SDCOE COVID-19 Nursing Decision Tree

From our School Nurse and Ms. Amanda, Principal

BEFORE SCHOOL  - Temperature Screening and Symptom Check-list at the Gate. Please accompany your child to the gate. We will only allow entry if they do not have a fever and have their Symptom Checklist in hand or caregiver must show proof of Clearpass completed and emailed to teacher. 

1) REQUIRED! Screen child every day before leaving home. You MUST KEEP CHILD HOME if exhibiting ANY of the following symptoms: 

  • Fever with or no chills > 100.0F 
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Nasal congestion/Rhinorrhea (Runny Nose)
  • Sore Throat 
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • New Loss of Taste/Smell 
  • Headache
  • Muscle/Body Aches
  • Poor Feeding or Poor Appetite

Delta variant is contagious, just like all the news reports are saying. The contact tracing and quarantine protocols are in place and our protocol includes notification of non-close-contact parent notification. Our Health & Wellness department contacts families of close contacts (less than 6 feet for more than 15 cumulative minutes) and follow required protocols. 

We are doing our best to mitigate any circumstance where students might be exposed both in the classroom and out. I know that every family is sincerely invested in making sure all our students remain safe and would like to keep the school and its classrooms safe and open. I know we all agree that in-person school is beneficial for our students and we have a collective agreement that this is what our children need.

2) For this reason, in the interests of utmost accountability and safety, effective Tuesday, September 6, we require the following safety checks:

  • Symptom screening checklistSymptom Checklist print option 
    Every two weeks we will send home a packet of 10 symptom checklists. You will detach one checklist each morning, answer the questions, sign and include the phone number you can be reached at during the day IN CASE your child experiences symptoms that resemble symptoms of COVID-19.  The students will take the checklist to class and in the event they feel ill, the student will be sent to the health office with the screening checklist so contact can be made and you can pick them up. 
    • Clearpass preferred?  You can continue to use Clearpass but you must show your Clearpass at the gate and email the results to your child’s teacher. Clearpass app
    • Please keep in mind that using Clearpass requires additional work on the part of the teacher and the school. We have to check reports and read emails instead of being able to get right down to instruction. ClearPass job aid 
  • Temperature screening at the entrances to the school:  just to keep us all safe, we will add a layer of safety by screening for fever at the school entrance.
  • Lunchtime seat tracking will reflect the seating charts teachers are using in the classroom so we can trace the exposure should one of the students test positive.


COVID-19 School Testing Option (Acknowledgement) Form are sent home with studentsthe first weeks of school. If you do not have a form you can still sign-up: 

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Thank you for sending in your forms back in quickly indicating if you wished for your child to participate in the COVID-19 testing clinic. I will ask that you complete the informed consent and release of information form as well and return that to the teacher. Testing will occur every Thursday from 8-11.

PARENT PORTAL ACCESS:  The Birney office has been short-staffed since before the start of school, which has created undue burden on all of us since even with additional help we are still getting up to speed. The launch of the Parent Portal is a time-intensive job, which involves receiving an emailed request from you, verifying that the email matches the one in the system, and attaching directions and the access letter in return. If you wish to gain access to the Parent Portal pver this weekend, send an email to with the subject PARENT PORTAL – provide: parent/guardian name and your child’s name, or names. You will receive the access code and password and a job aid to set up the portal.

For those of you who recently registered and have missed out on my previous communication, I am including the link to the Birney FAQ page which includes all my past emails!


Ms. Amanda


If your child suffers from seasonal allergies of other chroinic condition that would cause you to note any of those symptoms on a regular basis, complete the 
Chronic Condition Form including certification by your doctor.  




CDPH 21-22 K-12 School Guidance Questions and Answers



SDUSD BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE (protocols, safety, decision tree)

Testing Sites in SD County

UPDATES will be sent via email first. Webpage posting may take up to 48 hours. Make sure to notify office 619-497-3500 of any changes to your email or send email to

Updates from Birney See News 

Important SDUSD updates will be posted on Home Page > SDUSD District News



School Address: 4345 CAMPUS AVENUE, SAN DIEGO, CA 92103

This checklist was developed in consultation with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Services and is based on guidance articulated by the California Department of Public Health in its COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Schools and School Based Programs and COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year. School leaders are also advised to review the California Department of Public Health Schools Guidance FAQs.

The checklist describes each of the requirements that schools (district, charter, and private) in San Diego County must include in their COVID-19 Prevention Plan before resuming in-person instruction. The following checklist is a means of evaluating the school’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan and demonstrating compliance with the state and county requirements.

Complete Phase 1 Checklist Document - BIRNEY PHASE ONE CHECKLIST.docx

For Families Participating in Phase 1 On-campus

You will need these documents if your child has been contacted to participate in Phase 1 on campus instruction. 

Phase 1 Morning Routine Video

Each day the students who come onto campus will have to bring the Daily Student Symptoms Checklist that is filled out at home before coming to school. If you cannot print this please pick up extra copies when you come to school and fill out daily.

For students with chronic health conditions such as seasonal allergies, chronic cough due to asthma etc., where these symptoms may be confused with the current list of covid symptoms, before coming to onsite learning, to prevent confusion and being sent home unnecessarily, please have the students doctor fill out the Certification of Chronic Condition by MD

For links to grade level appropriate health modules for students. Please access here.

FREE eBooks about Corona Virus

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For instruction on how to access sites and links to educational videos regarding onsite learning click here Student Site Access Guide.

For information on COVID 19 prevention - Phase One Message to Students Regarding COVID-19 Testing, Flu Shots, Etc.

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