Tukwila School District is providing COVID-19 case data to help families and others understand the current situation in our District. Information about school district COVID-19 procedures and how to keep your family safe from COVID-19 are below. The health and wellbeing of students and staff is our top priority, and we are serious about maintaining safety while following guidance from public health experts.
- Health and Safety Updates
- COVID 19 Data for Tukwila School District
- COVID Vaccination Events
- COVID 19 Exposure at School FAQ's
- COVID-19 Online Learning During Quarantine FAQ's
- COVID 19 Documents and Resources
Health & Safety Updates
Face Coverings: Masks are required to be worn by students and staff both indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Social Distancing: Students should maintain a distance of 3 feet or more and staff members maintain a distance of 6 feet or more.
Screening Attestations: These are no longer required for students. Students are encouraged to report any symptoms to staff members, and parents are encouraged to do a symptom screening of their own before leaving home.
Vaccinations: K-12 educators, school staff, coaches, bus drivers, school volunteers and others working in school facilities are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.
The FDA has approved an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 for children ages 5 to 11 years old. The optional vaccine will be available for any child 5 years and older as well as for children 12 to 18 years old and adults. Studies have shown the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 to be safe and effective in children of this age group. Frequently-asked questions about vaccines for children ages 5 to 11
Disenfecting of shared spaces, high touch areas, and student desks will continue, along with regular cleaning.
King County Department of Health Updates
Updated: October 29, 2021
Below is a summary of updates from our school district and the Department of Health (DOH). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the district nurse at email@example.com
7-day quarantine: Department of Health is now requiring schools to use a 7-day quarantine after the last exposure date with COVID testing during the 5th, 6th, or 7th day of quarantining. The student or staff member may return to school if they are COVID-negative and asymptomatic. If the student or staff member does not turn a COVID test in, they will continue to quarantine until 14 days after their exposure.
Priority Contact Tracing: found on page 11 of the supplemental considerations- focuses contact tracing efforts on priority situations (lunch/break rooms, classrooms where students are not 3 feet apart, etc.).
Performing Arts: except choir can unmask if fully vaccinated or participate in screening testing. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated performers in high aerosol-generating activities, such as theatre (e.g., plays and musicals), speech/debate, and competitive dance. However, unvaccinated performers in these performing arts activities must participate in Screening Testing for Performing Arts as described below in order to remove their mask for a rehearsal or performance or event. Universal masking is required indoors when not actively rehearsing or performing.
COVID-19 Decision Tree for Schools: this tree is very similar to the COVID-19 Return to Work/School Flow Chart published in May, with the exception of the Test to Stay Protocol box. With the 10/27 updates in consideration, we will likely get an updated flowchart soon.
COVID-19 Informational Video
District Nurse Hannah Maestro
The data on this COVID-19 case table displays active cases as reported to Tukwila School District and is updated based on reports received.
Data below is current for December 2, 2021.
The data below shows the confirmed cases for COVID on the date above.
This data will change daily.
|Locations||Confirmed COVID Cases for the date above - Students||
Confirmed COVID Cases for the date above - Staff
|Foster High School||0||0|
|Showalter Middle School||0||0|
|Cascade View Elementary||0||0|
|District Staff Members||X||0|
The numbers in this table below are for the date range: November 29th to December 3rd
|Locations||Confirmed COVID Cases for date range- Students||Confirmed COVID Cases for date range- Staff||Number of Quarantined Classrooms for date range|
|Foster High School||3||0||0|
|Showalter Middle School||1||0||0|
|Cascade View Elementary||0||0||0|
The data below was last updated on December 2, 2021.
|Totals||Number of Students|
|Total Number of Students Currently Quarantining at Home on the date above.||12|
Total Number of Students That Have Been Quarantined -
September 1st to the date above
*Quarantining a classroom follows the King County Department of Health guidelines and is not necessarily an indicator of a positive case in the classroom.
The Tukwila School District is hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for 5 to 11 year olds:
Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
2:00pm to 6:00pm
Foster High School Auxiliary Gym
4242 S 144th St, Tukwila, WA 98168
This event is co-sponsored by the Washington State Department of Health and Costco Pharmacy.
