COVID


Mary Hoffman
Assistant Director of COVID-related Safety and Health Services
Stanwood-Camano School District
[email protected]
(360) 629-1215, Ext. 3515 (If you are staff and have a question, please email Mary Hoffman)

New COVID-19 Guidance for Fall 2022

The State Department of Health has issued updated COVID-19 health and safety guidance for schools this fall. Following these safety measures reduces the spread of COVID-19 in our school community.

Health and safety requirements for this fall:

Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home, or go home, if they become ill at school.  Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms must have a test to rule out COVID-19 before returning to school. 
Students, staff, and families seeking testing should contact their schools directly. All COVID-19 testing at school will still require paper or digital consent to be signed or on file.

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves at home for 5 full calendar days. After day 5, if symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, students and staff can come back to school. 

It is recommended, but not required, that students and staff returning to school after their 5 days of isolation:
• wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10, and
• remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities on days 6 to 10.
Students and staff who test positive after 5 days of isolation must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.
We will continue to communicate cases and outbreaks to families and staff in our weekly COVID-19 dashboard.  The dashboard will be updated weekly on Wednesday.

These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools and childcare facilities in Washington state. Schools and childcare facilities are required by state law to follow these guidelines.

Families are encouraged to test as needed at home. Students, staff, and families may access tests at no cost from all of our schools. Additionally, in Washington state, you can receive free self-tests from Say Yes! COVID Test program. Most insurance covers the costs of up to 8 self-tests per individual per month.  

COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months and older. Booster doses are also available for children 5 years and older. You are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible, in consultation with your healthcare provider. 
You can contact your student’s school nurse for help or more information. We look forward to creating safe and healthy spaces for our students when they return this fall.

Helpful Resources Students, staff, and families of other schools seeking testing should contact their schools directly. All COVID-19 testing will still require paper or digital consent to be signed or on file.

School District Case Count Dashboard (updated by the end of the day on Wednesdays)

Washington State Department of Health School Guidance

K-12 COVID Requirements for the 2022-23 School Year

 

Vaccine Phases - English Vaccine Phases - Espanól

 

Behavioral Health Resources

DOH COVID-19 Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families

 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidance for Schools