Orange Unified School District, guided by our EDGE Focus Area 2.0: Dedicated & Engaged Communication, is committed to building strong and effective communication channels that foster trust and promote positive relationships with our diverse community of stakeholders. We have established and will continue to facilitate our cohesive, transparent COVID-19 Dashboard that identifies confirmed student and staff COVID-19 cases on school campuses and at OUSD facilities while maintaining the confidentiality of the individuals infected with COVID-19 as required by law.
Based upon clarification received from Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) on December 1, 2020, individuals with confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 who are not identified as being infectious on a school campus or at an OUSD facility will not be reflected on the OUSD COVID-19 Dashboard.
The Dashboard is continuously being improved and refined. Data will be updated to reflect enrollment changes, and as student and staff COVID-19 cases on school campuses and at OUSD facilities are confirmed. Numbers on the Dashboard reflect 14-days from the onset of the infectious period of the infected individual. Individual COVID-19 infectious periods are determined in collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency.
*For charter school COVID-19 Dashboard information, please contact the school directly.
Orange County's COVID-19 Dashboard, including cumulative data, is available at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc
COMMUNICATION PROCESS IN THE EVENT OF POSITIVE CASES
In the event there is a positive case, affected individuals will be contacted directly by their school principals or staff and they will receive a Temporary Exclusion if they had any sustained close contact (OCHCA defines close contact as equal to or less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period). Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) will follow up with a letter (which will be issued through your school site) that may include self-isolation directions and other important information. Families of students who are not affected will not receive a notification letter and no action will be required. School principals or school staff will communicate new cases directly to their school communities. Please note that our District will only communicate and provide data for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO TO LIMIT THE SPREAD
It is going to take a concerted effort to keep our students, staff and families safe. In addition to health and safety measures taken on our campus, we encourage families to be proactive and to reinforce the importance of hand-washing, physical distancing and face coverings to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Also, if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, please keep your child at home and notify your school. If your child has any symptoms associated with the coronavirus, make sure they stay home and get tested if necessary.
Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should remain at home in isolation for a minimum of 10 days plus at least 24 hours after the resolution of fever (without fever-reducing medication) and improvement of other symptoms. Finally, keep children home when they are sick. OUSD schools and staff will maintain confidentiality and protect student privacy, following all FERPA protocols.
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
For additional questions about the coronavirus, visit the Orange County Health Care Agency website, which also includes a COVID-19 health line https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/.
Please continue checking your email and other sources of communications from your schools, which have been providing school and class specific information. For ongoing updates and information from the District, visit our COVID-19 resource page, which includes information that may also provide answers for many of your questions. For detailed information about the District’s safety planning, visit our Opening and Safety Planning webpage.
Orange Unified’s top priority is to provide a high-quality education while maintaining the health and safety of students and staff.