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 Pandemic Response Coordinator, Colleen McCullagh.
CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST
QUARANTINING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE
GRADE LEVEL CLUSTERS
If a single grade level has 3 or more positive cases in a 5 day period our leadership team will meet to determine next steps. There is a possibility that we will shut down in-person learning in a single grade.
CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE
All students or staff who are identified as close contacts should abide by the following guidelines:
- All vaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts at school or home must submit a negative test each day AND wear a mask indoors for the 5 days after last contact.
- All unvaccinated students must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days and submit a negative test after 5 days before returning to school, OR quarantine for 10 days.
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.
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.
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. Students who have had close contact at home are welcome to remain in school as long as they provide a negative test each morning and it is mandatory that they continue to wear a mask on campus for 5 days.