GGUSD is committed to keeping our community informed about the impact of the coronavirus public health crisis on our school system. All coronavirus related messages or updates from GGUSD to our families are posted here. For academic, wellness, and community-based resources, click here to visit our COVID Resources page.
Dear GGUSD Families,
Back to School Success: The 2021-2022 school year is off to a great start. GGUSD schools continue to be the safest place for students to learn and grow! Students are gaining tremendous benefits from being back in the classroom for in-person instruction five days per week, and we are sharing those benefits at our Back to School Nights across GGUSD campuses in August and September.
COVID-19 Health and Safety: GGUSD schools are following numerous health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including mask requirements, frequent hand washing, rigorous cleaning and disinfecting, and strict adherence to state and county requirements regarding isolation, quarantine and contact tracing.
New Symptom Decision Tree: Recently, the Orange County Health Care Agency updated its Symptom Decision Tree which provides guidance schools must follow when students test positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms or are identified as close contacts due to an exposure that occurred at school.
Here is an overview of the steps GGUSD schools take in each scenario:
Positive: Students who test positive for COVID-19 are sent home to isolate for 10 calendar days. This rule applies to all students who test positive – whether or not they are vaccinated, and whether or not they have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Students with COVID-19 Symptoms: Students with COVID-19 symptoms are sent home and schools follow the Symptom Decision Tree to help families determine when the child can return to school.
Close Contacts: When schools are informed that a student or staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and had been present on campus during his/her infectious period, they conduct contact tracing to identify close contacts. Close contacts are those students or staff who came within 6 feet of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more over the course of 24 hours.
Vaccinated Close Contacts
- Any student or staff who is vaccinated and is identified as a close contact does not need to quarantine as long as they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. They should continue to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days.
Unvaccinated Close Contacts
- When students are indoors at school, masks are worn. Any unvaccinated student identified as a close contact in an indoor setting may continue to attend school, but must follow Modified Quarantine procedures. The student must wear a mask indoors and outdoors, test twice weekly for 10 days (3 days apart) and notify their school office of all results. They may not participate in extracurricular activities including Boys & Girls Club and athletics for 14 days.
- When students are outdoors at school, masks are optional. Any unvaccinated student identified as a close contact in an outdoor setting when masks were not worn must quarantine at home for 10 days. These students may return to school on day 8 following their exposure with a negative COVID test on day 6 or 7. Upon returning to school, students must mask indoors and outdoors and cannot participate in extracurricular activities including Boys & Girls Club and athletics for 14 days.
All Close Contacts
- All close contacts who develop COVID-19 symptoms must isolate for 10 days, even if they get a negative COVID-19 test result.
Note: If a student is exposed to COVID-19 outside of school, the child must quarantine at home for 10 days. If the child is exposed in the home, the child’s quarantine period does not begin until the family/household member’s isolation has ended. In this scenario, a child might be quarantined for up to 20 days.
Parent and Family Notifications
To ensure transparency, GGUSD school staff sends a notification to their school community via ParentSquare each time there is a staff or student positive case of COVID-19. Positive cases of staff/students who have been on campus during their infectious period are posted on our COVID-19 Dashboard and remain on the dashboard for a total of 14 days each.
We understand that these state and county health rules that school districts must follow may be confusing. Click here for a visual graphic that helps simplify the rules for close contacts. Our teachers and staff are committed to helping all students who are required to isolate or quarantine stay up-to-date on their school work and have access to the educational materials they need to stay on track.
We will continue to keep you informed on any updates to state and county health and safety requirements that impact our schools.
Stay tuned for a parent survey which will be sent home with your child as a scantron form in late September/early October. We value your feedback!
Thank you to our students, staff and families, for doing your part to keep our schools safe!
