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Edmonds School District

COVID Health/Safety

It is essential that students, staff and families continue to stay home when sick

Stay home when sick

Stay home when sick

Because students can be sick for many reasons other than COVID-19, such as the flu and RSV, we still expect families to keep their students home if they are sick. If your student has any of the symptoms below, please keep them home until they subside.

  • APPEARANCE, FATIGUE BEHAVIOR – Unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable

  • MUSCLE OR BODY ACHES

  • EYES – White or yellow drainage, vision change, and/or redness of the eyelid or skin around the  eye, itchiness, pain or sensitivity to light

  • FEVER OR CHILLS – Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Student/staff member must be fever free for 24  hours before returning to school/work  

  • PERSISTENT NASAL DRAINAGE AND/OR A CONSISTENT COUGH  

  • NEW SYMPTOMS OF SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING

  • SORE THROAT 

  • DIARRHEA – Watery stools within the last 24 hours 

  • NAUSEA OR VOMITING – Vomiting within the past 24 hours 

  • RASH – Body rash, especially with fever or itching  

  • OR ANY OTHER COVID-LIKE SYMPTOMS

It is not unusual for student to feel great in the morning and then worse as the day goes by. School are not equipped for prolonged care of your sick student. We require that you or an emergency contact will pick up your sick child within the hour that you are called. Please notify your school of any changes to your emergency contacts, it is important to have a list of available contacts if we are not able to reach you.

Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe and healthy.

Situations K-12 Students All Staff Early Learning Students
Exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms in building

Strongly recommend:

  • Immediately wear a mask
  • Be sent home
  • Test (w/parent consent)
  • Refer to Stay at Home When Sick policy noted above

Symptomatic people who cannot wear a mask should be separated from others as much as possible.

Required under L&I:

  • Immediately wear a mask
  • Be sent home
  • Recommend testing

Symptomatic people who cannot wear a mask should be separated from others as much as possible.

Required:
Early learning staff are required to send students home or isolate them from other children if they have  symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or other COVID-like symptoms.

Recommend:

  • Test
  • Refer to Stay Home When Sick information above 
Exposure to a positive COVID-19 case Strongly recommend:
  • Monitor for symptoms
  • Test day 3-5
  • Wear well fitting mask for 10 days after exposure    
Strongly recommend:
  • Monitor for symptoms
  • Test day 3-5
  • Wear well fitting mask for 10 days after exposure    
Strongly recommend:
  • Monitor for symptoms
  • Test day 3-5
  • Wear well fitting mask for 10 days after exposure
Positive COVID-19 test with symptoms Strongly recommend:
  • Isolate at home for 5 days
  • Return to school Day 6 with well fitting mask thru Day 10 if symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours
Required under L&I:
  • Isolate at home for 5 days
  • Return to work Day 6 with well fitting mask thru Day 10 if symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours
Required:
  • Isolate at home for 5 days
  • Return to school Day 6 with well fitting mask thru Day 10 if symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours
Positive COVID-19 test without symptoms Strongly recommend:
  • Isolate at home for 5 days
  • Return to school Day 6 with well fitting mask thru Day 10
Required under L&I:
  • Isolate at home for 5 days
  • Return to work
  • Day 6 with well fitting mask thru Day 10
Required:
  • Isolate at home for 5 days
  • Return to school Day 6 with well fitting mask thru Day 10 if symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours

 


What to do if a student/staff member is showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms?

Regardless of vaccination status, staff and students cannot come to school/work if they are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19. They should get tested and/or see a health care provider and follow flow chart below from the Department of Health. 

Click here to review the flow chart

If anyone shows COVID-19 symptoms at school or work, they must mask up, immediately isolate, be sent home and are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test.

If a student member tests positive for COVID-19, when can they return to school?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from others for at least 5-days following both the onset of symptoms and/or the COVID-19 positive test. 

Upon return a student member should follow the below:

  • Wear a well fitting mask or face shield with a drape during day 6-10 of the isolation period

If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, when can they return to school?

Note: Need to adhere to L&I guidance

Staff who test positive for COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from other for at least 5 days following both the onset of symptom and/or the COVID-19 positive test.

Regardless of when staff ends isolation, take the following step for the 10 days after symptoms developed (or tested positive, if you never developed symptoms):

Wear a well-fitting and high-quality mask or respirator around others at home and in public for at least 5 additional days (day 6-10) after the end of your 5-day isolation period.

Staff need to adhere to the following guidance:
What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 from WA DOH

Masks are available at all schools and district buildings

Schools and district buildings will continue to stock and provide masks for students, staff, volunteers and visitors who choose to wear one.

view the Edmonds School District COVID-19 Dashboard

We will notify the school staff and families of specific higher-risk exposures. 

The district is still required to report positive cases to the Snohomish Health District. If a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, please notify your school so we can continue to accurately report this information.

What do students/staff do if they are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case?

Exposed students and staff may continue to participate in school and extracurricular activities if they are not symptomatic. They are expected to monitor for symptoms for a full 10 days from the exposure, consider wearing a mask and get tested on day 5. If an exposed student or staff member develops symptoms or tests positive, they are required to immediately isolate at home and follow the DOH protocols.

COVID-19 testing available at schools and district office

We will continue to offer COVID-19 testing at our schools and our centralized COVID-19 Response Center at the Educational Service Center, 20420 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Please call 425-431-1900 to schedule an appointment.

Each school building will offer testing times, please call your school directly for testing information.

Latest Department of Health COVID-19 requirements and guidelines
(updated October 25, 2022)