Health Services

  • 2023-2024 COVID Guidelines UPDATED 1/11/24

    Health authorities have recently revised guidelines regarding isolation to better align with the evolving nature of COVID-19 and its transition from a pandemic to an endemic state, where there is broad immunity from vaccination and/or natural infection and readily available therapeutics. These new updates aim to optimize our response to the disease, while ensuring the continued health and safety of our community. 

    The greatest deterrent to the spread of any illness is for students and staff to stay home when sick. Individuals should stay home if they have symptoms of illness and take a COVID test. While Covid-19 is less risky for most individuals than in the early stages of the pandemic, reducing transmission remains an essential strategy to minimize disruption at schools. We continue to offer free Covid-19 test kits at our schools.

    Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to:

    • Isolate (stay home) away from others until you have not had a fever for 24 hours (without using fever-reducing medication) and other symptoms are improving. LACDPH recommends that you test negative before leaving isolation. 
    • Wear a well fitting mask around others indoors for 10 days after you test positive, even if you have no symptoms. 
    • Monitor Yourself for Symptoms.  If you start feeling sick, follow instructions.  People who feel sick

    If you are a close contact to someone with Covid-19

    • Wear a well fitting mask around others indoors for 10 days after your last exposure
    • Monitor your health for 10 days after your last exposure
    • Get Tested 3-5 days after you were last exposed

    Here is the guidance we are following from LACDPH: English / Spanish. We can prevent the spread of many illnesses when everyone does their part and stays home when sick. The best defense against COVID is to be up-to-date on COVID vaccines. For information about where to get vaccinated, visit the LA County Public Health How to Get Vaccinated webpage.

    Immunization Requirement for Students

    California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child’s Immunization Record as proof of immunization.
    Call your doctor to schedule required and recommended vaccines. For more information refer to ShotsforSchool website.

    Volunteer Information

    If you plan to volunteer at your child’s school, fill out the form that is linked here. This packet will inform you of the requirements for volunteering. You can submit the packet to the volunteer coordinator at your child's school.

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    Contact

    Rachel Bressler, R.N., M.N.
    rbressler@smmusd.org