Guidelines for the 2021-2022 School Year
Please note: If you or a member of your household has been exposed to or has tested positive for COVID-19, please keep your student(s) home from school and contact our Pandemic Team right away. Thank you for your cooperation!
We are so pleased with the return of all students to in-person learning this school year and want to share some important guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that Oakwood will be implementing.
Oakwood will continue to monitor and update our mitigation protocol as needed as guidelines from our State and County may change. We thank you for your careful review of these guidelines and your continued support of the protocol we have put in place to aid in the health and safety of our Oakwood students, faculty, staff, and broader community. Questions regarding this information may be directed to our Pandemic Team.
Oakwood will maintain the below guidelines and update as needed or required by our governing entities.
• Multifaceted Prevention Strategy: Oakwood will continue to uphold a multifaceted COVID-19 mitigation protocol following state and county guidance.
• Face Coverings: As per the Santa Clara County Public Health Department face covering guidance, all individuals regardless of vaccination status are required to wear face coverings indoors. Face coverings are optional outdoors for all individuals.
Face coverings should fit appropriately, covering the nose, mouth, and chin. They should be tasteful, containing no wording, symbols, or offensive images, and may be any color or color pattern. Gaiters, bandanas, valved, or thin fleece material face coverings do not provide sufficient source control and are not permitted. It is recommended that face coverings be at least 2-ply material.
Families must supply face coverings for their students and should plan to have at least two clean, spare face coverings in their backpack in case theirs becomes dirty, breaks, or is misplaced.
• COVID-19 Vaccination: Oakwood strongly encourages all eligible individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to help slow the spread of COVID-19. On August 11, 2021, CDPH released a new directive mandating all school employees to be vaccinated or be required to test weekly, which Oakwood is in compliance with.
• Attendance Protocol: Please note: our absence reporting protocol has changed this year. If your student is ill with any symptoms, whether on the below list or not, we ask that you keep them home from school. Please visit our new Attendance webpage to report your student’s absence. If your student or a member of your household is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you will be contacted by a member of our Pandemic Team and given next steps and the proper protocol to be cleared to return to campus. It is imperative that all members of our Oakwood community stay home when ill and follow the proper steps before returning to campus. If students become ill during the day, our faculty and staff will notify parents/guardians immediately and the student will be sent home. Thank you for your help in keeping our campus healthy and safe.
- Fever of 100.0 or higher
- Loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
• Daily Screening: At this time, we don't plan to require daily symptom screening with the Fever Free app or the paper checklist for our faculty, staff, and upper school students. We do expect all families to abide by the health screening pledge in Magnus that acknowledges that parents/guardians will monitor for symptoms daily at home before students come to campus. Additionally, If you or a member of your household have been exposed to a positive case or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you please stay home and get tested immediately. Symptomatic individuals or those who have been exposed should contact the Pandemic Team immediately for next steps.
• Surveillance Testing: Oakwood is requiring a negative COVID test before a student may return to campus. Oakwood may require additional COVID-19 surveillance testing during the school year, and families will receive advance notice. Regular COVID testing is recommended by the CDC for unvaccinated individuals and weekly testing required of unvaccinated school employees by CDPH.
We have required two COVID-19 tests for the entire community since the beginning of the school year on August 18 and September 17. These testing events have resulted in zero positive cases of COVID-19 and we are thrilled with these results!
• Hand Hygiene: Oakwood will continue to promote and reinforce frequent handwashing while on campus. Outdoor handwashing stations will remain around campus in addition to sinks in bathrooms and classrooms available for use. Hand sanitizer will also be made available as needed.
• Physical Distancing: There are no longer any minimum physical distancing requirements in indoor spaces when other mitigation strategies, such as face coverings, are implemented.
• Ventilation: Oakwood will continue to optimize ventilation in indoor spaces with the use of MERV-13 air filtration and air purifiers, consistent with the CDPH Guidance on Ventilation of Indoor Environments and Ventilation and Filtration to Reduce Long-Range Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections: Considerations for Reopened Schools.
• Case Reporting, Contract Tracing, & Investigation: Oakwood will continue to comply with state and county COVID-19 reporting requirements should we be made aware of a positive case on our campus. The Pandemic Team will work in conjunction with the county on contact tracing and notifications to any potential close contacts.
• Cleaning: Oakwood will continue to disinfect classroom spaces and high-touch surfaces with approved disinfectants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency COVID-19 list.
• Visitors: Oakwood will continue to limit visitors, volunteers, and on-campus activities where applicable. Any visitors to campus must check-in at the Front Office before proceeding on to campus.
Partnering with the County and CDPH
Our Pandemic Team meets weekly with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) for updates and briefings regarding COVID-19 directives, guidelines, and recommendations as they relate to schools. As we receive updated guidance, we will update this page accordingly. Please see below for quick facts related to the COVID-19 vaccination stats for our community as well as resources that SCCOE has shared with us.
Over 76% of eligible Oakwood students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Over 95% of Oakwood Faculty, Staff, Coaches, and Subs are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Get your flu shot today! Just as the COVID-19 vaccine is important and strongly encouraged by Oakwood, so is the flu shot. Visit the Santa Clara County Flu website for resources on where to get your flu shot this season or speak to your healthcare provider.