Schools, COVID-19 and Close Contacts
Some students have resumed in-person instruction under the statewide framework for a phased reopening of schools. While preventive efforts like face coverings, handwashing, screening for symptoms, distancing, and good ventilation can greatly reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19, the risk cannot be entirely eliminated in settings where people are together in-person. This includes school and child care. Click here for a handout on what the in-person school day will look like for our students.
It can be scary for students, parents or staff to hear that there may have been a case at school. Below are some frequently asked questions (and answers) you may find helpful.
We also encourage you to refer to these documents for more information on public health guidance to local schools:
- You're sick ... now what? document
- Snohomish Health District School and COVID-19 - What to Expect document (English)
- Snohomish Health District School and COVID-19 - What to Expect document (Spanish)
- Snohomish Health District School COVID-19 Case Response Flow Chart document
- Snohomish Health District COVID-19 Screening Protocols document
- Washington State Department of Health Return to School/Childcare/Work Guidance (No COVID-19 Exposure) document
- Snohomish Health District Info for Schools and Child Care
Schools, COVID-19 and Close Contacts FAQs (and Answers)
When should students/staff stay home?
What if someone is sick, but has not tested positive?
When can I return to school after illness or exposure?
What if there is confirmed case at school?
Who should be tested?
What happens if someone is a close contact of a confirmed case?
I'm concerned about my privacy if I have COVID-19, have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive.
Why aren’t people told who in the school tested positive?
Will attestation information be kept confidential?