COVID-19


COVID-19

Dear Silver Valley Unified School District Community:

We want to assure you that Silver Valley Unified School District is actively monitoring COVID-19 and taking appropriate steps to maintain safe learning environments for our students and staff.  We work closely with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health to ensure we are up to date with information and procedures. In keeping with our commitment to the overall health and well-being of the community we serve, we share the following information with you:

Reporting Instructions and How Families Can Limit the Spread of COVID-19

If a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, please keep your child at home and notify your child’s school. If your child has any symptoms associated with the Coronavirus, make sure they stay home, contact your doctor and get tested if necessary. Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should remain at home in isolation for 10 days from symptom onset.  For those in the same household as someone with COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 full days from the date that the COVID-19 positive household member completes their isolation. A doctor’s note indicating a different diagnosis will be required to return to school if returning before the 14 days quarantine. It will take a concerted effort to keep the students, staff and families safe. SVUSD schools and staff will maintain confidentiality and protect student privacy, following all FERPA protocols.

Communication Process in the Event of Positive Cases

In the event there is a positive case, affected individuals will be contacted directly by their school or District staff with directions and other important information. Families of students who are not affected will not necessarily receive a notification letter and no action will be required. Silver Valley USD’s first priority is to provide an appropriate education to its students while maintaining the health and safety of students and staff. In addition to health and safety measures taken on campuses, we encourage families to be proactive and to reinforce the importance of handwashing, physical distancing and face coverings to limit the spread of the coronavirus. 

Considerations For School Closure Outlined by the California Department of Public Health 

As our schools are already open, we are not required to close if the county sees an increase in case rates or positive testing percentages. However, individual school closure may be recommended based on the following: 

  • Within a 14-day period, an outbreak has occurred in 25% of more stable groups in the school.
  • Within a 14-day period, at least three outbreaks have occurred in the school AND more than 5% of the school population is infected.
  • The LHO may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data. 

Silver Valley Unified School District COVID-19 Related Documentation

  • Silver Valley USD COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP)

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Standard precautions, and best practices to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as cold and flu apply to COVID-19. These include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated for the flu every year.

Additional Resource Links

By working together to follow these important guidelines, we can help keep our students, staff, and community healthy. Information related to COVID-19 will be updated regularly.

Thank you,

Silver Valley Unified School District