• COVID-19 Data Dashboard & FAQ

    COVID-19 HELP CENTER. CALL 951 509 5014 MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM OR EMAIL 24/7 TO COVIDHelp@alvordschools.org

    The Alvord Unified School District and all of our schools are committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on our campuses, while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for our students and staff. The data in the chart below represents the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among AUSD students and staff on our campuses. This data will be updated regularly and as cases are confirmed. In the event of a positive case, parents of students identifed through the contact tracing process as having been exposed are notified directly by their principals or school staff. Below are frequently asked questions:

    Q: Is Alvord currently requiring students and staff to comply with the new COVID-19 vaccination mandate?
    A: No. The vaccine mandate will not take effect until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approves the vaccine for the different age groups.

    Q: When will the vaccine be required and for what age groups?
    A: State officials expect the mandate to take effect on July 1, 2022 for students in grades' 7-12, but it could take effect as soon as January 1, 2022.

    Q: Will there be exemptions if I do not want my child COVID-19 vaccinated?
    A: At this point in time, we anticipate that the vaccine will be required by regulation, not legislation. Therefore, we anticipate that parents may choose to exempt their student due to medical and personal beliefs. (HSC section 120338).

    Q: What is the law on medical exemptions for immunizations currently required?
    A: Starting January 1, 2021, medical exemptions can only be issued through the California Immunization Registry – Medical Exemption website (CAIR-ME) by physicians licensed in California. Learn more about the medical exemption process here.

    Q: What is the law on personal or religious exemptions for immunizations currently required?
    A: California no longer offers personal or religious exemptions to immunization requirements for students. However, some students may have their previous exemptions "grandfathered in." If a student received a personal beliefs exemption prior to January 1, 2016, that exemption is valid until the student enters the next grade span. For example, an exemption obtained prior to 7th grade is no longer valid when the student enters 7th grade. An exemption obtained in 7th grade or thereafter is valid through 12th grade.

    Q: When will we know what is required, when it will be required, and whether or not there will be exemptions?
    A: To be determined. I will update this information as soon as it is released.

    Q: Where can I learn more about immunization law?
    A: Learn all about California's statutory requirements, Code of Regulations, and public health orders here

    Watch a video from the California Department of Public Health with the latest immunization requirements that went into effect July 1, 2019 here.  

    Q: How do I contact the COVID-19 Help Center?
    A: Call 951 509 5014, Monday - Friday from 7:30 - 4:30. Or email 24/7 to COVIDHelp@alvordschools.org

    Q: What services does the COVID-19 Help Center provide?
    A: The Help Center supports families by answering questions related to COVID-19 school protocols. The Help Center also supports school sites by conducting the contact tracing protocol and communicating with the families of students who have had contact with a positive test case. The Help Center team is also the liaison to both our Health Services Team and the Riverside County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Response Schools Team.

    Q: What do I do if my student tests positive for COVID-19?
    A: Keep your child home and notify your school's attendance office immediately. Contact your child’s primary care physician for health care guidance.

    Q: When can students return to school following a positive test?
    A: Students may return to school when they have met all of the following criteria:

    1. At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
    2. Other symptoms have improved; and
    3. The student is cleared to return to school by the Alvord Health Services Clearance Clinic. Contact (951) 509-5033 for return to school procedures.

    Q: What do I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19 infection?

    A: Keep your child home and notify your school's attendance office immediately. Contact your child’s primary care physician for health care guidance. 

    Q: When can students return to school if they have symptoms of COVID-19 infection?
    A: Students may return to school when they have met all of the following criteria:

    1. At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
    2. Other symptoms have improved; and
    3. They have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2,: OR
    4. A healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma); OR
    5. A healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus):OR
    6. At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.

    Q: Who is notified when there is a positive case on campus? 
    A: Parents of all students identified through the contact tracing process are notified immediately via email (and in some cases texts). Then, the COVID-19 Call Center team follows-up the email with a phone call to the same families to confirm that they are aware of the situation and to discuss next steps related to quarantine/modified quarantine and testing protocol. Riverside County Public Health officials are notified too.

    Q: Who is notified when a class or multiple classes in one school are quarantined due to an outbreak? 
    A: In addition to every student identified due to contact tracing, all families with a student in the school are notified in an email from the principal.

