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    Daily Health Screening Protocol for In Person Staff and Students
    Posted on 02/25/2021
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    Daily Health Screening Protocol for In Person Staff and Students

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and students.

    Two of the many ways we are keeping our buildings safe and healthy is through the process of daily health screening known as "attestation" for all those who will be onsite in an SPS school or building and contact tracing.

    Health Screening – Attestation

    We have launched a new electronic tool to make it easier for families, staff, and visitors to answer daily health questions and for principals to monitor who has been in the building.

    Each person will be asked to check whether they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 that are not attributed to another condition; whether they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19; actively has COVID-19, or has been asked by a medical professional to isolate or quarantine. If they respond "yes" to any question, they will be asked to remain at home for the day.

    A screening result will indicate "Approved" or "Not Approved" to enter SPS buildings on your device. Designated school staff will greet families and staff at the door to confirm they have completed the health screening.

    A personalized link to complete the health screening process will be emailed to families and staff each weekday morning and will be sent in preferred home language. The link is active for that day only and if a parent has multiple children, they will need to complete the screening for each child. Schools will have an alternate method of completing the screening if families are unable to respond before they leave home. Families will also have the option to receive the screening link via text message.

    Beginning March 1, families of student receiving in-person services will receive the screening link to the email addresses on file.

    If your child will not be at school due to COVID-19 related illness, or any other reason, please continue to let the school attendance staff know. The screening tool does not replace the attendance tracking process.

    Contact Tracing

    Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect our community. Seattle Public Schools has been using contact tracing protocols since the beginning of the pandemic. These protocols are supported by a coordinated communication plan.

    General Process for SPS Contact Tracing

    Staff

    If there is a staff suspected or confirmed case:

    1. SPS central health service team contact the staff member to discuss COVID-19 related illness/exposure and determine exposure at work.
    2. SPS central health service team provide health-related recommendations (testing, contacting health care provider, resources, etc.) and discuss quarantine/isolation protocols.
    3. Close contacts are identified (any person who was within 6 feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period).
    4. SPS central health service team inform exposed staff members of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace while maintaining confidentiality as required by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
    5. Close contacts will be instructed to follow Public Health – Seattle & King County guidelines by SPS central health service team
    6. SPS staff consult with public health as needed.

    Students

    If there is a student suspected or confirmed case:

    1. SPS central health service team contact student/student's family to discuss COVID-19 related illness/exposure and determine exposure at school and provide health-related recommendations (testing, contacting health care provider, resources etc.) and discuss quarantine/isolation protocols.
    2. SPS central health service team identify close contacts (any person who was within 6 feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period).
    3. SPS central health service team inform exposed student/student's family of their possible exposure to COVID-19 at school while maintaining confidentiality as required by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
    4. Close contacts will be instructed to follow Public Health – Seattle & King County guidance and recommendations.
    5. SPS central health service team consult with public health as needed.

    We appreciate your help in protecting our school communities.

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    Health and Safety Protocols

    Reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission is everyone's responsibility. Local, state, and federal health guidelines have informed the development of the SPS COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols pdf icon. The district has been using these protocols since the beginning of the pandemic, and while there have been COVID-19 cases at some school sites, they have been isolated and contained.

    These health and safety protocols are updated as our understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve.