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Volume 7, Issue 5  |  January 18, 2022

School Notes

Surge in COVID requires update of processes

School districts nationwide are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. To provide more timely notification of positive cases, NMUSD is updating their contact tracing processes.

Consistent Mask Wearing

When there is a positive COVID-19 case in a classroom with consistent mask wearing among all students within that classroom, NMUSD will no longer send close contact communications. Instead, all families in that classroom will be notified of a positive case via email. All students in that classroom will be asked to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if symptoms develop or if they test positive for COVID-19.

Inconsistent Mask Wearing 

When there is a positive COVID-19 case in a school setting where there is not consistent mask wearing (such as athletics), NMUSD will continue with contact tracing and send close contact notifications to those families with further instructions.

The hope is that this change will allow NMUSD to provide families with more timely communications, while also focusing efforts on positive cases to better maintain healthy schools and work environments. NMUSD will continue to implement COVID-19 mitigation practices in our schools, such as indoor mask requirement, enhanced ventilation systems, cleaning and disinfecting and test kits.

Athletics Update

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently updated guidance on mega events. School athletics events are considered mega events. Under the updated guidance, indoor events with more than 500 persons, or outdoor events with more than 5,000 persons, are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours to enter.

NMUSD will limit all indoor events to 500 persons; therefore, no proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be required for spectators. Masks will continue to be required. 

Additionally, due to the increase in positive cases some athletic competitions, events or other school events may need to be rescheduled or postponed. Schools will inform the school community regarding any changes, as necessary. 

Mather makes Dean’s List at Bradley University

Samantha Mather, of Newport Beach, majoring in Psychology, has been named to Bradley’s Fall 2021 Dean’s List, that requires a student to achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale.

Bradley University is a top-ranked, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students opportunities, choices and resources to build their futures.

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