- Preparing for a Safe and Healthy School Year
- Health and Safety Guidance Update for 2021-2022 School Year
- Awaiting Clarification on Mask Guidance
- New CDPH Guidance
- Weekly Update - June 4, 2021
- Weekly Update - May 28, 2021
- Weekly Update – Virtual Learning Academy Deadline, Masks, Vaccinations, and GGUSD Success
- In-Person Instruction and Vaccination Opportunities - May 14, 2021
- Weekly Update – In-Person Instruction and Orange County COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Info
- School Safety Video from the Superintendent
- Weekly Update - April 23, 2021
- Weekly Reopening Update - April 16, 2021
- Virtual Learning Academy - Open Enrollment
- Distance Learning in the 2021-2022 School Year
- Weekly Reopening Update - March 19, 2021
- Weekly Reopening Update – March 12, 2021
- Reopening Update - March 5, 2021
- Weekly Reopening Update - February 19, 2021
- Weekly Reopening Update - February 11, 2021
- Weekly Reopening Update – February 5, 2021
- Weekly Reopening Update – January 29, 2021
- Reopening Announcement - January 20, 2021
- Distance Learning Support, Survey Results, Vaccine Resources, Mental Health and More
- GGUSD Update for Families
- All GGUSD Schools resume Distance Learning Jan 4.
- Wishing You a Safe Holiday Season
- Regional Stay-at-Home Order
- Criteria for Schools to Remain Open
- New Restrictions on Gatherings and Travel
- Reopening Update – November 13, 2020
- Reopening Reminder: Frequent Hand Washing
- Grab and Go Meal Update
- High School Reopening Announcement
- Weekly Reopening Update – October 30, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update - October 23, 2020
- School Reopening Announcement
- Weekly Reopening Update - October 16, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update – October 9, 2020
- School Reopening Announcement
- Weekly Reopening Update - October 2, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update - September 25, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update – September 18, 2020
- POSTPONEMENT OF IN-PERSON CLASSES
- Weekly Reopening Update – September 11, 2020
- Important Announcement about School Reopening
- Weekly Reopening Update – August 28, 2020
- First Day of Distance Learning is August 24
- Weekly Reopening Update – August 14, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update – August 7, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update - July 31, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update - July 24, 2020
- Important Announcement from GGUSD
- Weekly Reopening Update and Survey Question - July 17, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update - July 10, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update – July 2, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update - June 26, 2020
- Weekly Reopening Update - June 19, 2020
- End of Year Update
- Elementary Report Cards
- GGUSD COVID-19 Response Plan for Parents
- GGUSD COVID-19 Response Plan for Students
- GGUSD Virtual Graduations for Class of 2020
- Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards
- District Update
- Cancellation of Summer Sports
- GGUSD Senior Spotlight
- GGUSD Launches Helpline to Support Students and Families during COVID-19
- Expectations for Student Behavior during Distance Learning - 5/13/2020
- Interim Grading Policy - 5/8/2020
- Virtual Graduations - 4/30/2020
- School Calendar Clarification - 4/29/2020
- At-Home Learning Support - 4/24/2020
- Frequently Asked Questions for High School Seniors - 4/16/2020
- Grab and Go Meal Update - 4/14/2020
- Grab and Go Meal Update - 4/09/2020
- Mailer to All GGUSD Families - 4/02/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 4/02/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 3/31/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 3/30/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 3/27/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 3/20/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 3/18/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 3/16/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 3/14/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 3/13/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 3/12/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 2/28/2020
- Coronavirus Update - 1/29/2020
Things You Should Know
- Governor Newsom declared a Stay at Home executive order effective March 19, mandating individuals across the state to, except for essential services, remain in their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here for the details.
- The order does NOT change the directive for school districts to continue offering distance learning and meal service for our students. These are considered essential services.
- As part of our transition to at-home learning, the district is closing its schools and district office to the public effective Monday, March 23. The majority of GGUSD’s employees are working from home, responding to calls and emails as quickly as possible.
- Teachers are working diligently to provide learning opportunities that can be accessed from home and schools have distributed laptops/devices to students as appropriate.
- Parents are strongly encouraged to make sure your contact information is up to date in the Parent Portal. This will ensure that you receive regular communication from GGUSD via ParentSquare (voicemail, text, and/or email).
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus
- Orange County Health Care Agency: Coronavirus
- OC Health Care Agency: Guidance to Schools
- OC Health Care Agency: FAQ
- California Department of Public Health: Coronavirus
- CDC Healthy Habits to Help Prevent the Flu
- OCDE Newsroom: Coronavirus updates