Seattle Public Schools COVID-19 Response
SPS COVID-19 Data
What are the vaccination rates for SPS schools?
As of August 2022, 83% of SPS students have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 80% of students have had two, and of students who are eligible for boosters, 72% have received their booster shot. The highest vaccination rate in a school is 96%, while the lowest is 27%. Of 106 schools, 95 have a greater than 50% vaccination rate and 11 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
SPS closely tracks and monitors confirmed COVID-19 cases. Confirmed case counts at Seattle Public are displayed on the .
SPS continues to follow mitigation strategies to minimize transmission of COVID-19.
Stay Home When Sick It is important that if students have COVID symptoms, they stay home and test. Keep a supply of home tests on hand.
Department of Health Symptom Flow Chart
This DOH flowchart ‘What to do if a Person is Symptomatic’ is available in additional languages.
Seattle Public Schools lifted its mask requirements in March 2022. SPS continues to encourage masking at school, especially after travel or a break.
If I needed one, where would I find the Mask Exemption Form?
Here is the SPS Mask Exemption Form
Virtual, Remote, and In-Person Learning
COVID-19 symptoms, testing, and isolating
The DOH requires anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and get tested for COVID-19. Additional guidance includes:
- A person who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for five days. After five days, if symptoms improve and the person does not have a fever for at least 24 hours (without taking fever-reducing medications), they can return to school or work. COVID-19 tests are encouraged before returning.
- If an individual tests positive after five days of isolation, they must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.
- Anyone returning to school or work after isolation should wear a well-fitted mask from day six to 10. These individuals should also remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities.
- If an individual is unable to wear a well-fitting mask, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days.
Outbreak Response and Testing Consent
If there is a suspected or confirmed outbreak in a classroom or across classrooms, testing and masking may be required to sustain in-person learning. Learn more about the testing protocol and consent to outbreak testing.
Students can take a COVID test:
- At their school
- At home
At home testing: Seattle Public Schools is now accepting over the counter COVID-19 tests for students and staff.
Student assigned school: COIVID testing is available at each school, and results are available usually within 15 minutes with parent/guardian consent.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Students and Staff
Vaccination is our most important line of defense against the virus and being vaccinated also reduces the loss of vital in-person instruction time at school. All children 6 months and older are now eligible for the COVID vaccine and children 5 years and older are eligible for the booster.
Volunteers must be approved by the volunteer office and are subject to the Washington state governor’s proclamation.
Seattle Public Schools is offering flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children and adults.
On-demand COVID-19 Testing Consent Campaign SPS is prepared to manage COVID-19 in our schools. Our goals are to keep school communities healthy and safe, and ensure uninterrupted in-person learning. One […]
SPS will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates in our schools and will be ready to adjust if necessary.