Sea Kings Families,
Last week, we had 2 reported COVID cases, and as a result, many 6th graders were quarantined due to being in close contact. I recognize this was difficult for our students that had only recently arrived on our campus. I also recognize that families had to readjust to having their students at home during quarantine. I can't thank you enough for your support, understanding, and teamwork in following our health and safety protocols. Our teachers likewise deserve recognition for supporting students on quarantine while also teaching the students in class. Finally, our office/classified staff is another part of our team that I want to recognize as they do whatever needs to be done to support students.
As a staff, we understand that although we are back to school and have some normalcy, we must continue to provide a safe learning space by being flexible and understanding. If we continue to work together and communicate with kindness and mutual respect, we will be successful this year.
To keep each other safe and to prevent disruption for your student(s) and our Sea Kings family, we strongly encourage you and your student to stay home when sick and notify us if there are any significant changes in health. Our school nurse, Ralitsa Berkovski- Varbanov (email@example.com | 310.544.4816 Ext. 37216), is available to support you. Please remind your student to wear their mask (covering nose and mouth at all times) and to maintain distance during snack/mask breaks and lunch).
Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional support.
Micah J. Farrell
Close Contacts/Quarantine Information Step-By-Step
1. A student is identified/is notified of a COVID-19 positive case, and they have been present at school.
2. Close contact identification of the positive case. LADPH defines a close contact as anyone within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (indoors).
3. Close contact student's parent/guardians are notified by phone and email that a 10-day quarantine must begin from the last date of exposure to the positive case.
4. The close contact quarantine can reduce the 10-day total by testing for COVID-19 (not a home test) after day FIVE. If the student remains asymptomatic and has a negative test, the student can return on the eighth day. Negative test results must be emailed to the principal before returning.
5. Fully vaccinated students do not have to quarantine but must monitor for symptoms for 14-days following the last exposure.
6. Students who have recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID19 within the last 90 days and are in close contact with a confirmed case are not required to quarantine or test for COVID-19.
7. If 5 & 6 do not apply, students must complete the 10-day quarantine. If students remain asymptomatic during that time, they are permitted to return to school.
Students on quarantine will be able to access class/homework through their teacher's Teams pages. On Teams pages, students can direct message teachers for support and access instructional materials and other information. We will continue to support students through flexibility and understanding upon their return and for as long as they need to catch up.
Last week, teachers led PBIS lessons in every class to ensure that all students understand what it means to be their BEST at PVIS
. Parents, we thank you for partnering with us to reinforce positive, pro-social behaviors with your children.