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Coronavirus Response Information

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.

Testing Information

Natomas Charter School provides on-campus COVID-19 testing to students and staff each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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
  • Wednesdays 3-3:30pm - Star Academy Campus - MPR Entrance. 

In order for students to participate in testing, the parent/guardian must first register for testing. NCS staff must also register for testing. Registration only has to occur once. 

Click HERE to Register for COVID Testing

Additionally, all NCS students and staff may test through the Natomas Unified School District. Click here for more information regarding the NUSD clinic. 

Vaccination Resources

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 household exposure as long as they are not demonstrating any symptoms.

COVid-19 Digital dashboard

NCS COVID Information - Click HERE to View the Data 

The chart linked above reflects our latest confirmed cases and vaccination rates. We update the data at least once per week. There may be a delay between notifications and when this data is updated.

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. 

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

returning to campus safely

After having COVID, it is important for families to determine with their child's doctor how to ensure student 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. If your child needs additional supports after speaking to your doctor please contact your academy principal. 

FAQs about COVID-19 School operations

Last Updated: 05/12/22 at 12:25pm.

1. What should I do if my child appears to have COVID symptoms? (Updated 03/09/21)

Families are advised to review the latest Sacramento County Public Health "Decision Tree." Anytime a student has symptoms they are to remain at home 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, staff members, and visitors have to wear masks while on campus? (Updated 03/01/22)

Through Friday March 11th at 11:59pm universal indoor face coverings are required on all K-12 school campuses across California. Starting Saturday, March 12th indoor face coverings will move from "required" to "strongly recommended" for all students, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status (see the latest CDPH masking requirements). Each individual can choose as to whether or not they would like to continue wearing a face covering indoors. Masking will continue to be optional outdoors. 

3. Are vaccines required for all students and staff? (Updated 03/01/22)

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

Based on Governor Newsom's Emergency Order (10/1/21) and SB 871 (Pan) establishing new COVID vaccination requirements for all K-12 schools (Health and Safety Code §120335) we do expect COVID vaccinations to become a requirement. This requirement would be for all K-12 students to attend in-person instruction at any public or private school (including charter schools) in the future. However, specific dates and exemptions have not been established. Once this occurs we will work with families to ensure their children are in compliance with any updated laws and emergency orders.

4. Do fully vaccinated students have to quarantine? (Updated 03/09/22)

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 it is recommended fully vaccinated monitor for symptoms. 

5. Do unvaccinated students have to quarantine when exposed to COVID-19? (Updated 04/06/22)

If the exposure occurs at school or in the community, the latest SCPH guidance recommends monitoring for symptoms and testing 5 days after exposure. If the exposure occurs in the household, it is recommended that an unvaccinated student quarantine at home, monitor for symptoms, and test 5 days after exposure. Should your child have a household exposure please contact the office so that we can discuss the matter and provide more specific guidance. 

6. Will Natomas Charter School be collecting student vaccination records for the 2021-22 school year? (Updated 05/12/22)

Yes. Similar to any other immunization records, Natomas Charter School has been asking parents to voluntarily provide COVID vaccination records for their students via email (covid19@natomascharter.org) or by dropping off a physical copy. Submission of these records is 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 an 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 continue to offer 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. Testing times and locations can be found at the top of this page.

9. 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 the conditions surrounding the exposure. Our goal is to keep students on campus while at the same time ensuring our campus remains safe and healthy.

10. 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 class/activity has tested positive for COVID-19 and if your child has been exposed to COVID-19. The communication will be via email and confidential in nature with no identifying information provided.

11. 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. 

12. 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

2021-22 COVID-19 Communications

Historical (2020-21) COVID-19 communications