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. The health and well-being of our school communities are 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 contact tracing will commence:
- 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 10-day period and monitor for symptoms. Any students in this situation will be given a short-term independent study contract by their school site.
- 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
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 staff and students on quarantine from their school or worksite, will be published on the FCUSD COVID-19 Dashboard weekly (except for 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.
Please note that: All reported numbers on the Dashboard are current as of the date reported weekly on the Dashboard.
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 commences, 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 weekly with accurate, district-wide numbers.
"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.
"Modified Quarantine" Student deemed to be close contact of a positive case, while wearing a face covering, may remain in school for the duration of the quarantine time on the condition that they are 1) asymptomatic, 2) following face covering protocols, 3) quarantining from all extra-curricular activities, 4) following a testing schedule provided by school health office staff.
"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.