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Return to Campus 2021–2022

LJCDS is committed to offering an exceptional educational experience that fulfills our mission of preparing individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility. 
LJCDS will continue to follow or exceed the California Department of Public Health guidance and San Diego County Health orders for educational institutions and will update our policies accordingly for the safety of our community.

COVID-19 Safety Pillars

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  • Risk Mitigation

    • Cleaning, sanitation and disinfection
    • Face coverings
    • Physical distancing
    • CO2 monitoring
  • Viral Detection

    • Symptomatic testing
    • Asymptomatic testing
    • Symptom checking
    • County surveillance
  • Intervention

    • Case isolation
    • Contact tracing
    • Exposure notification
    • Molecular sequencing
      (UCSD Excite Lab)


LJCDS will not require vaccinations for students, faculty and staff. However, we encourage all community members to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as they are eligible to allow us to resume as much normalcy for our community as possible. Please note that vaccination may be required when participating in certain activities or travel.
Vaccination Submission 
We encourage students, faculty and staff to submit their vaccination information.
Protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated

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  • Protocols for Vaccinated Individuals

    The protocols for fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff who have submitted their vaccination documentation are as follows: 

    • Lower, Middle and Upper School students
      • Mask is required indoors. 
      • Mask is optional outdoors. 
    • Faculty/staff 
      • Mask is required when sharing indoor spaces with students.
      • Mask is optional indoors if students are not present, all adults are vaccinated, physical distancing can be maintained, and appropriate ventilation is in place.   
      • Mask is optional outdoors. 
    • Quarantine is not required following a known COVID-19 exposure as long as individuals are asymptomatic.

    • COVID-19 testing is optional unless individuals become symptomatic. 

    Fully vaccinated individuals should report and get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Email covid19@ljcds.org.
  • Protocols for Unvaccinated Individuals

    The protocols for students, faculty and staff who have not been vaccinated or who have not submitted vaccination documentation are as follows: 

    • Lower, Middle and Upper School students: 
      • Mask is required indoors. 
      • Mask is optional outdoors but encouraged. 
    • Faculty/staff 
      • Mask is required indoors.
      • Mask is optional outdoors but encouraged.

    • Quarantine is required following a known COVID-19 exposure for 14 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious.

    • COVID-19 testing is mandatory
      • Faculty and staff are required to be tested once a week on campus.  
      • Students are required to be tested every two weeks while on campus.
      • Upper School athletes are required to be tested once a week while in season. 

    Must report if experiencing symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 by emailing covid19@ljcds.org

Health Screening

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to self-monitor and conduct a wellness screening each morning before coming on campus. Please refrain from coming on campus or attending in-person campus events or activities when not feeling well.

Symptomatic Individuals Regardless of Vaccination Status
It is imperative that all community members who develop any of the symptoms below (unrelated to a chronic condition), do not come on campus. If symptoms arise during the school day, individuals will be sent home. Symptomatic individuals may return to campus after symptoms have improved, typically 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicine and a negative PCR test.

If employees or students experience any of the symptoms below, please notify covid19@ljcds.org of your symptom(s) and to schedule a PCR test.
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

Other Health Protocols

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  • Positive Case Communication

    All COVID-19 positive individuals will receive a phone call notifying them of their test results. All COVID-19 close contacts will receive an email notifying them of their exposure if the positive case was on campus. Families have access to the COVID-19 dashboard, which shares the total number of cases by grade level and will be updated every Thursday.

    All visitors to campus who develop symptoms that occur within 48 hours of their visit or if they have a positive test within a week of their visit, must report this to the school as soon as possible.

  • Physical Distancing and Occupancy

    • Occupancy will be adjusted in various spaces to ensure appropriate ventilation (open windows, doors and fans) and CO2 monitoring to ensure levels do not exceed 600 ppm. 
    • Physical distancing remains an important safety protocol.
  • Cleaning, Sanitation and Disinfection

    Enhanced cleaning will be in effect, including daytime and evening cleaning, sanitation and disinfection. LJCDS uses UV sanitation and electrostatic disinfection (from Earthsafe Chemical Alternatives). Our cleaning protocols also include adenosine triphosphate (ATP) testing to validate cleaning methods.

On-Campus Visits

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  • Parents and Guardians

    • Parents/guardians are welcome in outdoor spaces during drop-off and pickup. Please limit the visit to no later than 8:30 a.m. during drop-off and between 2:45–3:30 p.m. during pickup. 
        • Please note: All faculty/staff have reserved parking spots until 8:30 a.m. Parents/guardians may park in the spots designated for guests spots in the Genesee parking lot and/or as directed by security.  
    • Mask is required indoors. 
    • Mask is optional outdoors. 
    • Mask is highly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals outdoors. 
    • Please self-monitor symptoms and refrain from coming to campus if not feeling well.
    • Parents/guardians may attend school events (e.g., athletic home games, music and theater productions, Parents Association meetups, etc.) 
  • Parent and Guardian Volunteers

    Parents/guardians who are on campus to volunteer or for meetings and activities: 
    • Must be up to date on vaccination (within six months of primary series or boosted when eligible) and submit proof of vaccination 
    • May volunteer and support on-campus activities that directly impact students or faculty/staff
    • Should minimize non-essential in-person meetings on campus 
      • Group committee meetings should be hosted virtually or outdoors off-campus, if feasible. 
      • A faculty/staff member must sponsor all parent/guardian meetings on campus. The sponsor must submit a request for in-person meetings, which will be reviewed by the operations department.
    • Mask is required indoors. 
    • Mask is optional outdoors. 
  • Visitors and Contractors

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