Health & Safety

Physical Health & Safety during Remote Learning (with small groups) * 

During Remote Learning, a limited number of students will be on-campus for face-to-face learning, customized supports, and/or evaluation of needs. These are the expectations for the on-campus small groups. Each school has a COVID-19 Supervisor who can address questions or concerns. 

Hygiene Practices  

Students adults should clean hands when they arrive at school, before meals or snacks, after outside time, after going to the bathroom, after blowing nose or sneezing, and before leaving to go home. Help young students to make sure they are doing it right. The best option is to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand gel with at least 60 percent alcohol and preferably fragrance-free.  

  1. Students and adults should not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  2. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, then clean hands with soap and water or hand gel.  
  3. Students and staff who are ill should staff home and avoid contact with sick people.  

Physical Distancing  

All students and staff must practice physical distancing of six feet within each group or classroom as much as possible and reduce the amount of time they are close with each other. Maintaining six feet of distance is most important when students or staff will be engaged in something for more than a few minutes, like during class, reading or quiet time, or eating lunch. There may be brief moments, such as passing by others in the hallway or during play at recess when students are less than feet apart from each other. 

Cloth Face Coverings 

Wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is required for staff and students in all public spaces, except where specific exceptions are made based on age, development, or disability. See the Washington State Department of Health Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings and CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings for more information. All students, volunteers, or guests must wear cloth face coverings or acceptable alternative at school when indoors.

For staff, cloth facial coverings must be worn by every individual (except as described below) not working alone at the location unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under Department of Labor & Industries safety and health rules and guidance. Refer to Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details.  In the event a staff member or student refuses to wear a mask the COVID supervisor should be alerted and they can follow up directly with the individual.

  1. Cloth face coverings should not be worn by: 
    • Those with a disability that prevents them from comfortably wearing or removing a face covering.  
    • Those with certain respiratory conditions or trouble breathing.  
    • Those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and those who provide instruction to such people, and use facial and mouth movements as part of communication.  
    • Those advised by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional that wearing a face covering may pose a risk to that person.  
  2. In rare circumstances when a cloth face covering cannot be worn, students and staff may use a clear face covering or a face shield with a drape as an alternative to a cloth face covering. If used, face shields should extend below the chin, to the ears, and have no gap at the forehead.  
  3. Younger students must be supervised when wearing a face covering or face shield and may need help putting them on, taking them off, and getting used to wearing them. Families should practice with their students at home. 
  4. Even when cloth face coverings are worn, continue practicing physical distancing.  
  5. Students may remove face coverings to eat and drink and when they go outdoors for recess, physical education, or other outside activities when they can be physically distanced.  
  6. As for all assistance provided by staff to students who have special needs, the school is responsible for providing appropriate PPE available.  

Health Screening at Entry 

Every day, staff, parents, guardians, students (grades 6-12) and visitors, upon entry to a school facility, must complete an attestation including the following questions and stay home if the answer is yes. Parents can complete health screenings through the Family App. A COVID Supervisor or site administrator can complete a health survey for a younger student, but they still must contact a parent to answer the questions.

  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms that are not caused by another condition? [On the first day after a break or for a new student, please ask about the past 3 days 72 hours).]  
    • Fever (100.4°F) or chills  
    • Cough  
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
    • Unusual fatigue  
    • Muscle or body aches  
    • Headache  
    • Recent loss of taste or smell  
    • Sore throat  
    • Congestion or runny nose  
    • Nausea or vomiting  
    • Diarrhea  
  2. Have you been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19?  
  3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?  
  4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection? 

Those who answer yes must not attend school and/ or must immediately leave the area. Those students who present without a completed attestation will be sent home; if unable to go home, student will be placed in isolation for monitoring until pick up.  

Ill at School- Develops signs of COVID-19  

If a student or staff member develops signs of COVID-19 while at school, they will be separated away from others in an identified space for isolating ill persons, with supervision at a distance of six feet, until the sick person can leave. While waiting to leave school, the individual with symptoms must wear a cloth face covering or mask if tolerated. Areas where the individual was will be aired out, cleaned, and disinfected after they leave. Individuals who are ill must follow the Washington DOH guidance for symptom monitoring and return to work or school; individuals are encouraged to be tested for COVID-19. Those diagnosed with COVID-19 should notify the school immediately.  

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the local health jurisdiction will provide guidance, but it is possible that many of the student’s classmates and teachers will be considered close contacts and need to be quarantined for 14 days. This district will comply with health authority guidance and support with contact investigation and communications as directed.