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To review our current COVID safety protocols, please refer to the Student & Family COVID Safety Handbook. The site-specific COVID Safety Plans (CSPs) from the 2020-21 school year (still archived on the PCS website) were primarily completed in coordination with the Sonoma County Department of Public Health last spring to reopen for hybrid learning while in the Purple tier. While they were helpful at that time, they no longer reflect a practical approach for returning to full in-person learning as we are doing this school year. Therefore, the Student & Family COVID Safety Handbook represents the most up-to-date resource for your review and reference. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Dufour, PCS COVID Coordinator. Thank you.
PCS Athletics Return to Play Safety Plan - English
Atletismo en PCS Plan de seguridad para el Regreso Al Juego - Español
On January 14, 2021 the California Department of Public Health released a single consolidated framework with updated guidance for schools titled Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools, which included updated guidance on how and when public schools could reopen for in-person instruction.
Under this updated guidance, all schools must complete and post to their website homepages a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) prior to reopening for in-person instruction. Schools that were already open for in-person instruction were required to post their CSP by February 1, 2021. While in the Purple tier, elementary schools (TK-6) must complete a CSP (Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program + COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist) and receive approval from the county public health department. Secondary schools (7-12) are not allowed to return for in-person instruction until the county is in at least the Red tier.
In addition to the CSP, Sonoma County Public Health required the completion and submission of a supplemental document to the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist with site-specific details of how the district and schools will meet the reopening requirements. The county provided an 87-point rubric and template to schools on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Petaluma City Schools staff then worked to transfer all existing reopening plans and details to the supplemental documents.
As required in the updated guidance, the CSP must be posted on the district website upon submission for approval and must be posted at least five (5) days prior to the reopening of a district/school. Petaluma City Elementary COVID-19 Safety Plans have been reviewed and approved by county public health and were posted to its website on Friday, March 5, 2021. Petaluma Joint Union High COVID-19 Safety Plans were posted to its website on Saturday, March 13, 2021.