Faith Lutheran School is open and we are committed to keeping children and staff safe and healthy. The school board has met on several occasions to discuss steps and guidelines to ensure these healthy practices. The Washington State Department of Health as well as the CDC has issued guidelines on how to operate schools and child care centers safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have designed our policies to follow these guidelines.
What health officials know about the virus changes frequently, and so does our state’s requirements and operations. We will notify families of any updates to school policies as we comply with evolving guidelines.
In short, the actions we are taking are:
- Drop-off and pick-up procedures to limit access to the building
- Health screenings, including a temperature check and a questionnaire
- Face masks indoors for staff and children
- Frequent handwashing, sanitizing, and disinfection routines
- Isolation space for those who become sick while at school
The COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective, and it is recommended that everyone who is 5 and older receive the vaccination as soon as possible to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Faith Lutheran School requires that children, staff, family members, and guests not come on-site if they:
- Show symptoms of COVID-19; or
- Are not fully vaccinated and have been in close contact (within six feet for 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period) with a COVID-19 case in the last 5 days and have not had a negative COVID test; or
- Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days or are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test due to possible exposure or symptoms and not from routine asymptomatic COVID-19 screening or surveillance testing; or
- Have been told by a public health or medical professional to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection.
We will continue to require that anyone picking up or dropping off children at the school either have proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. We will also continue to require that families notify the school within 24 hours of COVID symptoms as well as a positive COVID test for anyone in the household.
- To limit exposure, drop-off and pick-up will happen outside.
- Family members will check child(ren) in/out and answer health screening questions via Brightwheel on the school’s devices, which will be hanging outside.
- Teachers will facilitate drop off/pick up at the classroom door.
- A teacher will take your child(ren)’s temperature before allowing them to enter the classroom.
- If you answered, “yes” to any of the COVID symptoms, you will be asked to leave with your child and seek guidance from a healthcare professional.
- Children’s temperatures will be taken daily at drop off.
- If children have a runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, headache, fatigue, or a sore throat then they need to remain home but don’t need to get a COVID test if it’s only one symptom and it’s gone within 24 hours. Students need to remain home and test if one symptom from that category lasts more than 24 hours, or if you have multiple symptoms, or if you have any of these symptoms: fever, muscle aches, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or coughing. If a child tests negative and their symptoms are improving, they may return to school.
- If a child has a repeated symptom (such as a bout of diarrhea every week), the child can return to childcare with a doctor’s note and a negative COVID test, even if it hasn’t been 24 hours since their last bout. Licensing restrictions still apply.
- If a child or an unvaccinated family member must travel, the child and unvaccinated family member will need to take the following steps to protect themself and others from COVID-19:
- Test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel (returning on day 6). *At home and rapid tests are accepted.
- If the test is positive, they must isolate to protect others from getting infected.
- If they don’t get tested, they must stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.
- If a child or another unvaccinated family member has been in close contact (or directly exposed) to a person who has COVID, they must quarantine for 5 days AND show proof of a negative test to return to school. *At home and rapid tests are accepted.
- If a child or another unvaccinated family member tests positive for COVID, they need to either quarantine for a full 10 days to return to school OR quarantine for a full 5 days AND show proof of a negative COVID test to return to school. *At home and rapid tests are accepted.
Detailed documentation of our COVID-19 policies is available here.