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In Mass Phone Message To Families (Sept. 2), LBUSD Sup't Baker Says Weekly COVID Tests Mean "There Will Be Positive COVID Cases" And These Actions Will Follow

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(Sept. 3, 2021, 12:30 p.m.) -- In a mass telephone message to families on Thursday (Sept. 2) echoed in multi-language transcripts on LBUSD's website at this link, LBUSD Sup't Dr. Jill Baker has acknowledged that weekly tests of unvaccinated students [i.e. effectively meaning all students under 12 who are currently ineligible for the vaccine plus those over 12 whose parents decline to vaccinate them] plus school staff [who may decline the vaccine] mean "there will be positive COVID cases."

Superintendent Baker said these actions will follow.

...In the event a positive case occurs at your school, a general communication will be sent out to the whole school community to report that someone who tested positive was on the campus. The general notice is just to keep you informed and does not require any action.

Once a positive case is brought to our attention, we will begin contact tracing. That means, if anyone is found to have been in close contact with a positive case, or more specifically, if we determine that the person was within 6 feet of the positive case for over 15 minutes, within a 24-hour period, a separate "exposure notification" will go directly to that individual along with instructions for next steps, like whether your student will be asked to quarantine at home or not. A quick note: middle and high school students and staff who are fully vaccinated and symptom-free will not need to quarantine if they are exposed to a person with a positive case. This doesn't apply for elementary-aged students, as they are not eligible for vaccines just yet...

...[P]lease know that communication with you as well as our greater school community is a top priority as we work together to provide a safe space for learning. Thank you so much for your support.

LBUSD Superintendent Baker's announcement follows acknowledgment by CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond at an August 31 LBUSD press event (responding to a question by LBREPORT.com) that LBUSD cases similar to those now appearing in earlier-opened LA County schools are "inevitable" and the issue now is how to deal with them.

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