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2021-22 Welcome Back FAQ
Posted 8/2/21

Aug 2 Update: The California Department of Public Health has posted a new FAQ clarifying its 2021-22 guidance related to vaccines, masking and quarantine restrictions HERE.


The Contra Costa County Health Department issued orders on Aug. 2 requiring masking indoors regardless of vaccination status starting Aug. 3.


July 30, 2021


In anticipation of the reopening of schools for in-person instruction on Aug. 12, we have created a "2021-22 Welcome Back FAQ" that we hope will answer many of the questions you may have about protocols for the coming school year. We are excited to welcome students back to our campuses and will be sending out more information as we receive guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Contra Costa Health Services Department.


Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Updated July 30, 2021

1. Will temperature check and health screening be required upon entry to school? 

  • Parents/guardians are being asked to monitor their child’s health daily for symptoms of illness at home and to not send children to school if they are ill.  Daily attestations are not required. 
  • Click here for a COVID-19 symptom screening list to be used at home daily. Students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members are expected to self-monitor, and to not enter school facilities if symptomatic.  

2. Is the school office going to be open to the public? 

  • Yes, however, access will be limited.
  • While school offices are open, we are requesting that visitors attempt to conduct business via phone or email, to limit the number of people on-site.  
  • Whenever this is not possible, please contact the school site to schedule an appointment. 

3. If I have scheduled an appointment on campus, what do I do? 

  • All visitors should self-monitor for symptoms including fevers at home. If symptomatic, do not enter school facilities. 
  • Visitors must wear face coverings upon entering school facilities and are asked to respect social distancing. 
  • Check-in at the front office for a visitor badge. 

4. Will my child be required to wear a mask at school?

  • Face coverings, while indoors, are being required by the District for all persons at a school site, with exceptions, per CDPH.
  • Students requiring exemptions must complete the medical mask exemption forms which are available in both English and Spanish.
  • Face coverings, while outdoors, are optional for all persons, per CDPH..

5. What if a student refuses to wear a mask?

  • In the case that individuals refuse to comply with health directives, such as the requirement to wear a mask on campus, administration will work with the individual to rectify the behavior as follows:
    • Remind a student to put on their face covering and/or follow the health directive. Site staff will provide a face covering if they do not have one.
    • If the student still does not wear their face covering and/or follow the health directive, the administrator shall contact the parent/guardian and have them speak to their child to wear a face covering and/or follow the health directive. If the student still does not wear their face covering and/or follow the health directive, the administrator shall have the student’s parent/guardian come pick them up and have the student complete their work from home.
    • If the student repeatedly does not wear their face covering and/or follow the health directive, the student will be subjected to progressive discipline.

6. What can my student expect inside a classroom?    

  • Face coverings are required indoors for all students, staff and volunteers, except those with a documented mask exemption form on file, per CDPH. 
  • Hand soap and paper towels will be available for hand washing when the classroom has a hand washing sink. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms.
  • Daily cleaning procedures will be practiced by school staff. More information is here: Maintaining Healthy Environments.
  • Clear partitions may be used in classrooms.

7. Will there be social distancing on campus?

  • Physical distancing is no longer required, but classrooms are prepared for physical distancing between students, when possible. 
  • When in the classroom, students will be assigned to their specific seats. 
  • Students are expected to respect physically distancing practices outside of the classroom.
  • Research suggests that in-person instruction can happen safely without minimum distancing if other prevention strategies, such as masking, are used.

8. What air ventilation practices are being implemented?  

  • Per CDPH, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning systems are set for Title 24 ventilation requirements for outside air. 
  • All HVAC units are installed with Merv 13 Air Filters. Filters are replaced on a quarterly cycle.
  • Doors and operable windows can be opened to all for additional fresh air; however, this may affect the set temperature of the HVAC units. 

9. Are staff and students required to be vaccinated before entering campus? 

  • No, but all persons 12 years of age and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. More information about vaccinations is available from Contra Costa County Health Services.
  • Although vaccines are not required, MDUSD highly encourages ALL staff and eligible students to be vaccinated. Every single individual making the personal choice to be vaccinated will make the difference in the safety and security of our school campuses and community.  

10. Are volunteers permitted on campus?

  • Limited volunteers will be allowed on campus to provide assistance in outdoor settings.

11. What happens if a student or staff member has symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Students or staff members with symptoms of COVID-19 infection may not return for in-person instruction until they have met CDPH criteria to return to school for those with symptoms:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
    • Other symptoms have improved; and
    • They have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.

12. What if a fully vaccinated student or staff member comes into “close contact” with an individual with COVID?

  • CDC guidance provides that people who are fully vaccinated and do not have COVID-19 symptoms or who are wearing masks while in close contacts do not need to quarantine or get tested after an exposure to someone with COVID-19.
  • The District will comply with all notification and quarantine protocols called for in the local county health order and CDPH guidance here: 

13. How can I get my student vaccinated?

  • Appointments are available daily throughout the community at . The website is available in multiple languages and has interactive assistance features to assist you in signing up.
  • Click here to view a document with the closest locations.

