Update Regarding COVID-19 | 3.10.2022

  • This Sunday marks the two-year anniversary of the pandemic and its direct impact on our schools. We know this pandemic isn't over, but we could not have made it this far without your sacrifice, patience, and cooperation. Your commitment to our kids and schools is greatly appreciated.

    This week, we received additional information from the Washington Department of Health (WADoH) about requirements and guidance to mitigations pertaining to schools. Please carefully read this email to make sure you understand the changes taking place in our district on Monday, March 14. 

    MASKS

    The most significant change is centered around masks. Students and staff will no longer be required to wear masks. However, we anticipate that some students and staff will continue to wear them. We will respect their right to do so, and we encourage you to spend time talking with your child about these options. 

    The option to wear masks or not includes all school bus transportation. Masks are still required when students enter the Health Room or test positive at school for COVID-19 before going home.

    ADDITIONAL SAFETY MITIGATIONS

    The WADoH guidance no longer requires social distancing or many other safety mitigations. However, many are still strongly recommended. We will continue our ventilation and handwashing practices while encouraging outside instruction as much as possible. 

    NOTIFICATION

    Keeping you and your family notified of COVID-19 cases will remain a priority for the district. Each Friday, schools will continue to email their families IF a positive COVID-19 case was reported at school. In addition, the District's COVID-19 Dashboard will continue to be updated daily. 

    TESTING

    Many of our schools have sent or will be sending test kits home with your child. We have plenty more tests at our schools and encourage you to work through the office to get a test kit if your child is displaying symptoms. The WADoH has also created the following return-to-school FLOW CHART to assist families when their child shows symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. 

    THANK YOU

    Thank you for your partnership and working with our school leaders to keep our students and staff safe. We cannot stress how important it is to monitor your child for symptoms and keep them home when sick. This is more important than ever to maintain optional mask use. The complete guidance from the WADoH may be found at this link. We recommend you become familiar with the information and guidance. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions.