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COVID-19

A message from our Health Services Team

Hello Tukwila Families,

The Tukwila School District has seen a slight increase in COVID-19 cases these past two weeks, as seen on our COVID dashboard. Because of this, we would like to send some reminders about how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

  • Mask up: while masks are no longer required in many areas (including our school district), they are an effective barrier of protection.
  • Stay home when sick: If you or your child begin to feel symptoms such as  a sore throat, cough, fever, and body aches, please stay home and contact your child's school. 
  • Keep your distance: it is recommended to maintain a distance of 6 feet from individuals who do not live in your household. Additionally, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose each time you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Let's end this school year strong by promoting the health and safety of our district! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the member of the Health Services Team your school or email our COVID team at covid@tukwila.wednet.edu.

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.
 

If your student has tested positive for COVID-19, please email covid@tukwila.wednet.edu or call your school nurse as soon as possible.

Mask Survey Response Data

Staff (237 responses)

54.5% wanted to keep the mask requirement past March 11

45.6% did not want to keep the mask requirement past March 11

Students (57 responses)

77.2% wanted to keep the mask requirement past March 11

22.8% did not want to keep the mask requirement past March 11

Families (536 responses)

55.8% wanted to keep the mask requirement past March 11

44.2% did not want to keep the mask requirement past March 11

Update on Mask Requirements

Following Department of Health guidelines, as well as considering input from students, families and staff, masks will not be required at schools or Tukwila School District buildings after March 11th, 2022. Exceptions are listed below:

Masks are strongly encouraged for preschool teachers.

Masks will still be required for all in the Health Room and Isolation Room.

Masks are still required for unvaccinated staff.


Students and staff may choose to continue to wear a mask at school and we expect that choice to be respected by everyone. 

The Tukwila School District maintains other COVID-19 protocols including CDC isolation and exposure quarantine guidelines and the DOH’s Layered Prevention Strategies:

  • Staying up to date on vaccination (if possible) 

  • Regular hand washing

  • Supporting those who want to continue masking 

  • Maintaining a good ventilation system in our buildings, including HEPA filters

  • Physical distancing, to the extent possible

  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently used surfaces

  • Free masks and PPE for students and staff who want to use them

  • Free COVID-19 tests for students and staff with symptoms or exposure

For a more in depth version of these procedures please visit the Washington State Department of Health here.

Face Coverings: Masks are not required to be worn by students, indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required to be worn by most staff. Exceptions are unvaccinated staff, staff working with preschool students, and PSESD bus drivers.

Social Distancing: Students should maintain a distance to the extent possible.  

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. 

COVID-19 Exposure and Isolation:

EXPOSURE 

  • When positive case occurs, students and staff are ENCOURAGED to:

    • Monitor for symptoms, AND

    • Consider wearing a well-fitted mask (if age appropriate) for 10 days after the last date of exposure, especially during activities like high-risk indoor sports, performing arts, etc., AND

    • Get tested 3-5 days after their last exposure. Molecular (PCR/NAAT), antigen, and at home tests are acceptable. If they test positive, they must be isolated.

      • For individuals who have been recently infected (within the past 90 days), antigen testing should be performed as PCR results may remain persistently positive and not be indicative of a new, active infection. 

  • Students may return to normal activities unless they begin feeling symptoms. If they do, they should isolate themselves.

ISOLATION

  • Isolation lasts for 5 days and can return on day 6 IF they: 

    • are asymptomatic or have resolving symptoms,

    • no longer have a fever for at least 24 hours (without taking a fever reducing medication),

    • continue wearing a well-fitting mask during days 6-10 OR

    • test negative for COVID on day 5 if choosing not to wear a mask.

  • Students are required to continue isolating until day 10 if they do not fall within the above criteria. Testing is not required to return to school after day 10.

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, unless they have a health or religious exemption.  

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 is available for any child 5 years and older and adults. Studies have shown the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 to be safe and effective in children of this age group. 

Updated Mask Guidance FAQ

Are there situations where masks are still required?

Masks are still required for unvaccinated staff, staff working with preschool students, and PSESD bus drivers. Masks are still required in the Health Room and Isolation Room. 

There will be times when the use of well-fitting masks may be temporarily required for individuals including in returning to school from a positive COVID case isolation, and universally required temporarily in situations such as clusters and/or outbreaks in classrooms or with groups of students (e.g., a choir class or a sports team).

Masks are optional for students, regardless of vaccination status.

Can students or staff still wear a mask?

Students and staff may choose to continue to wear a mask at school and we expect that choice to be respected by everyone. 

Some may need to wear a mask because they or a member of their household is high risk for severe COVID-19 disease. Masks may be worn at times while providing for students for students and children with disabilities. 

Students, children, and staff who are immunocompromised, medically fragile, and/or otherwise high risk for severe disease should consult their health care provider about whether or not to continue wearing well-fitted masks. 

Will the District still provide free masks and COVID-19 Tests?

Tukwila School District will continue to provide masks and other appropriate PPE to staff, students, and children as needed or desired.

Are masks or testing required for Athletics, Performing Arts or other events?

Athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other support personnel should consider wearing masks when participating in indoor activities, especially high-risk indoor sports (e.g., basketball, wrestling, water polo, indoor cheer), where aerosolization may occur and the indoor space is not well ventilated; and should distance to the degree possible whenever not playing.

Are masks required on school buses?

No, masks will not be required on school buses after March 11.