Return Health Mitigation Requirements

Mitigation Requirements for Students and Staff
Return to Health


Health Screening : Stay Home if You are Sick

To help prevent additional spread and to keep our schools open, our students and staff will be required to practice the following personal prevention measures:

Passive (Self) Screening

Staff and students must self-screen for symptoms at home daily. This is called passive screening. If a person is sick or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, they may not come to school and will follow Stay at Home and Return to School Requirements (Appendix B)


Signs of illness include fever or chills (100 degrees or higher), 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, and diarrhea per CDC guidelines. They must stay home until they have had no fever without the use of medicine for at least 24 hours, their symptoms are improving, and at least 10 days have passed since the day the symptoms first appeared. 

Chronic Conditions

Individuals with non-infectious chronic conditions should not be excluded from attending school or work. For instance, an individual with allergy symptoms may have congestion, but is not a reason to exclude them from attending work or school. Individuals with chronic conditions are advised to consult with their physician about their condition. A doctor may diagnose an illness other than COVID-19 and provide a note for return to school earlier than 10 days. If there are questions about individual cases, contact your school nurse or health services. Individuals may return to work/school if released by their physician.

Exposed to COVID-19

If a person has had close contact, defined as within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes within the last 14 days, with a person with confirmed COVID-19 they must stay home in quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact.


If you have traveled outside the country (including Mexico and Canada), you must stay home in quarantine for 14 days from the date you returned home, monitor your health, and practice physical distancing. CDC recommends you avoid all nonessential international travel. If you must travel, follow the recommendations in the Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice, in addition to any travel health recommendations provided on the webpage for your destination and in relevant notices below.

Active Screening – Temperature Checks and Procedures

Active screening requires all students and staff entering a site or school bus to be screened for illness including a temperature check and review of signs and symptoms of illness. Any student or staff with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or signs or symptoms of illness per Stay at Home Requirements shall return home. 

Students and Staff must enter through required controlled entry and exit locations at each site. Sites shall set up controlled entry and exit screening locations and ensure staff and students understand and follow disease prevention precautions. Students and staff approaching the entry must be wearing a cloth face covering (if able). Face coverings will be available for those who do not have their own. Parent/guardians should remain with their student until the students is admitted to the site in case the student needs to return home.

Process for Daily Student Screening

  • Students will wait in a line with appropriate physical distancing, and visual cues will be used to indicate spacing. Signage with reminders about distancing, masks, hygiene, and stay at home rules will be posted. 
  • Parents/guardians and students must wear a face cloth covering if able. 
  • If possible, have the parent/guardian remain with the student while screening occurs, in case the student is not well enough to attend school. 
  • Staff instructions for student screening: 
    • Take temperature. 
    • Look at the person for any visible signs of illness. 
    • Ask if they meet any of the criteria on the screening signage 

    • If the temperature is less than 100.4 degrees, the student reports no sign or symptoms of illness, no exposure to COVID-19, no recent international travel and the student appears well, direct the student to wash hands and enter campus. 
    • If the student has any sign of illness, or has been exposed to COVID-19, or has returned from international travel within 14 days, the student must be sent home immediately with instructions for when they can return to school. Provide the parent with the Stay at Home Policy (Appendix B) information sheet. 

    • If the parent is not present, the student must be isolated in the Care Area following the Guidelines for Caring for Sick Children (Appendix F) on site until the parent or emergency contact can be reached. 

Physical Distancing

Everyone must practice physical distancing. 

This means keeping at least 6 feet from other people at all times. 

Maintaining adequate space is one of the best tools available to avoid exposure to COVID-19 and slow its spread. Appropriate physical distancing can sometimes be difficult to maintain, such as when walking in a busy hallway or in large crowds, making required face coverings even more vital. 

Staff who work in a space together, such as an office or classroom, must ensure they maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet at all times, and must wear a face covering when in space with other individuals. Staff may not create their own bubble where these measures are breached. 

Face Coverings

Wear a cloth face covering. 

Wearings a cloth face covering prevents a person from spreading respiratory droplets while talking, singing, breathing, or coughing. They are primarily meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected (many people carry COVID-19 but do not have symptoms). Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators, or personal protective equipment. 

