OUSD COVID-19 Related Updates
June 24, 2022
As of June 25, 2022, indoor masking will no longer be required by the Alameda County Public Health Department. We are grateful to know that COVID-19 cases have peaked and continue to decline, and case rates are improving across each of the County’s largest racial and ethnic groups. Please remember that indoor masking is still strongly recommended by state and county public health departments.
We want to ensure everyone has information about our testing program for the remainder of the summer and into the 2022-23 school year.
June 2, 2022
Earlier today (June 2, 2022), the Alameda County Public Health Department issued an order, effective tomorrow, June 3, that once again requires masking in all indoor spaces in the county. Due to this order, all individuals (e.g., students, staff, contractors, visitors, and volunteers) are required to wear a mask indoors at all OUSD sites. This includes, but isn't limited to: K-12 facilities running summer programming, as well as all young adult, adult and career education, and early childhood education (preschool) settings.
Please help us keep our schools and community safe by wearing a mask indoors as we enter into our season of summer programming and professional development. High quality masks are available at all open OUSD sites.
We are also keeping testing and vaccine locations open this summer. Please consider testing if you have symptoms, have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive, or you are traveling this summer. Please also get yourselves and your children vaccinated and boosted to ensure your safety. Children ages 5 and up are now eligible for a booster at least five months after their last dose. Boosters for everyone ages 5 and up are available at all of our vaccine locations.
Thank you all for everything you are doing to keep yourselves, your families, and our community safe during the pandemic. We are committed to keeping you informed about any future public health guidance changes moving forward.April 15, 2022
Indoor masking at all OUSD schools and facilities will continue to be required through Sunday, April 24, 2022. Starting Monday, April 25, indoor masking will be strongly recommended in OUSD, consistent with guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
As you know, OUSD has kept the indoor mask requirement in place to be sure we didn’t see a major surge coming out of spring break. Fortunately, the numbers within OUSD and countywide have stayed relatively low following spring break. However, there is always the possibility that we would need to revert to requiring indoor masks if we receive new guidance from public health officials.
Additionally, we need to be clear that COVID is still very present in our community, even while transmission rates and hospitalizations are lower than earlier this year. We strongly urge all students and staff to continue to mask indoors. In some cases, masking may still be required, including, for example, following a positive case diagnosis. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to offer COVID testing and vaccines at our schools. You can find testing and vaccine information and locations here.
We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as eligible, and to submit your vaccination cards to OUSD. To submit your student’s vaccination card, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.March 18, 2022
We are writing today with an update about our outdoor masking policy at OUSD schools and facilities. As you know, we have been requiring all students, staff, volunteers, and visitors to mask up inside and outside at all OUSD facilities this school year. We will be moving to optional outdoor masking for all students, staff, volunteers, and visitors starting on Monday, March 21.
We are continuing to work with our labor partners and other stakeholders to determine the future of our indoor masking requirement after April 15, 2022.
In the meantime, we are preparing for spring break and the last quarter of the school year. At-home test kits will be available for all students and staff by the last week of March for pickup at their school or office. Each kit contains two tests. Please use these during the break, on the Friday and Sunday before returning to school. We encourage families to sign up for another distribution of test kits from the federal government at covidtests.gov, particularly if you are planning to travel or gather in large groups over break.
As a reminder, if you have not yet submitted your student’s vaccination card, please email it to email@example.com. Thank you for all that you are doing to help keep our community safe and protected during the pandemic.March 10, 2022February 28, 2022February 28, 2022OUSD Provides Detailed Update on Past, Current, and Future Uses of State and Federal COVID Relief FundingFebruary 23, 2022OUSD Announces Winners of the COVID Vaccine Raffle; Winners Receive Tickets to Golden State Warriors GamesJanuary 28, 2022January 18, 2022January 13, 2022January 11, 2022January 4, 2022OUSD Releases Preliminary Results of Mass Winter Break Testing Effort Showing Proactive Campaign Kept Numerous Positive Cases Off CampusJanuary 3, 2022