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May 15, 2021: Health & Safety Protocols

KSD Health & Safety Protocols Remain in Place this Year

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated federal COVID-19 safety guidelines. Now the CDC says fully vaccinated people, 12 years old and over, who have received their final COVID-19 vaccination at least two weeks ago no longer need to wear masks outdoors or in most indoor settings. But there are limits.

Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. 

What this means for the Remainder of the 2020-2021 School Year

In schools, teachers, visitors, staff, and students are required to wear face coverings consistent with the Governor's Proclamation 20-09.2 Phased Reopening of K-12 Schools and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide.

General KSD Health & Safety Protocols

  • Stay home if you are sick. Anyone with a 100.4 F or higher fever should not go to or stay at a school site.
  • Before reporting to school, any staff or student that tests positive for COVID-19, has any symptoms of COVID-19, or has been a close contact of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks should stay home and contact the school before entering the school.
  • Students and staff will complete daily wellness screening questions before entering the building.
  • Students and staff will wear masks/face coverings unless they have a medical reason not to wear one.
  • Parents/guardians will have limited access to the school campus and must wear face coverings while on school grounds unless they have a medical reason not to wear one.
  • Schools follow disinfection guidelines developed by Public Health Seattle King County and Washington State Department of Health.
  • All students and staff will be encouraged to wash/clean their hands regularly, especially before and after specified activities.
  • There will be no large gatherings such as field trips, events, assemblies, and dances.

Read more about the KSD Health and Safety Protocols on our website.

Looking Ahead to the 2021-2022 School Year

We plan to reopen all KSD schools for all in-person instruction five full days a week for all KSD students in Pre-K through grade 12. The first day of school for the 2021-22 school year is August 26, 2021, for grades 1-12.

As of May 13, 2021, the health guidance for the 2021-22 school year includes:

  • We will continue the mandatory mitigation measures in place, including face coverings, ventilation, cleaning and disinfecting, and responding to and reporting COVID-19 cases.
  • We plan to follow physical distancing recommended by DOH – 3 feet in classrooms and 6 feet elsewhere – to the greatest extent possible.
  • We will also follow all school-related and sponsored extracurricular activities, including field trips, performing arts, and sports, in the Governor's Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery

While we review the guidance new K-12 Fall 2021-2022 guidance released by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction on May 13, 2021, with our KSD Leaders and Labor partners this spring in preparation for the next school year, we also want to hear from students, families, and staff.

To help us address your questions and concerns, please share your thoughts in our ThoughtExchange online conversation. We invite you to review the new K-12 Fall 2021-2022 guidance and FAQ: Returning to School in Fall, then respond to this question, "What are your questions and concerns about returning to learn in-person full-time in the 2021-22 school year?" through May 31, 2021.