As you know, we have had several positive COVID-19 cases within our Garces community over the last week. With that, we would like to take this time to remind you of our COVID-19 safety protocol and plan.
First and foremost, if your child does not feel well, please keep them home.
If they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact Mrs. Chambers immediately by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at (661) 817-3252.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine at home for ten days. They can return to school on the 11th day. If your child receives a positive test result, please contact Mrs. Chambers. At that point, contact tracing will occur. We work closely with Kern County Public Health and the Diocese of Fresno on the protocol for positive and exposed individuals.
If your child is directly exposed to COVID-19, they will be placed on a ten-day quarantine and may return on the 11th day. However, your child may return to campus on the seventh day if you can provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test result on the sixth day of quarantine. Direct exposure means they were in close proximity to a positive individual without a mask for longer than 15 minutes. Per Kern County Public Health, vaccinated students are not required to quarantine if exposed, as long as they are not showing symptoms.
Please note, if your child is exposed, we will call your child out of class immediately and inform them. At that point, your child will contact you and a follow-up email will be sent. We apologize that we cannot call parents individually. This is the fastest and most efficient way. If you have any questions about the exposure, you are welcome to call Mrs. Chambers directly.
If your child is required to quarantine, they must contact their teachers for their class assignments. Unfortunately, at this point, we are unable to offer distance learning via Zoom per the State of California and Diocese of Fresno.
As a reminder, masks are required to be worn while indoors at all times. We do have masks on hand for anyone that needs one. Desks are sanitized between every period and classrooms are fogged with disinfectant every night.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times. We will keep you updated on COVID-19 protocols as they affect our students and staff. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Myka Chambers.
Virtual Classroom Dress Code
Meetings with Garces Faculty and Staff
We will be utilizing Zoom for all meetings with Garces staff, faculty members and parents. You will need to email meeting requests to counselors, teachers and administrators and a Zoom meeting will be scheduled. Staff emails can be found here.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
Garces Memorial HS Safety Plan
COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist
Kern County Public Health Website