Return to Headlines

COVID-19 Guidelines for the Return to the Classroom


Pre-screening: If staff or students are sick or have symptoms of an upper-respiratory infection, they must stay home. If a person in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, please isolate for 10 days. 

Arrival at school site: Parents are not allowed on campus beyond the main office. Students and staff will walk through thermal scanners to have their temperature taken. Students who take District buses are screened for temperature and symptoms before getting on. Anyone who registers a temperature of 100.4 or more is checked twice. If high temperature persists, staff or student will go home.  

Masking: Universal masking enables no minimum physical distancing, allowing all students access to full in-person learning, and more targeted quarantine practices. Per CDPH recommendations, all students and staff must wear a facemask indoors. As an additional precaution, AUSD is requiring masking outdoors at all times as well -- except when extraneous physical activity prevents students from breathing through the mask. 

Physical distancing: Per California Department of Public Health guidelines, in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking, proper ventilation) are fully implemented. Universal masking at Alisal USD schools allows for entrance, egress and other activities with minimum physical distancing for brief periods of time. 

Hand washing: Hand washing is one of the most effective methods to prevent transmission and is required throughout the day: upon arrival at school, before and after recess, before and after meal and snack times, after PE, and when returning to class from any shared area. Handwashing products are readily available. Hand washing procedures and how to video will be reviewed with students regularly. Frequently touched surfaces within the school will be cleaned nightly utilizing outlined district practices.

Ventilation: Every room at every school in the district (offices, classrooms, cafeterias, etc) has been equipped with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter, which remove dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm). 

Drinking fountains: Students have been provided with their own water bottles that they can refill throughout the day. 

Meals: Students may take their masks off during lunch. Students sit with members of their own classroom, which is a closed cohort.  Outdoor space is provided for students during breakfast and snack times; weather permitting. Food offered at school will be individually-wrapped items. Students will not share food, drinks, or water bottles. Sanitation of all eating areas will occur directly following the meal periods.