Safety and Health

We are thrilled that all students have returned to our school’s campus for the 2021-2022 school year! Please see the district’s website for the latest safety information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at www.cvesd.org.

Student Conflict and Bullying Information

Kindness counts!

Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed recently is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child. What is bullying? Check out this document:

You can also see this helpful infographic below:

Students must learn how to use their words to solve conflict.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here.

Vaccine Information

Allen Elementary would like to share an important FAQ about vaccines for children here. The district encourages everyone to get vaccinated once they are eligible to do so. There is more information available from the County of San Diego here: LINK

Many families are choosing to have their children vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.  Please provide your child’s vaccine card to the school office so that we might be able to update student health records. This helps the school in the event of a close contact on campus, where fully vaccinated people are not required to quarantine. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time at these two locations. Please verify testing hours and locations as they are subject to change. The most updated schedule can be found at www.cvesd.org. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations: 

Education Services and Support Center at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)

Hedenkamp Elementary School at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista 91913

  • Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 2:30 PM)
  • Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 2:30 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a COVID-19 test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center). If showing symptoms, you will need a PCR/NAAT test. Otherwise, antigen/rapid tests suffice. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County. Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions. Please note that if a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms, we are required to send that student home until symptoms improve and families provide a negative test result.

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

COVID-19 Corner: Resources and Information

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may soon be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..).

The California Department of Public Health created a series of short animated videos to assist parents in understanding different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos review:

  • Seven Tips for Safe Schools
  • How Parents Can Help Keep Schools Safe
  • The Importance of In-Person Learning
  • What to do if Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19

The videos are available on the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in English or the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in Spanish.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents in July 2021. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this Parent Playbook thoroughly. Please note this page is a living document and will continue to be updated and changed as information regarding the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic changes.

The CVESD Board of Education requires masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff, students, and visitors may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.certification-of-chronic-medical-condition-1Download

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. Please also keep your child home and notify the office if someone in your child’s household tests positive. If any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative antigen/rapid test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*** Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree here: LINK to Newest Decision Tree

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

School Safety Plan

Our school updates its annual safety plan often. The full document is not available for public viewing as this is one of the ways that we ensure students, staff, and visitors remain safe on our campus. We work with our district’s Emergency Preparedness Manager and various agencies on updating the safety plan each year to reflect best practices.

To review the public copy of the Safety Plan, please schedule an appointment with the front office staff or Principal.