Vacaville Unified School District

Health and Wellness Plan

Criteria For School Reopening

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. It is based on tiers that are defined using the 7-day average of daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population and the test positivity rate in a county.

Under guidelines provided by the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California schools may reopen at all grades if they are located in counties in the Red, Orange or Yellow Tiers.


Schools that serve students in grades TK-6 may reopen for in-person instruction in the Purple Tier, including during a State of California Regional Stay at Home Order, if they meet COVID19 Rate criteria (less than 25 cases per 100,000 population per day for at least 5 consecutive days) and have an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan which is posted on the website.

Vacaville Unified School District’s COVID-19 Saftey Plan was submitted on February 5, 2021, and approved by Solano Public Health on February 21, 2021.



Thoughtful and Phased Implementation

Vacaville Unified School District will employ a phased in model as a part of their reopening plan. Phased reopening plans for in person instruction may include, but are not limited to:

  • Shifting from a full virtual learning model to hybrid model

  • Gradually allowing for specified grades and/or a percentage of each
    grade to resume in-person learning, beginning with the youngest and
    most disproportionately impacted students

VUSD will continue to provide virtual learning for students who request it.

A key goal for the Vacaville Unified School District is to reduce or eliminate in-school transmission. The VUSD Health and Wellness Plan implements a layering framework of safety strategies for in-person instruction. Each strategy (face coverings, stable groups, physical distancing, etc.) decreases the risk of in-school transmission; but no one layer is 100% effective. It is the combination of layers that are most effective and have been shown to decrease transmissions.


Communication

Information pertaining to the numbers of cases and exposures at the schools will be posted to the VUSD website weekly. The information shared will be consistent with privacy requirements such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


The Four Elements of Keeping Our Schools Safe

This Health and Wellness Plan is intended, first and foremost, to protect the health, safety and well-being of students, teachers, and other school staff. This plan is organized into sections by topic, and within each section the planning elements are further separated into practices.

Section 1 Behaviors to Reduce the Spread of Viruses

Section 2 Maintaining Healthy School Environments

Section 3 Maintaining Healthy School Operations

Section 4 Preparing for When Someone Gets Sick

The required health practices included in this plan will be implemented by all VUSD schools. These practices are foundational to minimizing the risks of exposure to COVID19 for students, staff, and families. The practices are intended to be the minimum level of implementation. VUSD has diverse learning environments that will require sites to use thoughtful strategies when applying the practices to meet the health and safety needs of all students and staff. Not all practices will be possible in all settings, and therefore will be tailored as appropriate.


The Implementation of the Plan

School administrators oversee the daily operations of TK-12 schools and will be responsible for implementing the plan and reinforcing the plans elements.


COVID19 Point of Contact (POC)

All school sites have a COVID-19 Point of Contact to respond to COVID19 concerns at the school. Staff and families are encouraged to report all safety concerns to the COVID19 Point of Contact for immediate consideration.