Westside's Covid-19 Safety Response Guidelines
Westside’s response preserves our goals of doing all we can to protect the health of our community as well as prioritizing consistent in-person learning. This is a rapidly evolving situation and may change again. Our Westside team has been working closely with our medical advisory group of physicians, as well as following the latest recommendations from the CDC and the Washington Dept. of Health. **All COVID-19 guidelines and expectations apply to INDIVIDUALS, not HOUSEHOLDS**
COVID-19 Tests: Per the guidelines below, if you need to provide a negative test, it must be an Antigen, Viral, or PCR COVID tests. We will not accept antibody tests.
Please report all positive cases to school
Staff and parents of students and who test positive for COVID-19 should notify the school immediately upon receipt of the test results. Please email Head of School Steve de Beer and your Division Head.
QUARANTINING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE
QUARANTINING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE
We have updated the recommended quarantine period for those who have had CLOSE CONTACT with someone who has COVID-19.
WESTSIDE POLICY FOR CLOSE CONTACT:
Westside will no longer quarantine an entire class or grade following a positive exposure. School will continue in person while the individual(s) who tested positive will stay home. There are some exceptions - see below.
WHAT IS CLOSE CONTACT?
Close contact is defined as someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This definition applies regardless of whether the case or contact was wearing a mask.
CLOSE CONTACT AT SCHOOL
Washington Dept. of Health’s definition of close contact now excludes students and staff in a structured school setting with assigned seating who were at least three feet away from an infected individual when (a) both were appropriately wearing well-fitting face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place.
While Westside mandates mask use and has strong prevention strategies, our Lower School and Early Learning classrooms are not structured with assigned seating and there is intermingling within a classroom. Middle School classrooms are more structured. Our students obviously have masks off while eating. The school is now assigning seating for snack and lunch periods so that we can more easily contact trace exposure during these times.
Our Westside staff will determine and inform you if your student was in close contact at school with a person who tested positive.
CLOSE CONTACT AT HOME
Westside assumes that if a student has a member of their immediate family who tests positive for Covid-19, the student will have been in close contact with that family member for an extended period, and therefore will need to stay home from school for 5 days. If that is not the case, please contact the school. A Day 5 negative antigen test is required for a return to school following quarantining after close contact.
Special Consideration for Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten
Our students who are aged 3 and 4 are not yet eligible for the vaccine. As a result, we are following Washington guidelines for Early Childhood. If there is positive exposure in one of our PS or PK classrooms, and your unvaccinated child was deemed to be in close contact with the person who tested positive, they should stay home for at least 5 days. Our PS and PK teachers will determine who was in close contact. A negative antigen test is required for a return to school following quarantining after close contact.