Updated Quarantine and Testing Options

Updated Quarantine and Testing Options

As we continue to examine our safety protocols and strive to limit the impact of COVID exposure and lost school days for students, we are pleased to announce that we are providing three options for families to consider if their children are identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual.

These options went into effect on Monday, November 15, 2021.

OPTION ONE: Test to Stay (two negative tests required)

  1. If a student is identified as a close contact at school they may remain at school after exposure, if they:
    • Testing is completed at school and includes one test conducted as soon as possible following recognition of the exposure and one test collected 5-7 days after last exposure. Testing would require parent consent prior to any testing.
  2. Have no symptoms of COVID-19; AND
  3. Continue to wear a mask; AND
  4. Continue to quarantine outside of school (i.e., not participate in extracurricular activities at school, including sports and other activities outside of their home.)

This option is available for students exposed at school and is not applicable to students exposed outside of school. Option one is in alignment with the district's Test to Stay MOA with the Snohomish Health District.

If you would like your child to utilize this option, written permission will be required. Please print and complete the permission form (English / Spanish) and return it to your child's school. The permission form will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year unless you choose to no longer participate in the testing program. If your child is exposed at school and we have a permission form on file, we will still contact you via phone before administering a COVID-19 test.

OPTION TWO: 7 Day Quarantine (one negative test required)

If a student is identified as a close contact to a COVID positive individual, they can return to school 7 days after the last exposure if they receive a negative PCR test result after day 5 of exposure.

OPTION THREE: 10 Day Quarantine (no test required)

If a student is identified as a close contact to a COVID positive individual and does not obtain a negative PCR test result they may return to school 10 days after their last date of exposure.

Drive Thru Testing Continues
Students who are sent home because of illness may continue to test at the drive thru testing program at the District Office and return to school after they receive a negative PCR test result AND are fever free and symptoms have improved. Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine or test if they continue to be asymptomatic.

We are able to offer these additional options that are available to the district because of our demonstrated success with daily testing at the district office, additional grant funding through the Learn to Return Program and our excellent staff at all of our district schools.