Health and Safety

Impact Public Schools is committed to keeping scholars, families, and the Impact community safe and reducing the spread of COVID-19. This guide below helps you assess potential symptoms, informs you of the mitigation strategies we have in place at each school, and helps you understand our response to positive cases. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our scholars and community healthy.

IMPACT PREVENTION APPROACH

Impact Public Schools like all public schools, is subject to (and is following) local, state, and federal public health laws, regulations, and guidance. The health and safety of scholars, families, and school faculty is our top priority. We are implementing a layered prevention approach based on guidance from the Washington State Department of Health to protect scholars, families, and school faculty. This approach includes the following strategies, and we are gathering additional feedback from family listening sessions.

Universal face coverings/masks

All scholars and faculty are required to wear masks inside and outside. The only exception is when they are eating or drinking. Classrooms are stocked with masks to ensure they can quickly be replaced as needed.

Improved ventilation

Impact has worked with its HVAC maintenance company to upgrade filters across all school buildings to the highest filtration level that its HVAC system can support.

Physical Distancing

Scholars are encouraged to respect their peers' space throughout the day both in classrooms and outside. During recess, scholars are dispersed across a larger area than the regular playground space.

Handwashing & respiratory etiquette

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette have been taught and are reinforced by teachers. All scholars use hand sanitizer every time they enter the classroom and before and after mealtimes and after recess.

Cleaning & disinfection

Cleaning and disinfection occurs daily with detailed plans that janitors follow, and additional cleaning also takes place in rooms where there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. All classroom teachers have supplies to use for additional cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day as needed.

Staying home when sick & evaluation

Families have been instructed to keep scholars home when sick, and are provided the list of potential COVID-19 symptoms (also available on our daily health screening tool and covered during back-to-school orientation sessions). Families are provided quarantine instructions when a scholar tests positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. School faculty have been provided specific COVID-19 sick leave to support them in staying home if they have COVID-19 or suspect they have COVID-19 and are seeking testing. We have identified testing locations in close proximity to all school sites and provide information about them to families and faculty who require testing. We also monitor symptoms, do temperature checks at the door every day, and send scholars home immediately as needed.

Testing as indicated

We have identified testing locations in close proximity to all school sites and provide that information to families and faculty who require testing.

Contact tracing & quarantine/isolation

Whenever there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, we conduct contact tracing to identify close contacts. Close contacts are instructed to seek testing and to quarantine for the duration required by WA DOH. Confirmed cases are instructed to isolate for the duration required by WA DOH. We also contact the local department of health upon learning of every confirmed case of COVID-19 to seek specific guidance on the particulars of the situation.

Responding to cases of COVID-19

Whenever there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, we conduct contact tracing to identify close contacts. Close contacts are instructed to seek testing and to quarantine for the duration required by WA DOH. Confirmed cases are instructed to isolate for the duration required by WA DOH. We also contact the local department of health upon learning of every confirmed case of COVID-19 to seek specific guidance on the particulars of the situation.

Meeting the public health requirements

Whenever there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, we conduct contact tracing to identify close contacts. Close contacts are instructed to seek testing and to quarantine for the duration required by WA DOH. Confirmed cases are instructed to isolate for the duration required by WA DOH. We also contact the local department of health upon learning of every confirmed case of COVID-19 to seek specific guidance on the particulars of the situation.