It takes all of us working together to maintain safe and healthy schools. Here are some helpful resources for parents to guide you through COVID-related situations at MCS schools and support sites.
Modesto City Schools is required to follow the guidance provided by state and county public health officials. See the documents linked below for the most up-to-date information and guidance:
K-12 Schools Guidance 2021-2022 Questions & Answers (covers mask requirements, quarantine guidance, and information on school-based extracurricular activities):
How does Quarantine work? (Refer to #7)
What is modified quarantine and who qualifies for it? (Refer to #8)
How does this impact school-based extracurricular activities and sports? (Refer to #16 under “Safety Measures for K-12 Schools.”
The 2021-2022 MCS COVID Safety Plan was updated August 30, 2021.
Before coming to school each day staff, students, and parents/guardians should screen themselves for symptoms of illness:
If symptoms of COVID-19 are noted, please stay at home and contact your physician.
Will I be notified if my Student was Exposed to a COVID-positive individual?
Modesto City Schools provides prompt notification, instructions and options to parents/guardians of students identified as close contacts to a COVID positive case in a classroom, on a school site, or in a school-related activity. The CDC defines a close contact as an individual who has been within six feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you do not hear from your student’s school, it means your student was not identified as a close contact. If you have any questions about a situation on campus pertaining to COVID-19 or health and safety protocols, please contact your school site directly.
How will I be notified?
Upon notification of a COVID-positive case, Modesto City Schools sites will promptly contact the parents/guardians of students who were identified as a close contact. School sites will alert you by a phone call and an email to alert you of the close contact exposure. The alert will include information on the last date of exposure, and it will provide detailed instructions and options that you have for your student. These options include information on quarantine, possible return-to-school options under a modified quarantine, and information on COVID testing your student. It is very important to listen to these messages completely due to the important information that is included.
Only those identified as close contacts of a COVID positive case are notified and required to quarantine. Quarantine guidance varies for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons. See the Quarantine Guidance used by our schools (updated 9/20/21):
For additional information regarding quarantine, see these frequently asked questions:
MCS COVID-19 Testing Program for Students:
In order for unvaccinated students identified as close contacts to a COVID positive case to have the option to continue attending school during the quarantine period, they must remain symptom-free while they participate in the Modesto City Schools COVID-19 testing program. Close contacts who do not have consent to participate in COVID-19 testing must remain home in quarantine for 10-days from their last exposure to the positive case. You will be informed whether your student was a close contact to a positive case prior to testing. Students will be tested twice over a period of 7-10 days. If they have two negative tests and they remain symptom-free, they may have options to continue to attend in-person. If you would like to provide consent to allow your student to be tested by a trained MCS staff member, complete the Vaccination Status and Testing Consent Form (English/Spanish). However, if your student becomes symptomatic, please keep them home, contact your doctor and inform your school site attendance office.
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency COVID-19 Testing Options:
COVID-19 testing is free through the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (Public Health). Visit their website for more information and to schedule an appointment: Stanislaus County Health Services Agency Website – Testing
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency COVID-19 Vaccination Options:
Individuals aged 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency website for vaccination clinic locations and hours of operation: Stanislaus County Health Services Agency – Vaccinations
MCS Verification of Student COVID-19 Vaccination Status:
If your student is 12 years and older, and has fully completed their COVID-19 vaccination, you have the option to provide proof of their vaccination status. By providing proof of vaccination, your student can continue to attend school in-person, if they remain symptom-free. To provide proof of vaccination status, complete the Vaccination Status and Testing Consent Form (English/Spanish). However, if your student becomes symptomatic, please keep them home, contact your doctor and inform your school site attendance office.
The guidance schools must adhere to during the school day also applies to all extracurricular activities that are operated or supervised by schools, and all activities that occur on a school site, whether or not they occur during school hours, including, but not limited to, sports, band, chorus, and clubs. For more on this topic, see #16 on the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year.