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About Bush

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE

Learn more about The Bush School's response to the COVID-19 health outbreak. This webpage includes updates, announcements, and general information about how The Bush School is responding to the COVID-19 health outbreak during the 2020-2021 school year. Now more than ever we are a community connected.



A Community Connected Newsletter

A Community Connected is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from Head of School Percy L. Abram sent out to the Bush community with latest information and updates on how the school is responding to the COVID-19 health outbreak. You can find the newsletters from this school year listed here:

Tuesday, February 2
Wednesday, January 20
Tuesday, January 5
Wednesday, December 16
Tuesday, November 17
Wednesday, November 11
Tuesday, October 27

 
 
 
 
 




COVID-19 Dashboard

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(Last updated: February 17, 2021)
Number of cases confirmed as a result of on-campus transmission = 0
“Faculty & Staff” includes Sage Dining Services employees, who are contracted through an outside vendor. 
*Estimated daily attendance, not accounting for absences or daily choice of telepresence. 
**Confirmed cases are cases with positive SARS-CoV2 PCR molecular test results.


Recent Announcements

List of 2 news stories.

  • Return from Mid-Winter Break

    (Updated February 2, 2021) - Based on the recommendation of the School’s Health Panel, The Bush School will adopt the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for travel. Starting on February 15, anyone who travels out of state (or participates in a indoor gathering with more than five people from outside of your household) will be required to quarantine for fourteen days before returning to campus OR submit to a viral test five days after travel, and if the results are negative, conduct another viral test no sooner than twenty-four hours after the first test. Proof of travel timeline and negative test results will be required to return to campus. For more information, read the Travel and Gathering Policy listed below.
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  • Middle and Upper School Return to Campus

    In January, we welcomed back the Middle and Upper School to campus. Students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff can find key information about on-campus schooling, health & safety protocols, drop-off and pick-up, and more in the following documents - Middle School Return to Campus Handbook and the Upper School Return to Campus Handbook.
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School Wellness and COVID-19 Information

Welcome School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos!

This year The Bush School created a new position, School Wellness Coordinator, to manage Bush’s response to the pandemic, to coordinate health services for students, faculty, and staff, and to serve as a liaison with Bush families regarding health matters. Happy is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with years of experience serving children of all ages, and was named Top ARNP by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine three times. The Information listed below includes resources for families to navigate the health and safety protocols.

The Bush School has also convened a Health Panel comprised of local physicians, researchers, and private sector leaders who meet twice monthly to consult with and advise the school on health-related issues around COVID-19. The panel endeavors to meet twice monthly.


The Bush School Health Panel Members
Percy L. Abram, Ph.D., Head of School at The Bush School
Derel Finch, M.D., Pulmonary/Critical Care Health Expert (Chief Medical Officer—Swedish 2015-2020)
Mamie Marcuss, Director of Programs for Challenge Seattle
Paul Pottinger, M.D., D.T.M.H., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A., Director of Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center
Happy Salinas-Santos, A.R.N.P., School Wellness Coordinator at The Bush School
Cassie Sauer, President and Chief Executive Officer for Washington State Hospital Association
Becky Sherman, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
David Townes, M.D., M.P.H., D.T.M.& H., Professor in Department of Emergency Medicine, Adjunct Professor in Department of Global Health, and Associate Director of Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at University of Washington


Travel and Indoor Gathering Policy

(Updated February 2, 2021)

Return from Mid-Winter Break -
Based on the recommendation of the School’s Health Panel, The Bush School will adopt the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for travel. Starting on February 15, anyone who travels out of state (or participates in a indoor gathering with more than five people from outside of your household) will be required to quarantine for fourteen days before returning to campus OR submit to viral test five days after travel, and if the results are negative, conduct another viral test no sooner than 24 hours after the first test. Proof of travel timeline and negative test results will be required to return to campus.

For more information on the CDC guidelines, please visit the Center’s Travel During COVID-19 page. If you have any questions, please contact Bush’s School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos.


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COVID-19 Screening Chart

The Bush School monitors information from Public Health Seattle & King County (PHSKC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OPSI), and Governor Inslee’s guidance in order to assess risk levels and set protocols for on-campus activity. On September 3, the offices of Public Health Seattle & King County issued revised guidelines for families to determine when to permit their child to return to campus. The Bush School has adopted this framework and screening protocol for determining when you may bring your child to campus, and what steps to take in case they cannot come to campus. This framework aligns with the school’s daily health screening.

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We will respect the privacy and medical confidentiality of our community members who test positive for COVID-19. Although it is understandable that individuals would want to know if they have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case, it is important to remember that we will work closely with the Seattle and King County Public Health Department to determine who needs to be contacted based on the contract tracing investigation of each case.


Student Daily Health Screening Via Magnus

  • All parents/guardians must complete and submit your child’s Magnus Health Screening each morning no later than 8:00 a.m. To get your account set-up, parents/guardians should log into your Magnus Health account on the Community Portal and set up a username for the Magnus Health app.
  •  Please read carefully—this is the most important step and common misstep for families in setting up the daily health screening. You CANNOT access the app directly until you create a username and password for the app in the Bush Community Portal. To do so, log into your child’s Magnus Health account in the portal. Users follow the login link in the portal on the Health Forms page. Next, create your login credentials (for the app) by hovering over your name within Magnus (top left of screen) and choose “Change Credentials.” Once this is created you can then access the app with this username and password. You can follow the directions on how to set this up here.
  • If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms, please help keep the community safe by staying home. 
  • Questions regarding the daily health screening or health and safety protocols? Please reach out to School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos at (206) 838-8814.




COVID-19 Testing at Bush

We know that testing protocols are an important strategy that, when incorporated with physical distancing, mask wearing, enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols, and proper ventilation techniques, can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. In January, we will work with Altius

Diagnostics Laboratory to begin COVID-19 testing for all employees and a randomly selected sample of Middle and Upper School students. Starting in January, any Middle or Upper School student who wishes to participate in on-campus schooling, interscholastic sports, or other on-campus activities, must be willing to participate in Bush’s COVID-19 testing program. Students will be selected at random for COVID-19 testing twice a week. If selected, and the student opts not to participate, they will revert to remote schooling until they complete a test.


Community Agreement

And as we take this next step together, we know that the school-home partnership is critical to our success. Everyone has a vital role to play as we transition to on-campus schooling. Together we are all called upon to prioritize our collective public health responsibility for reducing the spread of the virus and to limit social interactions outside of school. Please review The Bush School Community Agreement as part of our commitment to the safety and health of our community.

To read the Bush Community Agreement and click and download a PDF here