Coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Updates
Two stakeholder committees are meeting to explore various scenarios for the reopening of our schools in August. One committee represents teachers and staff, and the other committee represents parents/guardians and our school communities. Together, our goal is to return students to our physical classrooms, in some form, as soon as possible while maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff. The committee discussions are including dialogue about the family and staff survey data (see attached), meeting CDC guidelines and state regulations, concerns about liabilities and liability waivers, our budget situation given the pandemic-induced recession, and associated costs with reopening schools.
- Amador County Public Health Officer Q&A 6-24-20 – PDF
- Lozano Smith-FAQ Regarding Reopening Schools – PDF
Sample School Plans
- Elementary School Hybrid Sample Plan – PDF
- Junior High School Distance Learning Sample Plan – PDF
- High School Hybrid Sample Plan – PDF
Amador County Unified School District Parent & School Community Stakeholder Committee
- ACUSD Reopening Schools Stakeholder Committees Update 6-26-20 – PDF
- Meeting Notes 6-19-2020 – PDF
- Meeting Notes 6-22-2020 – PDF
Family and Staff Survey
California Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs
The following is a selection of some of the guidance’s most significant measures and considerations.
Among the recommendations are that all staff and students be screened before entering school facilities and that staff use cloth face coverings at all times. Gloves and surgical masks are necessary for food service workers and employees with routine contact with the public. Students should be encouraged to wear cloth coverings when physical distancing isn’t possible.
Healthy hygiene practices
- Consider portable hand washing stations throughout a site and near classrooms to minimize movement and congregations in bathrooms to the extent practicable.
- Develop routines enabling students and staff to regularly wash their hands at staggered intervals.
- Teach and reinforce use of cloth face coverings, masks or face shields. Face coverings are most essential when physical distancing is not practicable. Teachers can use face shields, if available, which enable younger students to see their teachers’ faces and to avoid potential barriers to phonological instruction.
Intensify cleaning, disinfection and ventilation
- Staff should clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces within school and on school buses at least daily and, as practicable, frequently throughout the day by trained custodial staff.
- Buses should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily and after transporting any individual who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Drivers should be provided disinfectant wipes and disposable gloves to support the disinfection of frequently touched surfaces during the day.
Implement distancing inside and outside of the classroom
- Minimize contact at school between students, staff, families and the community at the beginning and end of the school day. Stagger arrival and drop off-times and locations as consistently as possible as to minimize scheduling challenges for families.
- Maximize space between seating and desks. Distance teacher and other staff desks at least six feet away from student desks. Consider ways to establish separation of students through other means if practicable, such as, six feet between desks, partitions between desks, markings on classroom floors to promote distancing or arranging desks in a way that minimizes face-to-face contact.
- Serve meals in classrooms or outdoors instead of cafeterias or group dining rooms where practicable. Serve individually plated or bagged meals. Avoid sharing of foods and utensils and buffet or family-style meals.
- Consider holding recess activities in separate areas designated by class.
Check for signs and symptoms:
- Actively encourage staff and students who are sick or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home. Develop policies that encourage sick staff and students to stay at home without fear of reprisal, and ensure staff, students and students’ families are aware of these policies.
- Implement screening and other procedures for all staff and students entering the facility. Conduct visual wellness checks of all students and take students’ temperature with a no-touch thermometer.
- Monitor staff and students throughout the day for signs of illness; send home students and staff with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough or other COVID-19 symptoms.
Plan for when a staff member, student or visitor becomes sick
- Work with school administrators, nurses and other health care providers to identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19.
- Any students or staff exhibiting symptoms should immediately be required to wear a face covering and be required to wait in an isolation area until they can be transported home or to a health care facility, as soon as practicable.
- Advise sick staff members and students not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including three days with no fever, symptoms have improved and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
Maintain healthy operations
- Monitor staff absenteeism and have a roster of trained back-up staff where available.
- Designate a staff liaison or liaisons to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. Employees should know about who they are and how to contact them.
- Support staff and students who are at higher risk for severe illness or who cannot safely distance from household contacts at higher risk, by providing options such as telework, virtual learning or independent study.