For those who received the first dose of the vaccine, the Tukwila School District will have a follow-up event 21 days later to then receive the second dose on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
- All vaccine recipients must have a consent form completed by a parent or guardian.
- Please download, print and fill out the consent form prior to the clinic. If you are unable to print the form, paper copies will be available at the clinic.
- The vaccine is free. While insurance is not required, if you do have insurance, please bring your insurance card with you on the day of the clinic.
- For the vaccination event, one parent or guardian must be present at the clinic with their student(s). Only one parent/guardian will be allowed to accompany each child inside the clinic.
- To lower the risk of the spread of COVID-19, upon arrival, we will take your temperature and ask you questions about COVID-19 symptoms, exposures, and travel.
- Masks are required.
If you aren’t able to attend the District vaccination clinic, you can find a vaccine site nearby at the Vaccine Locator https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/ or call 1-833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357), then press # (language assistance is available).
You can also text your ZIP code to 438-829 (GET VAX) or 822-862 (VACUNA) for vaccine locations near you.
- What are the side effects?
- What does it cost?
- Is this the same COVID-19 vaccine as adults receive?
- Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen to get the vaccine for my child?
- Where do I get the COVID vaccine?
- Is the COVID-19 vaccine required for 5 to 11 years old?
Some people, including children, experience flu-like symptoms after getting the vaccine such as aches, chills, fever, being tired and headache. Some people also get a sore arm. These symptoms usually go away in 1 to 2 days.
More severe side effects are very rare. You will be given more information at the clinic before your child receives the vaccine. If your child has any symptoms that concern you after getting the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider or clinic.
Clinical trials showed the Pfizer vaccine to be safe and effective for children 5 and older at the recommended dose for this age.
The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently approved for children ages 5 to 11 years old with Emergency Use Authorization. Children will be given a smaller dose, about one-third the size of an adult dose. Children will receive two injections, a first dose and a second dose 21 days later, and the vaccine is given with a smaller needle for children.
No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to get the vaccine for yourself or your child. That means you do not need a social security number, or other documents with your immigration status, to get the vaccine. Some vaccine providers might ask for a social security number, but you do not have to give one. Health care providers will not ask for anyone’s immigration status. In most cases, parents and guardians will need to give consent to vaccinate youth under age 18.
You can get the free vaccine at your healthcare provider, community clinics, many local pharmacies, and at community vaccine clinics.
Some locations will have after-work hours and weekend times available so you can schedule your child to get vaccinated around your work schedule, days off, or free time if needed
- What happens when my child’s school learns that someone is infected with COVID-19?
- How does the District know my child was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
- What does the term “close contact” mean?
- I received a call or an email about my child’s close contact. Can they continue to attend school in person?
- I heard that there was a recent COVID-19 case at my child’s school. Should my child attend school in person?
- What should I do if my child or a family member feels sick at home?
- How do you protect my child’s personal information when you notify others of the exposure?
- How are you working to reduce the amount of COVID-19 exposures at school?
Following King County Department of Health guidelines, when we learn someone has a confirmed COVID-19 infection a health team member tells students, family, and staff who may have had close contact with an infected person and provides guidelines on why, how, and when to quarantine. We clean affected school classrooms and facilities, and prepare to support affected students in their quarantine period of online learning, continuing to provide school services such as remote tutoring and to-go meals.
District and school nurses complete an activity called contact tracing after we learn someone has a confirmed COVID-19 infection. We interview the infected person to learn where they went during their last school day, and two days prior to when they began to feel sick. We make a list of people they may have been in close contact with and contact those people to inform them and provide guidance.
Close contact means someone infected with COVID-19 was in close contact with someone else for more than 15 minutes: within 6 feet of distance for adults, and within 3 feet of distance for students. Because COVID-19 infections spread by drops of virus in the air, close contacts are at risk for breathing in these drops and becoming infected with COVID-19, even if they are wearing a mask. A close contact does not necessarily mean that more people will become infected, only that they are at risk.
