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Coronavirus Response Information

COVID-19 reporting Process

If you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 to report to Natomas Charter School please complete the online COVID-19 Reporting Form linked below. This resource will assist you in knowing how to address your specific situation until a member of the school's contact tracing team can contact you directly.

NCS Parent/Guardian COVID-19 Reporting Form

If you have an immediate medical need please contact your primary care physician or other medical professional.

COVID-19 Testing Information

Natomas Charter School provides on-campus COVID-19 testing each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This testing is completely free and being provided as a resource for keeping students and staff on campus.

  • Tuesdays 2-4pm - Blackrock Campus (LE/PFAA/VLA) - Benvenuti Performing Arts Center Lobby
  • Thursdays 3-4pm - Star Academy Campus - MPR Entrance 

To participate in testing the parent/guardian or staff member must first register for testing. Registration only has to occur once. Please note all families will need to re-register for testing starting October 11, 2021.

Click HERE to Register for COVID Testing

Additionally, all NCS students, staff, and family members may test through the Natomas USD community testing location on Tuesdays. Click here for more information regarding the NUSD clinic. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

As we welcome students back to campus for the 2021-22 school year on August 11, 2021 we encourage all eligible students, staff, and families to get vaccinated as soon as possible. By getting vaccinated you help to protect those in our community who are not yet eligible for vaccinations, ensure we have a safe and healthy campus, and limit learning disruptions for students. Students and staff who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine in the event of a close exposure as long as they are not demonstrating any symptoms.

COVID-19 Response Plan

Natomas Charter School implemented the following COVID-19 Response Plan based on the latest public health guidance and Board Policy 0470 - Health and Safety Policy for COVID-19. As we receive new guidance for the 2021-22 school year, continue to update the plan accordingly. The current plan consists of the following components. 

These resources reflect the latest California Department of Public Health and Sacramento County Public Health guidance information.

On-Campus COVID-19 Cases

The chart above is updated throughout the week. There may be a delay between notifications and when this data is updated. Below are definitions of key terms on this chart.

  • Confirmed Cases: Individuals with a confirmed positive test result or diagnosis from a doctor. Typically these individuals isolate for 10-14 days from the positive test result or start of symptoms.
  • Modified Quarantine: Unvaccinated students who were a close exposure, but qualify for a modified quarantine because students were fully masked at school during the exposure. These students are required to take two COVID tests within the 10-day period following exposure. Typically this is done through our Tuesday/Thursday on-campus testing clinics.
  • At-Home Quarantine: This group consists of three different types of situations.
    • Unvaccinated students who had an off-campus close exposure (most common).
    • Unvaccinated students who had an on-campus, unmasked exposure (ex: during lunch).
    • Vaccinated students or staff who have a in-home, on-going exposure. 
  • Vaccinated Exposure (Blackrock Campus): Students who are fully vaccinated and as a result allowed to return to school. 3-5 days post exposure these students are recommended to take a COVID-19 test to monitor for breakthrough cases. Typically this is done through our Tuesday/Thursday on-campus testing clinics.

 

FAQs about COVID-19 School operations

Last Updated: 10/20/21 at 5:45 PM.

1. What should I do if my child appears to have COVID symptoms? (Updated 10/20/21)

Families are advised to review the latest Sacramento County Public Health "Decision Forest." As of October 15th anytime a student has symptoms they are to remain at home for until the symptoms have resolved for 24 hours without the use of medication and one of the following has occurred:

  • The child has a negative antigen "rapid" test and a negative PCR test OR;
  • The child has an alternative named diagnosis from a health care provider.

Families who decline to test will need to keep their children home for 10 days from symptom onset with a return on Day 11.

2. Do students and staff have to wear masks while on campus?

Based on current Sacramento County Public Health Order (7/29/21)California Department of Public Health’s K12 Schools Guidance (and associated October 20th update), and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. This may change as the school year evolves. Masks are optional outdoors but strongly encouraged when individuals cannot physically distance.

3. Are vaccines required for all students and staff?

Currently, vaccinations are voluntary. However, we strongly encourage all students and staff to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. This helps to ensure we have a healthy campus, as well as limits learning disruptions. As of May 2021 all age-eligible NCS students and staff have been provided vaccination resources and the school has observed fairly high participation rates. We will continue to provide vaccination information throughout the school year. 

