High School

General Questions

The only staff and students we will be testing on site will be:

  • Student athletes who are unvaccinated and participate in high contact sports (basketball, wrestling, and indoor cheerleading)
  • Students and staff who are symptomatic at school/work and consent to test 
  • Unvaccinated students who are identified as close contact through school exposure (class or school based activities) who opt into Test to Stay and consent to test at school in order to not have to quarantine from academics 

Field trips are permitted under the new guidance. Teachers and advisors can request field trip permissions. Each field trip will be reviewed for COVID mitigation strategies before being approved. Overnight field trips are limited to qualifying events only (ex: state competitions for sports or activities) and require an approved Covid mitigation plan before being approved. All overnight field trips will require additional consent for parents related to cancellation/refunds and inherent risks of sharing hotel rooms. 

With fully vaccinated students not being required to quarantine unless they test positive or are symptomatic AND with the the option for unvaccinated students to opt into the Test to Stay program, most students will not need to quarantine. 

If your student tests positive for COVID or is unvaccinated and does not opt to participate in Test to Stay, they will do the following to access classes during quarantine: 

  • They will continue using Canvas as their learning management system so class materials will be there.
  • They will communicate with teachers via Canvas and email.
  • They can arrange to have hard copy materials picked up in the main office as needed.

The ISD will continue to follow the guidance provided by the Washington State Department of Health issued on July 28, 2021. All staff and students must continue to wear face coverings / masks, regardless of vaccination status while indoors and / or on district buses. Masks are also required outdoors when 500 or more are in attendance at an event and/or anyone is cheering or yelling. 

Please send your student to school with their own mask. If a student arrives without a mask, we will provide a standard 3-ply disposable medical type mask. 

Physical distancing requirements will not prevent us from providing full-time, in-person learning for all students. That being said, the goal will be to maximize distance and get to 3 feet or more between students and staff whenever possible and reasonable.

Class sizes will be similar to pre-COVID times. The staffing ratio of teachers per # of students remains the same as in the past so as enrollment becomes clear during RSVP, the staffing will be finalized to keep class size similar to recent years.

Group projects and learning can be an instructional approach, but teachers will still be expected to maximize distance during class. Students can still turn to face a small group while remaining three feet or more apart. Students can share materials, but should practice hand washing and/or hand sanitizing before and after sharing materials (example: science labs). 

Signage and gentle reminders from staff will ask that students maximize distance as they travel through the halls. However, given that hallway travel falls outside of the close contact amount of time, we do not want to take instructional time for students to pass. 

The bell schedules for each high school are posted on their school website and were sent out via E-News the first week of August. Students’ individual course schedules will be viewable in student access on the afternoon of August 23rd. 

High school students do not have a school supply list the same way they did in elementary or middle school. Most supplies are made available by the teacher using the funds provided through course fees. Some teachers may have some small requests for supplies (example: graph paper, a certain calculator, etc.) which will be given to students the first week of school. Bringing some basics (notebook, pen, pencil, etc…) is recommended for the first day of school.

High school students do not need to bring laptops to school. If a teacher is requiring computer use, they will provide school computers during class. Teachers may encourage or remind students about instructional plans to use a device on a particular day so that a student could choose to bring their own device. 

Students should receive arrival information from their high schools but typically a student would just enter the campus through the main doors and head to their first period. There will NOT be specific entrance protocols like staggered entrance, attestations, temp checks.

Daily health attestation screenings are no longer required by DOH and will not be used in the coming school year. Everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms and follow the protocols included in the 2021-22 school year guidance. Symptoms include:

Fever above 100.0 degrees

  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • A sore throat
  • Congestion / runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Lockers will be available to students for PE, sports, and academics. Students should see their individual school info for how lockers are requested/issued. 

We will follow the guidance provided by the Washington State Department of Health issued on July 28, 2021. We will maximize the distance between students to the degree possible during lunchtime. This will be accomplished by providing outdoor eating areas when possible, distancing lunch tables, and designating travel (walking) paths. Juniors and Seniors (with parent permission) will continue to be able to access off campus lunch privileges which also keep lunch crowds lower.