Cloth face coverings protect our community from the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Wearing a cloth face covering is required for all SCUSD staff, students, parents/guardians and visitors unless it is not recommended by a physician or is inappropriate for the developmental level of the individual, per CDPH.
  • All SCUSD staff, students in 3rd-12th grades, parents/guardians and visitors are required to wear a cloth face covering unless it is not recommended by a physician or is inappropriate for the developmental level of the individual. Students in TK-2nd grade are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. A list of exceptions can be found below.  

  • Face coverings should be worn at all times including:
    • While entering or exiting school grounds or district spaces 
    • While on school grounds with few exceptions 
    • While on a school bus 
    • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
      • Interacting in-person with another person; 
      • Working in any space visited by multiple people such as the front office, staff room, or hallways. 

Face Shields 

  • Face shields may be used by teachers to enable students to see their faces and to avoid potential barriers to phonological instruction. 
  • Face shields with a cloth drape can be used for those who are unable to wear face coverings for medical reasons. Per Cal/OSHA, considerations for face shields should include a cloth drape attached across the bottom and tucked into the shirt. 
  • Staff must maintain physical distance from others, to the extent practicable. Staff must return to wearing a face covering outside of the classroom. 

Guidance for daily use of face coverings

  • Use a freshly washed or clean face covering for each onsite visit. 
  • Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the face covering. 
  • If you are not already wearing it, apply your face covering before coming onto the worksite. 
  • Avoid eating or drinking while wearing the face covering. 
  • Cloth face coverings should not have valves, as these permit droplet release from the covering, putting others nearby at risk. SCUSD will not permit face coverings with valves. 

How to remove a face covering

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before touching the face covering. Avoid touching the front of the covering, which is contaminated. 
  • Only handle the face covering by the ties, bands or loops. 
  • Throw any disposable face covering in a waste container. 
  • Wash your face cloth covering by hand with warm water and soap or in the washing machine.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. 

A face cloth covering should not be worn in the following situations: 

  • Young children, especially those under age 2 
  • A physician has not recommended use, for example individuals with respiratory health conditions, such as asthma. 
  • For individuals who are deaf or hard hearing, where the ability to see their mouth is essential for communication. Face shields would be recommended in this situation.
  • Persons with a developmental delay, medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons who are unable to remove a face covering without assistance. 

California state guidance allows for times when a face cloth covering can be temporarily removed in the following situations: 

  • When people are eating or drinking. But they must maintain a distance of at least six feet from other persons who are not members of the same household.
  • For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. Face shields would be recommended in this situation.
  • When a person is not sharing a common area, room or enclosed space with others.
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation when alone or able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
  • When a cloth face covering is temporarily removed, it should be placed in a clean paper bag (marked with the student’s name and date) until it needs to be put on again. Replace the mask as soon as you can after these activities to reduce risk of infection.

What if a person refuses to wear a face covering? 

  • Continual efforts will be made using positive reinforcement teaching strategies to ensure face coverings are worn properly. If a concern about wearing masks arises, notify the assigned School Nurse and/or Health Services or assigned supervisor immediately for additional support. Each unique situation will be assessed and support strategies will be employed for the well-being and safety of all. In the event that a student who is not exempt from wearing a face covering continually refuses to wear one, the CDPH requires schools to provide distance learning for this student.

Practice Hand Hygiene

Wash Hands Frequently 

All students and staff must wash hands frequently. If soap and water are not available use district approved greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Training on effective hand washing and use of sanitizer must be provided to all students and staff. The following guidelines are recommended for school settings. At minimum, students and staff must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer: 

  • Upon arrival to the school site 
  • Before lunch 
  • Before leaving the site 
  • Upon entry to any new classroom 
  • When using the restroom 
  • When visibly dirty 
  • After using a tissue, coughing into hands 
  • Upon arriving home 

Respiratory Hygiene

Use respiratory hygiene at all times on site. 

Once a tissue is used, throw it away in a waste container and then wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Do not touch the face. Reinforce respiratory hygiene or cough/sneeze etiquette, including use of tissues and elbows by using signage, training, and lessons. See Appendix K for signage.