Dear Monroe School District community,
Both the Department of Health (DOH) and the Snohomish Health District recently made changes to the isolation and quarantine requirements for COVID-19 in K-12 settings and Monroe School District has adopted these changes. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked with our health partners to ensure our requirements were in alignment.
Updated COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Requirements
We are still waiting for updated flowcharts from DOH and Snohomish Health District and will get those posted to our website when they are released. In the meantime, the updated quarantine and isolation requirements for students and staff can be found here: https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/covid-19.
Test to Stay Program
The Test to Stay program allows staff and students who have been identified as close contacts to participate in testing AT SCHOOL instead of quarantining (see chart above). Parent consent is required prior to any testing of students. Individuals participating in the Test to Stay Program MUST:
- Get tested twice AT SCHOOL during the 5 days following the exposure, AND
- Have no symptoms of COVID-19; AND
- Continue to wear a mask; AND
- Continue to quarantine outside of school for 5 days (this does not include school athletics and activities, or before/after school childcare).
Contrat tracing guidance has been updated as well. Due to the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases and exposures, contact tracing has been prioritized to focus areas: transportation services, high risk extracurricular activities, and indoor spaces where masking is limited or not consistent. Due to this adjustment in contact tracing, and to ensure we are reporting accurate information to our community, the COVID-19 MSD Activity Tracker will only report the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our schools for the time being. Once we are through this most recent COVID-19 surge, we will reevaluate reporting close contact numbers on the tracker.
Testing Supply Shortage
Due to the national shortage of COVID-19 tests and shipping delays, we continue to run low on our supply of tests. Our top priorities are to limit spread among our staff and students, to keep school open for in-person learning, and to support our students' continued participation in athletic events. To prioritize the use of our limited supply of COVID tests for these purposes, we will be temporarily closing the MSD COVID testing site at the District Administration Office beginning Thursday, January 20. We hope to be able to re-open our testing program to family members of our staff and students in the future and will notify our community if/when that is able to happen.
If/when the guidance and/or requirements are updated we will be sure to let you know. Thank you again for being patient as we adjust to changing health parameters.
Chief of Student Services