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Updates

April 14, 2022

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April 14, 2022
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This message contains important updated information for staff and families from Covid Clinic regarding testing and health insurance.  
 
The three (3) most important messages are:
 
  • To continue offering no-cost testing to families and staff, Covid Clinic will now require insurance information for each person being tested.
 
  • Covid Clinic will continue to offer free COVID testing to individuals regardless of insured status.
 
  • You should not be charged for PCR tests performed by Covid Clinic, whether or not you have health insurance. If you receive an actual bill, please contact WJUSD Human Resources immediately at (530) 406-3206 and we will help resolve this.
 
Why is Covid Clinic requiring insurance information?
 
Recently, Covid Clinic informed our District that federal funding for Covid testing is on permanent hold and unavailable to many Covid testing providers, including Covid Clinic.
 
As a result, Covid Clinic's lab has started to directly bill health insurance providers for PCR tests (not individuals).
 
Under California Senate Bill 510 (CA SB 510), insurance companies are required to pay for COVID-19 testing and related services. 
 
This means in order to continue offering no-cost testing to families and staff, Covid Clinic will now be requiring insurance information for each person being tested.
 
How will Covid Clinic collect my insurance information?
 
Covid Clinic will gather insurance information for those currently registered for testing as well as new registrations.
 
In preparation for obtaining this information, Covid Clinic will begin sending emails with a link and all instructions starting April 14 at 4 p.m. from the email address k12@covidclinic.org.  Please be sure to check your spam email folder if you do not see this email in your inbox.
 
For individuals who DO have insurance, they will click on the link included in the email, follow the directions, select their provider from the “Insurance Company” drop down list and fill out all necessary insurance information.
 
What if I don’t have health insurance?
 
For individuals who are not insured, they will select “I have no insurance” from the “Insurance Company” drop down list. This will direct them to a form they will need to complete. 
 
Again, you should not be charged for PCR tests performed by Covid Clinic, whether or not you have health insurance.
 
If you receive an actual bill, please contact Human Resources immediately at (530) 406-3206 and we will work with Covid Clinic to help resolve this.
 
Does this apply to students?
 
Yes. Covid Clinic will require insurance information for each person being tested.
 
By completing this process successfully, Covid Clinic will be able to continue to provide testing services to school districts.
 
Thank you,
WJUSD Communications
March 3, 2022

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March 3, 2022
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The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and we continue to align our policies to new guidance from our state and local health officials, just as we have throughout the entire pandemic.
 
On Monday, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that the state will lift the indoor mask mandate for all California K-12 schools starting March 12.
 
Therefore, the following information describes how our District will be implementing the guidelines effective March 12.
 
What does this mean for WJUSD?
 
  • This means that starting March 12:
 
  • Wearing masks indoors will be optional on our school campuses and in our District offices for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.
 
  • Although masks will be optional, both CDPH and Yolo County strongly recommend individuals choose to continue to use face masks indoors after the mandate is lifted.
 
  • The District will continue to provide face masks for students and staff who choose to wear them.
 
  • In accordance with CDPH, no one will be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in any school activity once the new guidance has gone into effect.
 
  • We encourage everyone to be kind and respectful of the individual choices that students, staff, and adults make for themselves and their families.
 
Why did the state update its policy?
 
The new state and local health guidance is based upon numerous factors, including:
 
  • COVID-19 cases in California and Yolo County continue to decline
 
  • Safe, free, and effective vaccinations are widely available
 
  • Higher-quality face coverings are readily accessible
 
Yolo County Public Health Officer, Dr. Aimee Sisson, emphasizes that wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask (KN95, N95 or KF94) is very effective in keeping you safe from the virus, even if others around you are unmasked.
 
 
Are there scenarios in which masking will be required?
 
Yes. Masking will still be required after either:
 
  • Testing positive for COVID
    OR
  • Being exposed to someone in the household who has tested positive for COVID
 
For more information please see the Yolo County Decision Tree, which outlines these requirements in detail.
 
How will the District continue to promote a safe environment?
 
