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Contact Tracing Family Notification

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Similarly to districts across the state, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has seen an increase in the number of students and staff exposed to and testing positive with COVID-19.  

 

FSUSD is committed to keeping schools open and there are no plans at this time to close schools. As a reminder, California changed the laws this summer, prohibiting districts from using distance learning as an alternative to in-person instruction. Families wanting to explore independent study options may request up to fourteen days of short term independent study from their individual schools. Alternatively, students at the K-8 grades may enroll in the Virtual Academy. Students at the high school level may enroll in long term Independent study. Legislation has changed numerous times during this pandemic and may continue to do so as we progress through these unprecedented times. Should anything change, we will notify you.

 

On Friday, January 7, 2022, Solano Public Health Officer Dr. Matyas stated that contact tracing is suspended until further notice. Students and staff are encouraged to stay home if they are exhibiting symptoms, to practice social distancing, and to get vaccinated.

 

Our testing partner, Inspire Diagnostics, is also experiencing a staffing shortage and a shortage of testing supplies. Effective Wednesday, January 12, 2022, school site PCR testing (using Inspire Diagnostics) will be discontinued. FSUSD will, however, keep all District-wide testing locations and times open and available to all students and staff. 

 

Cal/OSHA requires that unvaccinated staff (or staff who decline to disclose vaccination status) participate in weekly testing. 

 

Every school site has access to binaxNOW antigen tests. BinaxNOW antigen tests are available to test students and staff who are already on campus and who are exhibiting symptoms. 

 

For both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, follow the CDC CDPH Isolation and Quarantine Recommendations for those diagnosed with COVID-19. 

  • Students who are positive may reduce their isolation time by “testing out” on day five or after. To “test out”, a student's family may obtain an iHealth Antigen Test Kit from the school’s front office. 
  • Staff who test positive may reduce their isolation time by “testing out” on day five or after. A staff member's family member may pick up a test kit from Debbie Byrd located in the Human Resources Office Conference Room, first floor of the Central Office.
  • Fully vaccinated students and staff members who are close contacts are no longer required to quarantine if asymptomatic.  We encourage staff and students to get vaccinated. Free walk-up vaccination clinics are offered every Friday and Saturday at the Solano County Fairgrounds for anyone ages five years and older. FSUSD is also partnering with Touro University to provide vaccination clinics at selected district locations. 

 

We continue to encourage and practice social distancing, masking, and effective hygiene practices to mitigate spread. School sites have PPE available for staff and students.  According to Dr. Matyas, Solano County Health Officer, the majority of the spread is due to large family social gatherings where people tend to share food with one another, and refrain from wearing masks and social distancing.  Thankfully, our schools have not been a major source of transmission. 

 

If you have additional questions, please reach out to your school site principal.