Updated School Updates

Latest Covid information

TIME: 4:00pm
DATE: 9/02/21

Just a reminder that all of our faculty, staff, church personnel and main volunteers are vaccinated as are many of our 7th and 8th grade students. All volunteers must be vaccinated to work at the school. Over the summer the governor made this proclamation, these requirements apply to public and private schools:

  • Indoor Mask Requirements- All school personnel, volunteers, visitors, and students must wear cloth face coverings at school when indoors. Staff who are verified to be fully vaccinated may be indoors without masks when students are not present or expected to be present.

  • Outdoor Mask Requirements- Face coverings are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are strongly recommended for unvaccinated individuals when outdoors in crowded spaces or when in close contact with people from outside their household for a sustained period of time, as the risk of COVID-19 infection increases with the duration and closeness of contact between individuals. Schools should support students and staff who choose to wear a mask or face covering outdoors.

  • Physical distancing requirements should not prevent a school from offering full-time, in person learning to all students/families in the fall. Maintain a physical distance of three feet or more between students in classroom settings to the degree possible and reasonable, that allows for full-time, in-person learning for all students. A school’s ability to do so will depend on students’ ages, developmental and physical abilities, and available space.

We no longer have to take temperatures, however, if your child is not feeling well, please keep them home, it is better to be safe than sorry. We are going to keep the same drop off and pick up procedures that we had in place last year. All cars will come through the main gate by the church and drop off by the covered play area. Students will get out of their cars and go right into the school. There is no waiting in lines outside of the school. Doors for the school will open at 8:00 AM, first bell rings at 8:15 AM, tardy bell at 8:20 AM. Kids’ Club will open at 6:30 AM. We will make sure PreK students get to their classroom, kindergarten students will go through the main doors and walk down to their classroom. Please remember that school starts at 8:15 AM. Students need to be at school by 8:15 AM. The tardy bell rings at 8:20 AM. If a child is tardy three times, they lose a non-uniform day.

For pick up all cars will come through the main gate by the church and pick up by the covered play area. The dismissal bell rings at 3:00 PM.

Here are the WA State Health Department guidelines regarding Covid:

What to Do if Someone Develops Symptoms of COVID-19 While at School

Any student, teacher, or staff who reports COVID-19-like symptoms must be immediately isolated from others and sent home and referred to diagnostic testing as soon as feasible. While waiting to leave school, the individual with symptoms must be isolated in a designated isolation space. They must wear a cloth face covering or mask. Anyone providing care or evaluation to the isolated individual must wear appropriate PPE. Our isolation room is the school’s health room.

What to Do if Someone Visited School while Contagious with COVID-19

If someone visited a school while contagious with COVID-19, it is possible that students, staff,

and/or guests may have been exposed. A person is contagious with COVID-19 starting two

days before they have symptoms (or if asymptomatic, two days before they test positive for

Covid-19) and through the end of their isolation period Close contacts of a person with

COVID-19 should be identified to determine if they must quarantine.

If a person tests positive for COVID-19 by a molecular or antigen test, they can return to school when the following criteria are met:

• 10 days since symptom onset, or since positive test specimen collection date if no symptoms are present (up to 20 days for those for those who are severely ill or severely immunocompromised), AND

• 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever-reducing medications, AND

• Symptoms have improved This isolation guidance applies regardless of vaccination status. If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for COVID-19 with a molecular test, they may return to school following existing school illness management policies so long as they are not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and subject to quarantine. If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for COVID-19 with an antigen test, per CDC antigen testing guidance, a confirmatory lab-based molecular test is recommended. This is irrespective of vaccination status.

What to Do if Someone is a Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19

Generally, a close contact is someone who was within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period during the period of time when the person with COVID-19 was infectious. The infectious period of someone with COVID-19 starts two days before the onset of symptoms or is estimated as two days before the positive test collection date if someone with COVID-19 is asymptomatic. This definition applies regardless of whether the case or contact was wearing a mask. If identified as a close contact, a person may need to quarantine as outlined below.

In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place.

Quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. People who may be exempt from quarantine:

• Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms do not need to be quarantined but should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in all public indoor spaces for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate and follow appropriate guidance if they test positive. If they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

• Close contact who had confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months, have recovered and do not have symptoms, do not need to quarantine but should watch for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop. If a close contact is neither fully vaccinated nor recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months and does not have symptoms, the close contact must quarantine unless the school has chosen to adopt a “test to stay” protocol with approval from local public health. Close contacts following a test to stay protocol must still quarantine at home away from others except for attending school (e.g., the person may not participate in extra-curricular or after school activities and should not attend social gatherings, etc.). There are three options for the duration of quarantine.

• Quarantine should last for 14 days after the last close contact with the COVID-19 positive person. This is the safest option. Monitor for symptoms during this time, and if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 14 days, get tested.

• If 14 days is not possible, quarantine can last for 10 days after the last close contact, 12 without additional testing required. However, if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 10 days, remain in quarantine the full 14 days and get tested. Continue monitoring for symptoms until day 14.

• Quarantine can end after 7 full days beginning after the last close contact if no symptoms have developed and after receiving a negative test result. The test should occur no sooner than 48 hours (2 days) before ending quarantine. Continue monitoring for symptoms until day 14.