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School Resumes Monday, Jan. 3 In Person

Hello Issaquah School District Families, 

We hope that you have all been able to enjoy a change of pace with friends and family – and some winter weather! We are excited to welcome students and staff back to our school buildings, fully in person, on Monday, Jan. 3. 

As a district, we continue to adjust our practices to align with guidance and requirements for the K-12 education setting from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, neither the DOH nor the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have required any of our schools to close or transition to remote learning. We plan to continue to operate fully in person, while also preparing for potential staffing challenges as a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases. 

Some of you may have heard that the DOH recently updated its required isolation and quarantine time guidance for the general public to align with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Currently, there are no changes to our practices in the K-12 education setting. When we receive additional guidance and requirements from the DOH, as it relates to the K-12 education setting, we will share any changes that will be made to our practices at that time. 

Our teachers, staff and leaders know that students learn best in person, in their classrooms with their peers. We plan to keep schools open so that students and staff can continue the important work of in-person teaching and learning. Together, we can ensure that the return from Winter Break is as safe as possible by continuing to use multiple measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Between September and December, these layers of protection have been working to protect our students and staff.

Our district strongly encourages all our students and staff to: 

  • Get vaccinated, including a booster shot. 
    • This is still the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Vaccinations are available for individuals ages 5 and older; individuals ages 16 and older are eligible for boosters. 
    • To find vaccine locations near you, visit Vaccine Locator, Vaccines.gov, or call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available.
  • Continue to limit travel, and avoid large gatherings. 
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly, always wear masks properly when indoors, and maintain a physical distance of six feet from those who don’t live in your household.  
  • Get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school on Jan. 3. View a list of testing sites on the King County website
  • If students and staff are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and contact their school. 

Please continue to monitor your email, our website and/or social media channels for updates. As you are likely aware, the information we are using to guide decisions is ever-changing. Additionally, if there are changes to any schedules due to inclement weather, we will share those on our website and official district social media platforms. 

For questions, please contact the Communications Department at ISDCommunications@issaquah.wednet.edu or your school principal.