Return Health Response Protocol

Communicable Disease Response Protocol
Return to Health


The following protocols help the district quickly identify communicable diseases, prevent the spread within the SCUSD community, and reduce potential harm. The district response depends on the type and amount of disease. and upon direction from Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH). 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the district is following enhanced preventative measures and heightened surveillance directed by state and county health departments. Protocols and procedures may change depending on the public health situation. 

As we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine and/or treatment, we must work together to mitigate the risk in our community. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, Sac City Unified School Nurses will be supporting SCPH with communicable disease follow-up within the district. Below are the action guidelines followed when a person within the district becomes ill with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 illness. These guidelines were developed with the most recent state guidance issued on July 17, 2020. 

Responsibilities of School Site Staff

  1. Sites must prepare for when someone gets sick. Individuals who have symptoms of illness must be immediately separated to prevent possible transmission of disease to others. Individuals who are sick should go home or to a healthcare facility depending on the severity of their symptoms. (See Appendix E for more information and ideas for setting up a sick room vs. first aid room on your campus, and Appendix F for How to Take Care of Sick Students during COVID-19 Pandemic). 

Sick students and sick staff must: 

  • Be quickly separated from other students/staff until picked by parent/guardian or able to go home 
  • Maintain more than 6 feet of distance from others, preferably in a separate room that is well ventilated 
  • Wear a disposable mask 
  • Attending staff must use standard precautions when assisting a sick individual. For suspected COVID-19 this includes, disposable face mask, eye covering/face shield and gloves 
  • Call parent/guardian for immediate pick up
    • If a parent/guardian cannot pick up students, consider procedures for arranging transportation to their home 
    • Provide parent/guardian or staff member with Stay at Home/When to Return to School instructions 
  • Disinfect all surfaces after the student/staff leaves and before use by others 
  • If COVID-19 is suspected, contact your school nurse or Health Services. Follow Communicable Disease Response Protocols.

2. Collect and track illness-related absence information at the time of student or staff absence.

  • Train attendance staff to support contract tracing as directed by the Sacramento County Health Department 
  • School site staff responsible for entering attendance data into Infinite Campus will also list reasons for illness, symptoms, and date of onset in the “Comments” section 

3. Follow HIPAA confidentiality laws noting that communicable disease concerns are confidential, and all staff are expected to protect health information except to report to SSHS per below. 

4. Require students and staff to remain home per Stay at Home Requirements (Appendix B).

  • Stay home if experiencing the following symptoms of illness: 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, or diarrhea. * Subject to change as revised by CDC.

  • Stay home if advised to isolate or quarantine by your doctor or the health department due to COVID-19 precautions. Reasons may include:
    • Recent contact with a person with COVID-19 
    • Recent diagnosis with COVID-19 
    • Recent travel from somewhere outside the U.S. 
  • Return to school or work when fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, and symptoms have improved or after the ordered quarantine/isolation period, if applicable 

5. Alert COVID Response Team Lead or site administrator in the following high risk situations: 

  • 10% absence of school population with similar symptoms

  • 25% of a classroom are absent with similar symptoms

  • A staff member, student or family member reports diagnosis or exposure to COVID-19

Site COVID Response Team Lead will contact Student Support and Health Services immediately: 

  • Paula Kuhlman, Lead School Nurse — (916) 643-9150; cell: (916) 320-1538 email: 
  • Victoria Flores, Director III, Student Support and Health Services — (916) 643-9144; cell: (916) 752- 3643 email: 
  • Rebecca Wall, Health Services Technician — (916) 643-7963; cell (916) 826-3513 email: 
  • Health Services Main Line — (916) 643-9412 

6. Additional activities may be required as advised by Student Support and Health Services following county health department orders 

Responsibilities of Student Support and Health Services (SSHS) 

Communicable disease monitoring and response is an ongoing responsibility of Health Services staff. SSHS will follow the guidelines and procedure outlined in Procedures for COVID-19 Cases in the SCUSD Community to respond to positive cases and close contacts in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

  • SSHS staff will verify any reported concern, including speaking directly to families and/or staff 
  • SSHS will keep up-to-date with current information and update district and school site administrators regarding the guidance received from CDC, SCPH and CDPH 
  • SSHS will coordinate the response to a reported case. They will provide information and guidance to individuals, families, administrators and staff regarding quarantine, isolation and testing to ensure public health protocols are followed