AUSD Superintendent Gives Community Briefing

AUSD Superintendent Gives Community Briefing

AUSD Superintendent Gives Community Briefing

Sun Staff Reports

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Superintendent, Pasquale Scuderi, gave a community briefing on on Thursday, Aug. 20, via video, for school district staff and families. In the interest of transparency Scuderi revealed the number of positive COVID-19 cases identified in schools that week.

Those were one student at Maya Lin, one student at Paden one staff member at Otis (no con┬Čtact was made with any students,) one student positive at Lincoln and one student positive at Wood. After testing for close contacts for each of the mentioned cases there were, at the time, no subsequent or related positive tests.

In response to a California Department of Public Health order issued on Aug. 11 compelling all school employees to be vaccinated, AUSD will be instituting new protocols for both testing and vwwaccinations. The mandate stipulates that all staff and employees be vaccinated by Oct. 15. AUSD intends to comply. Updates to testing protocol are: screening testing once a month at each of our elementary sites, screening testing one week per month at each of our secondary sites and response testing for any positive cases.

AUSD student vaccination rates are above both county and state averages with current data showing 70% of students ages 12-17 having been vaccinated. Alameda county average for that age group is reportedly 61.5% while the state average for that age group is only 44.3%.