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    COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance and Requirements

    Effective 3/12/22

     

    The safety of our students and staff is our top priority as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a lot of questions right now as we move into this next phase.  The guidance and requirements on this page are updated as plans are refined and public health guidelines change from local, state and federal health authorities.  So please check back often for updates. 

    Mask Guidance

    -LCSD will lift its current mask requirements beginning Saturday, March 12. In alignment with the governor, and state and local public health, masks will be optional both indoors and outdoors at LCSD buildings and on school buses.

    -This mask optional guidance extends to all athletics, performing arts, and other activities, as well as visitors to our school campuses.

    -Masks are still required in school health/nurse rooms for staff and students.

    -We will continue to offer well-fitting masks to staff and students who choose to wear a mask at all schools and sites.

    Talking to your child about masks:  Washington State’s mask mandate will be lifted March 12. With this change ahead, some students may be feeling excited or anxious and may have questions. LCSD is committed to supporting staff, students and their families in their choice and fostering respect and kindness towards each other.  Some points to discuss:

    • There are many reasons why someone may choose to wear or not wear a mask, and those reasons may change over time.
    • Show mutual respect, concern and kindness to one another.
    • Understand that each person’s needs and story are unique and valuable.
    • Tell an adult if you witness or experience mistreatment or bullying related to masking.
    • We don’t know if or when masking will be required again. As public health experts monitor COVID in our community, the guidance may be updated in the future.

         

    We believe that if we navigate these changes with kindness as our compass, we will all be better for it.

    What if a parent wants their child to continue to wear a mask after March 11?  Is the staff responsible for monitoring?

    If mask-wearing is part of a health plan or individual education plan (504 or IEP), then staff are asked to help enforce the health/education plan. Otherwise, we encourage families to talk with their child about mask-wearing expectations and preferences. Staff will not be responsible for tracking and monitoring individual family mask-wearing preferences.

     

    Have questions about what to do when your child is sick?  What symptoms do I look for?  Should we be tested or stay out of school? 

    Regardless of vaccination, staff and students should not come to school if they are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

    If experiencing any of these symptoms: 

    • Cough (new, changed, worse)
    • Fever (100.4)
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Shortness of breath

    Do this:

    • Stay home for 5 days OR
    • Return with a negative test (PCR or rapid antigen), 24 hours fever free and symptoms improving.

    If experiencing any of these symptoms:

    • Runny nose or congestion
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Fatigue
    • Headache

    Do this:

    If only one symptom and it lasts less than 24 hours, testing is not needed.

    If the symptom lasts more than 24 hours OR more than one symptom:

    • Stay home for 5 days OR
    • Return with a negative test (PCR or rapid antigen), 24 hours fever free and symptoms improving.

    **See the DOH Flowcharts click here

     

    A student, child, or staff who tests positive for COVID-19: is required to isolate at home, regardless of vaccination status. The isolation period is 10 full days from the start of symptoms or the date of the positive test.

    The individual may return to school/care after 5 full days of isolation if:  

    • Their symptoms have improved or they are asymptomatic, AND 
    • They are without a fever for the past 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication. 

    AND IF returning to school/care days 6-10, the individual is required to: 

    • Wear a well-fitted mask or face shield with a drape during days 6-10 of their isolation period, consistent with CDC guidance, OR
    • Test negative with an antigen or at-home test any day after day 5 before returning without a mask. Testing beyond day 10 is not necessary. 

    **If the individual is not able to wear a well-fitted mask or face shield with a drape, AND does not test negative, they are required to continue isolating themselves through the end of their 10 day isolation period. 

     

    Notification and Contact Tracing for Confirmed Cases

    -Students and staff are still asked to notify schools if they test positive for COVID-19.

    -Our COVID Team will determine days at school that are contagious and provide notification to those in close contact and update the district's COVID-19 dashboard.

    -We will continue to track cases and monitor for outbreaks. In the event of an outbreak, we will work closely with public health on response and communication.

     

    Testing after exposure to COVID-19 and Contact Tracing

    -Students and staff exposed to COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine and be excluded from school if they are unvaccinated.

    -Exposed students and staff members may continue to take part in all in-person instruction and care, including sports, performing arts, and other extracurricular activities, as long as they are not symptomatic. 

    -Public health encourages you to monitor your students for symptoms and consider wearing a mask for 10 days after the last exposure. 

    -Testing is recommended 3-5 days after exposure. Rapid antigen tests are available at school during testing hours (see testing tab for hours) and arrangements can be made with the health team (parents must update Final Forms Covid consent at school for this to happen).

    -If your student tests positive, they must isolate for 5 days and follow related protocols.

    *See Covid testing options for testing times offered at LCSD office

     

    Screening Testing for Sports, Performance Arts, or Other Activities/Events 

    -Per new guidelines to promote safer participation in school-sponsored activities, schools may implement screening testing protocols for all athletes in high-risk indoor sports (e.g., basketball, wrestling, indoor cheer), performing arts (e.g., choir, band, theatre), and/or other activities.

    -LCSD will require these activites to have Covid rapid antigen testing to be done on the day of event or performance provided by the school.  Please talk to your coaches/leaders for more information.  

     

    Need Help during quarantine?  

    Care Connect Washington is a program for people who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed and need support to isolate or quarantine at home. Please visit the following link from the WA State Department of Health for more information:  CareConnectWashington

      

COVID-19 Dashboard for La Conner School District

  • COVID-19 positive case notification protocol:

    We work closely with the health department when there is a confirmed case associated with our schools. Here are the steps we follow for confirmed cases of COVID-19.

    1. When we learn of a case of COVID-19, we first confirm with the health department that the confirmed case is associated with our schools.
    2. Our district has COVID safety teams who help initiate contact tracing. If there are close contacts of a confirmed case, we work with the health department to notify staff and parents/guardians that there has been contact with a confirmed case.
    3. The next steps are determined by the health department, which may include recommendations for COVID testing, isolation, and/or quarantine. We communicate directly to impacted staff and families and share resources according to the guidance of the health department.
    4. In some cases, a group of students will shift to remote learning for a period of time designated by the health department.  

    The COVID safety team utilizes a confidential contact tracing dashboard we use in collaboration with the department of health to track families who are in quarantine/isolation and students with symptoms. If you have not directly been contacted by the team then you are not considered a close contact.  

COVID Information