Maintain six feet of distance, wash hands frequently, and wear a mask, stay home if you're sick

 

Information for Families

Taking care of yourself and your family is taking care of your community.

If you are well enough to come to school:

  1. Wear your mask. We will provide masks for those who need them.
  2. Maintain your physical distance (six feet or more).
  3. Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water.

Our teachers and staff will be reinforcing these routines and practices.

 

School Day Information

Vaccine Information for Students

Information for students:

Students 12 years and older are now able to get vaccinated. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is the only one available to children 12 years and older. Parental consent is required.

We encourage all families to consider immunizing their student against COVID-19 to protect their child’s and family’s health and also the health of our schools and community. View the Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine informational flyer "What Parents of Minors Should Know."

Getting fully vaccinated will allow your student to do some things they couldn’t before. For example, if your student is fully vaccinated and has been around someone who has COVID-19, they do not need to quarantine (be away from other people) or get tested unless they have symptoms.

Vaccine opportunities:

  • Parents/guardians can look for eligible vaccine appointments for their children by going on https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/ and searching for vaccine locations in their area.
  • Call Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357) for assistance. They can tell you which locations near you offer the COVID-19 vaccine, and help you schedule an appointment if needed. This line also has Spanish, Russian, Punjabi and other language options.

Vaccine facts from the CDC:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and help protect you from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19.
  • You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal.
  • Vaccines are available at no cost to you and health insurance is not required. The vaccine will be provided at no cost. It will be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance. The cost of the vaccine will be covered for people who are uninsured.
  • It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
  • If you have already had COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you still get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Learn more facts about COVID-19 vaccines at the CDC website.

Before School

All Schools

Staff and students should not come to school if they are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.4° F or higher) or chills
  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat, nasal congestion, or runny nose
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Unusual fatigue

Staff and students should not come to school or work if they are a close contact with anyone that has COVID-19, has had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days, or has within the last 14 days been told to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about a COVID-19 infection.

Screening Room

If a student begins to feel unwell during the school day, they will be directed to a designated screening room. There a school nurse or trained staff member will check the child’s temperature and assess their symptoms. Parents will be notified if their child needs to be picked up from school. The student’s workspace should be immediately cleaned and disinfected.

We have adopted a districtwide philosophy of “all screening, all the time,” where all adults are asked to be vigilant about assessing students for symptoms of illness.

Every family is required to have up-to-date contact information and emergency contacts in Skyward and Seesaw. Families can visit our Skylert instructions webpage for instructions on how to update their contact information.

Masks

Masks are requiredWe follow Washington DOH, OSPI and L&I guidance for masks. All students and staff are required to wear masks in school. Some students may be unable to wear a mask due to medical or other conditions. Our behavior and health teams work with these students, families, and classrooms on an individual basis to support them in safely accessing their education.

Students will be provided masks to wear at school, and are also allowed to wear their own as long as it fits our requirements. Students will need to launder their masks at home. We will also have disposable and reusable masks available in case of forgotten, lost, or soiled masks that need to be changed.

We expect that students and staff not wear gaiters, bandanas, or valve masks due to CDC recommendations. If a student or staff member is wearing one of the above, we will provide them with a mask to change into. If a student or staff member needs an accommodation they should work with their principal or supervisor individually.

Masks are essential to limiting spread of COVID-19 and increased layers of masks will increase protection. On Feb. 10, the CDC released research on increased efficacy of masks by layering and fit. The Washington state Department of Health has not made any changes to their guidance.

The CDC suggests selecting masks that: have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric; completely cover nose and mouth; fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps; have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.

When layering masks, the CDC says not to double mask a KN95 or any disposable masks; a single snug fitting KN95 OR a procedural mask with a cloth face mask on top are two examples of variations that increase effectiveness.

Transportation

Using Infofinder to find your bus stop and time:

If your child will be riding the bus to/from school, you can find their bus stop and time at Infofinder. Enter your street address (no zip code or school) and you will be able to see the location and times for your child. Please note that as enrollment changes we will make adjustments to bus stops and times as needed, and you can always see the most up-to-date information by checking Infofinder.

Key safety reminders:

  • Please arrive at the bus stop five minutes prior to the scheduled time in the morning.
  • Masks are required while on the bus. Please have your mask on when the bus arrives.
  • Some rows/seats may be roped off for physical distancing. Any roped off seats will not be used. Currently front row seats will not be used.
  • On the bus, students should sit near the window. Siblings will sit in the same seat.

For transportation help or questions:

If you have any questions about transportation, please contact your school office, or call transportation directly at 360-676-6546

Cleaning Protocols

Best Practice

Viruses do not typically survive on surfaces for an extended period of time. To clean surfaces and objects wipe them down with the provided cleaner and disinfectant wipes. The most effective way to remove the virus is using a towel and cleaner to wipe it away. After cleaning, dispose of single-use towel or launder reusable towel.

Daily Cleaning

Custodians clean and sanitize used spaces daily and high use areas multiple times per day.

To ensure used spaces get clean make sure your building team is communicating with custodians on which work spaces are being used. If working remotely from the classroom, teachers should try and use one area of the classroom. If using a part of the classroom outside of your normal area, leave an obvious note for the custodian.

Middle and high school students clean their own desk before leaving the classroom. All rooms have access to cleaner and paper towels. This cleaner is effective at removing virus and is safe to use.

Cleaning Products

Do not bring in your own cleaning products. Mixing cleaning chemicals can be hazardous. Every building has access to appropriate cleaning products. If you need more, ask your custodian.

Provided Supplies

  • Spray bottles of cleaner
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Cleaning rags
  • Gloves

Ordering Supplies

Custodians order cleaning supplies through the district work request system. Coordinate with the staff requesting supplies and the building custodian.

Case Response Cleaning

If a student begins to feel unwell during the school day, they will be directed to a designated screening room. There, a school nurse or trained staff member will check their temperature and assess their symptoms. Parents will be notified if their student needs to be picked up from school. The student’s workspace will immediately be cleaned and disinfected.

 

Information for Staff

Human Resources Information Related to COVID-19

 

Questions?

Call

360-676-6470 ext. 6533

Email

BPS.Health@bellinghamschools.org