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Adam Eilath

Dear Wornick Parents, 

This week, San Mateo County's Health Department issued new guidance around vaccinated individuals which differs slightly from the CDC's current guidance. Although the differences between the guidance documents are minor, our health and safety team has adopted the recommendations of San Mateo County in adjusting our policies.

Travel Quarantine Policy Remains in Effect
Our Health and Safety Committee evaluated the updated County guidance and discussed what is best to keep our community safe. Currently, San Mateo County has not changed its travel quarantine requirement for vaccinated individuals. All travelers, including vaccinated individuals, should quarantine for seven days following travel and test between days 3-5 after return. The CDC's guidance also follows a similar trajectory. Wornick's policy will remain that if you, a household member, or guest takes a flight, the quarantine policy is to stay home for 7 days and produce a negative COVID test after 3-5 days, or 10 days at home without a test.

Risks of Vaccinated Individuals
Pursuant to the updated County guidance, and in consultation with the medical authorities in our Health and Safety Committee, we have determined a new policy for known exposures of fully vaccinated individuals. If an individual is 14 days out from their full vaccination and has a known exposure, there is no need for the individual to stay at home if they remain asymptomatic. This means that should there be a case in a grade level, the teachers who had extended exposure with students need not quarantine if they meet this criteria. Or if a household member who is fully vaccinated has a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual, the unvaccinated student may continue attending school (so long as they are not close contacts).

I know how incredibly difficult this past year has been for our community. Families have not seen loved ones, missed momentous life milestones, and have even missed the passing of loved ones. With this said, we encourage you to make the best decision for your family's travel plans and remember that the option of hybrid learning is always available.

In partnership,
Adam Eilath