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WCCUSD Begins Group Tracing Effective February 7, 2022
Dear WCCUSD Community:
Effective Monday, February 7, 2022, the West Contra Costa Unified School District has adopted a group tracing approach to contact tracing for COVID-19 cases at our schools. This approach allows for a quicker and broader response to cases identified in school settings, accomplished through prompt notification, testing, and isolation protocols. This strategy also allows for schools to provide safe in-person instruction without undertaking intense contact tracing processes to identify individuals within a specified radius of someone infected.
We want to make sure everyone in our community has the latest information on group tracing and how it works. Here’s the process for what happens when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.
- Positive students or staff members onsite shall be placed in isolation for 5 days. On day 5, the student or staff can test using an antigen test. The infected person can return to school/work on day 6 if they are symptom-free and test negative.
- Schools should notify students and staff who spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared indoor airspace with someone with COVID-19 during their infectious period.
- Notification should occur to "groups" of exposed students (e.g., classmates, teammates, cohorts, etc.)
- Notifications shall be provided to all individuals considered exposed, including those who are vaccinated and/or recently infected.
- Exposed students and staff, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or prior infection, must get tested for COVID-19 with at least one antigen test obtained within 5 days after last exposure or they must quarantine for 10 days (testing must be verified and can be provided by student or staff medical provider).
- Any FDA-approved, verified, antigen or PCR test is acceptable for evaluation of an individual's COVID-19 status. For individuals who have been recently infected (within the past 90 days), antigen testing should be used.
- Exposed students and staff who 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.
Additional Testing Centers
The district is shifting more testing support and resources to school sites to support the new group tracing process. As a result of these efforts, the three testing centers at the District Office, Alvarado Adult School and Ohlone Elementary School will be closed as of Friday, February 11. This transition will allow more personnel to support testing and registration in schools. We will continue to provide weekly testing for students and staff at school sites and District offices. Click here to view the testing schedule for your school and view the latest FAQ regarding group tracing.
We are always examining ways we can keep our staff and students safe, and we believe this additional approach to contact tracing is another tool for us to utilize to keep our schools safe.
Dr. Kenneth Chris Hurst