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Dear Colusa Unified School District Community:
We want to assure you that CUSD is actively monitoring coronavirus/COVID-19 and taking steps to maintain safe learning environments for our students and staff.  We are working closely with the Colusa County Office of Education and Colusa County Public Health to stay abreast of important information and procedures. In line with these partnerships, and our commitment to the overall health and well-being of the community we serve, we share the following information with you:
Reporting Instructions and What Families Can Do to Limit the Spread
If a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, please keep your child at home and notify your school. If your child has any symptoms associated with the Coronavirus, make sure they stay home, contact your doctor and get tested if necessary.  A doctor’s note will be required to return to school if returning before the 14 days quarantine. It will take a concerted effort to keep the students, staff and families safe.  CUSD schools and staff will maintain confidentiality and protect student privacy, following all FERPA protocols.

Communication Process in the Event of Positive Cases

In the event there is a positive case, affected individuals will be contacted directly by their school or District staff with directions and other important information. Families of students who are not affected will not receive a notification letter and no action will be required. Colusa Unified’s first priority is to provide the education to its students while maintaining the health and safety of students and staff. In addition to health and safety measures taken on campuses, we encourage families to be proactive and to reinforce the importance of handwashing, physical distancing and face coverings to limit the spread of the coronavirus. 

Considerations For School Closure Outlined by the California Department of Public Health 

Once schools reopen, schools are not required to close again if the county sees an increase in case rates or positive testing percentages. However, individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the local health officer. Individual school closure may occur when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5% of the total number of teachers/student/ staff are cases within a 14-day period. A superintendent should close a school district if 25% or more of schools in a district have closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days, and in consultation with the  local health officer.

School Preparedness and Response

We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that CUSD is committed to observing everyone’s rights. District programs, activities, practices, and employment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, or where they have traveled. 

Colusa Unified School District Reopening Taskforce Recommendations


Colusa Unified School Reopening and Safety Plan


Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Standard precautions, and best practices to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as cold and flu apply to COVID-19. These include:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated for the flu every year.

Additional Public Information 

By working together to follow these important guidelines, we can help keep our students, staff, and community healthy. Information related to this topic will be weekly and/or more frequently as necessary.  
Thank you,
Colusa Unified School District 
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