COVID Health & Safety
Washington State last updated its COVID-19 school and child care guidance in May 2023. Shoreline Schools will follow these safety measures to reduces the spread of COVID-19.
This summary explains how the updated guidance impacts your family and the community:
- Students who show symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, should get tested for COVID-19, and should isolate at home for 5 days if test result is positive.
- If a child tests positive for COVID-19, please report their case to the school nurse, registrar, or attendance secretary immediately.
- Staff who test positive are required per current L&I regulations to stay out of work for 5 calendar days
- Students and staff should follow the guidance in the DOH flowchart
- When students and staff return to school after isolating at home, they should wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10. Individuals returning to school from isolation should also remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities.
- There is no requirement for employees, contractors, students or volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Schools are not required to publicly post COVID case counts. Students, families, and staff will be informed when there is a suspected outbreak in a group or cohort of which they are a part.
These guidelines are provided for all public and private K-12 schools and child care facilities in Washington State.
Free COVID testing sites are harder to find now than in the past. Ask your school nurse if they have any free rapid tests to give out to families. Public Health - Seattle & King County has additional information about testing in the community.
COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is available for children 6 months and older. Booster doses are also available for children 5 years and older. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible, in consultation with your healthcare provider.