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Superintendent Community and Staff Update, August 20, 2021

Dear Benicia Families and Staff,

I want to congratulate everyone on a successful opening to the school year.  There is a great deal of enthusiasm in the air as students and staff are excited to see one another again.  That said, like all districts, we are living with the challenges of COVID-19 and are diligently implementing the CDPH guidelines. (Exposures & Symptoms)  

We are adding a COVID-19 dashboard tab to the District website that includes a weekly update of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the District.  When we are notified of a positive case, we follow the CDPH guidelines regarding exposure quarantine protocols as noted above. (COVID-19 Dashboard here.)

I also wanted to bring to your attention the State Public Health Officer’s order of August 11 (linked for your reference), which states all school employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 or be tested once weekly.  Our District Nurse is working diligently to bring a testing site for our students and staff here to BUSD.  Please stay tuned for more information in the very near future. 

As a reminder, all staff and students are required to wear masks indoors.  They are optional outside.  In addition, our schools are outfitted with MERV13 filters that are very effective in reducing indoor air concentrations of both wildfire smoke particles and COVID-19 virus-sized particles. (CDPH)    

Further, BUSD is in need of staffing in key areas.  Please consider joining our team.  We are looking for food service staff and noon duty supervisors. If you are interested, please apply through Edjoin, linked here. 

Thank you all for your partnership, patience, and understanding as we continue to work together to keep our students and staff safe, healthy, and learning.  

Please have a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Sincerely,

Charles Young, Ed.D.
Superintendent

On we go!

 

Superintendent Update on Reopening of Schools 8/16/2021

Dear Families,

We are so excited to welcome our students and staff back on campus this year.  It will be great to hear the ever present buzz and feel the energy on our campuses that comes when learning is happening and communities are being built.

We also know that we have to continue to navigate COVID and the new Delta variant.  The following is a summary of the many mitigating strategies and safety measures in place and a detailed description of the steps we follow if there is Covid-19 exposure.   All of this will ensure that our students and staff are safe and our doors can stay open. Please see our Benicia Unified COVID 19 Safety Plan for more information. 

How you can help

  • Vaccinations are available for students who are 12 and up.
  • All students and staff must wear a mask over their nose and mouth when indoors, it is optional when outdoors.  That said, we encourage outdoor mask wearing if students congregate.
  • We will be eating lunch & snacks outdoors as much as possible.  We are obtaining pop-up shelters to protect from sun and inclement weather.  Please support this effort by having your child wear layers as the weather gets cooler.
  • Classroom doors and windows will be open to allow for fresh air circulation.
  • Facilities will be cleaned each day. Please remind your child that they need to wash their hands or use sanitizer (available at school)  before eating and when entering classrooms. 
  • Students who are sick must stay home. If a student becomes sick at school, they will be sent home and we are asking that they get picked up immediately.

Proof of Vaccination

  • In order to aid us in the process of contact tracing, testing and possible quarantine protocols, we ask that you please provide proof of vaccination (vaccination survey) for your child.   Being vaccinated isn’t required; however, it can reduce testing and potential modified quarantine if they are exposed)
  • Vaccination records will be stored in the confidential program, called SchoolCare.

Definitions

  • Asymptomatic: A person showing no signs of COVID (see COVID Symptoms below)
  • Close Contact: People who are within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period, masked or unmasked.
  • Fully Vaccinated: Two weeks after the second dose of the COVID vaccine.
  • Date of Exposure: Two days before the infected person had symptoms OR from the day of the test if the infected person is asymptomatic

What are the COVID symptoms   

  • 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

What will happen if there is COVID exposure

My child is fully vaccinated

A student in my child’s class tests positive. My child is fully vaccinated & asymptomatic

(Proof of vaccination provided)

A student in my child’s class tests positive. My child is fully vaccinated &  has symptoms

(Proof of vaccination provided)

A student in my child’s class tests positive. My child is fully vaccinated & asymptomatic

(Proof of vaccination NOT provided) 

  • Students continue to attend school as long as they remain symptom free
  • Students stay home and get tested for COVID

Don’t want to get tested? 

  • Students must stay home for 10 days or until they are asymptomatic without taking symptom-reducing medication
  • Attend school daily as long as they are asymptomatic
  • Continue to wear mask as required
  • Test twice a week for covid (PCR or Antigen)
  • May not attend extracurricular activities at school or in the community including athletics or band
My child is unvaccinated A student in my child’s class tests positive and the class is on modified quarantine and/or my child has been identified as a close contact.A student in my child’s class tests positive. My child is unvaccinated & has symptomsMy child is unvaccinated, was unmasked and has had close contact with a someone who has tested positive
  • Attend school daily as long as they are asymptomatic
  • Continue to wear mask as required
  • Test twice a week for covid (PCR or Antigen)
  • May not attend extracurricular activities at school or in the community including athletics or band

Don’t want to get tested? 

  • Students must quarantine at home for 10 days and are not allowed to attend school or extracurricular activities.
  • Students must quarantine at home for 10 days and are not allowed to attend school or extracurricular activities.
  • Students must quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure
  • Students who are asymptomatic during quarantine and tests negative after day 5 of exposure, may return to school after 7 full days of quarantine
  • Students who develop symptoms while quarantining should get tested

Don’t want to get tested? 

  • Students must stay home for 10 days quarantine or until they are asymptomatic without taking symptom-reducing medication

How you can get your child vaccinated for COVID

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Fairfield Mall: 10:00 a.m.-7:00  p.m

Solano Town Center, 1350 Travis Blvd. Fairfield (2nd floor) 

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Solano County Health Department List for Vaccination Sites

How you can get your child COVID tested

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Fairfield Mall: 10:00 a.m.-7:00  p.m

Solano Town Center, 1350 Travis Blvd. Fairfield (2nd floor) 

Walk in

CVS “Minute Clinic”

Free testing to community members through Solano County Health Dept. Go to their website linked here (CVS Minute Clinic) type in your zip code and the website will offer the closest minute clinic near you.