Amador County Unified School District Parent & School Community Stakeholder Committee June 2020
Vicci Fikes, Amador High School
Amy Drake, Amador High School
Cyndi Bonini, Argonaut High School
James Marzano, Argonaut High School, Jackson Jr. High School, Board Member
Patti Fisher-Misuraca, Ione community
Deborah Pulskamp, Ione community, Board Member
Jen Bordwell, Ione Elementary School
Michaela Rider, Ione Elementary School
Sarah Scatena, Ione Elementary School
Abigail Hakala, Ione Elementary School
Sally Arnst, Jackson Elementary School
Rachelle Zimmer, Jackson Elementary School
Nikki Silviera, Jackson Elementary School, Jackson Jr. High School
Lisa Varwig, Jackson Elementary School
Grace Sparks, Jackson Elementary School
Neil Carlson, Jackson Elementary School
Batina Whitehead, Jackson Jr. High School
Brooke Wunschel, Plymouth Elementary School, Ione Jr. High School
Alicia Vega, Plymouth Elementary School, Ione Jr. High School
Jennifer Pritchard, Plymouth Elementary School
Regine Miller, Pine Grove Elementary School
Katie & Sean Dunham, Pioneer Elementary School
Andrea & Gary Troublefield, Pioneer Elementary School
Jaclyn Harty, Sutter Creek Elementary & Primary School
Dana Leusch, Sutter Creek Elementary & Primary School
Matther Hooper, Sutter Creek Elementary & Primary School
Sean Murphy, Sutter Creek Elementary & Primary School
Amador County Unified School District Staff Stakeholder Committee June 2020
Linda Daly, Teacher on Special Assignment
Michaelynn Angie, Argonaut High School
Natalie Knittel, Jackson Jr. High School
Richard Modesti, Ione Jr. High School
Sinead Klement, Teacher on Special Assignment
Jessica Dorris, Amador High School
Tracy Morlan, Pioneer Elementary School
Troy Gassaway, Argonaut High School
Rachael Shaw-Escalona, Ione Elementary School
Amy Roussan, Plymouth Elementary School
Christina Cardenas, Argonaut High School
Jeni DeWalt, Ione Elementary School
Lisa Neville, Plymouth Elementary School
Megan Mathison, Jackson Elementary School
Scott Hunkins, Argonaut High School
Theresa Cramer, Transportation
Dr. Amy Slavensky, District Office
David Vicari, District Office
Jared Critchfield, District Office
Kathryn Brown, District Office
Sean Snider, District Office
State and Local COVID-19 Information
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and the CDE are extremely concerned about the mental health and wellness of students whose lives have dramatically changed during the COVID-19 response, as well as the health of staff who are also coping with these changes. Please visit our Distance Learning page and our Counseling and Student Support page for more information.
The safety and wellness of students, families, and school personnel are the highest priorities of all Amador County Public Schools. We will continue to communicate with Amador County Public Health Officer Dr. Kerr and follow directives given. Amador County is under a local health emergency to enhance the effectiveness of the response to COVID-19 and large gatherings have been canceled by the district at this time. Below are resources for our community.
Amador County Public Health Latest Information (this will take you to the Amador County Public Health website)
Meal Services during School Closure
UPDATE April 6, 2020: Please note that children are no longer required to be present for meal pickup. Locations have been updated:
School Sites: 11am – 1pm
Amador High School
Argonaut High School
Ione Jr. high School
Plymouth Elementary School
Pine Grove Elementary School
Pioneer Elementary School
Mace Meadows Golf Course, 11 to 11:30am
River Pines store, 11 to 11:30am
Downtown Fiddletown, 11 to 11:30am
The Oaks, 11 to 11:30am
The Blues in Comanche Village, 11:45am to 12:15pm
(This link will take you to the Amador County Public Health webpage.)
(This link will take you to the California Department of Public Health webpage.)
Public: For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. (This link will take you to the CDC’s official webpage.)
Media: We are regularly posting updates and information regarding the coronavirus on our social media outlets. You can follow us at:
What you need to know
Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
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What to do if you are sick
If you are sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019, or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.
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Stop the spread of germs poster
Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, like Coronavirus Disease 2019 by avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering a cough and sneeze; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing your hands with soap and water.
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Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 poster
Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
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CDC Protect and Prepares Communities
Learn how CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the U.S.
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