COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION AND UPDATES
During the Wednesday webinar on 12/2/20, Superintendent Jeff Harris had a discussion with Del Norte County Public Health Officer, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, regarding current and future testing opportunities within Del Norte County. Testing by Verily is currently available through public health at two locations, the Crescent City Cultural Center and the Holiday Inn Express/Redwood Hotel in Klamath. Testing at these sites is for those ages 13 and older. Testing is by appointment only. The Cultural Center is open for testing on Monday and Tuesday, and the hotel location is open on Wednesday. For more information, or to make an appointment, please visit https://www.covid19.dnco.org/testing. Additional testing is available at Sutter Coast Urgent Care Clinic, CVS Pharmacy, and through other healthcare providers.
Del Norte County Public Health is also working closely with Humboldt County Public Health to expand testing availability through our two counties. Testing will be done by United Indian Health Services (UIHS) and is expected to be in place by mid-December. In October, Dr. Rehwaldt reached out to Del Norte Unified and asked if we could assist this effort by providing a location at a few schools for testing. We have been working with the County of Del Norte to ensure that testing is done after students leave for the regular school day, that testing is walk up or drive up, that testing is done outside of spaces used by students and staff, that UIHS staff disinfects any district facility that is used by UIHS staff, and that those seeking testing do not travel through the school site.
All testing will be done between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and no testing will occur within the school building or near students or staff. The tentative testing schedule is:
Monday- Crescent Elk
Tuesday- Margaret Keating
Friday- Smith River
Sunday- Mountain School
This increased testing will be available to the community, and more information, including a final schedule, will be provided by the Public Health Officer when the sites are open for testing.
Please note that contrary to information being placed on social media, testing is not being provided by the District, administered by the District, or mandated by the District, nor is the District receiving any compensation for allowing UIHS and Del Norte Public Health to use the agreed-upon locations.
COVID-19 Precautions and Best Practices
To move forward and to ensure that we do not have to close classrooms, schools, or the entire district, we are asking your help on the following:
1. For Families Traveling - We encourage families who travel or families hosting family from out of the area to consider requesting an independent study contract for two weeks following a holiday break. This would still allow your child to participate with their teacher and other classmates virtually but would also allow time to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for your child or family members prior to returning to school.
2. Face Covering - We ask parents/guardians to support this effort to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses after the holidays.
3. For Symptomatic Students - As always, we encourage you to keep your child home if they are exhibiting any of the symptoms on the daily health screener. This is always an important aspect of dealing with any infectious disease, but it is even more important this year, to help ensure that our schools can remain open for in-person learning.
4. Handwashing & Physical Distancing - Please ensure your family and students are taking the proper steps to help limit contact and the chance of spreading infectious disease.
For more information on all of these things, please visit dnusd.org/familyresources
DNUSD Infographics & Flowcharts for Staff
School Office & Classroom Screening Flowchart
COVID-19 Communication Protocols Summary
DNUSD Infographics & Flowcharts for Parents
When to Close Schools and the District
DNUSD COVID-19 Video Information
DNUSD Personal Protective Equipment & Isolation Room Guidelines (For Staff)
Closing a Class, Cohort, School, or the District (Video)
Daily Student COVID-19 Screening (Video)
When a Student at School Gets Sick (Video)
The Del Norte Unified School District is proud to be working with all of our community partners to keep our students and families safe and up to date on emergency information. We are constantly adding new information and will be building out this site to help provide educational resources for our community.