Lunch service will return to normal operations, from a student’s perspective. They will have options for the normal lunch lines, enter their PIN at the POS terminal and have access to the salad/condiment bars. The menu may have less variety at the beginning as we get going but should also return to normal as staff adjust.

For additional Lunch information, please visit our Lunches FAQ webpage.

Students will be prompted/reminded to wash their hands multiple times throughout the day including any and all transitions (before/after class, lunch, recess, clubs, etc.). 

School libraries will be open, but may have occupancy limits or adjusted times to access the library to maximize distance between staff and students while using the library. 

Snack break will occur outside, not in the classroom, as part of the layered COVID mitigation plan. Unless a student has a health condition that requires snacks, students will be expected to eat snack outdoors during pass periods with as much distance between them and their peers and staff as possible. Water is the only permitted and students should bring their own water bottles from home.

All parents will be allowed and invited to meet in person for 504 and IEP meetings. However, if a family prefers to meet over zoom that will be accommodated. 

Curriculum Night is returning to our regular format in which we welcome families into the buildings. Because it is indoors, we are allowing one parent or guardian per enrolled student. We recognize there are no capacity limits at this time, however we have schools of varying sizes, and we want to ensure that there is room for our families to move around and keep distance from each other to the extent possible. This event has always been optional for families, and has been about seeing the facility, the equipment, meeting teachers in person, and following their student’s schedule as they would move through the school day. Teachers have often posted class materials like a PowerPoint, syllabus, or video for anyone unable to attend. Those practices will also resume or continue. While some staff may choose to record and post a session, that is not something we are requiring at this time. 

Students will wear masks on the bus at all times. Seats will be assigned and windows and hatches will be opened to allow for greater ventilation.

The first and most effective way to prevent the potential for positive cases of COVID during the school day in the school buildings is to practice COVID mitigation techniques and to follow guidance by the DOH. These techniques proved effective for in-person learning last year as well during summer school.

To this end, each high school will have an updated COVID Handbook and will make it available to students and staff. Principals will also share this document with the school community. 

Many procedures are being implemented in the high schools to minimize COVID. These include mask wearing, social distancing, ventilation, etc. These procedures have proven successful as was seen last year when students returned to in-person learning and during Summer School. It is our goal to maximize student attendance and to minimize COVID.

Individuals who display symptoms of illness while on campus will be sent to a supervised isolation room until parents can be called to come to take the child home. Each building has a designated COVID Supervisor who is typically the principal or assistant principal. The COVID Supervisor will follow all the guidelines of Public Health-Seattle King County to assist families in determining the next steps when there is a confirmed positive case. The return to school guidance will be followed from the K12 COVID-19 Requirements for the 2021-22 school year. 

People who receive positive COVID tests will be asked to quarantine for a period of time as indicated in the flow chart. Other students who are deemed to be close contacts may also be required to quarantine for a designated time according to the guidance.

Please visit our Safety Measures: Vaccines, Exposure, and Quarantine Guidelines Frequently Asked Questions webpage for information on quarantines and specific scenario examples.

District ventilation systems are designed to exchange air in an interior space every 12-15 minutes or 4-5 air changes per hour (ACH), at a minimum. The district’s portable classrooms also have dedicated HVAC systems that are designed to exchange air every 12-15 minutes or 4-5 ACH, at a minimum. Based on EPA, CDC, and ASHRAE recommendations, the district has implemented the following strategies as part of a multiple layer approach to COVID mitigation: 

  • Air filters have been upgraded from MERV 8 to MERV 13, where possible, including portable classrooms. 
  • Air filters are changed on a quarterly basis at a minimum. 
  • Outside air dampers have been opened to the maximum extent to maximize fresh air into the building. 
  • Ventilation systems are running a minimum of 16 hours per day to completely change air several times overnight. 
  • Windows (where available) are opened to promote air exchange and allow even more fresh air into spaces. 

We recognize that some families may desire a full-time remote/online learning option for 2021-22 due to various reasons related to COVID. In these cases, the ISD can assist families with enrollment in an accredited, OSPI approved, online school or in the Home-based program. These programs can be researched on the OSPI website. The ISD L.I.V.E remote model which was created for short-term use during the pandemic ended at the closure of the 2020-2021 school year. This enrollment page may also help with the process https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/enrollment/transfers .

