FCUSD COVID-19 Communication Protocols
Folsom Cordova Unified School District will continue to share information with our staff, families, and community, taking great care to ensure individuals aren't readily identifiable while providing transparent communication to the fullest extent possible. This year, more than ever, the health and well-being of our school communities is the responsibility of all. Parents and guardians should notify their school as soon as possible if their student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, seeking a diagnosis, or receives a positive test result. Staff members must also speak with their principal or supervisor in any of these instances.
In the event of a positive or probable COVID-19 case in our schools, our COVID-19 Illness and Quarantine Guidelines will be followed:
- Any individual who tests positive will be contacted by the FCUSD health department and/or HR department to begin contact tracing.
- Anyone deemed "exposed" will be asked to quarantine for a 14-day period and monitor for symptoms. Any students in this situation will continue learning virtually.
- UPDATE (11/19): In order to maintain confidentiality and privacy, only individuals who have come into close contact with a verified COVID-19 positive case will be contacted.
COVID-19 Dashboard Reporting Protocols (updated 1/6)
To ensure our community is provided with the most recent and accurate information, the updated number of verified COVID-19 positive cases, as well as the of staff and students on quarantine from their school or worksite, will be published on the FCUSD COVID-19 Dashboard on Wednesdays (except for Holidays and non-student days).
Verified positive cases reported will include only staff and students who have had a presence on an FCUSD school or work site. Positive cases for students and staff who are 100% virtual will not be included in the Dashboard.
Any staff or student with on-site presence is asked to quarantine if they live with, or have come into close contact with a COVID positive individual. Click here to see the guidelines for quarantining. Individuals who are COVID positive (person A) are in isolation, not on campus or site, and not double-counted as a quarantined individual.
Please note that: All reported numbers on the Dashboard are current as of Wednesday of each week
The District includes this information on the Dashboard to better align with the criteria being used to determine if a school is able to stay open or needs to consider moving temporarily to full Distance Learning. Those metrics are
- Public Health’s criteria for potential closure if over 5% of individuals test COVID positive
- The Board of Trustees’ approved criteria that if 10% of staff are out, due to COVID or due to quarantining, an audit will be triggered to determine if the site has the capacity to operate.
Question: How do we get our data for the COVID-19 Dashboard?
Answer: FCUSD nurses and health clerks document student COVID positive cases, while our Human Resources team documents staff COVID positive cases. In both instances, contact tracing ensues, which involves correspondence with all individuals who came into close contact with a COVID positive individual while on an FCUSD school or site. This process takes many hours, and sometimes days, to reach all interested parties, answer questions and concerns, and document. Numbers are then gathered and shared with the Communication and Community Engagement Department for posting on the COVID-19 Dashboard.
We are pleased to provide this transparent information, updated each Wednesday with accurate, district-wide numbers. If there are edits to the Dashboard, because of reporting that was delayed by the Wednesday deadline, they will be date-stamped and noted by end of that same week. Please visit this site often.
"Quarantine" includes individuals who might have been exposed to COVID-19 or who've recently had close contact with someone with COVID-19. A quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
"Exposure (Close Contact)" includes individuals who were within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset. Individuals who were in proximity to a positive case are notified and will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.
"Verified Positive" only includes individuals with a lab-confirmed positive test.