COVID-19 Health and Safety
Seattle Public Schools COVID-19 Health and Safety
School Closed or Shifting to Remote Learning
SPS COVID-19 Data
What are the vaccination rates for SPS schools?
As of January 19, 2022, 78% of SPS students have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 69% of students have had two. The highest vaccination rate in a school is 94%, while the lowest is 9%. Of 106 schools, 79 have a greater than 50% vaccination rate and 27 schools have less than a 50% vaccination rate.
Vaccine clinics at SPS Schools: The district continues to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics for our school community in partnership with trusted medical providers.
SPS COVID-19 Dashboard
Confirmed cases at Seattle Public Schools displayed by region, week, and role are displayed on the COVID Data Dashboard.
Contact Tracing and Quarantine Requirements
Students can take a COVID test:
- At their school
- Regional testing sites
Student assigned school: Rapid antigen testing is available at each school, and results are available usually within 15 minutes with parent/guardian consent. PCR testing is available at each school for students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and those results can take 24-72 hours based on demand.
Regional testing sites: SPS also offers regional testing at several schools for students and staff.
Masks and COVID-19 mitigation
One of the best defenses against COVID-19 is the correct and consistent wearing of face coverings or masks. All staff, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask when on SPS property or events.
Families of students with a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental or cognitive condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering may request an exemption. Read more about the district mask guidance.
What can we learn from other school districts around the nation?
School districts throughout the country have struggled with a national labor shortage, adequate supplies of high-quality masks and COVID tests, and evolving guidance from state and local public health.
The districts that have stayed open while keeping staff and students safe have been proactive with offering vaccine clinics, making testing widely available, and implementing layers of protection in buildings – strategies consistent with SPS practices.
Virtual, Remote, and In-Person Learning
What communication will families receive if their school switches to remote learning?
If a school is closed or changes instructional model (remote or in-person learning) families at affected schools will receive an email and/or phone voice message. Once the message is shared with families it will be posted to the school website, the district announcement of schools that have a schedule change, and district social media channels.