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.
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 […]
Seattle Public Schools is offering flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children and adults.
SPS will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates in our schools and will be ready to adjust if necessary.