COVID-19 Information

The Escondido Union School District continues to prioritize the safety and health of our students and employees as we continue full-time, on campus learning this year. 

The following are key components of the districtwide COVID-19 health and safety plan for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.


Health and Safety

EUSD will continue to follow the California Department of Public Health and the San Diego County Office of Education’s COVID-19 K-12 Guidance for Schools.

Face Coverings

All students, employees, and visitors are encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask while indoors at all EUSD sites. 

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with any of the following symptoms may have COVID-19:

• Fever or chills

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Fatigue

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to update symptoms as it learns more about the virus.

Health Screening

Families and employees are expected to screen for COVID symptoms at home before arrival at school each day. 

Physical Distancing

There are no physical distancing requirements at this time, although students are encouraged to maintain personal space while on campus. 

Hygiene

Hand sanitizer continues to be available in all classrooms and work areas. Staff members will continue to promote safe hygiene practices with students, including proper handwashing, avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes appropriately.

Air Quality

HEPA air filtration systems are in place in all classrooms.

Isolation Protocols

The EUSD guidelines for isolation for COVID-19 have been updated to align with new guidelines from the California Department of Public Health.  Isolation is for individuals with symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID. Isolation is a way to keep individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 or infected with COVID-19 away from others. Strict isolation from others outside and inside of the home will minimize transmission of COVID-19.

Students with Symptoms

If your student has symptoms of COVID-19, they may return to school as soon as the following day with ONE negative antigen test, improving symptoms, and fever free for 24 hours prior to their return. If it has been 5 days since the onset of symptoms, the student may return on Day 6 from the onset of the symptoms with ONE negative antigen test, improving symptoms, and fever free for 24 hours prior to their return. Proof of testing is not required.  Parents must inform the school immediately if their child tests positive.

If the student is not tested, they must stay home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and return on Day 11 from the onset of symptoms. 

All students must be fever-free with significantly reduced symptoms for 24 hours to return to school at any point.

State Preschool Students with Symptoms

The student can return as soon as the following day with two negative antigen tests or one PCR Test result. The Antigen Test should be taken as soon as possible after the start of symptoms and the other at least 12 hours after the initial test and after being symptom free or improving and fever free for 24 hours prior to their return. Proof of both antigen test results are required.

If the student is not tested, they must stay home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and return on Day 11 from the onset of symptoms. 

All students must be fever-free with significantly reduced symptoms for 24 hours to return to school at any point.

Students Testing Positive for COVID-19

If your student tests positive for COVID-19, they should isolate for 5 days from the first day of symptoms or positive test result.  If it has been 5 days since the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test, and the student has no fever, reduced symptoms, and a negative test result, they may return on Day 6.  Proof of testing is not required.  Parents must inform the school immediately if their child tests positive. Students may return on day 11 regardless of test result.

Students who are Close Contacts

If your student has been potentially exposed to an individual infected with COVID-19, they may remain at school, and should be tested on Day 3, 4, or 5 following the exposure, regardless of vaccination status. Proof of testing is not required.  Parents must inform the school immediately if their child tests positive.

COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits

At-Home COVID-19 testing kits are available at all EUSD school health offices for any student who has symptoms of COVID-19, who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.