Stay Healthy During Back-to-School Season

Summary: We encourage our community to take the following steps to limit the spread of respiratory illnesses.

Tips for a Healthy Return to School

Seattle Public Schools wants to ensure a healthy return to school and work for our students, families, and staff.

We encourage you to follow these steps to help limit the spread of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, flu, RSV and others.

Stop Germs, Stay Healthy 

Stop Germs, Stay Healthy 

  • Stay home if you feel sick. Students and staff experiencing new, changed, or worsening respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms should stay home and test for COVID-19. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when unable to wash hands. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm, not your hand. 
  • Get vaccinated. Vaccines and boosters are the best protection against illnesses. 
  • Exposed to COVID-19? Watch for symptoms, get tested for COVID-19, and wear mask for 10 days after exposure.  
  • Positive for COVID-19 test results: 

Thank you for protecting others and making sure we have a safe back-to-school season! Visit our respiratory illness response webpage for additional information. 

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