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COVID-19 Information

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. Now more than ever we are a community connected.

 
 

COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

    • COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

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A Community Connected Newsletter

A Community Connected is the e-newsletter from Head of School Percy L. Abram sent out to the Bush community with the latest information and updates on how the school is responding to the COVID-19 health outbreak.
Click here to read the latest newsletter from Tuesday, October 19.

You can find past newsletters from the 2021-22 school year listed below:

Recent Announcements

List of 3 news stories.

  • Revised Policy for Vaccinated Household Close Contact

    Starting Monday, September 20, 2021, any vaccinated community member (student, faculty, and/or staff) that is exposed to a confirmed positive person in their household will need to isolate and quarantine at home away from the infected person for seven full days after last contact and obtain a PCR test on day five. During this time period, the community member may not come to campus. If they are asymptomatic after seven days with a negative PCR test, they can return to school on the eighth day. There is no update to The Bush School’s policy for unvaccinated community members who come in close contact with a confirmed positive person in their household. To read more about this updated policy, click here
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  • 2021-2022 Return to Campus COVID-19 Policies

    Head of School Percy L. Abram shared the school's 2021-2022 Return to Campus COVID-19 Protocols in the most recent A Community Connected newsletter. Dr. Abram encourages students and families to set aside time to read through this information carefully to ensure that you are in compliance when the school year starts next week.
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  • Daily Health Screenings

    With daily schedules returning to pre-COVID hours, and all three divisions back on campus in the fall, we have decided that in order to facilitate student and faculty morning and afternoon routines, we will no longer conduct daily health screenings. Instead, we will rely on families to ensure that their children do not show cold and flu-like symptoms prior to sending them to school. Without this countermeasure, our faculty and health personnel will adopt a conservative approach to determining when to send students home due to illness. If we determine that a student would not have met the criteria for a COVID health screening, and is showing visible signs of illness, we will require that they be picked up from school until the signs cease to present, or a negative COVID test or letter from a healthcare provider indicates that the symptoms are not COVID-related.
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Bush Health Panel

School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos manages The Bush School's response to the pandemic, coordinates health services for students, faculty, and staff, and serves 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 Marcus, 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
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
Veronika M. Zantop, M.D. Psychiatrist at Swedish Medical Center

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COVID Information 2021

List of 4 items.

  • Bush Communication Plan

    If a student or faculty/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, we will not communicate this to the community, unless the student or faculty/staff member has had contact with students who are on campus. The student or faculty/staff that tested positive must complete the above stated quarantine protocols. 

    -    The Division Director will send a communication to the affected team or class, and the School Wellness Coordinator will directly contact the individuals in close contact with the positive community member to discuss next steps, which may include testing and quarantining. 

    If a student or faculty/staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and there is a risk of transmission on campus, we will communicate this to the entire community and ask the student or faculty/staff to isolate and quarantine for ten days. 

    -    The Division Director and School Wellness Coordinator will also contact the families in the student’s class/learning group/team and appropriate faculty/staff individually to discuss next steps, which may include testing and quarantining 

    If a household member (immediate family, relative/friend living in the home, babysitter/nanny) of a student or faculty/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, we will send a communication to the affected team or class informing them that they were all secondary contacts, but they do not need to quarantine. Only the student or faculty/staff who has had close contact with a confirmed positive person in their household will be required to quarantine.

    -    Should the student or faculty/staff member test positive during their quarantine, the Division Director and School Wellness Coordinator will directly contact the families in the student’s class/learning group/team and appropriate faculty and staff to discuss next steps, which may include testing and quarantining. 
  • Travel and Gathering Policies

    Fully Vaccinated Travel
    Domestic Travel: Per CDC guidelines (posted June 17, 2021), students do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. Students should still follow all other travel recommendations.

    International Travel: Per CDC guidelines (posted June 10, 2021), students are required to get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. They should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms. Students are asked to follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

    Travel by Unvaccinated Students
    In order to provide continuity for unvaccinated students who travel, we will not require that they quarantine after traveling out of the state. However, if unvaccinated students (i.e. students ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccines because of age, medical condition, or religious affiliation) travel through a travel hub, they will be required to undergo the school’s daily testing protocol to ensure that they have tested negative for COVID-19. For more information on the protocol please contact School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos.
     
    Restrictions on Student Visits/Overnight Guests
    While we understand that the Delta variant remains a serious concern, and that there is still a chance that those who have had COVID-19 or have been vaccinated against it can still carry and potentially spread the coronavirus, we will no longer place restrictions on family gatherings and overnight guests to begin the year. These measures were previously necessary with so few community members being vaccinated. However, with required vaccination and continued vigilance from families, we do not feel it is necessary to continue with this policy. However, we would encourage unvaccinated students to continue wearing facial coverings indoors when hosting others who have not yet been vaccinated.
  • CDC Decision Tree

  • COVID Screening Chart