SAN MARCOS – The San Marcos Unified School District this week launched four COVID-19 testing sites on campus in an effort to minimize the spread of contagious diseases among students.
Testing sites opened on September 15 at Mission Hills High School, San Marcos High School, La Mirada Academy, and the San Marcos School District office.
“Our team has worked extremely hard to get these test sites up and running from next week,” said Andy Johnsen, SMUSD Superintendent. “We realize that testing is a key part of the fight against COVID and the right thing to do for our staff, students and families. “
Families were notified of the new testing sites in a district email, along with a reminder of updated quarantine protocols from the California Department of Public Health.
The updated guidelines focus on “vaccination for all eligible people to reduce COVID-19 rates throughout the community; universal masking in schools, which allows no minimum physical distance, allowing all students to access full in-person learning, and more targeted quarantine practices, keeping students in school; and access to a robust COVID-19 testing program as an additional layer of security available, ”the website says.
The new guidelines eliminate physical distancing, encourage frequent vaccinations and testing, as well as reduce, and in some cases eliminate, days without in-person instruction due to quarantine.
“I realize the extraordinary burden COVID-19 has placed on our families and staff. We work closely with the San Diego County Office of Education and the HHSA to ensure we follow the most up-to-date guidelines, and our top priority will always be the health, safety and well-being of all members of SMUSD. community, ”Johnsen said in the district email.
According to the SMUSD COVID-19 dashboard, there are 28 active COVID-19 cases among students and staff across the district. The dashboard does not reflect the total number of cases reported in the district since the return to in-person training on August 17.
The district is also hosting a free vaccination clinic at San Marcos Primary School on October 2.
The vaccination clinic is in partnership with CAL FIRE and Universidad Popular and is open to people aged 12 and over.
According to District Public Information Officer Amy Ventetuolo, SMUSD will keep COVID-19 testing sites operational “as long as there is a need among students and staff.”