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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.

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. You can find the newsletters from this school year listed here:

Thursday, July 15
Tuesday, June 29
Wednesday, May 13
Wednesday, April 7
Wednesday, March 24

Recent Announcements

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  • Student Vaccine Reminder

    As a reminder, all students who are eligible will need to be fully vaccinated with the SARS-COV2 vaccine by the time classes begin on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, or sooner if students are participating in orientation or fall sports. In order to meet this timeline, we encourage students to begin the vaccination process by early next week if you have not already.
    Fully vaccinated means the student has received the correct dosage of the vaccine and has met the days necessary to ensure the full effectiveness of the vaccine. Additionally, we will expect that students would receive COVID-19 booster shots within a certain time frame if this is deemed medically necessary. Families will need to provide student vaccination records on the student Magnus account when completing the school’s medical forms in preparation for the first day of school. For more information about student health forms, please click here.
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School Wellness and COVID-19 Information

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 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 Gathering Policies

Fully Vaccinated 
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.

Not Fully Vaccinated
Unvaccinated students who travel through a travel hub (airport, bus, or train station) must quarantine for fourteen days OR seven days with one negative PCR test taken on day five or after in order to come on campus for school. This is not a change to our travel policy this spring, but we are reiterating it here so parents/guardians of students who are twelve and under are able to take this into account as you plan for the end of summer and the return to school.

If an unvaccinated household member of an enrolled Bush student has traveled through a travel hub and cannot isolate and quarantine away from the student in our program, that student must quarantine for fourteen days OR seven days with one negative PCR test taken on day five or after. 

Unvaccinated individuals that participate in an indoor social gathering/sporting event/meal with any other unvaccinated individuals outside of their household or host any unvaccinated overnight guests in the home must quarantine for fourteen days OR seven days with one negative PCR test taken on day five or after.