COVID-19 PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Metropolitan Education District (MetroED) is excited for the 2021-22 school year and the return to full in-person instruction for both its Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) and Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE) programs. We have worked hard to create a safe campus. By continuing to work together, we can maintain this environment.

    Parent responsibilities with respect to student attendance during COVID

    Please keep your children home and get them tested for COVID (antigen rapid or molecular PCR) if they have flu, cold, or COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. In an effort to keep everyone safe, assume it may be COVID until proven otherwise. For testing resources, visit sccfreetest.org. Provide the school with tests results with the date and your student's name on it. 

    Daily safety at school includes monitoring daily health for symptoms, proper mask-wearing indoors, ventilation, handwashing, physical distance when possible, respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection when necessary are also important. Furthermore, vaccinations play a key part, we will continue to share vaccination opportunities with our staff, students, and community.

    MetroED adheres to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and California Department for Public Health (CDPH). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health, and Santa Clara Health Department to ensure safety for the entire community. Find additional resources on the District’s COVID-19 Resource page. As requirements change, we will update our practices and protocols.


    Masking

    All masking protocols are aligned with the CDC and CDPH. Everyone on campus is required to mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional outdoors. Masks may be removed when eating indoors. Maximize physical distance as much as possible while eating (especially indoors).

    As per CDPH Guidance on Face Coverings, "persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask" as well as "persons who are hearing impaired" are exempt from mask requirements. 

    Assessing for exemption due to a medical condition, mental health condition, a disability that prevents wearing a mask, or hearing impairment is a medical determination and therefore must be made by a physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional practicing under the license of a physician.  Self-attestation and parental attestation for mask exemptions due to the aforementioned conditions do not constitute medical determinations.

    Additionally, per CDPH K-12 Guidance, "persons exempted from wearing a face-covering due to a medical condition, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it."

    • All individuals are expected to wear a face mask that properly covers their nose and mouth at all times when indoors.
    • Outdoor masking is highly recommended
    • CDPH recommends the use of disposable 3-ply surgical masks, which are more effective than cloth face coverings, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric of at least two layers that covers the nose and mouth.
    • Individuals are allowed to use their own disposable medical mask, as long as it is a 3-ply mask. Surgical masks are disposable and cannot be reused day after day.
    • Face coverings may be provided by MetroED.

    The following masks are NOT acceptable:

    • Neck gaiters, bandanas/scarfs, balaclava, turtleneck collars, single layers of fabric (too loose or too thin).
    • Masks with valves (allow unfiltered air to escape).
    • Face shields alone.

    If you believe your student qualifies for an exemption, please contact Human Resources at covidliaison@metroed.net


    Distancing

    Physical distancing in classrooms is not required. However, MetroED applies physical distance where possible especially while eating indoors since masks must be removed.


    Hand Hygiene

    Handwashing and hand sanitation will continue to be prioritized throughout the day.


    Ventilation

    We encourage introducing outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows or doors where practicable. If opening windows poses a safety or health risk (i.e. smoke, pollen, etc.) to persons using the facility then the windows should remain closed.

    The District has upgraded all HVAC air filters to MERV-13, which meets the guidance from the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) on how best to handle COVID-19. We continue to maintain and check our systems regularly.


    Vaccinations

    The best way to protect yourself and others is to Get vaccinated - sccfreevax.org 


    Testing

    Continue to get tested when symptomatic with one or more COVID-19 symptoms regardless of vaccination status and if a close contact of a COVID-19 case. Testing locations in Santa Clara County.


    Illness and Absences

    Students who are ill at school with any one symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home and directed to get tested immediately (and provide the test result to the school).

    Anyone experiencing any one of these symptoms (regardless of vaccination status) stay home do not come to campus and follow the reporting, testing, and quarantine guidance below.

    • Fever or chills    
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    Reporting Illness

    1. Anyone with any one of the symptoms of COVID-19 do not come to campus, report the absence to your school's attendance office for further instructions
      • Obtain a COVID-19 test or consult with your medical provider and obtain a note indicating an alternative diagnosis (regardless of vaccination status).
      • Provide the school with either the test or note
      • Follow instructions from the Santa Clara County Public Health for isolation & quarantining when necessary
      • If you test positive for COVID or are a close contact of a COVID-19 case, contact covidliaison@metroed.net or 408-723-4245 and do not come to campus. The COVID Liaison will provide further instructions.
      • Return to campus after a negative test and no fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication and improvement of symptoms. 

    Quarantine Information

    COVID Testing & Quarantine:

    When both parties were wearing a mask in any school setting in which students are supervised by school staff (including indoor or outdoor school settings and school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems), unvaccinated students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors) may undergo a modified quarantine as follows. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:

      1. Are asymptomatic (no symptoms);
      2. Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
      3. Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine; and
      4. Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting.