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Coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Updates

 2020-2021 Two Options for Families

ACUSD Family and Staff Update 7.30.20 

ACTA FAQ Document 

ACUSD Family and Staff Update 7.28.20 

Senate Bill 98: Added Language in Law for Distance Learning During a Pandemic 

Elementary Stakeholder Committee Plan 
Secondary Stakeholder Committee Plan

Health & Safety Plan During COVID-19 
Disclaimer: These are still working draft documents and we are working closely with Amador County Public Health to get them finalized. 

Health and Safety Plan during COVID-19 for a Safe Return to School

Health & Safety Plan Appendix

CDPH Schools & Reopening Recommendations

CDPH New Guidance for Schools

Coping with Stress During the COVID19 Pandemic


ACUSD response to July 20th Special Board Study Session 

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. 

ACUSD Press Release: Response to July 2nd Peaceful Protest

    Sample School Plans

    Amador County Unified School District Parent & School Community Stakeholder Committee

    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)

    Coronavirus Emergency Declaration – PDF

    Coronavirus Order re Non-Essential Gatherings – PDF

    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

    Meal Pickup Instructions – English – PDF

    Meal Pickup Instructions – Spanish – PDF

    Amador County Public Health

    (This link will take you to the Amador County Public Health webpage.)

    California Department of Public Health

    (This link will take you to the California Department of Public Health webpage.)

    More Information

    COVID-19 Letter to Families 3.16.2020

    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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