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COVID-19 Contact Tracing Procedures

 

Please take a few moments to read this latest update regarding SVSD school safety protocols. Specifically, this information describes steps our district is taking when we learn of a positive COVID-19 case for one of our students or staff. In all situations, confidentiality of individuals will be protected. 

 

CONTRACT TRACING

Working closely with Public Health of King County, we are following all guidelines and requirements when we learn a student or staff member has a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, and in notifying any individuals who have been identified as potential close contacts to an individual with a positive COVID-19 test. School staff have been specially-trained to conduct contact tracing with processes recommended by Public Health, to respond effectively and confidentially, when someone associated with our schools tests positive. 

 

If you are not contacted by school officials or Public Health, there is no need for you (or your student) to quarantine and it is safe to attend school or activities in person.

 

The SVSD procedure for contact tracing is bulleted below:

  • If a student or a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19, a parent or guardian must notify the school as soon as possible.  Please keep your student home and contact your school nurse or principal immediately to report a positive COVID-19 test result. Your school’s COVID Coordinator (nurse or administrator) will then follow up with the family, their teachers, bus driver, and others to determine who may be considered close contacts*. Your family will also receive COVID-19 information, current quarantine requirements/timing for your student, and instructions about returning in person. 
  • Public health defines a close contact as follows:
    • For students, close contacts are those that were within 3 feet (if both are masked) or 6 feet (if unmasked) of the positive individual for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. 
    • For adults, close contacts are those that were within 6 feet of the positive individual (masked or unmasked) for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. 

 

  • Students and teachers who are determined to be close contacts* to an individual who tests positive, will also be notified to quarantine, unless they are fully vaccinated.

 

  • Quarantine times for close contacts includes: 
    • Unvaccinated close contacts must quarantine for 10 days after the close contact – OR, 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test taken after the 5th day. 
    • Vaccinated close contacts without symptoms do not need to quarantine, but it is recommended that they test 3-5 days after contact and continue to watch for symptoms.
  • Close contact students, identified at school or school events, have access to a free Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test at school, if a parent/guardian has signed a Consent and HIPPA form in advance. The rapid test can yield results in approximately 15-30 minutes. (See details on how to take care of required permission in Family Access, for your student to be able to receive a COVID test at school.)

 

  • Students who need to quarantine will keep their current schedules and teachers, and provisions will be made to support continuity of learning from home.  

 

  • Additionally, students and employees who are not deemed to be close contacts but were present in a classroom (or team/group) with the positive individual will receive notification that “someone” in the class/group tested positive. They will receive COVID information intended to help families monitor for potential symptoms.

 

Everyone age 12 and older is eligible and encouraged to get a COVID vaccine. Our school vaccine clinics concluded this week, but you can still get free COVID vaccinations through the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

 

Please update your student's COVID-19 vaccination records (if you haven’t already in the RSVP process) by emailing a copy of their vaccination card to your school. Find vaccine verification information and email contacts here

 

We are tracking the number of confirmed cases by building on our district COVID-19 Dashboard. This resource is updated weekly at the end of each Friday.

 

Our ability to keep schools open is dependent upon everyone working together to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate potential risks of on-campus learning as much as possible.  Thank you for your partnership in these important steps. 

 

As guidance for schools continues to evolve from the state and Public Health, we’ll continue to keep families apprised of any changes. Stay safe!

 

Posted September 10, 2021