Fern Drive Elementary School

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1400 W Fern Dr,   Fullerton, CA 92833
Phone: 714-447-7710
Attendance Message Line: (714) 447-2813
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Covid-19 Procedures

Covid-19 Procedures:

As we are all aware, Covid-19 has been a part of our lives for quite some time.  Protocols are ever changing.  I wanted to share what all schools must do in the event of a positive close contact case on campus.  

A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of a Covid positive individual for more than 15 minutes within a 24 hour period, regardless of masking, and occurring in any location – indoor or outdoor.

There are two types of protocol all schools must follow for anyone that is a close contact.  Masked (inside the classroom) and unmasked (PE, lunch, recess).  Often times, the close contact falls into both categories, in which case we follow the unmasked protocols.

Contact Tracing:  If there is a positive COVID-19 case on any FSD school campus, designated FSD staff will conduct Contact Tracing in conjunction with the Orange County Healthcare Agency (OCHA).  Students or staff who have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will be isolated and any students or staff who are close contacts to a positive COVID case will be quarantined.

If your Falcon is a masked close contact, you will be contacted directly and given these three options by the OCDPH.  If you are not contacted you do not need to take action. 

#1 – Attend School in person

  • Continue to appropriately mask, as required.
  • Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine at least three days apart. Tests must be given to the school.
  • Avoid all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting. [14 DAYS FROM EXPOSURE]

If your child is unable to do the above, there are 2 out of school quarantine options:

  • Quarantine at home for 10 days and return to school without testing; OR
  • Should you choose, you can have your child tested after day 5 and if negative, they may return to school on day 7 of their quarantine.


Continue to monitor your child for symptoms through 14 days of exposure by:

  • Checking their temperature twice a day.
  • Watching for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other signs/symptoms of COVID-19, such as chills, sore throat, muscle aches, diarrhea, or loss of sense of taste or smell. Additional symptoms may occur.

 Unmaksed protocol:

If your student has been identified as a close contact:

  • The quarantine can end after 10 days without testing OR
  • You can have your child tested after day 5 and if the test is negative, they may return t school after day 7. Test must be provided to the school.


Coming to the office sick: If a student is sick at school, we follow a student symptom decision tree that monitors low-risk and high-risk symptoms, much like last school year. Depending on the number of symptoms a student is displaying, close contact status, vaccinated/unvaccinated status all direct us on how to respond.

Please do not send your child to school if they are sick.

Please report all suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases immediately!

FSD is offering Independent Study for students in quarantine.  Currently, under the law, this is limited to 15 days of the school year.