Washington State Dept. of Health Releases Updated K-12 Guidance for Fall
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released updated K-12 guidance for this fall. It reflects new CDC recommendations to minimize COVID-19 transmission and maximize in-person instruction. Masks are required indoors only for everyone vaccinated or not; physical distancing requirements are much more flexible to allow full-time in-person instruction for all students; and quarantine rules are updated to reduce student exclusions from school. (For example, fully-vaccinated individuals who have no symptoms, will not need to quarantine if they are exposed to a COVID-19 positive case.)
Find full details on the latest DOH guidance to Washington State schools here(updated August 10, 2021).
As recommend by Public Health, our mitigations will include:
Universal Masks for staff, Students, Visitors
Additional Layered Mitigation • Distancing of 3 feet to degree possible in classrooms • Ventilation and Cleaning • Hand Hygiene / Respiratory Etiquette • Staying Home when Sick • Responding to Cases and Outbreaks • Testing and Contract Tracing with Isolation / Quarantine • Reporting cases and outbreaks
In addition, our district has rapid COVID-19 tests to help screen potentially positive individuals and close contacts.
We encourage all eligible individuals to receive the COVID vaccination. In partnership with Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, COVID and some back-to-school vaccinations will be FREE for SVSD students at clinics. Staff, family members and community neighbors are also welcome. The clinics held in our middle schools offer the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12+ and other immunizations for ages 11+.