The decision to rely on established, accredited, online programs to serve families desiring an online option rather than creating a new program in the ISD was made by considering many factors. These programs have been approved and vetted through OSPI with research and data supporting their effectiveness. Flexibility to return to an in-person classroom is easily accommodated in these established programs.

The District will continue to share updates throughout the year on COVID guidelines for schools, for the most current information visit: www.issaquah.wednet.edu/covid In addition, your school will share information through eNews as the year progresses.

Students will not be able to check out laptop computers for use at home this year because we are back to full time in person learning and so laptops will be used in class on campus. While students may need to access Canvas occasionally from home, the frequency and volume of online work does not require a personal device at home. We will be surveying high school students regarding tech access and the need for a device in the event they need to quarantine as an individual, whole class or whole school at some time during the year. This survey will go out within the first few weeks of school. If your student has absolutely no computer or internet they can access at home, please direct them to their school counselor for options. 

Athletics, Cheer, Dance, and Drill

  • Testing will occur on site prior to a practice or competition three times per week for high risk sports regardless of vaccination status
  • A school staff member (likely the athletic trainer or Athletic Director) will administer a rapid molecular or antigen test which get immediate results (15 min. or less)
  • If the test is negative, athletes can head to practice/competition
  • If the test is positive, athletes will be immediately sent home and be required to isolate, quarantine, until further testing (PCR)
  • Contract tracing will take place for an athlete who tests positive

We are opening our doors to spectators without limitation (other than existing occupancy limits).

  • Indoor spectators will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
  • Outdoors spectators will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status when there are 500 or more people in attendance and/or when there is not 6’ distance between family pods (so basically always). 
  • All spectators must sit in family/household pods and maximize distance between family/household pods.

All of our sports and activities will be back! We will follow and continue to monitor the Washington Department of Health Guidance in addition to WIAA guidance/rules regarding sports and activities.

No. Students do not need to be vaccinated. Student athletes will need to provide vaccination status so we can follow the appropriate athletic guidance from Washington Department of Health.

  • Athletes are not required to wear masks during play (practice or competitions) for low or moderate risk sports.
  • Athletes who are vaccinated are not required to wear masks during high-contact indoor sports (Cheerleading, Wrestling, Basketball). Athletes who are not vaccinated are not required to wear masks during high contact indoor sports IF THEY participate in screening testing.
  • All athletes are required to wear masks when in weight rooms, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All athletes are required to wear masks when not practicing or competing (on bench/sideline, during huddle, team meetings, etc.)

We will follow the Washington Department of Health guidelines for quarantining and return to school/play.

  • Unvaccinated close contacts will be required to quarantine
  • Vaccinated athletes identified as close contacts will not be required to quarantine but will be required to wear a mask for 14 days. If they get tested 3-5 days after their known exposure, they can stop wearing a mask with a negative COVID test. If they test positive, they will be required to quarantine.
  • Because so many of our athletes are vaccinated, we expect little to no entire team quarantines this school year.

Activities and ASB

Masks will be required indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status (including bus rides to/from events). Masks will be required outdoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status when there are 500 or more people in attendance or 6’ distance between family pods cannot be maintained (so basically always). Specific masks (MERV13 or 3-layer medical face masks) are required while participating in many performing arts (theater, singing, speech/debate, woodwinds, and brass musicians).

All of our clubs and activities will be back! We will follow and continue to monitor the Washington Department of Health Guidance regarding activities.

Yes! We are excited to welcome back and celebrate the arts and school community. Audience members will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

  • For performances or fairs, audience members will be required to sit or travel to exhibits in family pods and the pods will need to be at least 3 feet apart when seated/traveling through the fair.
  • For assemblies, mitigation strategies need to be in place. Examples include but are not limited to: hosting assemblies in grade level groups or smaller groups, virtual/livestreamed assemblies, outdoor and masked assemblies in small groups, optional alternatives for students who don’t want to attend. Because assemblies are optional, at least 3 feet distance between students needs to be attained.