We want to begin by thanking our teachers, specialists, bus drivers, nurses, paras, admins, substitutes, and everyone else who has helped ensure that our schools stay open amid the current staffing challenges. Ensuring our bus routes run, that our classrooms have teachers and that there is sufficient support in place has not been an easy task since resuming school last week. Early obstacles of weather conditions evolved into the challenge of a substantial number of staff who have been out daily due to COVID-19 infections or close contacts needing to isolate or quarantine. We are grateful to our families, for your patience as we worked to overcome these difficulties, and for helping us maintain COVID-19 mitigation strategies to help keep our students and staff as safe and healthy as we can.
Our goal is to keep schools open. If our district needs to close a classroom or building due to requirements from health officials or due to staffing challenges, we will contact you via our usual methods.
As we shared briefly on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended applying updated isolation and quarantine recommendations to K-12 settings. Public Health – Seattle & King County adopted these recommendations on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, and our district began implementing them today, Jan. 10.
We have begun contacting families of students who were already in quarantine or isolation and are continuing that process. Students’ new quarantine or isolation periods will be determined and implemented based on the guidelines below, which will be followed in determining quarantine or isolation moving forward: