COVID-19 Safety Update

  • With the release of new COVID-19 guidance,  we are updating COVID-19 information. Here is the Department of Health (DOH) updated guidance for K–12 schools and child care facilities, in effect after the Governor’s State of Emergency expires on October 31.

    The COVID-related safety requirements that will remain in place are the protocols that were already in law prior to the pandemic. This includes:

    • Kent School District will continue to implement requirements related to COVID-19 symptomatic and/or positive students or staff.
    • All cases and suspected cases of COVID-19 in a school or child care setting must be reported to the local health jurisdiction (WAC 246-101);
    • All outbreaks or suspected outbreaks of COVID-19 in a school or child care setting must be reported to the local health jurisdiction (see the updated guidance for the definition of an outbreak) (WAC 246-101);
    • Schools and child care facilities must cooperate with public health authorities in the investigation of cases, suspected cases, outbreaks, and suspected outbreaks that may be associated with the school or child care facility; and
    • As employers, schools and child care facilities must notify the Department of Labor & Industries about COVID-19 outbreaks of 10 or more employees at a facility.

COVID-19 Safety Information

  • COVID-19 Safety Information 

    The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released a document in October outlining requirements and recommendations for K-12 schools, child care, early learning, youth development, and day camp programs for controlling COVID-19 and minimizing the risk of exposure in educational and childcare settings. These requirements and recommendations are effective as of October 25, 2022.  

    School Districts in Washington are required to continue to adhere to the requirements and consider the implementation of recommendations. Additionally, districts may choose to follow more protective policies and mitigation strategies.  

    The following are the DOH and the additional mitigation strategies Kent School District has chosen to continue to require in all KSD facilities until further notice to support the health and safety of students and staff.  

    We thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate this pandemic together. We will continue updating this page and regularly communicating with KSD staff, families, and the community as the response to the pandemic continues to evolve, and guidance from public health continues to change. 

    Please provide a mask that your child can keep in their school bag.  There are certain circumstances when wearing a mask will be required, such as if they have to visit the health room.

Helpful Links

  • COVID-19 Dashboard
  • KSD News and Updates
  • DOH K-12 COVID-19 Requirements (Effective March 12, 2022)
  • L&I COVID-19 Requirements
  • OSPI COVID-19 Resources

Department of Health Requirements

  • Employee COVID-19 Vaccination

  • If you have Symptoms of COVID-19

  • If you Test Positive for COVID-19

  • COVID Symptoms at School

  • Exposure (Close Contact Notification)

  • COVID-19 Testing

  • Reporting COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks

  • Responding to Clusters and Outbreaks

Kent School District Supplemental Requirements

  • Masks

  • Ventilation

  • Physical Distancing

  • Bus Transportation

  • Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Athletics and Activities

  • Performing Arts

  • Travel

  • Assemblies

  • Contact Tracing

COVID-19 Resources

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do volunteers still have to wear masks and be vaccinated?

  • When is a student or staff member too sick to go to school?

  • Does my student have to wear a mask to school?

  • Is the COVID-19 vaccination required for students or staff?

  • What do I do if my student has been confirmed for suspected COVID-19?

Last Modified on November 14, 2022