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District Updates

On February 28, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state of California will no longer require school districts to have a mask mandate in place after March 11, 2022.

As a result, the Beaumont Unified School District will shift to a mask-recommended policy in our school buildings. While students, staff, and visitors will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors, we will strongly encourage them to do so. 

Please note that masks will continue to be required in our buildings until Saturday, March 12. The first regular school day under the new mask-recommended policy will be Monday, March 14. 

As we make this transition, we ask that we all respect one another’s decisions when it comes to masking. We will maintain safe and positive learning environments in which everyone should feel comfortable wearing a mask if they choose to do so. 

We will also continue with our other mitigation strategies that have worked well for us, including:

  • Group contact tracing and notifications for confirmed positive cases
  • Offer masks
  • No-cost PCR testing for students and staff
  • Take-home antigen tests for students and staff
  • Maximized airflow and ventilation in our buildings
  • Handwashing and sanitization stations
  • Ensuring students and staff stay home if they are feeling ill
 

Finally, we want to thank our students, staff, and families for all your efforts to protect one another and keep our schools open throughout this pandemic. By following our health and safety protocols, you have allowed us to navigate so many challenges with a great deal of success. We remain grateful for all you have done and continue to do.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school office.

JANUARY 6, 2022
 
AT-HOME COVID-19 STUDENT TEST KITS HAVE ARRIVED

 

On January 6, 2022, Beaumont Unified received a shipment of COVID-19 rapid tests for students from the state. There is only enough for each student to receive one (1) kit. There is a possibility that we may receive a second kit for each student in the near future. Should we receive this second kit, you will be informed.
 
While the testing is not required to return to school, we are highly encouraging parents to test their child before the first day of school on Monday, January 10, 2022.
 
WHEN AND WHERE DO I PICK UP THE TEST KITS?
 
The at-home tests will be readily available for pick up:
 
Beaumont High School Athletic Complex
350 Brookside Ave. Beaumont CA. 92223
  • Thursday, January 6 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 7 between 8:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m.
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PICK UP (Please Fully Read):
 
Drive-thru Pick up: To pick up your at-home student testing kit(s) at the above location, please remain in your car and come prepared to hand a staff member a paper that has the following information for EACH student in the household:
  1. Currently enrolled student(s) first and last name and student ID number, if known
  2. Date of birth
  3. Grade
  4. School
The At Home iHealth Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test instructions are included on the back of the test packaging.
 
WHAT DO I DO AFTER I TEST AT HOME?

Negative Results/No Symptoms:
  1. No site notification is needed, please return to school on January 10, 2022
Negative Results/Symptoms:
  1. Stay Home and Follow the Covid-19 Symptoms Checklist at the following link: Checklist
  2. Contact your site health attendance office at the following email address and please include the following information:
Student first and last name, date of birth, grade, and school. 
  1. Anna Hause - [email protected]
  2. Brookside - [email protected]
  3. Palm - [email protected]
  4. Starlight - [email protected]
  5. Summerwind - [email protected]
  6. Sundance - [email protected]
  7. Three Rings - [email protected]
  8. Tournament Hills - [email protected]
  9. Mountain View Middle - [email protected]
  10. San Gorgonio Middle - [email protected]
  11. Beaumont High - [email protected]
  12. Glen View High - [email protected]
*Please Note* If your students attend different schools, it is important to contact each school at the correct email address listed above.
 
Positive Results:
  1. Stay Home
  2. Contact your site health attendance office at the site email address noted above.
  3. The Covid-Response team will notify you via email within 2 business days with quarantine and isolation guidance. Don’t return to school if your test is positive. 
* Please Note* The District offers short-term independent studies, up to 14 cumulative days in the school year, and a long-term independent study option, 21st Century Learning Institute. For more information, please contact your child’s school at the email listed above.
 
We understand that this is short notice as we are working diligently to get the testing kits into the hands of our students as quickly as we have received them. If you are unable to attend the drive-thru testing kit pick-up, other opportunities will be scheduled and communicated via email.
 
Thank you all in advance for your cooperation and support as we continue to provide a safe learning environment for all.
JANUARY 5, 2022
 
RETURNING TO SCHOOL FROM THE HOLIDAY BREAK

As we approach our return to school on Monday, January 10, 2022, we know the rise in COVID-19 cases during the holidays and the Omicron variant is on people’s minds. We want to assure you that we are prepared to safely welcome our students back to school. We will continue to follow all of our safety protocols and diligently monitor the spread of COVID-19.

We would like to provide you with some important information to help ensure a safe return for all and continue our ultimate goal of keeping our schools open. For this, we need everyone’s cooperation.

