COVID Guidelines for 2021-22 School Year

The Overlake School is following the requirements put forth by the Washington Department of Health for schools in the state. Below are some addendums to the state document that Overlake will be adhering to.

Addendums to WA State DOH Requirements

This current Addendum is based off the Aug. 11, 2021 WA Department of Health (DOH) version. Should the DOH update the live link (below), please return to this section to check that the date correlates to the DOH's live link. 

*These policies below are added requirements that apply to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to The Overlake School. They are subject to change as the DOH updates this document throughout the 2021-2022 academic year (August 2021 to July 2022).  

The following policies are addendums to sections and pages from the original DOH document. For your reference we have provided section headings and version page numbers. 

Face Covering/Masks, pg. 4-5:  

  • Three-layer masking is ideal on campus. Cloth masks are allowed.  

  • Masks not allowed on campus are masks with vents, gaiters, buffs, bandanas, or any single-layer masks.

  • Everyone should bring extra masks. If a mask breaks or becomes soiled, the school can provide a replacement mask.  

  • Overlake recommends utilizing masks while outdoors. However, outdoors is where individuals on-campus are permitted to take a mask break. 

Ventilation, pg. 6-7:  

  • Per the requirements, MERV13 and HEPA filtration has been added to the school's upgraded ventilation systems in all buildings on campus. Additionally, windows and doors are likely to remain open, when possible.  

  • Overlake recommends everyone should wear appropriate clothing layers to remain comfortable on campus and in classrooms. 

Screening/Testing, pg. 8-9:  

  • While there are still students who remain age-ineligible to receive the vaccine, we will continue to test all 5th and 6th grade students weekly regardless of vaccination status.

  • Everyone unvaccinated will be tested on a regular cadence. Testing will occur every week. This includes students in 5th and 6th grade and any student or adult with a medical or religious accommodation for the COVID vaccine. 

  • If vaccinated students are considered Close Contacts while at school, then Overlake will perform testing on campus between days 3-5.  

  • 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 PCR test.  

  • Test results must be submitted to the school Health Director.  

  • Individuals may not return to campus until they have been symptom free for more than 24 hours. 

COVID Case in Home/Quarantine Requirements:

If someone in your household tests positive for COVID, and you are vaccinated, quarantine should occur for 7 days with a PCR test at day 5+.

Per public health, unvaccinated individuals with COVID in the household should remain home for 14 days after the last contact with the household member. If you are unable to stay away from the positive COVID household member, then you should remain home for 14 days following the COVID positive individual's 10 day isolation for a total quarantine time of 24 days.

Travel Quarantine:  

Guidelines for Vaccinated Students: 
Once students complete their vaccination cycle and are two weeks post second shot, they do not need to quarantine after travel. This follows recommendations from WA state and county public health officials. Parents/guardians should enter vaccine information into their student's health record in Magnus.

Guideline for Unvaccinated Students:
After traveling to certain places or in higher-risk ways, students must quarantine from the time they arrive back in WA. This includes:

  • all international travel
  • travel across state lines
  • travel involving planes, trains, and Greyhound buses

Students have two options after travel to return to school:

  1. Quarantine for 14 days post travel (no testing needed).
  2. Complete a 7 full-day quarantine and also submit a negative PCR test to the school drawn on day 5-7 after returning to WA from travel. That means the soonest return is on day 8 post travel. Results will need to be submitted on the student Veracross portal. Results will need to be approved by the school and a reply received in order to return. Please allow at least 24 hours for confirmation that you may return to campus. Results must include students name, that the test was PCR and also include the date it was drawn.

(Example: I return from travel on March 29th. I quarantine for 7 full days, which begins on March 30th and therefore ends on April 5th. If I go get a PCR COVID test drawn on at least April 3-5th and submit it to the school and wait for approval, the soonest I may return after receiving approval would be on April 6th.)

Here is a listing of free PCR COVID testing sites.

What to do if feeling ill

Get PCR tested right away!

  • If your student experiences any of the following symptoms, we ask that the student get PCR COVID tested. Click this link for a listing of free PCR testing sites in King County. *This is true for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
  • Please keep your student home to rest while ill and while awaiting PCR results.
  • Notify Overlake attendance that the student will not be at school.
  • Email PCR COVID results to Health Director Samantha Hillyer at
  • Await clearance on PCR results from school and be symptom free plus 1 additional day before returning to school.
  • Questions? Please contact Samantha Hillyer

Requirements for School Events

The following requirements are in place for the 2021-22 school year for both on-campus events as well as off-campus, school-sponsored events. 

All Overlake events will require that those in attendance be fully vaccinated if age-eligible. Please have proof of vaccination readily available to show if needed.

  • All events need to be pre-cleared with event details and plans by the Health and Safety Team. All details should be emailed to Dr. Samantha Hillyer at four weeks in advance of the event in order to get a response and adequate preparation of event.
  • All registrations for all events must be through Veracross, including RSVPs. Parent-organized events must coordinate with an Overlake employee to create a Veracross event registration.
  • One person per household must register for each event. 
  • When the event has concluded, event attendance must be reconciled with event registration in order to track those in attendance for health and safety concerns. Event organizers must then confirm that reconciled attendance has been completed with Samantha Hillyer.
  • All events that include students will be masked regardless of vaccination status. Masking required for all individuals to participate in any indoor setting.
  • Outdoor events allow more flexibility to be unmasked if not in a crowd / group of more than five (5) individuals.
  • Any food or drink for an event needs to occur outdoors only.
  • All gathering spaces such as the Campus Center, Whitten Center, Fulton Theater, Student Center, Gym will have listed capacity numbers from the Health and Safety team to follow. 
  • Masking required on buses and any other vehicles used for any transportation regardless of vaccination status.
  • Visitors for events during the academic day will check-in at front office and be logged with time of arrival and will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their time on campus.
  • For every event, pre-communication out to invitees will reiterate that if anyone is experiencing ANY symptoms of illness that they refrain from attending. Likewise anyone who has had any exposure to anyone who tests COVID positive, they will also be asked to refrain from attending.