Health and Safety

UPDATE ON SAFETY GUIDELINES

MASKING

  • We are strongly recommending that all Impact faculty wear N95 or KN95 masks when at our schools to help mitigate the spread of Omicron. Impact will be providing these for faculty.
  • We also strongly recommend a N95 or KN95 mask for scholars. To ensure adequate fit, families will continue to provide masks for their child.
  • Please speak to your scholar about the importance of keeping their mask on at all times except when eating or drinking. Teachers will be reviewing these expectations throughout the week and continuing to take this expectation very seriously. Families will be contacted if their child needs support wearing a mask during the full school day. Please label your child’s masks.
  • All families, vendors and community members must wear a mask when on campus.

CURRENT QUARANTINE GUIDANCE & SAFETY GUIDELINES (based on the Department of Health guidelines for schools in Washington)

On January 4, 2022, the CDC recommended applying updated isolation and quarantine recommendations to K-12 settings. King County Public Health is now adopting these recommendations. Further details will be coming soon. In the meantime, Impact | Puget Sound Elementary and Impact | Salish Sea Elementary will begin applying these on Monday, January 10, 2022. We are waiting on Pierce County to confirm this adjustment in writing for Impact | Commencement Bay Elementary.

Directly from the King County Department of Health:

Quarantine

Schools, teachers, and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 need to quarantine for at least 5 days after their last close contact, if they are in any one of the following groups:

  • Ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
  • They received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • They are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

Students, teachers, and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they are in any one of the following groups:

  • Ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
  • Ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

Isolation

All people with COVID-19 (with or without symptoms) need to isolate for at least 5 days.

For students, teachers, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms:

  • Isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the day of the positive COVID-19 test and day 1 is the first full day after the specimen was collected for the positive test.
  • If they continue to have no symptoms, they can end isolation after at least 5 days, but must continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days. This applies to anyone with COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • If they develop symptoms after testing positive, the 5-day isolation period should start over. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms.

For students, teachers, and staff who have COVID-19 and have or have had symptoms:

  • They can end isolation after 5 days if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.
  • If the person meets these criteria, they can return to school after 5 days of isolation, but must continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days. This applies to anyone with COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • If they continue to have a fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.

For additional information on the updated Quarantine and Isolation guidance, please visit the CDC FAQ.


IMPACT PREVENTION APPROACH

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 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.