COVID Health & Safety
Health and Safety Protocols
⇒ If your student has tested positive, please fill out the student COVID reporting form.
What if my student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms?
If your student has symptoms but tests negative, they can return to school after symptoms resolve and without a fever for 24 hours.
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
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Congestion/runny nose – not related to seasonal allergies
- Unusual fatigue
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):
- 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.
- 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.
Updated August 5, 2022
- Stay home if symptomatic:
- Testing is strongly recommended.
- If you choose not to test, you must isolate for 5 days after symptoms appeared, and can return on day 6 if symptoms have significantly improved and it has been at least 24 hours without a fever (without fever-reducing medication).
- If you have symptoms and you test negative, you may return to school if symptoms have significantly improved and it has been at least 24 hours without a fever (without fever-reducing medication).
- If you test positive:
- You must isolate for 5 days after symptoms appeared and can return on day 6 if symptoms have significantly improved and it has been at least 24 hours without a fever (without fever-reducing medication).
- If you test positive again at the end of your 5-day isolation (days 6-10), you must complete the full 10-day isolation period (testing not required).
- Masking is strongly recommended for days 6-10 if you have not repeated testing and have symptom improvement.
- If exposed to a positive case 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?
- PCR, antigen, home tests.
- You can get your free at-home test kits here.
- Stay home if symptomatic: