Coronavirus Covid-19 Information

Current Sickness Attendance Policy

I’m feeling fine! come to school ūüôā
I have a symptom: I have a symptom with a negative COVID test:
Fever go home/stay home and take test Fever with negative test welcome to return after 24 hours fever free without medication
Cough go home/stay home and take test Cough with negative test welcome to return as long as regular energy level and able to participate, consider wearing a mask
Sore throat go home/stay home and take test Sore throat with negative test welcome to return as long as no fever or swollen glands; regular energy level and able to participate, consider wearing a mask
Runny nose/congestion go home/stay home and take test Runny nose/congestion with negative test welcome to return as long as regular energy level and able to participate, consider wearing a mask
Vomiting go home/stay home and take test Vomiting with negative test welcome to return after 24 hours no vomiting
Diarrhea go home/stay home and take test Diarrhea with negative test welcome to return after 24 hours no diarrhea
Headache/body aches go home/stay home and take test Headache/body aches with negative test welcome to return as long as regular energy level and able to participate, consider wearing a mask
Fatigue, just not feeling good go home/stay home and take test Fatigue, just not feeling good with negative test welcome to return as long as regular energy level and able to participate, consider wearing a mask
Shortness of breath go home/stay home and take test Shortness of breath with negative test welcome to return as long as regular energy level and able to participate, consider wearing a mask
New loss of smell or taste go home/stay home and take test New loss of smell or taste with negative test welcome to return as long as regular energy level and able to participate, consider wearing a mask
Unidentified rash go home/stay home until rash is gone, or identified by doctor as non-contagious no need to test for COVID
Eye infection go home/stay home until symptoms are gone or on medication for 24 hours no need to test for COVID
Close Contact with COVID-19 stay home and take a test Close Contact with COVID-19 and negative test welcome to return, monitor for symptoms, consider wearing a mask
Positive for COVID-19 stay home for 5 days, can return on the 6th day if no symptoms and wear a mask for 5 more days

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Although coronavirus is a very common virus and in its simplest form can cause the common cold, other strains of this virus (MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV) have been known to cause severe respiratory symptoms and pneumonia in some people.

The CDC has published more information about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, and the Washington State Department of Public Health provides the following information about Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 2020.

How does COVID-19 Spread?

COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.

COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:

  • Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
  • Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
  • Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

Delta Variant

The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. It might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated people.

  • Vaccines continue to reduce a person‚Äôs risk of contracting the virus that cause COVID-19, including this variant.
  • Vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against this variant.
  • Fully vaccinated people with breakthrough infections from this variant appear to be infectious for a shorter period.
  • Get vaccinated and wear masks indoors in public spaces to reduce the spread of this variant.

UPDATE

Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

RESOURCES

Public Health:
King County Public Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019
WA State Department of Health: Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheets
WA State Department of Health: Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19
CDC: How to Protect Yourself
WHO: Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

Hilltop Family Resources:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Policy (Hilltop)
Guidelines for gatherings of children and youth while schools are closed
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
Viruses Don’t Discriminate¬†(King County)
Coronavirus and Stigma (King County)

Activity Ideas:
Yoga for Kids
Go Noodle
8 Great Kids Lit Podcasts
Virtual Museum Tours