Home Screening is Critically Important: 
We need our students/parents to home health screen for symptoms every day
 
To stop the spread and keep our schools open, we need our families to health screen each and every morning before coming to school. Students with any of the following symptoms should stay home until a negative COVID test can be confirmed and the symptoms improve:
 
  • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell that started in the last 10 days (Children may say that food “tastes bad” or “tastes funny”)
  • Feeling out of breath or having a hard time breathing
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches or body aches
 
Wearing Masks

  • K-12 students and staff are required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Masks are optional outdoors for all in K-12 settings. 
  • Persons exempted from wearing a face-covering due to a medical condition must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
 
How do the symptoms differ between the Delta variant and the Omicron variant?

  • Unlike the Delta variant, many patients with Omicron are not losing their taste or smell. Omicron patients describe a bit of a scratchy, sore throat as an early symptom. The bottom line is, keep your child at home if they are ill. Contact your child’s doctor and have your child tested for COVID-19. Contact your child's school. Keep your child at home until you get their test results and please report them to the school as soon as possible. Students who exhibit symptoms will be sent home until the school has evidence that the child's condition is not due to COVID-19.
 
Will I be required to test my child prior to returning to school?

  • While it is not required to get your child tested prior to returning to school, we are highly encouraging parents to test prior to returning to school. The state has recently made us aware that they will be providing at-home testing kits for K-12 schools, but we have not received the kits at this time. More information on this will be forthcoming as we receive it from the state and county. Please continue to check your emails and notifications from Beaumont Unified.
 
Where can I access testing?

 
Will students physically distance in the classroom?

  • There are no physical distancing requirements for classrooms or schools, but staff will do so to the greatest extent possible if physical distancing is feasible. Barriers and desk shields are not required but are available upon request.
 
Will Beaumont USD offer COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics?

  • We are currently working with Riverside University Health System to offer a vaccine clinic (Pfizer) for ages 5 and above later this month. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.
 
What if I am not comfortable sending my student back to school at this time?

  • The District offers short-term independent studies, up to 14 cumulative days in the school year, and a long-term independent study option, 21st Century Learning Institute. For more information, please contact your child’s school site administrator.  
 
Thank you all in advance for your cooperation and support as we continue to provide a safe learning environment for all. Additionally, as we near the end of this winter break we would like to encourage you to avoid large gatherings and to take extra precautions as you spend time with your family and friends.

We also ask that you remind your child to return to the habit of good school hygiene practices and to securely wear their face masks on campus. The success of our schools during the first semester staying safe with limited campus spread, is due to your incredible partnership, let's continue to work together to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families.

Beaumont USD is and has been following the health and safety protocols implemented by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal/OSHA, and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for K-12 schools

The District’s goal is to make sure that our schools stay safe and open by mitigating the potential for transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our schools and workspaces. However, this requires personal and professional responsibility and cooperation from the entire school community, and it’s only through a cooperative effort that we can make sure our students' education is not interrupted.

COVID-19 Dashboard

The Beaumont Unified School District is committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases at school sites. View the Dashboard.

Self-Screening

We ask that all parents please self-screen their child at home for COVID-19 Symptoms every day prior to coming into our school campuses. It is important that you do not send your child to school sick. If your child is experiencing symptoms, get tested and/or consult a healthcare provider. View COVID-19 Symptoms Checklist.

Mask Interventions

The District has developed a face-covering document with four tiers of interventions. The interventions help educate, encourage, and support our students in understanding why CDPH requires face coverings indoors, why it’s important to their safety and the safety of others while at school, and how to access a face covering if they forget or lose their own. More Information on Interventions.

Physical Distancing

There are no physical distancing requirements for classrooms or schools, but staff will do so to the greatest extent possible if physical distancing is feasible. Barriers and desk shields are not required but are available upon request.

Quarantine and Close Contacts

When it comes to the length of necessary quarantines for people who test positive for COVID-19, we will follow the latest guidance. You can find more information regarding quarantine in our Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan.

Inform your site administrator if your student is demonstrating symptoms. If your student is specifically identified as close contact to an individual that tested positive for COVID-19, you will be notified by the District COVID Liaison.

Report any exposures to positive COVID-19 cases for your child or if your child has received a positive COVID-19 test to [email protected] Once notified, school and district staff will walk you through any isolation or quarantine requirements

Testing

The District is offering COVID-19 testing kits for students exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms and/or who are notified by the District COVID-19 Liaison that they were a close contact. Please find more information regarding the tests kits in our COVID-19 TEST KIT FAQ on our website.

Other Safety Strategies

 

  • We will continue to replace and maintain our HVAC and ventilation systems.
  • We will continue to teach and emphasize frequent and proper handwashing as well as provide hand sanitizer. 
  • We will continue to regularly clean frequently touched surfaces.