Information for Families
Taking care of yourself and your family is taking care of your community.
If you are well enough to come to school:
Universal and correct use of cloth face coverings or masks helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is required for all school personnel, students, and visitors while indoors. Schools must provide face coverings or masks, as appropriate, for staff and students who do not have them. Masks are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Students may remove face coverings to eat and drink, and when they can be physically distanced outside.
Practice physical distancing of at least three feet or more between students in classroom settings, and at least six feet or more in certain circumstances to the degree possible and reasonable that allows for full-time, in person learning for all students.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water. If handwashing is not possible, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol should be used.
Our teachers and staff will be reinforcing these routines and practices.
The Washington State Department of Health has provided K-12 COVID-19 requirements that go into greater detail.
Symptoms of COVID-19 while at school
Any student, teacher, or staff who reports COVID-19-like symptoms must be immediately isolated from others and sent home as soon as feasible. While waiting to leave school, the individual with symptoms must be isolated in a designated isolation space. They must continue to wear a cloth face covering or mask.
The Sedro-Woolley School District works closely with the health department when there are confirmed cases. Here are the steps the district follows for confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- When the district learns of a case of COVID-19, we first confirm with the health department that the confirmed case is associated with our schools.
- Our schools each have COVID site safety teams who help initiate contact tracing. If there are close contacts of a confirmed case, we work with the health department to notify staff and parents/guardians that there has been contact with a confirmed case.
- Next steps are determined by the health department, which may include recommendations for COVID testing, isolation and/or quarantine. We communicate directly to impacted staff and families and share resources according to the guidance of the health department.
- In some cases, a group of students will shift to remote learning for a period of time designated by the health department.
- Exposure or contact is usually defined as being within six feet or more and spending 15 minutes or longer with someone who has tested positive for COVID.
- Quarantine is when someone is asked to stay home due to exposure to someone who is infected, because they could become contagious.
- Isolation is when some is asked to stay home because of illness or possible illness, and they are contagious.
- One confirmed case is not an outbreak. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases with transmission occurring between them.
Families who found success in the district’s remote learning model will have a new option for the 2021-2022 school year as the district has partnered with an accredited K-12 virtual academy to provide quality learn-at-home options with teacher support. More than 300 K-12 online courses will be available at no cost to students who choose this option. Details are still being finalized, but families who would like more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org.