COVID Health & Safety

  • NOTE: This information is subject to change as guidance evolves.

     

Quarantine Guidelines

For all staff & students regardless of vaccination status

Updated March 11, 2022

  • Stay home if symptomatic, test (return if negative, no fever for 24 hrs and symptom improvement.) If no test, isolate 10 days (symptom onset day zero), return day 11 OR provide a doctor’s note with a diagnosis other than COVID. 
  • If positive, isolate 5 days from symptom onset (day zero), or test collection if new symptoms, return day 6 if:
    • A negative antigen test after day 5 (at home tests are acceptable), AND
    • Symptom improvement AND
    • No fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • If you choose not to test after your 5-day isolation, you may wear a well-fitted mask or face shield with a drape during days 6-10 .
  • If exposed to a positive AND asymptomatic, you may continue to attend work/school
    • Consider wearing a well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure
    • Consider getting tested 3-5 days after exposure
    • Monitor for symptoms for 10 days. If symptomatic, stay home and follow appropriate guidelines for symptoms.

What tests are allowed? 

  • For symptomatic individuals: 1 PCR test or 2 antigen tests separated by 24hrs
  • For Screening tests (asymptomatic testing due to exposure): 1 PCR or 1 antigen
  • At-home (over the counter) antigen tests are acceptable
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    Health & Safety Protocols

    ⇒ If your student is exhibiting symptoms, has tested positive, or has been exposed to COVID inside or outside the household, please fill out the student COVID reporting form


    What symptoms should we watch for?
    Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Please keep your student home if they have any of these symptoms:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever of 100.4 or higher or a sense of having a fever
    • Sore throat
    • Chills
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Nausea/ vomiting/ diarrhea
    • Congestion/ runny nose
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Headache


    If my student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, who should I notify?
    Please fill out the student COVID reporting form and call your student's school attendance line. 

    • Leave your name and your student’s full name and phone number.
    • Report the symptoms your child is experiencing.
    • Indicate your choice of options to expedite your student’s return to school:
      • a doctor’s note with a diagnosis other than COVID, or
      • a negative PCR COVID test or 2 antigen tests separated by 24 hours 
      • Otherwise, the student should remain at home for 5 days from the onset of symptoms.

    If the student experiences any of the following COVID symptoms at school, they will be sent home and isolated 5 days unless cleared by a negative test or a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis.  (Subject to school nurse assessment) 

    • Cough (not related to a chronic health condition)
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever of 100.4°F or higher or a sense of having a fever
    • Sore throat
    • Chills
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
    • Congestion/runny nose – not related to seasonal allergies
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Headache

    Will masks be required inside school buildings?
    As of Saturday, March 12, 2022, masks are optional in SPS buildings and buses.


    Will face masks be provided?
    We encourage all staff and families to provide their own masks. Masks must meet all health and safety protocols.

    If my student is quarantined, how will they receive school instruction?
    Teachers will work with students to determine a learning plan that may include take-home packets.

    How will classrooms be cleaned and disinfected?
    Regular classroom cleaning will take place. In the event there is an outbreak and/or a classroom is closed, custodial staff will clean and sanitize for COVID-19, and clean and sanitize high-touch areas. Students/staff will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after touching school equipment and school items. 

    Will volunteers be allowed into school buildings?
    Yes, vaccinated volunteers will be allowed into school buildings. All volunteers working in any SPS building must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in one of two ways: (visual confirmation of a vaccine card is not sufficient for verification):

    1. Make a copy of their vaccination card and send it through the mail. School staff can also copy vaccination cards and send them to Volunteer Services through district mail.
    2. Email proof of vaccination to the volunteer department: Volunteerservices@spokaneschools.org. Emails must come directly from the volunteer, and CANNOT be forwarded by building office staff due to FERPA/HIPPA.

    NOTE: District employees who want to volunteer DO need to provide vaccination proof to Volunteer Services. Unfortunately, the volunteer and HR databases do not merge.

     

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