Schools, COVID-19 and Close Contacts

  • It can be scary for students, parents or staff to hear that there may have been a case at school. Below is some information you may find helpful. We also encourage you to refer to this information on public health:

    Close contact definition
    A close contact is someone who was exposed to a COVID-19 case. A close contact is generally defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health (DOH) as someone who was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for 15 cumulative minutes or more over a 24-hour period of time during the case’s infectious period. In a K-12 indoor or outdoor classroom, the close contact definition may exclude individuals who were at least 3 feet away from an infected individual when both were consistently and correctly wearing well-fitting face coverings/masks.