4. Do fully vaccinated students have to quarantine? (Updated 8/18/21)

Based on the current CDC and CDPH guidance, any students or staff members who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final dose) do not have to quarantine in the event of a close exposure as long as they do not have any symptoms. Based on the latest SCPH guidance (August 18th) fully vaccinated individuals who have experienced a close contact exposure will be asked to take a COVID-19 test between day 3 and day 5 after the exposure. 

5. Do unvaccinated students have to quarantine when exposed to COVID-19?

Under the latest CDPH guidance, students who were wearing masks during the close exposure to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine as long as they remain without symptoms and participate in twice weekly COVID testing during the duration of their quarantine period. This is one of the reasons for universal masking on school campuses.

 

6. Will Natomas Charter School be collecting student vaccination records for the 2021-22 school year?

Yes. Similar to any other immunization records, Natomas Charter School will be asking parents to voluntarily provide COVID vaccination records for their students. The front office will be contacting families in early August with the process for submitting these records. Submission of these records will be voluntary, but the primary means by which the school will determine whether or not a student must quarantine in the event of a close exposure. The school will assume that all students without vaccination records are unvaccinated.

7. How will Natomas Charter School meet the K-12 worker vaccination or test requirements?

On August 11, 2021 the California Department of Public Health issued a new order requiring all K-12 public and private schools to verify the vaccination status of all "workers." Workers is defined in the public health order as an employee, contractor, or volunteer who is regularly working on campus. Any worker who is not fully vaccinated must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Natomas Charter School's employees and contractors are 98% fully vaccinated. Employees and contractors who are not fully vaccinated are participating in weekly on-campus testing. At this time we have limited volunteers on campus who must all be vaccinated.

8. Will Natomas Charter School continue to offer on-campus COVID testing during the 2021-22 school year?

Yes. We are planning to continue offering on-campus testing throughout the school year. This testing will be voluntary, but encouraged for anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19. 

9. How effective were the school’s COVID protocols last school year?

Natomas Charter School had zero cases of on-campus transmission last school year. Based on our contact tracing, all COVID cases were related to off-campus activities. Our on-campus protocols, as well as the diligence of NCS students, families, and staff helped to ensure our campus remained safe and healthy. Thank you!

10. Will families have the option to remain on distance learning for the 2021-22 school year?

No. Distance learning was legally permitted only for the 2020-21 school year and expired on June 30th. All Star Academy, Leading Edge, and PFAA students are expected to return to campus on August 11th. If there are families interested in continuing in a more remote or independent format they should consider one of our independent study programs, PACT (K-8) and VLA (9-12). Additionally, Natomas USD is providing the Larry Meeks Academy as another virtual option.

11. Are students, staff members, and visitors required to wear face coverings when on campus?

Based on the current protocols for K-12 schools, all students, staff, and visitors are expected to wear face coverings when indoors on campus. All face coverings must meet the latest guidelines from the California Department of Public Health. Should this change with any updated protocols from the CDC and CDPH we will let families know.

12. What happens when there is a COVID-19 case on campus?

When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 Natomas Charter School works with Sacramento County Public Health to identify next steps based on the individual’s vaccination status and whether or not masks were worn during the exposure. A close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet of the person for 15 or more minutes. Students who are required to quarantine will be provided independent study materials or the duration of their quarantine. 

13. Will parents be notified if there is a COVID-19 case on campus?

Families will be notified anytime a student or staff member in your child’s grade level or academy has tested positive for COVID-19 and if your child has been exposed to COVID-19. The communication will be confidential in nature with no identifying information provided.

14. What happens if my child is possibly exposed to COVID-19 outside of school? What should families do?

If your child has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 outside of school please contact the front office so that we can determine when they can return to school. During this time they may learn at home via independent study. If your child is fully vaccinated and has no symptoms they can continue attending school.

15. What guidance is Natomas Charter School following for its reopening plans?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Natomas Charter School continues to follow the guidance of our public health partners, a few of which are also NCS parents. The latest CDPH K12 Schools Guidance can be found on this page. This is the guidance Sacramento County Public Health requires all schools in our county to utilize. 

16. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

We will continue to keep our students, staff and families informed as we receive guidance from public health officials. If you have any questions, please continue to visit this FAQ page or email your academy principal. 

Resources

returning to campus safely

As students return to school, it is important to determine how to ensure a safe return to classrooms and activities, including exercise and physical activities. In alignment with AB 856 (COVID-19 Youth Health Information Act), we encourage all families to review the following guidelines regarding the safe return of students to exercise and physical activity after exhibiting signs or symptoms of, or testing positive for COVID-19.

2021-22 COVID-19 Communications

Historical (2020-21) COVID-19 communications