As of April 6, 2022, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department has updated its webpages to address new California Department of Public Health (CDPH) COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California (updated 04/06/22), Guidance for Child Care Providers and Programs (updated 3/12/22), and Guidance for the Use of Face Masks (updated 2/28/22). Schools in the Diocese of San Jose continue to align with these guidelines.

*At this time, schools may permit asymptomatic exposed students, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status or location of exposure, to continue to take part in all aspects of K-12 schooling, including sports and extracurricular activities, unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.  It is strongly recommended that exposed students wear a well-fitting mask indoors around others for at least 10 days following the date of last exposure, if they are not already doing so.

  1. Exposed students, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, should get tested for COVID-19 with at least one diagnostic test (e.g., an FDA-authorized antigen diagnostic test, PCR diagnostic test, or pooled PCR test) obtained within 3-5 days after last exposure, unless they had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
    • Exposed students who had COVID-19 within the last 90 days do not need to be tested after exposure but should monitor for symptoms.  If symptoms develop, they should isolate and get tested with an antigen test.
    • If the exposed student has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should stay home, get tested and follow the guidance in Section #4 above.
    • If the exposed student tests positive for COVID-19, follow the guidance for isolation in Section #10 below.
    • Follow the Group Tracing Guidancefor notification recommendations for exposures that occur in a school setting.

Please note that at-home Covid antigen tests are being sent home with each child. These have been provided by the county and are meant for families to use as needed, although we strongly encourage students to take a test before returning to school on April 25.

*Updated April 13, 2022

Please see below for additional information and guidance regarding the Diocese of San José Elementary Schools’ policies and procedures for Covid-19 safety moving forward.

Testing 

As of March 14, 2022, weekly testing will no longer be required for students, staff, or volunteers. Regular screening testing continues to be recommended, but testing will only be required if/when a student/staff member/volunteer develops symptoms or is identified as a close contact.

Exposure and Tracing

The Diocese of San José Catholic elementary schools will  follow the CDPH’s guidelines for group tracing if/when there is an exposure on campus. This means:

  1. Schools will notify students who spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes in a shared indoor airspace with someone with Covid-19 using a “general exposure” notice.
  2. Exposed students, regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status or prior infection, should get tested for Covid-19 with at least one diagnostic test obtained within 3-5 days after last exposure.
  3. Exposed students should mask for at least 10 days after their exposure.
  4. Exposed students who follow the guidelines listed above may continue to take part in all aspects of K-12 schooling, including sports and extracurricular activities, unless they develop symptoms.

Quarantine

Students will not be required to quarantine for in-school exposures to Covid-19. If/when students are identified as close contacts outside of school, they will need to follow the Santa Clara County decision tree for K-12 schools.

Athletics/Extracurricular Activities

Athletes, coaches, co-curricular participants, spectators, and referees will be expected to follow the same school guidelines for students and staff, which are outlined in the updated Athletic Guidelines and Guidelines for Extracurricular Activities and Events (to go into effect on March 14, 2022).

Preschool, Pre-K, and Childcare

All on-site preschools, pre-k programs, and childcare programs will follow the same guidelines as grades K-12 per the Santa Clara County recommendation.

Visitors

Visitors are permitted to come to campus following school guidelines for visitors and school safety protocols. Each school will communicate the parameters and procedures for visitors, volunteers, and student pick up/drop off.

Mass

Students, faculty and staff, as well as community members and parishioners are welcome to worship together following the updated school Mass guidelines (to go into effect on March 14, 2022).