Dear Summerville Elementary Parents and Students,
Happy Labor Day Weekend. We hope you enjoyed the three-day weekend with your family.
This afternoon we were notified about four positive COVID-19 cases on the Summerville Elementary Campus. Each case is unique and has its own time frame. Please see below for more information.
In response to the increase in cases, we will be changing a few of our campus procedures. Please take note of the following:
- Beginning Tuesday, September 7, staff will be health screening all kindergarten students. TK/K parents must drop their students off at the kindergarten playground gate. Parents may not enter the kindergarten playground area.
- Beginning Tuesday, September 7, all 1st - 8th parents must drop their students off at the school gates. Parent access to the campus is restricted until further notice. During drop-off and pick-up, please wait for your student in the parking lots.
- No parent access to campus classrooms, the cafeteria, or the library. Parents who need to visit the office should do so after the pickup or dropoff time frame. Please call the school office to make an appointment to speak with a staff member or fill out paperwork.
- Students in grades 6th - 8th grade will be eating lunch outside. We are making plans to move other class lunches outside later this week.
These small modifications are being put in place to help provide more space on campus and to help decrease exposure events on and around our school campus. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
Positive COVID Case Notification
Today we were notified about four COVID cases on campus. All four cases were identified in various spots around the campus.
The first case was last on campus on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The individual was around the middle school grades (6th and 7th). All students and staff members who are considered close contacts have been notified.
The second positive case was last on campus on Thursday, September 2, 2021. The individual was around the primary grades (K-2). All students and staff members who are considered close contacts have been notified.
The third case was last on campus on Friday, September 3, 2021. The individual was around the elementary grades (4 and 5). All students and staff members who are considered close contacts have been notified.
The fourth case was last on campus on Friday, September 3, 2021. The individual was around the primary and elementary grades (4 and 5). All students and staff members who are considered close contacts have been notified.
These cases mark 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Summerville Elementary campus for the 2021-2022 school year. It is the 18th case identified on campus since the beginning of the pandemic.
Remember: It is more important than ever that you assess your child each morning before coming to school. If your child is not feeling well, please keep them home from school. If your student or someone in your family is exposed to COVID-19, please let the school know as soon as you can. All students who are sick or those who are considered close contacts should stay home and contact their doctor or have them tested for COVID-19. For a complete list of COVID-19 symptoms, please see the following link: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Symptoms-Risks.aspx.
For each case, it is vital that each family fully follows all directions from the school and public health each time you are notified. Please see the following link for campus information about our response when a sick student is on campus: https://bit.ly/SumElCOVIDSickResponse2021-2022.
For more information about our Close Contact protocol, please see the following link: https://bit.ly/SumElCOVIDCloseContact2021-2022.
We have included COVID contact information and help at the bottom of this communicator. Please see below for more details.
The modifications we have made are just a few of the ways that we are responding to the increase in cases during this season. We encourage you to reach out to our school if you have any questions about new procedures or actions in place. Working together, I am confident that we can keep our campus a healthy and safe place to learn for all of our students and staff. Contact our office with quetsions.
Ben Howell, Superintendent & Principal - Summerville Elementary School District
IMPORTANT HELP, REMINDERS, & MORE INFORMATION REGARDING OUR COVID RESPONSE
Summerville Elementary 2021-202 COVID Safety Plan
COVID-19 Testing Options
OptumServe Testing Site at the Tuolumne County Fairgrounds, 7 days a week, 7 am - 7 pm
Public Health COVID-19 Call Center
California COVID-19 website
CDC COVID-19 website
Tuolumne County Public Health Quarintene Guidelines
- If your child or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, please contact the school immediately!
- Health Screening is the most important thing you can do before school.
- Practicing distancing
- Wear a face-covering indoors, keep your distance between yourself and others
- Wash your hands frequently
- Communicate with our Office
Reminders for Close Contacts
All confirmed cases should be isolated and close contacts quarantined for ten days from the last exposure to prevent illness in new persons. “Close contact” means being a household member, intimate connection, or caregiver of a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case; within 6 feet of the confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case for more than 15 minutes, even if wearing a non-medical face covering, or having unprotected contact with the infected person’s body fluids, for example, being coughed or sneezed on. If you or a member of your household has been fully vaccinated, please contact your healthcare provider to inquire about updated quarantine guidelines.
Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work together as a school community to follow guidance from Tuolumne County Public Health to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Ensuring that you and our school environment are safe is of the greatest importance to us. For additional questions about COVID-19 in Tuolumne County, please visit the County Department of Public Health coronavirus webpage at https://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/250/Public-Health or the following resources: