K-12 Covid safety practices
for the new school year
State health officials say schools are ready to open for in-person instruction now that vaccines have been widely distributed, but districts face two major challenges: Children younger than 12 are still not eligible for Covid vaccines, and cases have begun to surge again a month after the state dropped most of its Covid restrictions.
The California Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued detailed guidance on how to safely get students back in classrooms, relying on mask-wearing, frequent testing and other practices to prevent Covid transmission.
All K-12 students and adults in K-12 school settings, including Barona Indian Charter School, are required to wear masks indoors when students are present. People who have medical conditions that don’t allow them to wear a mask are exempt, but they must wear a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge or another nonrestrictive alternative if their condition permits it. Schools must provide students with a face covering if they forget to bring one of their own.
It’s up to the school or district as to how they wish to handle students who refuse to comply with the mask rules. But if the district or school opts to exclude students who refuse to wear a mask, they must provide the student with “alternative educational opportunities.”
Outdoors, masks are optional for all.
The California Department of Public Health will continue assessing the plan and decide no later than Nov. 1 whether to update the mask requirements.
The state recommends schools limit nonessential visitors, volunteers and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated, especially in communities with moderate-to-high Covid transmission.
For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person
Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.
However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home.
Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
Someone who has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
Has recovered and
Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
The COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to those 12 years and older and are safe, effective, and free! Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms. Having to quarantine means students miss school, sports, and extracurricular activities.
If you have questions about vaccines, talk to your child’s healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected to one.
The Health Code of Conduct
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, BICS has taken several extraordinary precautions to minimize health risks during the 2021–2022 school year. If you choose to attend in-person or enter the school grounds, students, parents, and staff agree to follow these health standards:
Do not attend or enter school grounds if you feel sick.
If offered, take the health screening survey prior to entering the campus.
Use provided PPE and hand sanitization stations.
Follow social distancing guidelines and traffic flow signs.
Always wear a mask inside any building or classroom.
Wash your hands frequently.
Be considerate and kind.
Each person attending or entering the campus will be asked to agree to and abide by this Health Code of Conduct. Anyone choosing not to observe these terms is encouraged to participate in an independent study program.
Covid-19 At-Home Test Kits are Available for Pick-up
Parents may receive one kit (set of 2 tests) per student.
Kits are available in the school office.