2022-23 Health Protocols Pertaining to COVID-19 and Illness

The following policies and procedures are put forth in coordination with the Washington Department of Health and in consultation with Overlake's Health & Safety Committee.

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Vaccination Requirements:

All students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated and up to date, which includes a completed COVID vaccine booster.

Proof of vaccination and booster need to be uploaded into the Magnus Health portal for your student(s). Please find step-by-step direction on how to upload vaccination records here.

All visitors on campus during school hours (8:00am-3:15pm) must be vaccinated and have received a booster vaccine. 

Face Covering/Masks:  

While masking is not required on campus, it is still highly recommended that you wear a face mask when on campus in large group settings, particularly when county transmission is medium to high.

Throughout the school year, there may be circumstances or situations such where masks will be required on campus and in certain settings.

  • N95,KN95,KF94 masks still remain the ideal masks available for SARS COV2. It is critical that the mask be well fitting and covers from nose to chin with very little gaps.  

  • During a required mask period, the masks not allowed on campus are masks with vents, gaiters, buffs, bandanas, or any single-layer masks.

  • If a mask breaks, is lost, or becomes soiled, the school can provide a replacement mask.  

Testing:  

  • If a member of the community experiences any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, then the school requires that individual to isolate pending results of a COVID test.  

  • The WA State Department of Health states that individuals experiencing illness other than COVID may not return to campus until they have been fever free for more than 24 hours.

  • Acceptable COVID tests are PCR, NAAT, and Rapid Antigen.

  • For families needing Rapid Antigen, tests are available at our Administration Front Office for pick up.

  • During the year, there are many instances where the school will administer on-campus testing. This includes all overnights and other situations, including outbreaks.

Isolation Requirements:

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required per public health, to isolate at home for 5 FULL days and may return after 5 days when 24 hours fever free and symptoms become vastly improved and only remain mild. 

    • 5 days from the day after the onset of symptoms (day 0 = the first day of symptoms) or
    • 5 days from the day a test is taken if individual has had no symptoms (day 0= the day the individual tested positive)
  • The earliest day for return is day 6
  • Students and staff returning to school will be masked on days 6-10.
  • Public health recommends students and employees rapid antigen test on day 6. If an individual tests positive on day 6, they must complete the entire 10-day isolation at home (per Washington State Department of Health (DOH) K-12 requirements).
  • Students and staff must email shillyer@overlake.org to notify the school of any positive COVID test. Per WA State, cases are still needing to be tracked at school to manage possible outbreaks, so the school must be informed of the positive test. You will also be given a date of clearance for return to school. Students should also still notify attendance of their absence from school at attendance@overlake.org

 

Exposure: 

Students and employees who are exposed to COVID-19 may continue to attend school, provided that:

  • They monitor for symptoms for 10 days after exposure
  • They test as soon as possible after exposure and continue to do so every 24 hours for the next 5 full days thereafter
  • They wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the exposure

For household exposures, we expect that COVID positive individuals in the household are isolating away from others. If isolation is not possible, we ask that students and staff remain home where constant exposure is occurring.

There is the possibility during the school year that due to exposures or positive COVID numbers on campus, we would require a group to mask or be tested in certain time periods following the exposure.

 

COVID Case in Home/Quarantine Requirements:

There is no longer a requirement to stay at home when there is COVID in your household if you are vaccinated and asymptomatic. The school requests that you have your COVID positive individual isolated away from other members in the household to reduce transmission risk, and that you continue to monitor for symptoms until 14 days have passed after last contact.

Please test your student at home daily (for 5 calendar days) before sending them to school each morning when there is COVID in the household. They should wear a mask during this time when on campus. If you are unable to complete daily testing, or isolate the positive individual, your student should remain at home for 1 week from last contact with the positive individual.  

Per public health, unvaccinated individuals with COVID in the household should remain home for 5 days after the end of isolation date for the infected person that lives in the household and should get tested at least 5 days after the end of the isolation period of the infected person. When they return to campus, they MUST wear a mask during days 6-10.

Here is a listing of free PCR COVID testing locations:

King County locations

Snohomish County locations

Curative testing locations

What to do if feeling ill

Stay home and get tested right away!

  • If your student experiences any of the following symptoms, we ask that the student stay home, get COVID tested (WA State Dept of Health K12 directive), and continue to test every 24 hours for the next 5 days following. 
  • Click this link for a listing of free PCR testing sites in King County, but home antigen tests can also be used in a series of days. Testing is needed regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Please keep your student home while sick and awaiting results.
  • Notify Overlake attendance that the student will not be at school.
  • Email COVID positive results to Health Director Samantha Hillyer at shillyer@overlake.org
  • Be symptom free plus 1 additional day before returning to school. 
  • Questions? Please contact Samantha Hillyer

Please note that for our campus security, as of August 2022, all volunteers and visitors, outside of registered special events, are required to check in and receive a name badge at the Administration Office front desk.

 

Link to WA DOH Requirements for Schools

Last updated August 2022

The Overlake School will be following the requirements and recommendations created by the WA State Department of Health for K12 Schools.

In addition to this document, we require that all students, staff, and visitors during our academic school day be fully vaccinated and up to date (meaning a booster vaccine).

https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-03/821-165-K12SchoolsChildC…

Community Dashboard

For the 2022-23 school year, COVID positive numbers in our community and any outbreaks will be listed here in this dashboard and updated on Fridays during school weeks.

Week ending on:  September 23, 2022

# of Cases:  3 employees; 11  Students 

# of Outbreaks: 0

Additional Notes: N/A