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                  2021-2022 COVID-19 Parent-Student Handbook


Table of Contents

Overview        2

Attending School        2

Symptomatic with No Known Exposure:        3

Positive Test Result:        4

Exposure:        5

Exposure that Occurs Outside of School/at Home:        5

Exposure that Occurs at School:        6

Group Tracing Protocols:        6

COVID-19 Testing for Students/Staff:        6

On-Site Daily Health Screening:        7

Travel Guidelines:        7

Absences        7

Arrival and Dismissal from School        7

Volunteers        8

School Gatherings        8

Athletics        9

Field Trips        10

Cleaning Procedures        10

Heating and Ventilation        11

Face Coverings/Masks (Updated June 30, 2022)        11

Hand Hygiene        12

Cough/Sneeze Etiquette        13

Physical Distancing        13

Water        14

Medical Needs and Front Office Health Room        14

Underlying Health Conditions:        14

Other Illness/Communicable Disease:        15

School Actions and Communications in Case of Possible Exposure at School        15

References & Additional Resources Can Be Found At:        15


West Contra Costa Unified School District’s plan for 100% return to in-person instruction focuses on the health and safety of all staff and students. This handbook was developed to support a healthier school environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have implemented health and safety measures that include indoor universal masking for students and staff regardless of vaccination status, getting the Covid-19 vaccine if eligible, reminding students and staff to frequently wash their hands, staying home if students or staff are sick, regular cleaning and disinfecting, upgrading our HVAC filters, preparing classrooms and common areas with visual markers and posting signs across campus. All measures taken are in accordance with the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) Contra Costa County Health Services (CCCHS), California Department of Education (CDE), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

This Handbook will remain fluid and responsive to new information from local, regional, state, and federal agencies. This Handbook is intended to offer each community member a central location to access information during this continually evolving experience. As new decisions are made and as content is developed, it will be added to this Handbook.

The successful implementation depends on the cooperation and support of our whole school community. By adhering to the safety precautions outlined in our plan, we are confident that together we can safely and successfully return to 100% in-person learning.

Attending School

We are asking all families to partner with the school in support of these guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is our goal to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and staff.

Please follow these guidelines to help maintain a safe and healthy learning environment:

Symptomatic with No Known Exposure:

Symptoms of COVID-19:

TEST OR 10: Testing is required if a student/staff is present with symptoms of COVID-19 unless a healthcare provider provides an alternate diagnosis that rules out COVID-19. If students/staff are not tested or evaluated by a healthcare provider, they must stay at home and isolate for at least 10 days.

They may return to school once the criteria below are met:

*Students/staff who present with these symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days are recommended to be evaluated by a healthcare provider rather than test.

*If present, a school nurse at the school site may recommend a healthcare provider consultation or test if they suspect COVID-19 when a student/staff presents with one or more of the listed symptoms.

Positive Test Result:

If your child tests positive via an antigen home test or PCR test, it is MANDATORY they isolate at home, regardless of vaccination status (even if fully vaccinated) per public health guidelines.

They may return to school when the criteria below are met:

If unable to test on day 5 or after, or if a repeat test on day 5 remains positive, the case must stay isolated until a negative test is obtained or 10 days of isolation have passed. No additional isolation or testing required after day 10.

You may expect a WCCUSD Contact Tracer to follow-up with you to go through these return instructions with you. Confidentiality will be maintained and is limited to the contact tracer and respective school site supervisors and personnel.

More info can be found here: County Quarantine & Isolation Guidance.


All person(s) who have spent a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared INDOOR airspace (e.g. classroom, home) with someone with COVID-19 during their period of infectiousness.

Exposure is no longer defined as “close contact” within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes or more.

Exposure that Occurs Outside of School/at Home:

Students/Staff that were exposed outside of school in the community, ex. Household exposure, may continue to participate in in-person learning and school activities as long as they have no symptoms. A test is strongly recommended 3-5 days after the last date of exposure, unless they were recently infected within the last 90 days, and a mask is strongly recommended for 10 days from the date of exposure.

