Masks WILL be required at GVM in the following situations:
- All parents and visitors are required to wear masks while in the facility.
- Students with Covid like symptoms must wear a mask.
- If an individual is exposed to someone with Covid, i.e., an individual is a close contact of a non-household member who tests positive for Covid, they are required to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days following the exposure. They must test for COVID and may return to school with a -ve covid result.
- If there has been a thousehold exposure, i.e, a parent tests positive for Covid, the remaining household members must stay home and test on day 5. If negative, they may return to school with a well-fitting mask through day 10.
- If an individual test positive for Covid, they must isolate and test on day 5 or after. If negative, they may return to school with a well-fitting mask through day 10.
Please follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe from Covid-19 (including the Omicron variant).
- Get Vaccinated: Anyone over 5 years old is eligible to get vaccinated. Vaccination will protect you, caregivers, facility staff, persons in care, and loved ones
- Wear Masks: Per the latest Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings from CDPH, universal masking indoors is recommended statewide. Masks are mandatory for parents while dropping/pickup and recommended for children in the classrooms
- Get Tested: Everyone should immediately get tested for COVID-19 if they are feeling any symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status
- Stay Home if Sick: Please stay home if you are feeling sick
If a student has any Covid-19 related symptoms or is exposed to anyone that has Covid-19, please inform the School immediately. Please see the Covid flowchart and tips for getting back to school for the procedure to return back to school. We require a negative Covid test to return back to school.
All of GVM Staff is fully vaccinated.
Click on the links below for updated information:
- Omicron factsheet
- Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public
- Modified & Shortened Quarantine Guidance for Schools: What’s the difference and who qualifies? - Update on Feb 3, 2022
Links to public health departments and CDC:
- California Department of Public Health
- Alameda County Health Department(for GVM Hopyard location)
- Santa Clara County Public Health (for GVM Jacklin/PV Location)
- San Joaquin Public Health Services( for GVM Tracy Location)
- CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs
Updated on Feb 3, 2022
Updated as per guidance of Public Health on Jan 7th, 2022.
- If child shows signs of an illness that could be COVID-19.
- **The most common symptoms include fever or chills, cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, stomachache, tiredness, headache, muscle or body aches, and poor appetite or poor feeding.
- Arrange for the child to be escorted from the classroom or current space. Inform the Director.
- The Director will escort the child to the isolation room/area and ensure the child is properly supervised. The parent or caregiver is called. Arrangements are made for the child to either go home or seek emergency medical attention.
- **Note: If you must place two or more children in the same isolation room/area, ensure that the space is well-ventilated, all children are supervised, the children stay at least 6 feet apart, and children ages 2 years and older wear masks.
- Parent or caregiver picks up child and contacts healthcare provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 test.
- Clean and disinfect areas that ill child occupied.
- Ventilate the area(s), wait at least several hours or longer if possible before cleaning to let virus particles settle, and use personal protective equipment (including protection needed for cleaning and disinfecting products) to reduce the risk of infection.
If the child has a negative COVID-19 test result (with no known close contact):
- Child returns to child care program following the program’s existing illness management policies.
If the child has a positive COVID-19 test result:
- The child should begin home isolation.
- The Director or GVM Support Staff will start contacting close contacts of the ill child and inform staff and parents or caregivers of close contacts of possible exposure.
- **A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from the infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- The Director or GVM Support Staff works with local health officials to assess spread and follow up with staff and parents or caregivers of children that had contact with the ill child.
- Parents or caregivers of close contacts are advised to follow modified quarantine guidelines.
- Members of the ill child’s household and any child care provider or staff who are not fully vaccinated and had close contact with the ill child are advised to quarantine for 5 days.
- If fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, close contacts do not have to quarantine at home following an exposure. In addition to correctly wearing a mask in the child care program, they should wear a mask in other indoor public settings for 14 days and must receive a negative test when testing 5–7 days after exposure.
- If fully vaccinated but experiencing symptoms, isolate immediately.
The ill child can return to the child care program and end isolation once the following criteria are met:
- At least 5 days have passed since onset of symptoms; and
- At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
- Other symptoms have improved; and
- Negative Covid Test Result
Please note that there will be no tuition refunds for school closures due to COVID!