Updated K-12 COVID Guidance for Families - Jan. 14
As a promised follow-up to our January 12 COVID update, here is info about our COVID testing clinic along with a summary of the major changes to the K-12 Guidance from the Department of Health and King County Public Health.
If you have specific questions or a unique situation, please contact your building principal or school nurse. Please understand that there may be a delay in their ability to respond quickly due to high demand. If your student is in quarantine and the below instructions are not clear, please keep your student home until we are able to get back to you and answer your question.
GREAT NEWS - MORE TESTS!
Yesterday, we were down to about 200 COVID tests in our warehouse – not enough for even one more day. HOWEVER, with some hard-searching and tenacious efforts by our team, we were able to secure over 10,000 tests and get them delivered today! That’s nothing short of miraculous! This welcome news comes just in the nick of time. That means we will be able to move ahead with our plan to offer more flexible testing for our students.
FREE TEST KIT PICKUP FOR SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS - MON. JAN. 17, 4-6 p.m.
This Monday, January 17 (MLK Jr. Holiday) from 4 to 6 p.m., we will be offering free optional drive-up COVID test kit pick-up and registration for symptomaticSnoqualmie Valley School District students and staff only. Students participating in Test-to-Stay and athletes doing required testing must still test at school.
Due to the current high demand for testing, families will test at home and report the results back through our reporting system. Simple directions will be provided. Please bring a mobile device to complete registration. Kit pick-up and registration will be held near the stairwell to the MSHS Freshman Campus building, along the fire lane around the stadium. (See map) Parent/guardian permission is required for students under 18. Next week, we’ll share the plan for additional kit distribution. Stay tuned!
NEW GUIDANCE FOR COVID-POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS (DoH, 1/7/22)
The new, shorter isolation guidance allows for students who have tested positive for COVID to return to school on the 6th day, 5 days after symptom started (or since testing positive if no symptoms are present) IF:
Symptom-free or symptoms are resolving; AND
No fever within the past 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
NOTE: People who are severely ill or severely immunocompromised may need to isolate longer.
This means that any student who tested positive on or before Wed. Jan. 12 and meet the above criteria can return to school on Tues. Jan. 18. No testing required.
After returning from isolation, please continue watching for symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask around others through day 10, both in and out of school, including during extracurricular and sports activities.
NEW QUARANTINE GUIDANCE (DoH, 1/7/22)
Individuals who are fully-vaccinated (includes boosters for ages 18+) or have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days and come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine.
Those who are not fully-vaccinated (or not vaccinated at all) who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 must quarantine for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last close contact* with a person who has COVID-19 and receive a negative test result on day 5. They may use Test-to-Stay to remain at school during this quarantine period (see below).
(*For exposure to members in your household, this is the last day the person with COVID-19 is considered infectious. Consult your school nurse for guidance.)
TEST-TO-STAY (DoH, 1/7/22)
The DoH Test-to-Stay program is designed to keep students in school with a “modified quarantine.” Testing requires parent consent. This applies to individuals:
Ages of 5–17 years who have not completed a primary vaccination series
Ages 18 or older who completed a primary series of recommended vaccine but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible
Not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series
In Test-to-Stay, individuals may stay at school after being a close contact as long as they are symptom-free and test negative on day 3 and day 5 of their 5-day quarantine. They may participate in extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and can attend before or after school childcare or youth development programs. However, they should avoid social gatherings and community activities. If an individual or student who is a close contact chooses not to test or get tested, a minimum 10-day Quarantine is required.
Any student who is currently out on quarantine due to a close contact exposure and does not have symptoms, can return to school 1/18/22 with the following criteria:
Without testing if their last day of exposure was on or before 1/7/22
With testing / Test-To-Stay if their last day of exposure was on or after 1/8/22 (and with signed parent consent)
BOOSTER SHOTS FOR AGES 12+
The CDC updated its guidance on booster and third doses of vaccine. They recommend boosters for everyone ages 12+, five months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna (note: ages 12-17 can only get Pfizer) or two months after one dose of J&J. The CDC also recommends that anyone age 5 and older who have moderately or severely weakened immune systems (immunocompromised) get a third dose of vaccine.