    Q: What do I do if my student is identified through the contact tracing process as having been exposed to a student who tested positive?
    A: Students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors) are expected to follow the guidelines for modified quarantine. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:

    1. Are asymptomatic;
    2. Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
    3. Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine; and
    4. Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting (Unless the student is vaccinated in which case they may participate in extracurricular activities with twice-weekly negative tests).

    Q: What counts as close contact?
    A: Related to school, close contact includes any person who was within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period or had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them) or shared eating or drinking utensils.

    Q: What is modified quarantine?
    A: Students on modified quarantine remain in school and must undergo twice weekly testing (each test at least 3 days apart) and not participate in any extracurricular activities at school, including sports, or any other activity outside of the regular school day, on campus or in a community setting, through Day 10. (Unless the student is vaccinated in which case they may participate in extracurricular activities with twice-weekly negative tests).

    Q: What should the timing be for twice weekly testing of students in modified quarantine?
    A: Test immediately after being exposed to someone with COVID-19. Subsequent testing should occur at least 3 days apart.

    Q: When can students on modified quarantine resume all activities?
    A: Modified quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen is collected after Day 5 from the date of last exposure and tests negative.

    Q: How do students learn when they are isolated or in quarantine and cannot attend school in-person?
    A: Students work asynchronously by accessing their Google classrooms. If students are out of school for 3 or more days, they will enter into a Short-Term Independent Study Contract until they return.

    Q: Where can I find out how many confirmed positive COVID-19 incidents have been identified at my school?
    A: On COVID Date Dashboard. Cases recorded in the Dashboard are confirmed by Public Health and remain on the Dashboard for 14 days.

    Q: What data is on the Dashboard?
    A: The data represents the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among AUSD students and staff on our campuses. The data is updated daily or as cases are confirmed.

    Q: When would an entire school be quarantined due to an outbreak?
    A: The decision to temporarily close a school would be made in consultation with the Riverside County Department of Public Health, if it is determined that not closing poses a significant threat of substantial school or community spread.

    Q: How long may schools be quarantined?
    A: The length of closure will depend on the reason for closing. Decontamination and contact tracing may result in 3-5 days of closure. Significant absenteeism of staff and students may result in 2-4 weeks. If closing is part of a larger community mitigation strategy for local areas with substantial community spread, it could result in 4-8 weeks of closure.

    Q: Will teaching and learning continue during quarantine?
    A: Yes, students currently quarantined due to testing positive or exhibiting symptoms after exposure to a positive case have been moved to asynchronous distance learning until they are safe to return to school. In the case of an entire class or school, we will utilize both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning strategies, depending on the situation and circumstances.

    Q: What type of test is used for the home-testing kit the school provides?
    A: The Rapid antigen tests. It is similar to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in that both check for active infection of COVID-19.

    Q: What is the difference between a Rapid antigen tests and a PCR test?
    A: Rapid tests aren’t as sensitive as PCR tests. The rapid test results are available in as little as 20 minutes. The PCR test requires a lab and takes between 24-72 hours to receive results, depending on demand.

    Q: Which test is better?
    A: Both tests serve a purpose given the time it takes to test and the time it takes to receive results. PCR tests are considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.

    Counts are being tallied as cases are confirmed

    * This number may fluctuate due to changes in enrollment.

    ** Information updated as cases are confirmed. Current positive cases reported within the last 14 days.

    What Families Can Do to Limit the Spread
    It is going to take a concerted effort to keep our students, staff and families safe. In addition to health and safety measures taken on our campuses, we encourage families to be proactive and to reinforce the importance of hand-washing, physical distancing, and face coverings to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Also, 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 school. If your child has any symptoms associated with the coronavirus, make sure they stay home and get tested if necessary.

    Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should remain at home in isolation for a minimum of 10 days plus at least 24 hours after the resolution of fever (without fever-reducing medication) and improvement of other symptoms. Finally, keep children home when they are sick. Schools will work with students and families to maintain confidentiality and to help continue your student’s education.

    Resources and Information
    For additional questions about the coronavirus, visit the Riverside County Health Care Agency website.

    Please continue checking your email and other sources of communications from our schools, which have been providing school and class specific information.