Updated Protocols for COVID-19 Exposure Management

David Bensinger

Due to the large numbers of positive COVID cases in the community, it is likely that your student will encounter COVID in the community, including when in school. Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols, monitor your child’s health and keep your student home if they are feeling sick. Please click here to view the GHC COVID-19 exposure notification.

In response to the rise in cases and spread of the Omicron variant, GHC is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and is implementing the protocols below. 

Baseline Testing Prior to Return to Campus

Prior to the start of the second semester, all Granada Hills Charter students were required to present a negative COVID-19 test dated January 5, 2022 or later. Nearly 5,100 tests were administered to students, with the following results:

  • Student Positivity Rate 7.8%
  • Staff Positivity Rate 5.7%
  • Overall Positivity Rate 7.6%

By taking this precautionary action, we were able to identify over 350 cases of COVID-19 in our community helping limit the disruption of campus learning and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on our campuses. 

How is GHC handling the surge in cases? 

Due to the large numbers of positive COVID cases in the community, it is likely that your student will encounter COVID in the community, including when in school. Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols, monitor your child’s health and keep your student home if they are feeling sick. Please click here to view the GHC COVID-19 exposure notification. In response to the rise in cases and spread of the Omicron variant, GHC is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and is implementing the protocols below. 

Updated Safety Measures: 

For the month of January, all GHC students and staff will take a COVID-19 PCR test twice per week. This increased testing frequency enables earlier identification of COVID-19 in the community. All students and staff are required to wear upgraded masks: surgical masks, KN95 or N95 masks. These masks will be provided to all students and staff. Please refer to the GHC Safety Plan for additional information. Finally, the school continues to work closely with local health departments to ensure the safest school environment. 

What happens when a student on campus is diagnosed with COVID-19 and my student is exposed?

If your student is fully vaccinated, they may continue to attend school uninterrupted. Closely monitor their health for the next ten days (as you should be doing daily) - if they have any new symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 or don’t feel well, they should stay home from school. 

If your student is not fully vaccinated, they may continue to attend school uninterrupted if they are eligible for “modified quarantine,” also known as “test to stay.” Click here to view the requirements for modified quarantine. 

All students, regardless of vaccination status, will participate in the twice weekly COVID-19 testing. This frequent testing schedule meets the LACDPH requirements for individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting. 

If your student is identified as a close contact through interviews with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 and must quarantine at home, the school will contact you directly. 

What happens if someone in my household is diagnosed with COVID-19?

If your student is fully vaccinated and has no symptoms, they may continue to attend school uninterrupted. Closely monitor their health for the next ten days - if they have any new symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, they should stay home from school. If they develop symptoms while on campus, please go to the GHC health office. 

If your student is not fully vaccinated and/or has symptoms, they must follow the LACDPH quarantine requirements and CANNOT attend school until the end of the quarantine period. You must contact the GHC health office and provide documentation of the positive test in order to determine the date your student will be cleared to return to campus. 

What happens if my student is diagnosed with COVID-19? 

The most important thing is to get plenty of rest and focus on getting better. Your student must isolate for at least five days from the date of the diagnosis (test date or documented date of onset of symptoms). Click here to view the isolation instructions from LACDPH. The GHC health office will send an email indicating the date that your student is eligible to return to campus. 

While away from school, your student will be able to stay current in their classes with the various support services offered by the school. The school will contact you via email with detailed information about these services. 

To learn more about how Granada Hills Charter is responding to the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant, visit our COVID-19 Information page on our website. 

Thank you for your commitment to keeping the GHC community healthy and safe, as we continue to navigate this pandemic and the many challenges it poses for all of us.