Back to School and COVID-19 Updates: Week of August 2

The Issaquah School District has reached a tentative agreement with the Issaquah Education Association (IEA), our teachers union, regarding our return to full-time in-person instruction as we begin the 2021-22 school year on August 31. Included in the agreement are details on health and safety measures that will be in place when school starts for the coming year.

We continue to prioritize the health of our school communities by complying with all requirements and guidance of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Labor & Industries, and Public Health - Seattle & King County.

Some health and safety protocols will remain, others will go away, some may adjust, and new COVID-19 prevention strategies will be implemented in response to public health guidance. Some key items to know are:

  • Health training: All staff members will be trained in health and safety protocols for their school building prior to the first student day .
  • Daily attestations: Daily health attestations 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.
  • Masks: Cloth face coverings will be required of all individuals at school when indoors, per Governor Inslee’s proclamation on July 30.
  • Vaccinations: As soon as the COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children under 12, we will partner with medical providers to hold in-school vaccination clinics at elementary and middle schools. However, the District will not require staff or students to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Physical distancing: All individuals within a school building or worksite should maintain a physical distance of at least three or more feet between people to the degree possible. DOH and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have been clear that social distancing requirements cannot and will not prevent any or all student(s) from attending all day in person.
  • Daily cleaning: The daily cleaning of classrooms and common spaces will continue. Snacks and drinks will not be consumed in the classroom, with the exception of access to a water bottle. A designated location will be identified by the COVID supervisor at each school building for students who require additional snacks during the day.

Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for updates as new information becomes available.

The District is committed to working in collaboration with all of our labor partners, our families, and students to open schools and welcome back all students.