COVID-19 FAQ

What if your child is sick and stays home?
If your child is sick, please keep your student home and call Attendance at 760-290-2211.

Please be very specific regarding symptoms. If your description is vague (i.e. not feeling well, sick, etc), we will have to call you back for specific symptoms. If your child is experiencing stomach issues, please let us know if they are experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

If your child has any COVID-like symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), your child must stay home for 10 days OR must have a negative PCR test prior to returning to school.


What if your child goes home sick from school?
If your child has any COVID-like symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), your child must stay home for 10 days OR must have a negative PCR test prior to returning to school.

What kind of tests can we accept as proof of negative for COVID-19?
We can only accept PCR tests. We cannot accept Antigen tests. Please make sure to ask which test your child is being given.

We must have a report that includes: Student Name, Date of Collection, Type of test (PCR), and Test Results.

Where do I send my child’s negative results?
Send your child’s test results to smhs.nurse@smusd.org

***If you have not received confirmation of receipt of test results from the Health Office prior to your child returning to school, it is highly recommended that you send your child with a printed copy of the report and have them bring it to the Health Office before school starts.

What should my child do about classwork when unable to attend school?
Students / Parents should reach out to teachers via email for upcoming or missed information, assignments, or assessments. The good news is that most of our staff are continuing to utilize Google Classroom and students will have readily available access to all materials throughout the day.

Our staff realize that students are being sent home by the school site and that this should not negatively impact
their grades. Teachers also see an attendance code indicating the students quarantine status. If you are struggling with communication or receiving school work when your child is out of school due to quarantine please reach out to your child’s Assistant Principal for assistance.

Assistant Principal Based on Student Last Names
Mr. Galaz (A-C)
Mrs. Brown (D-He)
Mr. Livingston (Hi-Mi)
Mrs. Hale (Mo-Sa)
Mr. Gallego (Sc-Z)

What if your child tests positive for COVID-19?
Call Attendance at 760-290-2211 and the Health Office at 760-290-2276 immediately.

What if your child is a close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19?
If your child is a close contact outside of school: Return on Day 15

Day 1 is the day after the last close contact with a person who is contagious.

Testing is recommended (not required) on or after Day 5.

If your child is a close contact at school or school events: Multiple options for quarantine:
If your child is considered a close contact while at school, you will be notified via email. The email will contain a document that explains the different options for quarantine.

Option #1 - If the positive and all close contacts have been masked students may return to school with proof of a negative PCR COVID Test (no antigen tests accepted) & provided they continue to PCR COVID Testing two more times 3 days apart.)

Option #2 - Return to school on day 8 - Test on Day 6 - may return Day 8 with a negative PCR COVID Test (no antigen tests accepted).

Option #3 - Return to school on day 11 (No testing required)
If your child is fully vaccinated (child has received both vaccinations and it has been 2 weeks since the last vaccination was given), they may return to school with proof of immunization. Send proof of vaccination to smhs.nurse@smusd.org

***If you have not received confirmation of receipt of test results from the Health Office prior to your child returning to school, it is highly recommended that you send your child with a printed copy of the report and have them bring it to the Health Office before school starts.

How will I know if my child is considered a close contact from an exposure at school?
If your child is considered a close contact from an exposure at school, you and your child will receive a specific email stating that they are a close contact and advising you of your options.

***General notifications are sent to all members of the school community when there is a positive on campus. This general notification does not mean that your child is a close contact.

What is considered a close contact?
Being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

Where can I get a COVID-19 PCR test?
FREE COVID-19 PCR TESTING IN THE SAN MARCOS AREA

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)

Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078 (Parking Lot B on Craven Rd)
***This is a walk-up location - no appointment necessary. Test results are sent promptly via email, many
times within 24 hours. Please visit the CSUSM website for more information.

North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido
Tuesday through Saturday, 7:00am to 11:00am, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, and 5:00pm to 7:00pm
649 W. Mission Ave, Escondido, CA 92025
***Appointments are highly recommended.

North Coastal Live Well Center in Oceanside
Tuesday through Saturday, 7:00am to 11:00am, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, and 5:00pm to 7:00pm
3708 Ocean Ranch Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056
***Appointments are highly recommended.

North County Lifeline
Thursdays, 9:00am to 3:30pm
200 Michigan Ave, Vista, CA 92084
***Appointments required.

TrueCare
Fridays, 8:00am – 12:00pm
150 Valpreda Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069
***By appointment only – call (760) 736-6767
Located next to the Mobile Wellness Unit in the parking lot.

Testing locations are subject to change. Please visit COVID-19 Testing in San Diego County for updates and for additional testing locations outside of the area.

You may also contact your primary care provider for additional testing options. Please be sure to indicate you need a PCR test.
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