Communication Protocol When There Is a Case of COVID-19
- The SMUHSD COVID-19 Point Person for all schools is Sara Devaney, Health Coordinator, Ana Herold, COVID Response Team Health Aide, and all school site Health Aides who will serve as the designated alternates. All school staff, students and families will be informed of the designated staff person/s and how to contact them.
- The SMUHSD COVID-19 Point Person will report all COVID-19 cases and clusters of undiagnosed respiratory illness to SMC CD Control as soon as practicable (within 24 hours)
- The SMUHSD COVID-19 Point Person will immediately notify SMCOE’s Point Person of COVID-19 cases in the school community
- The SMUHSD COVID-19 Point Person and the assigned San Mateo County Health investigator will be in daily contact Monday – Friday, unless instructed otherwise by SMC CD Control.
- The SMUHSD COVID-19 Point Person will collect data from all schools and must complete a daily report for all new cases and submit it via secure email daily by 10:00 a.m.
- The SMUHSD COVID-19 Point Person will notify the Superintendents and SMUHSD Communication Manager.
- The SMUHSD COVID-19 Point Person and Principal will notify the school community using template letters provided in the PRF or created by SMUHSD Communications Manager
- SMUHSD will comply with the notice obligations set out in AB 685, ensuring that staff and families will receive prompt notifications of exposures and closures, while also maintaining confidentiality
- School staff will receive training regarding COVID-19 reporting protocols in the event they receive a positive test result
- School staff will receive training and families will receive education about COVID-19 reporting in the event they hear of a positive test result of a student or school community member.
- If a case was on campus while they were infectious, anyone in the same building as the case needs to be notified of the potential exposure.
- Notify the school community of a known case if there was exposure at the school. No communication is needed if the exposure did not happen in a school setting.