Important Updates

This page will be used for important messages and policy updates.  It will also be used for updates for our parents, students, staff, and community in the event of an emergency situation.

COVID-19 - School Transition Updates

Reopening Waiver/Operations

Secondary School Reopening Plan
Elementary School Reopening Waiver Application (Engl / Span)
Elementary Operations

School Reopening Plan: Guidelines for a Healthy and Safe Return to Our Schools

School Reopening Plan (Complete) [Engl] [Span]

Mitigate the Spread Videos

Self-Administered Rapid Antigen Testing
Social Distancing
Self-Screening & Feeling Sick
Wear a Mask
Riding the Bus
Back to School Safety During COVID-19
5-Step Guide to Making Tough Decisions

WebEx Meetings for Parents

Superintendent Parent Meetings:

Link to Parent Meeting - Back to School & School Transition Updates (8/12/21)

Click here for all previous Parent Meetings hosted by our Superintendent

Superintendent Messages to Parents:

September 3, 2021

Dear Patterson High Parents and Guardians:

As you’re aware, we continue to deal with the recent surge in COVID-19 case rates in Stanislaus County.   Our staff have been working diligently to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our teachers and students.   Most public health experts believe that the case rate for the COVID-19 Delta Variant will peak in the next 1-2 weeks, and we should start to see numbers drop again. 

We are requesting your cooperation and assistance in battling this disease.  As always, please complete a self-check health screening with your child before bringing them to school.  If they are ill, stay at home.  If symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, arrange to have your child and other impacted family members tested through your healthcare provider or a local testing clinic.  If your child has already been vaccinated, please bring written verification on Tuesday (a copy or photo/screenshot is acceptable).


Again, the collective efforts of parents, students, and staff have enabled us to safely operate our schools.  On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, following the 3-day Labor Day Weekend, we will be modifying our start times for students in grades 9-12 at Patterson High School to take necessary proactive precautions for COVID-19 health screening. 

Starting at 7:30 a.m. All students with Last Names A-F (and bus riders) report to the gym for processing and health screening. Students will be required to bring proof of a negative test administered in the past 72 hours, or permission to test on-site, if necessary, before going to class.  For vaccinated students:  Written verification of vaccination will be recorded by school staff.  Vaccinated students will report to class immediately following data verification. (Note: With verification of vaccine status, your child would not have to quarantine due to potential close contact exposure in the future).

IMPORTANT: Students without a vaccine or permission to test will be required to self-quarantine in the event of potential close contact exposure in the future.  

Note:  If you have already provided permission to test, this will be verified through our student information system)

9:00 A.M. – All students with Last Names G-M report to gym for processing and health screening.  Students will report to class immediately following processing.

10:30 A.M. – All students with Last Names N-Z report to the gym for processing and health screening.  Students will report to class immediately following processing.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for your child.  If your child has already been tested within the past 72 hours, please bring a copy of their negative test on Tuesday.

Voluntary testing will be available for all PHS students during the times assigned Tuesday morning.   We strongly encourage unvaccinated students to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in a non-invasive, self-administered COVID-19 test.  This proactive measure will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community as we work through these next two weeks.  

Students will not be penalized for being tardy to class on Tuesday as we administer health screenings and vaccine verification at Patterson High.  Junior High and Elementary students will attend classes on their regular schedule for Tuesday.

If you haven’t already done so, and would like your child to participate in COVID-19 testing, please complete the attached consent form found here (English/Spanish).   



Philip M. Alfano, Ed.D.


Important Letter to Parents - PHS One Day Schedule Modification (9/3/21) [Engl][Span]

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