K-12 Isolation, Quarantine and Testing Guidance Changes

The Washington State Department of Health updated its K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year on January 7, 2022. Specifically, the new official requirements included:

  • Updated isolation, quarantine, and testing recommendations to align with recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changes.
  • Expanded eligibility for and activities allowed during modified quarantine in Test to Stay programs.

Information regarding the specifics of each of those changes, as well as implementation here in the Snohomish School District, are available at the district links below:

  • Isolation (tested positive for COVID-19) – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/isolation
    • Isolation reduced to five days at home since symptom onset or positive test. Must be symptom- and fever-free (no medication) to return after five days.
    • If symptoms not resolved upon return, person must take another test. If still testing positive, individual must isolate another five days.
  • Quarantine (close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19) – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/quarantine
    • No quarantine needed if close contacts are asymptomatic and:
      • Ages 18+ up to date with vaccines (primary series and boosters);
      • Ages 5–17 completed primary series of vaccines; or
      • Had confirmed COVID-19 in the last 90 days and recovered.
    • The district and our schools offer the Test to Stay Program for students and staff who do not meet the above criteria and are close contacts.
    • Those who choose not to participate in Test to Stay and choose not to test must quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine should last for 10 days after the last close contact. However, if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 10 days, the individual should isolate and get tested.
  • Test to Stay Program - www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/testtostay
    • Test to Stay is now inclusive of all staff and students, regardless of where the exposure occurred.
    • Those who choose not to participate in Test to Stay and choose not to test must quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine should last for 10 days after the last close contact. However, if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 10 days, the individual should isolate and get tested.
  • Household Exposures – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/householdexposures
  • Sick? – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/sickness
  • Testing – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/testing
  • District COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool - www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/selfreport
    • Through our online Self-Reporting Tool, staff and families can report if they or their student have tested positive for COVID-19 or has been determined to be a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If a student or staff member tests positive or has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive (non-school related exposure) for COVID-19, please let your school nurse or principal know so they are aware of isolation and quarantine dates and can provide support.
  • District COVID-19 Dashboard – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/districtdashboard
  • SimpleReport Rapid Antigen Testing Registration – www.sno.wednet.edu/simplereport