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Governor Announces New Masking Guidance After March 11, 2022: Joint Communication from all SC County School Districts

With declining case rates and hospitalizations, today Governor Newsom announced that after 11:59 p.m. on March 11 masking indoors for schools and childcare facilities will transition from being required to being highly recommended. Until after March 11, schools of Santa Cruz
County will continue to require students and staff to mask while indoors. After this date, masks will remain “highly recommended” for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

No matter our disagreements, teachers deserve to be treated with respect--Dr. Sabbah's Community Article

One of the first lessons we teach our children is to respect others – to treat each other as we would want to be treated even when we may disagree. Unfortunately, in recent weeks some in our community have fallen short of that mark. We’ve been dismayed to witness as teachers and staff in our county have been cursed at by parents while children are present over disagreements around COVID-19 mitigation policies.

Updated Outdoor Masking Policy

Thank you to the roughly 80% of our families who responded to our survey regarding our outdoor masking policy. Ninety percent of survey respondents support changing the outdoor masking policy to optional and
encouraged.

Updated Guidance for Sports & Extracurricular Activities

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been committed to protecting our school community by closely adhering to guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Under operative executive orders, State Public Health Officer Orders, Cal/OSHA Workplace Safety and Health Regulations, and provisions of the California Health and Safety
Code, schools must comply with orders and guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health and relevant local health departments to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.

Most recently, following this guidance has been challenging when on January 12, CDPH produced two contradictory models for notification, contact tracing, testing, and quarantine.

COVID Home Testing Kits Available to All Families & Staff

Dear Bonny Doon School Families,

I hope this message finds you and your family enjoying a happy and healthy winter break.
I am pleased to share that the state has provided us with at-home COVID 19 antigen testing kits to distribute to families and staff so that everyone can test before returning to school next week. Antigen tests are simple to administer and provide results in 15 minutes.

We encourage families to pick up a test either at our school on Saturday, January 1st from 10-12 (upper parking lot), or at an Inspire Testing drive-through location beginning Sunday, January 2nd . Testing will support our efforts to keep everyone healthy as we return to campus. Families who go to a drive-through location will be offered both the 15 minute antigen test and the 24 hour PCR test.

Please see the link below for more details and instructions.

Dec. 17 Community Update

Dear Bonny Doon School Partners,
As we head off to winter break, we'd like to share a bit of information. While our school staff continues the commitment to the health and safety of students, staff and community, we are all hearing of increased cases locally, nationally and internationally. The school team remains committed to transparency. If we have a COVID exposure, we will notify the school community as well as any close contacts. We have a resource page on our website for your reference. We are appreciative of our shared effort--students, staff and families--to keep students home (or staying home) when not feeling well.

Attached, you will find a joint letter from all Santa Cruz County school districts. Please take the time to read it as there is important information.
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