Yelm Community Schools

October 15, 2021


We are pleased to share the new guidance published by the Department of Health (DOH) and Thurston County Health Department (PHSS) to reduce the length of time a “close contact” is out of school. The following descriptions briefly outline eligibility requirements. Keep these things in mind to help reduce the spread of COVID.

  1. Stay home when sick or have been exposed.
  2. Report your absence to your school.
  3. A Contact Tracing Nurse will consult with you to determine your return to class options.
  4. Reach out to your teacher and check Google Classroom for assignments

More information regarding COVID procedures is available on our website.

How to return to school when considered "Close Contact"?

Vaccinated students will not be quarantined, but it is recommended that they get tested in 3-5 days after exposure or remain home if symptoms develop.

Students who are quarantined due to "close contact" may be able to return earlier than 10 days if they do not have symptoms and test negative. Below are the two testing programs than can decrease out of class time.

TEST TO STAY PROGRAM - Student Exposure at School

  • Requires testing at 3 days and 7 days after exposure.

  • Negative test results with no symptoms allows students to return to class.

  • Students can return to all school activities and sports on Day 10.

7-DAY QUARANTINE - Student Exposure in the Community

  • Requires testing on Day 7.

  • Negative test results with no symptoms allows students to return to class on Day 8 if there is no other positive cases in the household.

  • Students can return to all school activities and sports on Day 10.

Contract Tracing Nurse will consult with parent/guardian to determine best course of action.

Shifts in Class A & B Symptoms

If your student is experiencing any of the symptoms below, please remember to keep them home and call your school to report the absence. In order to return, please follow the guidance for testing below.

CLASS A - Student has one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 100.4 F or chills

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Muscle or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

Students must isolate at home and get tested for COVID-19

  • Positive Result - Isolate for 10 days

  • Negative Result - May return with no fever 24 hours (w/o meds) AND symptoms have significantly improved

CLASS B - Student has one or more of the following symptoms which have lasted less than 24 hours and has has not been in close contact of a positive case:

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

  • Cough (new, changed, or worsening)

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

If symptoms lasted less than 24 hours may return to school if:

  • No fever in the last 24 hours (without medication) AND

  • Symptoms have significantly improved

covid testing center

Students may access our COVID testing at the district testing center for free. A nurse will greet you at your car to administer testing. Pre-registration on our website is encouraged for improved service time. If you are unable to pre-register, it can be done onsite.

If a student displays symptoms, they will receive a PCR test and results will return within 72 hours. If a student has no symptoms, they will receive a RAPID test and results will be given in 15 minutes.

LOCATION: Southworth Annex Building off Yelm Ave

WHEN: Monday - Friday (closed weekends and non-school days)

TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


If your student does stay home ill or is quarantined, please remember to

  • Contact your school when your student’s absent

  • Log into Google Classroom for daily assignments and instructional materials

  • Email your teacher(s) if you need assistance

  • If you have any further questions, please contact your school for support.

YCS COVID Information and Resources

Visit our website for the COVID Dashboard and Resource Links

Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs, activities or employment opportunities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights: Julie Mondry, 360-458-1900,; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120,; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.