If your child has symptoms after exposure, they must stay home.

*If exposure involves multiple positive household members, the recommended test date is 3-5 days from the date of the first household member to test positive.

Notify your school site immediately ONLY IF your child becomes symptomatic and/or tests positive in this situation.

Exposure that Occurs at School:

Under California Department of Public Health and Contra Costa County Public Health guidelines, WCCUSD follows the group tracing model when there is an exposure that occurs on-site.

Group Tracing Protocols:

Under the group tracing model, students/staff will be able to remain in school regardless of vaccination status after exposure as long as the criteria below are met.

Schools/Supervisors will notify all exposed students & staff identified in the group tracing model.

*For individuals with recent infection within 3 months, they may not need to test after exposure. Individuals with recent infection are recommended to consult their healthcare provider.

COVID-19 Testing for Students/Staff:

WCCUSD, as part of the COVID-19 testing plan, will provide multiple testing opportunities in addition to testing resources made available through Contra Costa County Public Health.

On-Site Daily Health Screening:

These are NOT required for any staff, student, or visitor at any grade level. However, this practice is subject to change based on updates from county health and CDPH guidance.

Travel Guidelines: 

WCCUSD follows Federal, State, and Local travel guidance. Please refer to for all updated travel guidance and recommendations before traveling domestically or internationally.



To report an illness or absence, please contact the school office via phone or email.

Arrival and Dismissal from School



Schools and WCCUSD facilities should limit nonessential volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated, particularly in areas where there is moderate-to-high COVID-19 community transmission. Volunteers shall adhere to the following procedures:

  1. Volunteers (including parents) will not be allowed on campus without an appointment from the front office and compliance with the following Covid prevention protocols:
  1. Vaccination verification
  2. Or proof of recent negative Covid test results (Covid test taken within 72 hours of event or appointment)


  1. Volunteers will also submit to the normal WCCUSD Community Engagement Office application/clearance process(Volunteer Services)
  2. Any volunteers permitted on the campus must first check-in at the school office and adhere to all posted health and safety protocols


School Gatherings 

  1. Student assemblies, special performances, dances, awards ceremonies, academic competitions, extracurricular events or student clubs should have gatherings outside if weather permits and comply with WCCUSD Covid-19 safety protocols. Spectators are allowed at school-related events. Indoor spaces should have good airflow and follow CDPH Guidance for Ventilation, Filtration, and Air Quality in Indoor Environments 
  2. If student based or Professional Learning Community gatherings are conducted indoors the following Covid prevention protocols shall be met with strict adherence:
  1. Follow the strategy for Staying Home when Sick and Getting Tested from the CDC
  2. Strongly recommended masking
  3. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  4. Ventilation- keep doors and windows open, if feasible

  1. Outside Organizations (CBOs)  will not be allowed on campus or district facilities if not complying with the following Covid prevention protocols:
  1. Vaccination verification
  2. Or proof of recent negative Covid test results (weekly test results, if needed and COVID test taken within 72 hours of event)


Indoor mask use remains an effective layer in protecting against COVID-19 infection and transmission, including during sports, music, and related activities, especially activities with increased exertion and/or voice projection, or prolonged close face-face contact.  Accordingly:

Field Trips

The current field trip protocols/procedures will continue to be followed due to the current COVID-19 conditions in addition to the following procedures,:

Someone must be available to chaperone a student and/or adult chaperone who becomes ill and must be isolated from others until someone arrives.

If parents do not want their child to attend a field trip or large off-campus group events the parent can use the normal opt-out procedure, such as not signing the permission slip or contacting the school site and informing staff of their desire to opt-out.

On-campus supervision and instruction will be utilized for students who opt-out.

We will monitor field trips and destinations very closely and use these guidelines. However, when necessary we will cancel field trips in an effort to protect our students, staff, parents, and community.


