Westside's Covid-19 Safety Response Guidelines

Westside’s response guidelines aim to protect the physical health and safety of our community, with the goal of maintaining and prioritizing consistent in person instruction for students. Guidelines are based on King County Public Health, WA State DOH, and CDC recommendations.

**All COVID-19 guidelines and expectations apply to INDIVIDUALS, not HOUSEHOLDS**

SITUATION EXPECTATION DETAILS SCHOOLWIDE RESPONSE & COMMUNICATION

 Vaccinated AND Unvaccinated Individuals:
You are NOT experiencing symptoms and have NOT been in contact with someone with COVID-19.

You are welcome on campus (when necessary) Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently. Parents and other visitors are asked to not enter the building. All school grades function on a normal schedule. No expected schoolwide communication


Vaccinated AND Unvaccinated Individuals:

You ARE experiencing symptoms and have NOT been in contact with someone with COVID-19

STAY HOME!

INFORM THE SCHOOL

GET TESTED


If exhibiting new and unexplained symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home until:

negative COVID test 

-OR- 

healthcare provider confirmed alternative diagnosis

-AND-

you are symptom free and fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours

All school grades function on a normal schedule, with administrators monitoring absences. No expected schoolwide communication

Vaccinated AND Unvaccinated Individuals:

You ARE experiencing symptoms and HAVE been in contact with someone with COVID-19.


STAY HOME

INFORM THE SCHOOL

GET TESTED

If exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 after being identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive you must STAY HOME for 14 days after your last contact, regardless of test results or vaccination status

All school grades function on a normal schedule, with administrators monitoring absences. No expected schoolwide communication

Unvaccinated Individuals:

You were in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes, with or without a mask) with someone who has COVID-19


STAY HOME

INFORM THE SCHOOL

GET TESTED

If you are unvaccinated and considered a close contact, stay home and quarantine until after:

10 days of quarantine

-OR-

7 days and a negative test taken 5 days after last exposure.

 

Administrators will remain in close contact with the affected family. All school grades will function on a normal schedule, if possible. Affected grades may move to a remote model for the duration of the quarantine period, if necessary.

 

Vaccinated Individuals:

You were in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes, with or without a mask) with someone who has COVID-19

 

INFORM THE SCHOOL

GT TESTED

If you are vaccinated and considered a close contact, you must get tested 3-5 days after last exposure.

You are not required to quarantine before returning to school, however Westside encourages and supports families that choose to stay home.


Administrators will remain in close contact with the affected family. All school grades will function on a normal schedule, if possible. Affected grades may move to a remote model for the duration of the quarantine period, if necessary.


Vaccinated AND Unvaccinated Individuals: You develop symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus

GO HOME IMMEDIATELY If an individual develops symptoms of COVID 19 while on campus they will be escorted immediately to an isolation room in the administration wing. The front desk coordinator will contact home and the student will leave ASAP.

Administrators will remain in contact with the family and inform the community if COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed


Vaccinated AND Unvaccinated Individuals:

You are suspected to have COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19


STAY HOME!
 

INFORM THE SCHOOL

If you have received a positive test or are suspected to have COVID-19, immediately inform Head of School, Steve de Beer at steved@westsideschool.org and DO NOT return to campus until cleared to do so by a doctor or public health official. This generally happens when ALL the following requirements are met:

  • At least 10 days from start of symptoms or test date
  • Improved symptoms
  • Fever free for 24 hours (without medication)


If it is confirmed that an individual with COVID-19 has been on campus during their contagious period the entire school community will be informed

 

See below for more details

*QUARANTINE PERIOD - Symptoms of COVID 19 begin to appear 2-14 days after exposure. Not all individuals who contract COVID-19 experience symptoms. Follow quarantine guidelines established by your healthcare provider or public health official. This generally includes:
  • 10-14 days after last exposure without additional testing
  • 7 days after last exposure, with a negative test taken on or after day 5

Stay home, do not go to work or school, limit interactions with others as much as possible. Take your temperature twice daily and watch for symptoms for a minimum of 14 days:

Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • -fever of 100.4+
  • -cough, shortness of breath
  • -loss of taste or smell
  • -chills, muscle pain
  • -headache, sore throat

Contact a health care provider if you are in a high risk category or experience respiratory distress.

CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidance


**CONSIDER TESTING - If you have a known exposure to COVID-19 consider contacting your healthcare professional for testing. 

Testing is most effective ~5 days AFTER exposure. 

If you do not have a doctor or healthcare provider, free or low-cost testing is available at several locations to anyone, regardless of immigration status.

King County Testing Locations and Guidance


GUIDELINES FOR RETURNING TO CAMPUS AFTER ILLNESS - Do not return to campus until all symptoms have improved, you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication, AND it has been at least 10 days since COVID 19 symptoms started. 

WA DOH Guidelines