Dear Parents and Staff of San Marino School,
As you know, Centralia Elementary School District values the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We are careful to stay up to date on all guidance that is produced by the CDPH as well as any local guidance. With your partnership and understanding, we know that we can navigate through these complex pandemic times. Our District continuously monitors student and staff cases per site. We know that this pandemic affects different portions of our communities with varying intensities and that this can vary over time and place. We have made the commitment to our families that we will make modifications if we find that the data necessitates more restrictive protocols at sites. Page 15 of the 2021-2022 COVID-19 Safety Plan states:
During an outbreak or major outbreak of COVID-19, additional measures and mitigation strategies may be implemented if determined necessary based on hazard assessments.
At San Marino School, we now have 8 confirmed student cases. As of today, August 26, 2021, this does not meet the definition of an outbreak or major outbreak. However, this number of cases stands out as an anomaly from other schools in our district who have 0 or 1 student cases. We want to support our students and staff community to be as safe as possible.
To be responsive to the situation at hand, we will be implementing additional mitigation strategies effective Friday, August 27, 2021, to the end of day Friday, September 10, 2021, for a period of two weeks. From 8/27-9/10, the school will
- Re-implement the wellness student screener prior to the start of the day.
- During this time period, as students arrive on campus, they will have their temperatures taken and will be asked to respond to wellness questions using our Wellness Screener. We ask students to tell us if they feel any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle of body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Once they respond in the negative, they will be permitted to enter campus and go to either the breakfast line or transition to the walk and talk area on the playground blacktop. Students who respond in the affirmative will need to go home for the day until the symptoms resolve or are verified as non-COVID related, in alignment with the OCHCA Student Symptom Decision Tree.
- Require that all students and staff wear a face covering while indoors and outdoors, except when eating.
- Require that students enter campus wearing a facemask and that they remain wearing it throughout the day.
- Require that all staff enter campus wearing a facemask and that they wear it throughout the day if they are with students, indoors or outdoors.
- When eating, physical distancing will be maximized as practicable.
I recognize that this information may be concerning. As we work our way through this pandemic, I hope that this letter reassures you that San Marino and CESD is being responsive to the data and acting swiftly. Speaking with Dr. Lee, she expressed deep appreciation for all the parents who keep the school informed of cases at home, demonstrating a true partnership within the San Marino community. As with anything else, we hope that these additional mitigation strategies are temporary because the impact of COVID-19 will be lessened in your homes and in our community. We believe that the implementation of these strategies will lessen the impact on our students and continue to permit them to attend school in person.
We understand that you may have some additional questions. We will hold a special Zoom webinar tomorrow with Dr. Lee, Dr. Stacy Chang, Director of Parent and Student Engagement and myself. The webinar will be from 8:30am to 9:30am. To join this meeting, please click here to register for the Zoom.
Both the CDC and CDPH highly encourage and support the use of vaccine as a key strategy to fight COVID-19. This link directs you to the OCHCA’s page on where to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has granted full approval of the for Pfizer-BioNTech (COMIRNATY) COVID-19 Vaccine for those 16 and older and continues to be available under the Emergency Use Authorization for kids 12 through 15 years of age, and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
Please know that the District still has ongoing support available to you as follows:
VACCINATION: Individuals who wish to have their 12 year old students vaccinated or other members of their families may search COUNTY VACCINATION RESOURCES for a free vaccination location.
TESTING: CESD has secured thousands of COVID-19 testing kits for students and staff. These are PRC saliva-based testing kits. They are free of charge for our families. There is a registration process to use so that both the parent and the district receive the test results within 48-72 hours. Please visit https://oc.care.ambrygen.com to create your account and then call 714-228-3141 or your child’s school to schedule a quick pick up.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Superintendent’s Forum – This is a bi-monthly Zoom meeting with me, where updates are provided on current COVID related guidance and District operations. The next one is September 29 at 11:00AM and is offered in English, Spanish, Korean and ASL. Each meeting is recorded and posted afterwards at www.cesd.us.
Coffee Chats with Dr. Lee: Dr. Lee hosts regular parent coffee chats for the San Marino community. Her next one is Tuesday, September 7th. Zoom information will be provided prior to the meeting.
Parent and Student Engagement: CESD has an amazing Parent and Student Engagement Department (PASE) that can connect you to any number of resources through our Neighborhood Resource Center. Please call 714-228-3141 for PASE or 714-228-3235 for our Neighborhood Resource Center.
Of course, if you have any immediate questions, you can reach out to Dr. Lee directly.
We understand the confusion and fear that comes with hearing that your student may have been exposed to COVID-19. The district is committed to keeping our community informed to keep our schools and your families safe and hearing such news can be overwhelming. We want to remind our San Marino community again to check symptoms daily, do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell, and to remain vigilant of your in-home health protocols.
Thank you so much for your attention to this matter and for your continued support as we implement these additional mitigation strategies at San Marino School from 8/27-9/10.
Norma E. Martinez, Superintendent
Centralia Elementary School District