District and school nurses follow guidelines from King County Public Health to determine who experienced close contact, and whether they should quarantine at home to watch for symptoms and avoid possibly spreading COVID-19 to others.
Please follow guidelines provided to you directly by a District nurse or quarantine specialist. In general, if your child is age 5 - 11, or if your child is age 12 or older and not vaccinated, they may not come to school in person until after their quarantine period has finished. District nurses and quarantine specialists will let you know what date quarantine ends.
In general, if your child is age 12 or older, is vaccinated, and does not have symptoms of COVID-19, they can continue to attend school in person, while wearing a mask, keeping their distance from others, and frequently washing their hands.
If you, a family member, or your student feels sick:
- Stay home unless you leave to seek medical attention or get a COVID-19 test.
- Keep a note of what symptoms you feel and when they started.
- Call your doctor to determine the next steps.
- Inform the District nurse, Hannah Maestro, at 206-901-8022.
- If you begin to feel confused, are struggling to breathe, or have a high fever (103°F and above), seek urgent care.
In public communications, we only provide information that a confirmed COVID-19 infection has happened, the school locations affected, and the infected person’s last day at school before their isolation at home. We share the names of affected students only with district and school administration, teachers, and directors who have a need to know. District staff never share family information or medical information with others. Students or their families may choose to inform our staff or other children of personal information.
We require everyone on school grounds to wear a face mask when indoors, practice social distancing, and wash or sanitize their hands frequently. We require all teachers and school staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and we regularly clean school buildings. When we learn of a COVID-19 infection among staff or students, we conduct contact tracing to identify others who may be at risk and work closely with the Department of Health to identify any cases of transmission.
- I was told that my child needs to quarantine at home and may not attend school in person. How can my child keep learning?
- My family does not have a computer at home that my child can use to attend online school. What do I do?
- My child needs access to school services. How will my child get the support they need if they are not attending school in person?
- I’m concerned that my child will fall behind in their education while going to online school. How is the District working to improve students’ online learning?
- How long will my child need to attend online school from home?
- Where else can I get help if I’m worried about my child?
- What else can I do?
If your child has been asked to quarantine at home, they will be able to attend class online, using a computer with access to the internet.
If your child is in grade K - 5, they will have one website link that they use to log in for online school. Our quarantine specialist or your teacher will email you the link.
If your child is in grade 6 - 12, they should log in to their Google Classroom hub, which contains all class assignments and homework. This process has not changed since 2020.
Contact your child’s core teacher, homeroom teacher, or quarantine specialist if you are not sure what link for online school they should use.
Chromebook laptops have already been issued to every student in grades 6-12. Students in grades K-5 may check out a laptop from school.
If you receive a quarantine notification during a school day, your K-5 student will be issued Chromebook laptops at their school before returning home. After quarantine, students should bring the laptop back to their core teacher. If you have questions about Chromebook laptop check out, please work with your child's core teacher.
When we learn someone has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or close contact exposure, the district emails all of the staff responsible for providing school services to notify them which students will be quarantining and for how long. If your child has been instructed to quarantine, look for an email from our quarantine specialist or school principal with information on how to access needed services. These services include:
- School meals
- Access to counselors and social workers
- Access to tutors
- Access to specialists, interventionists and managers that support needs such as English language learning, special education, behavioral health, vision/hearing/speech therapy, etc.
If there are services you don’t feel were explained, please contact our quarantine specialist or your child’s core or homeroom teacher.
District and school nurses determine how long at-home quarantine and online school will happen, based on information they have about close contact with a COVID-19 infection, and the most current guidelines from King County Public Health. Look for a letter mailed to you with more information, or contact District nurse Hannah Maestro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This can be a very difficult time for children and families. Talk to your child about their feelings and what they might say if people ask about why they were gone. Contact a school counselor directly if you need additional support.
- During quarantine, if your child or a person in your household gets ill, write down the date that they started to feel ill, keep all school-age children at home, and let the school know.
- Help your child stay on track at school. Follow up with teachers and staff to see if there is classwork they need to do.
- Keep track of when your child should return to school and make a plan to help them return after being away during the quarantine.
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