The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and we will continue the following COVID safety measures:
 
  • Air purifiers in all classrooms
 
  • Upgraded HVAC filters
 
  • Free vaccination clinics
 
 
 
    • Encouraging vaccination and hosting free vaccine clinics in collaboration with local health officials
 
  • Having high-quality masks available at each school site
 
  • Providing hand sanitizer
 
  • Encouraging hand washing
 
We recognize that the pandemic has impacted our families and staff in different ways and it is OK to have different opinions and feelings.
 
It is important for us to remember to remain respectful of others’ personal choices and continue to treat each other with kindness as we move forward together as a community.
 
Sincerely,
 
Elodia Ortega-Lampkin
Superintendent
Jan. 26, 2022

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Jan. 26, 2022
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(This update is current as of Jan. 26, 2022.)
 
On Jan. 12, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued changes to current schools guidance. The Yolo County Health Officer (YCHO) notified school staff in Yolo County that local requirements for quarantine and tracing have also been amended.

Due to the transmissibility of the current variant of COVID-19 and current high case rate in the community, this is a formal notice that all staff and students are considered exposed to COVID.

Based on these updates, WJUSD will implement the following process in our schools effective this Thursday, Jan. 27.
  • Families will no longer receive individual close contact notifications.
 
  • All students will remain in school unless they are experiencing symptoms of illness.
 
  • Any student who becomes ill at school will continue to be evaluated by our school health staff to determine if a parent/guardian needs to take the student home and will be referred for testing.
 
  • Students who opt to participate in testing may continue to take part in all aspects of K-12 schooling, including sports and extracurricular activities, unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.
 
  • Staff and families will get notice at the end of the week, via Parentsquare of positive cases per site for the week.
 
 
  • Students and staff members who test positive for COVID are still instructed to report this information to their school or work site and follow isolation guidelines.
 
  • The entire WJUSD community is strongly encouraged to participate in weekly COVID testing regardless of vaccination status.

Students and staff who are ill, and who have had no known exposure to a person with COVID-19, must stay home until:
  • At least 24 hours without a fever; and
  • Other symptoms have improved; and
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    - Tests negative for COVID 19; or
    - A health care provider has confirmed an alternative diagnosis; or
    - A healthcare provider has provided documentation that symptoms are typical of their underlying condition; or
    - At least 10 days have passed since the day that symptoms first appeared.  
 
This will remain in effect until June 10, 2022 or until the Yolo County Health Officer issues new directives to K-12 schools in Yolo County, whichever is sooner.
 

For Frequently Asked Questions click here.

We continue to work closely with the Yolo County Health Department to receive updates and guidance for COVID-19 in our community and continue to report positive cases.

COVID Clinic Testing

Covid Clinic is offering free rapid antigen testing with same day results. Anyone can request a rapid antigen test at a location. Results will be delivered by email, similar to all other Covid Clinic results.  Covid Clinic continues to offer PCR tests as well.

Testing hours are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.  The weekly testing schedule can be found here.

Testing locations are (as of Jan. 26, 2022):

  • Monday - Pioneer, Lee, Beamer, Maxwell, Sci-Tech, and the District office

  • Tuesday - Whitehead, Woodland High, Douglass, Prairie, Tafoya, and the District office

  • Wednesday - Pioneer, Tafoya, Spring Lake, Dingle, Transportation Department, and the District office

  • Thursday - Gibson, Lee, Douglass, Adult Education, Prairie, and the District office

  • Friday - Zamora, Woodland High, Freeman, Plainfield, Cache Creek High, and the District office

(The District Office location offers free testing for staff, students, and community members.)

Staff and Students - Registration information can be found here.

Community Members (NON WJUSD staff or students) - Registration information can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE: The District accepts test results from other COVID testing providers..

Testing Options in Yolo County

For a full list of COVID testing options in Yolo County, visit the Yolo County’s COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine webpage.  Options in the Woodland community include:

  • Walk-In locations at Woodland Community College and Norton Hall

Free COVID Tests from Federal Government

The federal government is offering FREE at home COVID tests to every household in America.  The order includes four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. Shipment is free and there is a limit of one order per residential address. To order your tests, visit the United States Postal Service website. For those unable to order online, a phone hotline will be launched in the coming days.

Staff and student safety is our top priority and we thank you for your support.

- WJUSD Communications