Dear Adams Families:
First, thank you for continuing to keep the Adams community safe. We appreciate the clear communication from our students and families who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to a close contact that has tested positive. As you can imagine, with the surge in cases, our team has been busy ensuring that families are contacted in a timely manner to review quarantine guidelines and any other follow up we may need to ensure a safe return to school.
In an effort to streamline our process for reporting and gathering information, we have created a simple form that can be used when reporting COVID symptoms, exposure and/or positive test results.
Beginning today, we ask that you use this form should your student experience any COVID symptoms, be exposed to positive close contact, or test positive.
Please ensure that you fill out the form to the best of your ability with any and all pertinent information asked. This form will also be accessible on our website on our main page at www.adamsmiddle.org.
While we have your attention, please be aware of several new health/safety guidelines based on the most recent updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:
- Surgical Masks Recommended - the LA County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) is recommending that students wear surgical masks instead of cloth masks. Please note this is a recommendation and not a requirement. Masks continue to be available to our students who need them in our front office.
- Outdoor Masking – as a reminder, the new language from LACDPH states: Required masking in crowded outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible except when eating and drinking. You may wonder what is considered “crowded outdoor space.” When an individual student is not 6 feet away when socializing outdoors. Typically students walk shoulder to shoulder down hallways or huddle to talk during snack – this is considered “crowded outdoor space.” Students can absolutely continue to take masks breaks when needed as long as they can properly socially distance from others. We hope that as cases decline, we can return back to outdoor masking being optional.
- Updated Quarantine Guidelines for Positive Cases: The following will begin to be implemented starting Monday, January 10, 2022.
- If a student tests positive and has no symptoms they are able to return to school IF they get a negative test on Day 5 of their isolation AND are symptom free
- This applies regardless of vaccination status
- The test MUST be on Day 5 and no sooner to end isolation
- Anyone who tests positive or is a close contact starting Sunday, January 9 going forward will qualify for the new guidance.
As always, we appreciate your support during this time. We know that we are experiencing changes and updates frequently and we appreciate our staff, students, and community who help keep our schools safe and open.