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  • The complete Shoreline Schools COIVD-19 Safety Guide is available here.

    The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released updated guidance for the 2021 summer school session and 2021-2022 school year on August 18, 2021. Under the updated guidance, schools must plan to provide full-time in-person education for all interested students for the 2021-2022 school year with the following mitigation efforts:

    Face Masks

    • Students are required to wear face masks while on school campuses (indoors and outside), on school buses, and anywhere while engaged in school-sponsored activities. If a student arrives without a mask, one will be provided to them.

    • Staff are required to wear masks whenever students are or may be present. Fully vaccinated staff may remove masks when no students are present and staff are working in an enclosed space.

    Distancing

    • Students will maintain a physical distance of three (3) or more feet from other students in classroom settings to the degree possible and reasonable that allows for full-time, in-person learning for all students. Procedures will be established to maintain six (6) or more feet of physical distance in hallways, cafeterias, and other non-classroom large group settings, to the extent possible. Staff will maintain six (6) feet of social distance from students and other staff members when possible. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to staff who are required to work with students in closer proximity.

    • Students are required to distance six (6) feet during meals when they have their masks off. During school meals, we will use available cafeteria, gym, and covered outdoor space for students to eat while distanced from each other. Weather permitting, additional outdoor space can be used. Mats will be provided for elementary students to sit on.

    Vaccinations

    • A COVID-19 vaccination is not required for students to attend school. However, COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly encouraged for those 12 and older as recommended by local, state, and federal public health officials.

    • By state mandate, all staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021, unless they have a medical or religious exemption. The District will be working with employee organizations to confirm the impact of implementation of this mandate.

    Exposure Response

    • Staff or students who are potentially exposed to COVID-19 at school will be contacted by the school and public health officials with information on required and recommended steps to take, including testing and quarantining.

    • Fully vaccinated students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 will not need to quarantine if they do not have any symptoms.

    • Schools will communicate with families and staff as needed when a positive case is reported.

    • There will be no on-site COVID-19 testing at schools. Information will be provided for nearby free rapid testing.

    • The school district will post a weekly and year-to-date summary of positive cases by school and worksite.

    Accessing Campus

    • Only students and staff will be allowed in schools, at least for the beginning of the school year. Parents/guardians needing to conduct school business can do so via email, phone, or Zoom teleconference. If they have business that must be done in person, they can contact their school’s office to arrange an in-person appointment.

    • There are no daily health attestations this year for students and staff. Families are asked to keep their children at home if they are ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19 that are not explained by other medical conditions. Staff will continue to sign in to buildings and student attendance will be taken for use in contact tracing if needed.

    Cleaning and Ventilation

    • There will be frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer.

    • Schools will be cleaned and disinfected each night using disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use against COVID-19.

    • Ventilation will meet all Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health requirements, including the use of MERV 13 air filters and increased airflow.

    Trasnportation

    • When riding the school bus, masks are required and social distancing will be observed whenever practical. Students will be assigned seats and paired with siblings or household members whenever possible.