MLSD Covid Update ~ August 31, 2021
From the Medical Lake School District Covid Care Team
The Medical Lake schools and families did very well last school year with hygiene standards and practices. We will continue to maintain the same practice for 21/22 school year:
- Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette
- Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Good ventilation
- Increased outdoor activities when possible
- Physical distancing
- We will not be requiring daily attestation forms. However, please review the symptom list below and stay home when sick
Washington State Department of Health released K-12 Covid-19 School requirements for the 21-22 school year with the following updates. We have captured some highlights within our newsletter. Entire document provided here:
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/820-105-K12Schools2021-2022.pdf *Check page 14 -18 for Masking, Screening and Testing requirements for sporting activities*
We will continue to evaluate impacts to the district and we will provide more information as it is available.
Indoor mask requirements: All MLSD school personnel, contractors, volunteers, visitors, and students must wear cloth face coverings, or an acceptable alternative (e.g., surgical mask or clear face shield with a drape), at school when indoors in accordance with the Secretary of Health’s Mask Order.
Outdoor Mask Requirements Per the Secretary of Health’s Mask Order, face coverings are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.
What to Do if Someone is a Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19
Responding to Covid cases or suspected covid cases
Non Vaccinated people
If a close contact is neither fully vaccinated nor recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months and does not have symptoms, the close contact must quarantine unless the parent consents to a “test to stay” protocol. See test to stay details below.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Quarantine is what you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19. Quarantine means you stay home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case you are infected and are contagious. Quarantine becomes isolation if you later test positive for COVID-19 or develop COVID-19 symptoms.
See this infographic for more information about isolation and quarantine.
More on Quarantine
There are three options for duration of quarantine.
- Quarantine should last at least 10 days after the last close contact with the COVID-19 positive person. Monitor for symptoms during this time, and if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 10 days, get tested.
- However, if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 10 days, remain in quarantine the full 14 days and get tested. Continue monitoring for symptoms until day 14.
- Quarantine can end after 7 full days beginning after the last close contact if no symptoms have developed and after receiving a negative test result. The test should occur no sooner than 48 hours (2 days) before ending quarantine. Continue monitoring for symptoms until day 14.
If students are identified as a close contact within schools, please see the below 'Test to Stay' protocol.
Test to Stay
Process outline for Test to Stay Testing for the school setting:
The district will identify when an individual or group meets a quarantine threshold and there exists a desire to utilize Test to Stay Testing to keep a student in school.
- Notify parents of the students in that group of the need for quarantine, the option for Test to Stay Testing, and the consent process for school-based testing.
- On the next available school day, do baseline testing of all student/s participating in Test to Stay Testing.
- Do a second round of testing after the baseline at 3-6 days after the baseline test.
*if a student has a positive person in their home contact the covid care team for guidance
Return to School
- 10 days since symptom onset, or since positive test specimen collection date if no symptoms are present (up to 20 days for those for those who are severely ill or severely immunocompromised), AND
- 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever-reducing medications, AND
- Symptoms have improved
- This isolation guidance applies regardless of vaccination status.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is leading the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process in Washington state. All Washingtonians ages 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is a safe, effective way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. Use Vaccine Locator to find vaccine locations and schedule an appointment.
If you are in need of transportation for your covid vaccination appointment call: Special Mobility Services (SMS) at: (509) 534-9760
More information about SMS click here: https://www.sms1.org/
- Acceptable documentation for verifying the vaccination status of students, volunteers and visitors includes at least one of the following:
- CDC vaccination card which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date(s) administered, or a photo of the vaccination card.
- Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider with the information listed above.
- State immunization information system record with the information listed 4 above.
- Other school immunization record system that provides the information above.
- Parent/guardian or personal attestation is not an acceptable form of verification for K12 students, nor for volunteers or visitors.
Toll free Hotline you can call to get answers to school related COVID-19 questions at SRHD: 1-888-338-3821 (days/hours: M-F 7:30a-5:00p)
As we navigate COVID-19 pandemic, there is a bank of FAQs from SRHD (click here).
Did you know?
On behalf of the Covid Care Team, we wish you, your loved ones and friends, good health!
Rey Ornelas, Military Family Liaison & Covid Coordinator
Lori Koellen, District Nurse
Sarah Collins, MAE Nurse
Tina Demond, ESD Nurse Lead
Christy Nauta, Human Resources Director
Tawni Barlow, Student Services Director
Please do not hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions - email: email@example.com
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