We continue to prioritize the health of our school communities by complying with all requirements and guidance of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Labor & Industries, and Public Health - Seattle & King County.
In the 2021-22 school year, some health and safety protocols will remain, others will go away, some may adjust, and new COVID-19 prevention strategies will be implemented in response to public health guidance. Some key items to know are:
- Health training: All staff members will be trained in health and safety protocols for their school building prior to the first student day.
- Daily attestations: Daily health attestations screenings are no longer required by DOH and will not be used in the coming school year. Everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms and follow the protocols included in the 2021-2022 school year guidance.
- Masks: Health officials made face coverings optional when they adjusted the guidance on March 12, 2022.
- Vaccinations: The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for children ages 5 and older. We partnered with Costco to host vaccination opportunities for students. As of Aug. 18, 2021 Governor Inslee announced a mandate that requires all K-12 employees be vaccinated.
- Physical distancing: All individuals within a school building or worksite should maintain a physical distance of at least three or more feet between people to the degree possible. DOH and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have been clear that social distancing requirements cannot and will not prevent any or all student(s) from attending all day in person.
- Daily cleaning: The daily cleaning of classrooms and common spaces will continue. Snacks and drinks will not be consumed in the classroom, with the exception of access to a water bottle. A designated location will be identified by the COVID supervisor at each school building for students who require additional snacks during the day.
Please visit Public Health - Seattle & King County website for a full list of Health and Safety Protocols that will be in place for the coming 2021-22 school year and information about athletics, volunteers, and much more.
District Recovery Plans
In preparation for the fall of 2021 the District developed the Academic and Student Well-being Recovery Plan checklist as well as the Academic and Student Well-being Recovery Plan in a written format.
These plans were approved by the School Board on May 27, 2021. The checklist version of the plan is required by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to receive Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds that are meant to help address student needs from extended school building closures and time in remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While these plans are our best thinking as of May 2021, we understand that we will need to continue to monitor and adjust.
This dashboard is updated on the first school day of each week with all data submitted through the weekend. For example, if the dashboard is updated on a Monday, it includes all data submitted through Sunday, the night before. The goal of the dashboard is to help our community gauge potential transmission risks while on district campuses.
Dashboard metrics are limited to current staff, students, and other individuals who were present at one of our campuses and may have posed a transmission risk through close contact. In rare circumstances, case numbers may not align from week to week when previously-reported positive cases are proven negative through advanced testing procedures.
We only include COVID-19 cases when the following conditions are met:
- The individual's COVID-19 test was administered by a doctor, District staff member, or authorized COVID-19 testing facility.
- The positive test result was confirmed by an authorized District employee.
We only include close contacts that occurred on a District campus.