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 these documents for more information on public health guidance to local schools:
- Quarantine and isolation timelines
- You're sick... now what?
- Snohomish Health District info for schools and child care
Close contact definition
Close contact is defined as being within 6-feet for 15 or more cumulative minutes (over 24-hour period) of an individual (masked or unmasked) who tested positive 48 hours from date of positive test (if no symptoms) or 48 hours from symptom onset.
In K-12 indoor classrooms, the state’s close contact definition now excludes students who were at least 3-feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place. No quarantine is necessary unless symptoms develop.