Communication of COVID-19 Positive Cases
Public Health Notification
Snoqualmie Valley School District will notify local public health officials in all circumstances where we learn of a positive test, or other circumstance that requires further consultation. Also, Public Health will notify the district when there are confirmed cases that may be linked to our schools. We work closely with local health officials at Public Health of Seattle and King County to ensure timely, accurate communication, as directed.
Student, Family and Staff Notification
It is the goal of SVSD to keep families informed of COVID-19 positive cases impacting our school and district facilities, while also protecting the privacy of individuals. The identify of individuals confirmed or exposed will remain confidential, in accordance with privacy laws.
When a positive COVID-19 case may be confirmed in our schools, we will notify every person identified to be a close contact. This will involve a confidential contact tracing investigation, after which private notification will be provided directly to the parents/guardians of students deemed to be close contacts. Individuals who are believed to have been exposed to a confirmed case will receive additional Public Health resources, as well as instructions on how long they will need to quarantine, and the process for getting clearance from a school nurse to be able to return to school following the quarantine period.
As our schools resume in-person learning, we will likely see a similar rate for COVID cases as we're experiencing in the community. To monitor confirmed COVID cases related to our schools, we are maintaining a District COVID Dashboard to report cases confirmed over a 14-day period. This dashboard is updated each week to reflect current confirmed cases, and can be accessed from the district homepage.
COVID-19 symptoms (updated 9/3/20) by Public Health include:
- Fever 100.40F / 38°C or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Other signs of new illness that are unrelated to a preexisting condition (such as seasonal allergies)
Close contact is currently defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
*Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Data are limited, making it difficult to precisely define “close contact;” however, 15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of 6 feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation. Factors to consider when defining close contact include proximity (closer distance likely increases exposure risk), the duration of exposure (longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk), whether the infected individual has symptoms (the period around onset of symptoms is associated with the highest levels of viral shedding), if the infected person was likely to generate respiratory aerosols (e.g., was coughing, singing, shouting), and other environmental factors (crowding, adequacy of ventilation, whether exposure was indoors or outdoors).
Exposure - An individual is considered exposed to COVID-19 if they did any of the following with a person with confirmed COVID-19 during their infectious period:
- Close contact (see definition above)
- Live with the COVID-19 individual (Exposed individuals who continue to live with the COVID positive individual, are considered to have ongoing close contact for the extent of the COVID individual’s infectious period.)
- Direct contact with secretions of the infected individual (i.e. sharing a cup, kissing, etc.)
Infectious period - the current infectious period (when the virus can infect another person) for a person with COVID is considered 2 days prior to and until at least 10 days after symptom onset (or positive test if asymptomatic) AND symptoms are improving AND fever-free for 24 hours.
Isolation is what you do if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation means you stay home and away from others (including household members) for the recommended period of time to avoid spreading illness. Quarantine is what you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19.
Quarantine means you stay home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case you are infected and are contagious. Quarantine becomes isolation if you later test positive for COVID-19 or develop COVID-19 symptoms