COVID-19 Policy Protocol & Guidelines

For Employees, Parents & Students

Latest page update: 01/12/2022

This page has been set up to provide up-to-date information to the entire International School of Orange County community about the School’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

Our commitment to the health and safety of our students, their parents, our faculty & staff, and our community at large remains our number one priority.

NOTE: Our school is committed to following guidelines developed by the California Department of Public Health and to aligning with K-12 Schools 2021-2022 guidance.

Please review Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools (Updated Jan. 6, 2022)

 

Steps for Determining Close Contact and Quarantine in K–12 Schools

If you were exposed to Covid-19 and are not up-to-date on Covid-19 vaccinations:
 

Quarantine for at least 5 days

  • Stay home

Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

 

  • Get tested

Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.


After quarantine

  • Watch for symptoms

Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

 

  • If you develop symptoms

Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.


If you were exposed to Covid-19 and are up-to-date with vaccination OR had confirmed Covid-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test):

 

  • No quarantine

You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
 

  • Get tested

Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19

 

  • Watch for symptoms

Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you  last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
 

  • If you develop symptoms

Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.
 

For more information, please visit the full guidance page here.

 

PROTECTION & SAFETY

  • Students, staff and faculty must wear masks indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status

  • Masks are optional outdoors but, following CDC recommendations, students, teachers, staff and parents are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated

  • Reinforced hand washing/sanitizing before and after bathroom use, recess, lunch, and prior to all transition periods at minimum

  • Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are available in each class

  • Extra hand washing sinks are available right next to the lunch tables

  • Class sanitation and ventilation reinforced

  • A/C air filters changed to MERV13-FPR10 as recommended by the health department

  • Air purifiers are installed in every classroom

 

BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL

Home symptoms and temperature checks

  • Temperature must be lower than 100.4 to come on campus

  • If your child has any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, please do not send them to school:

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Fatigue/muscle or body aches/chills

  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Close contact with a person infected with COVID-19

Drop-off
  • Students must wear a mask before entering their classrooms

 
CLASS TIME
 
Per CDPH Guidance, "recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are implemented".
 
IN CASE OF SICKNESS DURING CLASS HOURS
  • Students will be placed in a separate room with supervision

  • Parents will be called for immediate pick up. If symptoms are acute, 911 will also be called

  • Case management regulations and reporting to county public health requirements will be followed

 

Staying Home When Sick

Follow the strategy for Staying Home when Sick and Getting Tested from the CDC.

LOCAL RESOURCES

Orange County schools and the OC Department of Education for the latest news and information visit the OCDE Newsroom

Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) strongly encourages all who are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as one of the best ways to protect yourself and others.  Visit the OCHCA Vaccine Resources Site for more information.  

Local information on testing and testing resources in Orange County can be found at the OCHCA Testing page.