WST Weekly Update

January 17 - 21, 2022

From the Director

Each week, there is new communication about Covid and updates to the guidelines. I've added the latest communication from our Covid coordinator below. If your student has symptoms or has had close contact with someone who has Covid your student has the opportunity to test to stay at WST.


We have set up a 'drive-thru' test to stay spot in front of WST for WST students who wish to test to stay. To test, just pull up to the double cones in front of the school and park. Then, call 360-473-0550 and let them know that you are there to test to stay.


Someone will come out to the vehicle, test the student, and then will call in ten minutes with the results of the test. If it is negative, the student can stay at WST, if it is positive, the student will return home and isolate.


If your student has tested positive for Covid at their sending school, please notify WST of the absence and expected return date. There are so many cases happening right now that schools are very overwhelmed.


All students in all classes should be able to access work from home for their WST class. Students have access to either Canvas or Google Classroom to be able to access any work that can be done remotely and are able to complete that work from home. If you find that your student's class information is not updated, please contact Shani Watkins, shani.watkins@westsoundtech.org.


At this time, WST plans to continue to provide daily in-person learning for all students. If WST has to pivot to online learning, we will do our very best to provide adequate notification to all families. We of course prefer to be in-class at WST engaging in hands-on learning.


There are several ways of accessing important information about WST, including:

The WST App

The WST Website: www.westsoundtech.org

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Monday, January 17, we honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day into law on November 2, 1983, and it was first observed three years later. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.


Dr. King was a leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. He advanced civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. On October 14, 1964, Dr. King one the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. Posthumously, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2003.


One of my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr quotes, "Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education."

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WST App

Updated Covid Information

Thank you for your patience as we work to implement the recent DOH COVID guidance updates and expand our opportunities to keep our students safe and in school.

The following protocols have been developed in alignment with DOH guidance and in consultation with the Kitsap Public Health District:

VACCINATION STATUS:

18+ years old: are now only considered fully vaccinated if they have completed their series within six months (2 months for J&J) or are boosted

5-17 years old: are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing their 2 shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech series.

COVID-19 case: anyone who has had and recovered from COVID-19 are under the same guidance as individuals who meet the criteria for being fully vaccinated

TESTING:

Symptomatic: students with COVID- like symptoms have access to onsite testing. If students test negative for COVID-19 immediately and again two days later, they may continue to attend class without interruption. There may be instances where students will need to go home when they are not feeling well. This will be assessed on a case by case basis. If a student tests positive for COVID-19 they will need to isolate according to the most recent guidance.

Close Contacts: we are now able to test students who are close contacts from community or household exposure. Students identified as close contacts in this setting will have the opportunity to continue to attend class without interruption if they are asymptomatic and participate in the Test to Stay program.

COVID Positive Cases: the isolation period for a person who tests positive for COVID-19 remains 10 days. However, in certain cases the isolation period may be reduced to 5 days. The modified quarantine option requires a person who tested positive for COVID-19:

  • to retest on day 5 or later

  • to test negative for COVID-19

  • to have improved symptoms

Students can test onsite on day 6 or later before reporting to class if their symptoms have improved. If your student tests positive they will need to continue to isolate for the full 10 day quarantine.

QUARANTINE/ISOLATION:

The Department of Health has identified three quarantine options for quarantining and isolation based on the circumstances of the case. In all cases where students return to school early they must wear a well fitted mask at all times, regardless of scenarios where masks may not be required otherwise (i.e. outdoors, while participating in sports).

Standard Quarantine/Isolation:

  • COVID positive case isolates for 10 days

  • Close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 quarantines for 10 days

  • Household contact (someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19) quarantines for 20 days

Modified Quarantine:

  • COVID positive case isolates for 5 days; can return day 6 if symptoms have improved and they retest negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later

  • Close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; can return day 6 if asymptomatic and they retest negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later

  • Household contact (someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19); can return day 16 if asymptomatic and they retest negative for COVID-19 on day 15 or later

Test to Stay: is available to students

  • Close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; can return immediately if asymptomatic and they test negative for COVID-19 twice in 5 days

  • Household contact (someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19); can return immediately if asymptomatic and they test negative for COVID-19 multiple times in 15 days


Finally, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our BSD families for supporting our safety protocols. We know it places a burden on each of you and appreciate your commitment to the health and safety of our BSD community. We will get through this together.


Please reach out to our COVID-19 Coordinator, Kristen Morga (kristen.morga@bremertonschools.org), if you have any questions or suggestions.


Thank you so much for your patience and perseverance during this stressful time.

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Mission: The mission of West Sound Technical Skills Center is to ensure that all students are prepared for life, career, and college through industry-based, technically rigorous programs.

Vision: To prepare every West Sound Technical Skills Center graduate to be career and college ready, enter the global workforce, and be a successful and contributing citizen through innovative and flexible program opportunities.
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