Solano County Health Resources:

Verify Baseline COVID-19 Program or LHI.Care

California has partnered with Verily, like their partnership with OptumServe, to provide free and confidential testing (click on the blue link to complete the online screening process).

  1. You will first have to complete their online screening process using a Google Account.
  2. If you are determined to be eligible, you will receive information on how and where to get tested.

Kaiser Permanente members

Kaiser is providing daily COVID testing clinics.

Log in to kp.org and and click on the COVID testing for appointment instructions

Anthem members

Anthem will cover your COVID-19 test, contact Anthem’s member service line located on your member ID card and Anthem will help you get an appointment with a testing provider. 

Blue Shield members

https://www.blueshieldca.com

St. Stephens Church: 

2301 Union Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533. 

The hours are 9am-4p.m. Testing is free, open to all, no insurance is required. 

Resources for more information

On We Go!
Charles F. Young, Ed. D.
Superintendent

Welcome Back Updates 8/4/2021

Dear Families,

I hope this communication finds you well and you are looking forward to the return of full-time, in-person instruction.  We are, with great enthusiasm, looking forward to seeing everyone back on our campuses.  The return to full-time, in-person instruction represents a GIANT move forward for society and supports what we know about student development regarding the tremendous benefits of in-person learning while in the presence of our excellent teachers, all staff and certainly, friends and peers.       

With summer winding down and the first day of school approaching, Tuesday, August, 17, I wanted to reach out again and provide an update regarding several items of importance.

Health & Safety/School Operations:  Given the ongoing COVID pandemic, we are required to abide by COVID requirements mandated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  The following Q & A link provides the most updated information we have available: 2021-22 School Year Questions & Answers. Please continue to check back regularly or call your child’s school directly with any questions.  This information will be posted on the District website.

New School Day Start:  As a reminder, the new school start times are 8:00 a.m. for Elementary, 8:15 a.m. for Middle School and 8:30 a.m. for High School. This information has also been added to the BUSD website linked here:  School Calendar page or can be found on each school site’s web page under the Bell Schedule tab.

New School Communication System: Benicia Unified School District is excited to stay connected with our families using a new communications tool called ParentSquare. This will streamline communications from your school and teachers to keep you informed and connected this year. ParentSquare provides a safe way for administration, teachers, staff and parents to receive important school and teacher communication, all in one place. Benicia Unified School District will email out information to get started with ParentSquare on Monday, August 9th.

New Student Information System: BUSD is also excited to introduce our new student information system which replaces PowerSchool called Aeries. Information to get started with Aeries will also be sent to families on Monday, August 9th so that you can create your account and complete registration for your student(s). Student schedules will then be available on Aeries on Tuesday, August 10th.

On We Go!
Charles F. Young, Ed. D.
Superintendent

Important Superintendent Update, July 20, 2021

Dear Families,

We are excited to welcome our students back to full-time, in-person instruction.  The first day of school is Tuesday, August 17.  As per the CDPH guidance to date, TK-12 students are required to wear masks indoors and adults are required to wear masks while sharing indoor spaces with students.  The CDPH will continue to assess ongoing health conditions to determine, no later than November 1, 2021, whether to update mask requirements or recommendations.  BUSD will continue to follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols as outlined by the CDPH.        

In addition to full-time, in-person instruction, new legislation, Assembly Bill 130, released Thursday of last week outlines requirements for an Independent Study option for students “whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by their parent/guardian.”  The District is finalizing the details of the plan as per the legislation and will reflect the following structure per grade level span:  

  • K-3: Daily synchronous instruction
  • 4-8: Independent work that includes daily check-ins and synchronous instruction once per week
  • 9-12: Independent work that includes synchronous instruction once per week

We will provide more specifics as they are made available to us, particularly as they relate to required, synchronous instructional minutes per grade span.  To help with our planning, we ask that you please complete this short information survey by Monday, July 26th, only if you plan on choosing the Independent Study option for your child.  If your child receives special academic instruction through an IEP, participation in Independent Study will be subject to the IEP team determination. This survey is non-binding. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this brief survey. 

New Student Enrollments:  To our new families joining BUSD, as stated on our website, all new student enrollments will be processed at the beginning of August when the school sites reopen.

Continuing Student Registration: To our continuing students, we are aiming to have online registration ready the week of August 9th. Please stay tuned for further communication on this.

Charles F. Young, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Update from Superintendent Dr. Young 3/11/2021

Dear Families and Staff,

The Governing Board held a special board meeting last night, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, to further discuss the plans for returning to in-person hybrid learning.  After careful consideration and discussion, the Board Trustees voted to return TK-2 students for in-person hybrid instruction on Monday, March 29, 2021.  Students in grades 3-12 will return for in-person hybrid classes on Monday, April 12, 2021, the Monday following spring break.  

The reasoning that is reflected in the Board action to adjust the previously approved return target date of March 22, which results in 9 instructional days, centers on a recognition of staff completing the vaccination process. Having a vaccinated workforce in this pandemic contributes significantly to their overall confidence level regarding Covid-19 thereby allowing them to more fully focus their energy and efforts on our students.   Additionally, the Board action reflects the benefit in bringing our youngest students back to campus a week before the rest of the students in order to give them an opportunity to adjust to the return to in person learning.

We are excited to welcome our staff and students back onto our campuses.  We will also be continuing to provide robust virtual learning for those students who have chosen that option.

Please look for more detailed information about your child’s return to in-person hybrid instruction from your site principal very soon. 

On we go!
Charles Young, Ed.D.