Cleaning Procedures

In general, routine cleaning is enough to sufficiently remove the virus that causes COVID-19 from surfaces. If disinfectants are used, use asthma-safer products.

  1. Recommended action:

a. Drinking fountains may be open and used by students and staff. Routine cleaning is recommended.

Heating and Ventilation 

As part of the district’s School Site Specific Protection Plan (CPP) for a return to in-person instruction, the district conducted an assessment for all heating and ventilation (HVAC) equipment at all campuses throughout the West Contra Costa School District.

Our existing HVAC systems were evaluated to:

As a result, we are confident that all measures we are taking will ensure the health and safety of our students. 

Face Coverings/Masks (Updated June 30, 2022)

As part of a statewide effort to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, and as mandated by the CDPH, face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn by all staff and students indoors and outdoors. Face coverings must adhere to current California Department of Public Health Guidelines. 

Wearing face coverings correctly: 

Removing face coverings correctly: 

Hand Hygiene

Frequent hand hygiene is one of the most important preventative practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and will be encouraged at school. Hand hygiene stations will be accessible on campus. We strongly recommend that students and staff wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival to school each day before entering the classroom. 

Five steps to proper handwashing: 

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. 

How to use hand sanitizer: 

Cough/Sneeze Etiquette

Please help us teach your child(ren) these important preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Physical Distancing 

Based on current guidelines from the California Department of Public Health and Contra Costa County Public Health, distancing in classrooms is no longer required.


Drinking fountains may be open and used by students and staff. Routine cleaning is recommended.

Medical Needs and Front Office Health Room

Parents/guardians, teachers, and staff should instruct students to visit the school health office only if they are sick or injured. The school health office is a high-risk area that should only be used if medical assistance is necessary. If the health concern is not urgent, teachers and staff will attempt to resolve the matter with first aid interventions before sending a student to the school health office. Illness and injuries that would be handled in the health office may include:

If you know your child has mental health concerns that present as physical symptoms (e.g., headache, stomachache, nausea), please inform their teacher and work with your child to recognize their symptoms and practice self-soothing techniques, as possible. If you or your children are feeling worried or anxious, they can sometimes present with physical symptoms (e.g., headache, abdominal pain). Help your child learn how to deal with that anxiety in a healthy way. Our school counselors are also available for consultation in this area. 

Students with known underlying health conditions may be at increased risk of severe illness related to COVID-19 infection. These health conditions may include Diabetes (Type I and II), immune system deficiencies, and chronic respiratory conditions. If your child has a chronic health condition, please consult with your child’s healthcare provider to determine if/when it is safe to attend school in person and notify the District Nurse involved normally in your student’s care plan, IEP, or 504.  In addition to this, please make sure to note any medical conditions on your student’s emergency card.

Underlying Health Conditions:

Students with known underlying health conditions may be at increased risk of severe illness. These health conditions may include Diabetes (Type I and II), immune system deficiencies, or chronic respiratory conditions. If your child has a chronic health condition, please consult with your child’s healthcare provider to determine if/when it is safe to attend school.

Other Illness/Communicable Disease:

Depending on the illness/communicable disease, a clearance from the student’s healthcare provider may be required for return to school after illness. Consultation with Contra Costa County Public Health may be necessary for next steps.

School Actions and Communications in Case of Possible Exposure at School

Families will be notified of school or cohort closures and any restrictions (if necessary per Contra Costa County Public Health recommendations) in place to prevent COVID-19 exposure (e.g., limited hours of operation) as soon as possible.

For questions and local information about COVID-19, please call the Contra Costa County Health and Coronavirus Call Center at 844-729-8410. The call center is open from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Interpreter services are available.

References & Additional Resources Can Be Found At: 

Contra Costa County Health and Human Services Coronavirus Information

Contra Costa County Public Health At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety Guidance

Contra Costa County Health and Human Services Coronavirus Information Schools

Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) website

California K-12 2022-23 Guidance