2021-2022 Academic School Year
Frequently Asked Questions
Based on the most recent CDPH guidelines, Evergreen School District is welcoming students back in-person on August 18 for full day, five days a week instruction.On this page you will find frequently asked questions in the areas of health and safety related to in person learning.
Will students and staff be required to wear masks?
Masks will be required indoors for staff and students regardless of vaccination status. Masks should be close fitting, covering the entire nose, mouth and chin. Loose-fitting bandanas, gaiters, and other single-ply fabrics are not acceptable. Masks are recommended for outdoors, but remain optional. Mask requirements will be incorporated into the Positive Behavioral Interventions System (PBIS) and required as part of school culture.
Are there exemptions to wearing a mask?
Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical or mental health condition or disability must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge while indoors.
What health and safety measures will be implemented?
Hand washing/hand sanitizing stations are installed on every campus. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray, and/or cleaning sprays are available in every room and common areas. Clear barriers are installed in front offices and high traffic areas. In addition we will have daily cleaning and sanitizing of bathrooms and increased signage regarding hand washing and mask wearing. Replacement masks are available for students and staff, as needed.
Will there be social/physical distancing of students on campus?
Per CDPH, there is no minimum physical distancing requirement consistent with the CDC K-12 School Guidance. While indoors, the teacher and students will optimize classroom space. The use of outdoor spaces will be encouraged.
What if my child or family has health risks related to in-person instruction?
AB 130 is new legislation that allows students whose health would be at risk for in-person instruction to learn at home instead of returning to school in-person in an Independent study Remote Learning program. Learn more about Evergreen School District’s Independent study Remote Learning program.
What ventilation protocols will be in place?
Maintenance and Operations preventive maintenance protocols are already in place in ESD and all HVAC high efficiency rated filters throughout the District are changed on a periodic basis. Indoor air ventilation is closely monitored and maintained by Maintenance & Operations staff during on-going preventive maintenance efforts.
If a child comes to school with a runny nose or another potential COVID-19 symptom other than fever, will they be sent home?
Staff and students with symptoms such as a runny nose will be asked to go home and remain home until at least 24 hours have passed without the symptom (if fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication), and/or a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative diagnosis (ie., allergies), a chronic underlying condition, or a negative COVID-19 test. Each school has an identified isolation area where students may wait for pick-up.
Will COVID-19 testing be available for students and staff?
All sites will offer weekly testing for unvaccinated staff and with consent for students.
What happens to students who are sent home due to COVID-19?
Students will be assigned work to be completed at home during their absence.
Will there be a daily “health check” at school?
Parents, students, and staff will self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they are sick.
Will students’ schedules be similar to pre-COVID?
The schools’ bell schedules and student rotations will mirror pre COVID-19 conditions.
Will notices be sent regarding COVID-19 exposures to families and staff?
The District’s COVID-19 Designees will be responsible for contact tracing with Santa Clara County Public Health and will advise on isolation or quarantine measures. In the event of exposure in a universal mask-wearing setting, those who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic may continue to attend school or work in-person, self-monitoring for symptoms. Provided they get tested every 5 days over a period of ten days. This will be done on-site. In this case, only the student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 will be sent home.
In an indoor setting where masks are being worn, unvaccinated students or staff who are close contacts (15 minutes within 0-6 feet over a 24 hour period) may continue to attend school in-person if they are asymptomatic, continue to wear their mask as required, test twice weekly for COVID-19 during the 10 day period following exposure, and quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports and activities within the community setting.
In case of exposure among unvaccinated and unmasked close contacts, asymptomatic staff and students will quarantine for 10 days but may discontinue after day 7 with a negative COVID-19 test. If symptoms develop, individuals must stay home and get tested, following protocols based on results of the test.
What is the meal distribution process?
The Child Nutrition Department takes pride in serving meals that are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this year. The Evergreen School District takes part in the National School Lunch Program at all sites. The School Breakfast Program is available at Holly Oak, Katherine Smith, Montgomery, and O.B. Whaley Elementary Schools and Chaboya, LeyVa and Quimby Oak Middle Schools. Lunch is served every school day at participating schools. The Federal Government has extended the Universal meal program that allows all students to eat at no cost. Students may also buy milk, 100% juice and bottled water for 75¢. Check the menu for additional snack items available for purchase. The goal of the Evergreen School District’s breakfast and lunch program is to provide healthy meals to children during the school day.
What are the safety protocols for students riding the bus?
Students and drivers will wear masks on the bus. Windows will be open to maximize ventilation. While waiting at the bus stop outdoors, masks are recommended, but optional.
Will the district allow volunteers on campus?
All offices across the District will be open, and visitors will wear face masks upon entering. Essential volunteers will be allowed at the discretion of the school site. Essential volunteers will be asked to submit proof of vaccination.