Important Winter Break Safety Updates from KSD - December 28, 2021
We hope you are healthy and enjoyed the first week of winter break. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the winter weather is upon us, we want you to have the necessary information to keep you and your family healthy and safe during winter break and when school resumes Monday, January 3.
The state and federal education departments have affirmed their commitments to keeping schools open for in-person learning. In addition, this week, the CDC has updated quarantine guidelines. We are now awaiting updates from the Washington State Department of Health. Kent School District will continue to follow state guidelines, and we will continue to communicate as guidelines change.
COVID Safety Over Winter Break
Over winter break, many of us gather to celebrate holidays. Gatherings create opportunities for COVID to spread. Please remember your decisions to gather with people outside of your household may put you and others at risk for COVID.
Please follow these Washington Department of Health recommendations:
- Wear face coverings for all indoor public gatherings and at outdoor events with 500 or more people.
- Keep gatherings small, social distance, wear masks, and open windows for ventilation.
- If you are traveling or develop any symptoms after a gathering, get a COVID test.
- Get vaccinated. Vaccinations are now available for individuals ages 5+.
- Get a booster shot. Boosters are now available for individuals ages 16+.
- Wash your hands frequently and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly
Please visit the DOH Guide to Safer Gatherings for detailed recommendations.
If you or your student are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact your school. What are the symptoms of COVID-19 I need to monitor?
- Fever (≥100.4°F) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Cough (new, changed, or worsening)
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Sore throat
Lastly, we recommend a COVID test before students return to school on January 3 so that our school communities stay as healthy as possible. If you have any questions about COVID testing or have close contact with someone with COVID, please contact your healthcare provider with questions or call Public Health-Seattle & King County at 206-477-3977. Language assistance is available.
Be prepared for snow days this winter!
If inclement weather prevents us from safely transporting students to school, we will close schools as we have in the past. We will not switch to remote learning on snow days. Learn more about our inclement weather procedures in this update sent home earlier this year and available on all school websites.
We hope you continue to enjoy a safe and restful winter break. Thank you for all you do to keep our students, families, and staff healthy and ready to learn in the second half of the school year.