Dear Wornick Community,
I’m writing to share some important health and safety updates, including:
- Updates on recent testing in our community
- Updated county guidelines
- Changes to the isolation policy for positive individuals
- Changes to the modified quarantine policy for unvaccinated individuals
Our school community is continuing to weather this difficult wave of COVID-19. Although we have seen some of our community members test positive, frequent testing and close adherence to protocols has meant minimal interruptions to our classrooms and we have not seen evidence of transmission on our campus. We thank our entire community for their resilience through this time. It appears that case numbers are beginning to go down so hopefully we are close to the end of this wave.
In our last schoolwide PCR testing from Thursday Jan 20th, we had over 200 negative PCR tests with no positive results. One individual did become symptomatic over the weekend and tested positive on an antigen test.
Last week, our student body passed the 80% threshold for being fully vaccinated. We have a number of other students who have received first and second doses and we anticipate approaching 85% soon.
New County Pandemic Framework
Yesterday, we received new guidance from San Mateo County. Our health and safety team has adopted a few changes in light of this new county guidance, and we will be updating the health and safety plan to reflect the same.
Updated Isolation Policy for Positive Individuals
The CDC, CDPH, and most recently San Mateo County Office of Education updated guidance on isolation periods for COVID-19 positive individuals. Accordingly, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 may return to school six days after the onset of symptoms or test positive (the first day being day 0) if they meet the following conditions:
- They are asymptomatic.
- They take two consecutive antigen tests (on separate days) on day 5 or later and have a negative result. For example, tests should be taken on days 5 and 6, or 6 and 7.
Update to Modified Quarantine for Unvaccinated Individuals
The county also updated its recommendations for a modified quarantine for unvaccinated individuals. Starting immediately, unvaccinated individuals who receive exposure notifications from close school contacts may continue to attend Gesher while in modified quarantine. The county still does not permit these students who are in modified quarantine to attend after school sports.
Individuals who are close contacts of positive household members need to continue to quarantine for five days following exposure and test on day five or later. We are seeing many individuals test positive towards the tail end of this time period. If you are a close contact of a positive individual in your household, but have tested negative, please know that your length of time in quarantine could be longer than 5 days. This is especially the case if a new household member tests positive, as your five days from exposure restart when a new infection begins in a household.
As a final reminder, individuals who test positive may skip routine PCR testing for 90 days following infection, unless they are exhibiting symptoms.
Thank you for your continued partnership,