On Thursday, January 6, 2022, Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s revised recommendations for K-12 settings (Tuesday, January 4), thus allowing schools in King County to consider applying these recommendations to their settings. With this recent approval, The Bush School is now in a position to update our quarantining guidelines for students, faculty, and staff. The new policy will take effect this week, starting Monday, January 10.
Please read below to determine exactly what this means for your family.
INDIVIDUALS CURRENTLY IN QUARANTINE
Individuals currently in quarantine will return to campus on Monday or Tuesday this week based on the criteria listed below:
Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently quarantining and have completed their five-day quarantine period may return to school on Tuesday, January 11, with a negative COVID-19 antigen test. Negative test results must be submitted to the school in order to return.
Individuals who have been in close contact with COVID-19 household members and have completed their five-day quarantine period may return to school on Monday, January 10, with a negative COVID-19 antigen test. Negative test results must be submitted to the school in order to return.
Moving forward, our policy for individuals who are COVID-positive and/or are in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, including household members, is as follows:
Individuals with a Positive Case of COVID-19
All individuals with COVID-19 (with or without symptoms) need to isolate for at least 5 days.
Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to produce a negative antigen test to return to school and school-related activities after their quarantine. Negative test results must be submitted to the school in order to return. Outside the school setting, quarantine recommendations apply.
For individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms:
For individuals who have COVID-19 and have or had symptoms:
CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WITH COVID-19
Does NOT Need to Quarantine
Individuals who came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and are in one of the following groups do NOT need to quarantine:
Household Close Contacts
Household close contacts who come to school must supply a negative antigen test each school day through day five of close contact with a COVID-19 positive household member. On day six of negative tests after the close contact, household members may come to school without testing.
Does Need to Quarantine
Individuals who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last close contact if they are in one of the following groups:
Unless they had confirmed COVID-19 in the last 90 days and had subsequently recovered, Individuals should get tested at least 5 days after their last close contact with someone with COVID-19. They will need to produce a negative antigen test to return to school and school-related activities. Negative test results must be submitted to the school in order to return. Outside the school setting, quarantine recommendations apply.
Individuals should wear a mask around others for 10 days from the date of their last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). Individuals must wear a surgical (alternatively a KN95, KF94, or N95) mask when on campus.
For 10 days after their last exposure to someone with COVID-19, they should watch for fever (100.4 F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms. Those who test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms should isolate themselves from other people and follow recommendations for isolation.
For additional information on the updated quarantine and isolation guidance, please visit the CDC FAQ.
Updated Mask Policy includes KF94 - Monday, January 10
The KF94 mask is an additional approved mask for individuals to wear to campus as part of the school’s updated mask policy beginning Monday, January 10. The KF94 mask is smaller and tends to fit younger students. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear surgical masks (alternatively, KN95, KF94 or N95 masks) to school starting Monday, January 10 as part of increased risk mitigation to stop the spread of on-campus transmission. We expect this to be a temporary adjustment to the school’s mask policy until the Omicron variant poses less substantial danger here in the King County region.
We appreciate your patience and partnership as we move through this evolving situation. Our aim remains to be able to provide a safe on-campus experience for students, faculty, and staff. The recent allowance by Public Health- Seattle and King County for schools in the county, based on the CDC’s revised guidelines, gives us a roadmap as we navigate this phase of the pandemic.