14. Is COVID-19 testing required for students?

  • No, but testing is encouraged.
  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to have their students tested if there is known exposure or if the student is symptomatic. Testing information is available from Contra Costa Health Services and will also be offered at some district locations (see #15 below).
  • There are no longer any testing requirements for youth sports, but individuals should continue to wear a mask indoors in public settings. 

15. Will MDUSD be offering COVID testing?

  • Yes, MDUSD plans to offer optional testing at select locations across the district each week for students, athletes, families and staff. The protocol will be the same as it was in Spring 2021, which includes required paperwork, billing to insurance or confirmation of no available insurance, and positive results reported to MDUSD.
  • COVID-19 testing is also available from health providers and through Contra Costa County Health and Human Services. Click here for more information about free COVID-19 testing in Contra Costa County. 

16. If my student is at school and does not feel well, what do they do?

  • The student will be sent to the nurse’s office.  
  • The nurse, or another staff member, will assess the student, contact the parent/guardian accordingly, and provide guidance. If a student's symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, the student will be referred to a local testing site and the student may not return for in-person instruction until they have met CDPH criteria to return to school for those with symptoms (see Question 11). 

17. What happens if an unvaccinated student or staff member comes into “close contact” with an individual with COVID and everyone was wearing masks? 

  • Quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated students for exposures when all parties were wearing masks, as required in TK-12 indoor settings include:
    • When both parties were wearing a mask in the indoor classroom setting, unvaccinated students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors) may undergo a modified 10-day quarantine as follows. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:
      • Are asymptomatic; 
      • Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
      • Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine; and
      • Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting. 

18. What if an unvaccinated student or staff member comes into “close contact” with an individual with COVID and students or staff were not wearing masks?

  • Quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated close contacts who were not wearing masks or for whom the infected individual was not wearing a mask during indoor exposure; or for unvaccinated students as described in #18 above. 
    • For these contacts, those who remain asymptomatic, meaning they have NOT had any symptoms, may discontinue self-quarantine under the following conditions:
      • Quarantine can end after Day 10 from the date of last exposure without testing; OR
      • Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen is collected after Day 5 from the date of last exposure and tests negative.
    • To discontinue quarantine before 14 days following last known exposure, asymptomatic close contacts must:
      • Continue daily self-monitoring for symptoms through Day 14 from last known exposure; AND
      • Follow all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., wearing a mask when around others, hand washing, avoiding crowds) through Day 14 from last known exposure.
    • If any symptoms develop during this 14-day period, the exposed person must immediately isolate, get tested and contact their healthcare provider with any questions regarding their care.

19.  What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

20. Where can students wash their hands?         

  • Hand soap and paper towels will be monitored and restocked as needed at all sinks, both within the restrooms and in classrooms that have hand washing sinks. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be monitored and restocked as needed in every classroom and office space.

21. Will the drinking fountains be operational?    

  • Drinking fountains will be available for use; however, students are encouraged to bring personal water bottles to refill. 
  • Touchless water dispensers are available on each school campus for students to refill their water bottles.

22. What are the district’s cleaning and sanitization best practices?

  • Standard daily cleaning procedures will be followed.
  • All high-touch areas, including door handles, sink faucets, water stations, and light switches will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day, as time allows. 
  • All restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected with added attention to restocking hand soap, paper towels and hand sanitizer, at least once per day. Additional cleaning and disinfecting will take place throughout the day, as time allows. 
  • In the event that a positive case occurs within a classroom/office, district extended cleaning and disinfecting will take place. 

23. Will Nutrition Services be providing service on-site?

  • Nutrition Services will be providing food for breakfast and lunch at all sites as part of the Universal Meals program.
  • Face coverings will be required in all food lines while collecting daily meals.
  • Physical distance will be maximized as much as possible while eating (especially indoors). 
  • Additional spaces will be used outside of the cafeteria for mealtime seating, which will help facilitate distancing. Sites will arrange for eating outdoors as much as is feasible.

24. Will Transportation be providing service?    

  • Transportation to and from school will be provided for qualifying students.
  • Face masks will be required, unless the student has an approved exemption on file. 
  • Windows will be opened for proper ventilation when the bus is in operation. 

25. Will there be Athletics, Visual and Performing Arts, After School Programs and other Extracurricular Activities?

  • All MDUSD schools will offer a full complement of competitive athletic programs. This year, sports will be offered during the regular scheduled seasons.
  • Check the MDUSD Athletics website, as well as with individual schools, for information about Athletic clearances, medical physicals, waivers, insurance, tryouts and other information. 
  • All MDUSD schools will have visual and performing arts programs specific to their sites. Please check with individual schools for more information about these programs. 
  • The schools with existing After School Programs will resume after school enrichment activities for high school and middle school students. School sites will have middle school program applications available on a first come, first served basis. 

26. Will parents/guardians be notified if there has been a COVID-19 exposure in the classroom?

  • Yes. Letters will be sent or emailed home informing staff/families of exposure.

27. Will the district be requiring families to sign “Compacts” like we did during the hybrid phase prior to school starting?

28. Will larger public gatherings, such as Back to School Night, be in person?

  • More information will be shared after school resumes. 

29. Will sites be able to have in-person assemblies?

  • This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If allowed, we expect that students and staff will all wear masks indoors at all times.  

30. Are field trips allowed?

  • Field trips will be revisited after school resumes.