COVID-19 Safety Updates & Reminders

COVID-19 Safety Updates & Reminders

Dear Monroe School District families,

As we wrap up our first full week of school, we wanted to thank you all for your partnership in following our COVID-19 health and safety protocols, so that we have been able to keep the vast majority of our staff and students in our schools. While we have had a few instances of possible COVID-19 exposures at some of our schools, these instances have been very limited and have not yet resulted in significant spread on any of our campuses (see our COVID-19 activity tracker). In hopes of continuing this trend, we wanted to share a few health and safety reminders and updates with you so that we may continue to keep one another healthy.

Mask Requirements

Our students, staff and visitors in our main offices have been doing an excellent job of wearing their masks at all times when indoors and on buses and we thank everyone for their cooperation and partnership in helping us maintain a safe and healthy environment by wearing masks.

In order for masks to be an effective protection measure, we all must ensure that we are following the Centers for Disease Controls' guidance for masks. Here are a few friendly reminders regarding proper mask wearing in our schools:

  • Masks may not have exhalation valves, vents or holes which allow virus particles to escape (this includes mesh masks)
  • Masks must completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Masks should not have gaps around the sides (ensure proper fit)

Keeping Students Home

We ask that you please continue to screen your student each morning to confirm they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 before sending them to school each day.

If your student is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and keep them home for the duration of the quarantine period, even if they do not have symptoms. Your continued partnership in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools is vital in keeping our staff and students healthy and able to continue participating in in-person learning.

In addition, if your student is awaiting results of a COVID-19 test, please do not send them to school until you receive confirmation via a PCR test that they are negative for COVID-19 . We have confirmed with the Snohomish Health District that all rapid tests, even if they have been administered by a healthcare provider, are not sufficient for a student or staff member to return to school if they have COVID-19 symptoms. A negative PCR test is required (see list of free local PCR testing sites below).

Bus Rides

Due to a shortage of transportation resources and the safety measures we must uphold on our buses, we will not be allowing students to ride a bus other than the one they are assigned to, which includes students riding home with other students. For the safety of all, we are working on assigned seating for students on our buses so that we may reference the seating charts in the event that we need to conduct contact tracing. When necessary, we also review bus video footage when contact tracing to verify which bus riders were on the bus that day.

As a reminder, masks must be worn on all buses at all times. We ask that families please remind their students of this requirement to help our bus drivers in ensuring this vital safety measure is followed on our buses.

Again, we thank you for your help and partnership in following all health and safety procedures so that we are able to maintain a healthy learning environment for our staff and students.

Thank you,

David Paratore
MSD Chief of Student Services

Monroe Community Testing Sites With Free PCR* Tests

  • Your healthcare provider- please call your healthcare provider first to check if they do free PCR (not Rapid) COVID tests (usually covered by insurance)
  • Snohomish Health District Drive-thru Test Sites (must make appointment online):
    • 3715 Oakes Avenue Everett, WA 98201
      • Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
    • 16327 Ash Way Lynnwood, WA 98087
      • Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy- multiple locations- (must make an appointment online): Monroe location offers PCR tests, other nearby locations also available
    • Note: Children 13 or older must make an appointment with their own account

*PCR tests are also called molecular tests and NAAT tests