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    SPS Adheres to High Levels of Health and Safety Protocols
    Posted on 04/28/2021

    SPS Continues to Adhere to High Levels of Health and Safety Protocols

    We are committed to the health and well-being of our school community. While recent CDC guidance has changed for physical distancing, mask wearing, and quarantine, we will continue to adhere to SPS health and safety protocols that provide the highest level of protection for our students, staff, and community.

    Students and staff are required to maintain six feet of distance from others and wear a cloth face covering or acceptable alternative at school and district sites. These protocols align with state and local health guidelines and agreements with our labor partners.

    Contact Tracing

    Contact tracing is performed by an experienced team of SPS School Nurses who serve as a liaison to Public Health – Seattle & King County.

    If a student or staff tests positive for COVID-19, the team works to identify those who came in close contact with this person. A close contact is anyone who has spent 15 or more minutes within 6 feet of the person with COVID-19, regardless of whether the individual and/or the person with COVID-19 were wearing a face covering. The team notifies and instructs close contacts to follow Public Health guidelines and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure to the person with COVID-19. Public Health provides case investigation for students or staff diagnosed with COVID-19.

    SPS will notify families when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in their student’s classroom(s).

    The SPS COVID-19 Dashboard is updated weekly to reflect confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district. Read the SPS Contact Tracing flyer.

    Read about Public Health’s approach.

    When to Keep your Child Home from School

    Please keep your student home if they have experienced any one of the symptoms of COVID-19 within the past day that are not caused by another condition. Symptoms of COVID-19 include runny nose or congestion, fever (100.4°F) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Your student should stay home if they had close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days, OR had a positive COVID-19 test for the active virus in the past 10 or awaiting results of a COVID-19 test due to possible exposure or symptoms, OR if they have been told by a public health or medical professional to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection.

    If your student has only one short-term symptom (fatigue, headache, muscle pain or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, OR diarrhea) AND the symptom begins and resolves in less than 24 hours, AND has not had known COVID-19 exposure (close contact), then your student can return to school the next day and no COVID-19 test is required.

    If your student is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, AND has not had close contact with someone with COVID-19, AND received a negative test result or alternative diagnosis by a health care provider, they can return to school with a copy of their negative test result or note from health care provider after 24 hours after fever has resolved (without fever-reducing medications) AND symptoms have improved OR if alternative diagnosis, after following provider directions.

    If your student has tested positive for COVID-19, they should remain home and away from others for at least 10 days from when symptoms began. They can return to school after 10 days, AND 24 hours after fever has been resolved (without fever-reducing medication), AND symptoms have improved. If your child never develops symptoms, they should stay at home and away from others for at least 10 days after the date of their first positive COVID-19 test.

    Mask/Face Coverings

    In line with guidance from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Washington Office of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) re-opening plan, SPS requires all students and staff wear a cloth face covering or acceptable alternative at school and district sites unless, due to a student’s disability, they cannot safely wear a face covering.

    In these unique circumstances, additional safeguards will be put in place to protect students and staff. These precaution strategies may include correct mask wearing for others, adaptations such as additional facial protections, use of cohorts, and physical distancing.