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COVID-19 Update for Jan. 11, 2022

   An update from Jamie Tender, Head of School.

Dear SGS Community,

I hope you had a relaxing and restful weekend.  Since school resumed, we have seen an uptick in the COVID case count within our community.  The cases identified at school have been traced to external spread and Ryan Peplinski continues to notify any potential close contacts. Yesterday, Ryan and I received updated information during a call from the SRHD team regarding new COVID guidance on Isolation and Quarantines from the WA Dept. of Health.  This comes in response to the CDC guidelines that were updated in late December (see below).  Since the CDC announcement, guidance has become increasingly more complex and the alignment from the various agencies at the Federal and State level has been delayed or inconsistent. While still complex, there is a bit more alignment and less complication with today’s updates.

Key points for schools from today’s update:

Isolation Requirement (tested positive): Isolate at home until 5 days have passed since symptom onset, or since the person tested positive provided that:

No symptoms are present, or symptoms are resolving; AND

No fever within past 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications; AND

That person continues to wear a well-fitting mask around others until day 10.

Caveats:

• Applies to staff or students

• Onset day or test collection date is day zero

• This guidance applies regardless of vaccination status

• Testing at day 5 is recommended, but is not required

• If testing from day 5-9 is positive, then continue to isolate at home until day 10


Quarantine Requirement (close contact): Modified quarantine (Test to Stay) until 5 days have passed since the person’s last exposure date provided that:

• Person is asymptomatic; AND

• Meet Test to Stay requirements (baseline and 5-day test); AND

• That the person continues to wear a well-fitting mask around others until day 10.

Caveats:

• Applies to staff or students

• Exposure date is day zero

• This does not apply to someone who is considered to be up-to-date (see below) with their COVID-19 vaccinations

What Does Up-To-Date Mean?

• For people who are 18 years or older:

­People who are eligible for a booster and are 14 days post their booster shot; OR

­People who have two doses of an mRNA vaccine or a single dose of J&J but are not yet eligible for a booster shot based on the date of their last vaccine; OR

­People who have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days.

• For people who are 5-17 years of age:

­People who have two doses of an mRNA vaccine or a single dose of J&J;

­People who have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days;

­Currently a booster is not required, if eligible, but this area is rapidly changing and CDC may require boosters, if eligible, in the future.


For our students and teachers/staff, this will reduce the time away from school (limited to the contagious period) and will not require students that are a close contact to quarantine, unless they test positive.  We will continue to consult with SRHD on all individual cases, both positive tests and close contacts.  


Masking makes a difference!

The next 2-3 weeks will most likely be challenging with the number of cases projected to remain high in Spokane.  We continue to worry about student and staff health and safety and having ample coverage for classes if members of our faculty and staff are forced to isolate or quarantine for extended periods of time.  Our entire community continues to work together in mitigating the internal spread of this virus.  Face masks and vaccines have been shown to limit the severity and the spread of the virus.  We have seen the difference diligent masking has shown at school.  It is important that everyone continue to use well-fitting masks and the type of mask makes a difference with this contagious variant.  Here is a link for a one pager regarding N95 masks. The school has KN95 masks available if students would like to access them. The vaccination rate among our students (fully vaccinated) continues to increase and is currently nearly 72% overall.  

Operational & Regulatory Update:

• Most significant concern is the contagious nature of the Omicron variant.  This situation continues to be monitored daily.  This has the potential to impact both student and teacher attendance. 

• Busses – All students transported on busses will continue to be required to wear face coverings no matter their vaccination status.  

 

Centers for Disease Control: 

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population (12/27/21) https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html 

 

The Spokane Regional Health District: 

SRHD’s COVID dashboard shows virus-related activity has increased significantly in Spokane County since the start of January.  They will be updating their published guidelines this week.

 

Governor’s Office:  

The Governor’s Office, along with the Washington Department of Health, continue to provide updates pertaining to schools.  

 

Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA): Updated 12/17/21

In response to recent sports-related outbreaks, the testing requirements for high-risk sporting activities (basketball, wrestling, cheerleading) has been updated to require screening and testing of all athletes, coaches, trainers and supporting personnel, regardless of vaccination status. Further, the testing frequency has increased to 3 times weekly. Among those screening tests, at least one must occur no sooner than the day before the competition; ideally and whenever possible, the day of the event.

 

Contacts:

COVID Coordinator: Ryan.peplinski@sgs.org

Head of School:  Jamie.Tender@sgs.org

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our community safe.  

 

Sincerely,

Jamie Tender, Head of School

Resources

• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• WA State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/
• Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: https://www.k12.wa.us/

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 and SGS

Please refer to the latest Return to School Guidelines from the Spokane Regional Health District for COVID symptoms and the next steps for you to take. Students and family members with COVID symptoms should not come to school, and should alert COVID Coordinator ryan.peplinski@sgs.org immediately.

The CDC recommendation on carpools says, “we recommend avoiding pooled rides where multiple passengers are not in the same household.” However, if that is not possible, the CDC recommended the following steps to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19:
• Stay home if you are sick or had close contact with someone who has the coronavirus.
• Everyone in the car must wear a mask.
• Everyone in the car must wash or sanitize their hands.
• Keep the car windows lowered to increase ventilation inside the car and run the car’s ventilation system on non-recirculation mode.

This page will be updated with new questions or answers on a periodic basis…

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