COVID-19 Safety Plan
Health and safety requirements for this fall:
- Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home and should get tested for COVID-19.
- Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for five days. If symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications), students and staff can come back to school. They are encouraged to test before returning.
- It is recommended, but not required, that students and staff who are returning to school after their five days of isolation:
- wear a well-fitted mask from days 6-10, and
- remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities on days 6-10.
- Students and staff who test positive after five days of isolation must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.
- Schools are no longer required to directly notify high-risk students or staff. Schools must inform families and staff when there are cases or outbreaks in school. LWSD schools will communicate cases at each of our buildings by using the Health & Safety Dashboard on the district website. The dashboard will be updated daily. You can find the dashboard by visiting https://www.lwsd.org/pathway-forward/health-safety-dashboard.
- Our state requires school employees, contractors and volunteers to be fully vaccinated to protect against COVID-19 or to have obtained a medical or religious exemption. This requirement is still in place.
These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools and childcare facilities in Washington state. Schools and childcare facilities are required by state law to follow these guidelines.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, free COVID-19 testing for students and staff is available at the Support Services building. Visit https://www.lwsd.org/pathway-forward/testing for more information.
Households are encouraged to test as needed at home. In Washington state, you can receive free self-tests from the Say Yes! COVID Test program. Most insurance covers the costs of up to eight self-tests per individual per month.
COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19.
- The LWSD COVID-19 Safety Plan has been updated for the 2022-23 school year. You can view that document on the LWSD website
- Keeping students home when they are too sick for school protects other students and staff from any potential illness, not just COVID-19. We have updated our Too Sick for School page on the LWSD website to help you determine when to stay home.
- LWSD has created an updated layers of protection for COVID-19 document for easy reference. This document contains a list of requirements and strategies passed down from the Department of Health. Click here to view.
We look forward to welcoming back staff and students this school year and creating a safe and healthy space for children to learn.