AUSD Announces COVID-19 Protocols for 2022-23

AUSD Announces COVID-19 Protocols for 2022-23

AUSD’s protocols for this coming school year continue to align with guidance from state and county public health agencies. Over the summer, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) changed their protocols for COVID-19. The changes reflect a move towards:
• Aligning protocols for public schools to that of the general public; and
• Treating COVID-19 like other transmissible diseases
• To remain in alignment with public health experts’ guidelines, some of AUSD’s protocols for positive student cases are also changing.

For more details, read theCOVID-19 Protocols page on the school district’s website.

Face masks continue to be strongly recommended but not mandated for indoor K-12 learning environments.

Both the CDPH and the ACPHD recommend that school districts use rapid tests rather than PCR tests this year. As such, AUSD will provide rapid, at-home, antigen tests home for students and staff exposed to a positive case in the classroom and discontinue regular testing of students in grades K-6.

National Labs will continue to provide free PCR testing for students, staff, and community members at Alameda High School (Monday - Friday, 3 pm - 6 pm).
Later this month, National Labs will also provide drive-through PCR testing in the parking lot of Lum Elementary School, Monday through Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Students who test positive still need to stay home and take a COVID-19 test on Day 5.

If they test negative, they can return to school on Day 6. If they test positive, they can stay in isolation until Day 10 or test again between Day 6 and Day 10 to see if they are negative.

For more info, visit www.alamedaunified.org.