, my top priority is the health and safety of our students. In fact, this is more important than any academic learning in our schools. It is time for our community to move forward in the next stage of our pandemic while continuing to keep our students and staff safe. When we pull together as a community, we have unlimited potential.  
Yours in education,
Paul Johnson
Please see a few questions and answers below:

What does this announcement mean for my child here in LGUSD?

The CDPH has moved the school masking mandate from “required” to “strongly recommended,” beginning in two weeks. (the end of the day on March 11) LGUSD is aligning with CDPH on this recommendation. This means that each family will have the choice whether to have their children continue to wear masks indoors or not. Wearing masks outdoors will continue to be optional. 
We respect every individual’s decision to wear a mask or not. This applies to our teachers as well as students. We ask parents and children to be respectful of individual choices as well. 

Why do schools have to wait until after March 11, 2022?

According to CDPH, health conditions are projected to improve within the next two weeks. A significant data consideration is the hospitalization rate. During yesterday's news conference, CDPH said that waiting until March 11 will allow the new COVID case rates to decline to a projected 5-15 per 100,000, a significant decrease in case rates. (currently at 18.2 per 100k in Santa Clara County)

What about the LGUSD testing program?

COVID Testing
We will continue to monitor case rates in the district and adjust our testing schedules accordingly. Currently, all students and staff have access to daily testing at the District Office:
  • Monday: 8:00 - 9:00 am and 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 3:00 - 4:30 pm  
Testing is required for anyone who has a COVID symptom. Testing is necessary for students who have been in the same indoor space as someone who received a positive result. Testing is encouraged for all students and staff for screening.  

What about other COVID mitigation strategies? Are they remaining?

Other COVID mitigation strategies like ventilation, symptomatic testing, hand hygiene, and other general guidelines like eating indoors, are remaining in place until they are revised by public health. 

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