COVID Health and Safety Information
Washington State updated its COVID-19 school and child care guidance on August 5, 2022. Following these safety measures reduces the spread of COVID-19. This page explains how the updated guidance impacts your family and the community.
Health and Safety Requirements for this Fall:
- Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home and should get tested for COVID-19.
- Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for 5 days.
- If symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, students and staff can come back to school. DOH flowchart
- If students and staff meet the criteria to return to school after isolating at home for 5 days, they should wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10. Individuals returning to school from isolation should also remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities.
- Students and staff who test positive after 5 days of isolation must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.
- Schools will inform students, families, and staff when there are cases in school via weekly updates to the district COVID dashboard. Schools are no longer required to directly notify high-risk students or staff.
- Our state’s requirement for school employees to be fully vaccinated to protect against COVID-19 or have obtained a medical or religious exemption is still in place.
These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools and child care facilities in Washington State. Schools and child care facilities are required by state law to follow these guidelines.
The Shoreline Schools COVID-19 safety guide is now updated to start the 2022-23 school year.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, free COVID-19 testing for students and staff is available at many nearby locations, including the UW Medicine COVID-19 Shoreline testing site: 15499 15th Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155 and their Aurora testing site: 12040 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98133
Households are encouraged to test as needed at home. In Washington State, you can receive free self-tests from the Say Yes! COVID Test program. Most insurance covers the costs of up to 8 self-tests per individual per month.
COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months and older. Booster doses are also available for children 5 years and older. You are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible, in consultation with your health care provider.
For more information, we encourage you to read “Back to school and COVID-19: What parents should know,” from the Public Health Insider blog.