- Back in School
March 24, 2021
In consultation with the Seattle King County Public Health and Washington State Department of Health, Kent School District has established protocols to respond to suspected and positive cases of COVID-19 to maintain the health and safety of the school community.
All staff and parents/guardians of students are required to notify the appropriate District designee (as outlined in the Pre-screening/Symptom Monitoring/Mandatory Reporting section below) immediately if a student or district employee experiences symptoms of COVID-19, has a positive COVID-19 test, or has been exposed to an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
All individuals who are sick or not feeling well are expected to stay home, and any student, staff member, or approved visitor who becomes ill while in a District building will be sent home immediately.
Parents/guardians, students, and staff are required to conduct a daily self-screen at home before reporting to school or work. If they answer yes to any of the screening questions, they must refrain from going to a school district building
What to do if Your Student Has Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should:
- Remain home and away from others for 14 days from the last day they had close contact with the person with COVID-19.
- Monitor for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID-19 symptoms.
- See “When can I be around others again?” from Seattle King County Public Health
To prepare for the potential of students or staff showing symptoms while at school, all KSD schools and buildings have a response and communication plan in place that includes communication with staff, families, and our local health jurisdiction. Schools will instruct students who are excluded from school due to illness or quarantine how to engage in learning until they are able to return to school.
- Every school and facility has an identified space for isolating ill persons until they can be sent home.
- If a student or staff member develops signs of COVID-19, they will be separated and supervised from a safe distance until they are able to be picked up or can leave the building. Staff caring for ill persons will use appropriate medical grade PPE and have been properly trained to be in the health isolation room. While waiting to leave school or building, the individual with symptoms should wear a cloth face covering or mask if tolerated. The isolation room will be cleaned after the ill person leaves.
- Students or staff with COVID-19 symptoms will need to remain home and isolate away from others, including those in their household and use a separate bathroom, if possible, for 10 days from onset of symptoms. However, if they have only one of the following short-term symptoms that resolve in 24 hours, they may return to the building the next day. Short-term symptoms include headache, fatigue, sore throat, muscle/body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Any two short-term symptoms or symptoms of fever of 100.4 or more, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell, will isolate for 10 days.
- Students or staff that do not exhibit symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 are to stay home, isolate themselves from others, including those in their household, and, if possible, use a separate bathroom for 10 days from the date of a positive test.
In schools, A COVID-19 outbreak is considered when the following have been met:
- There are two or more laboratory-positive (PCR or antigen) COVID-19 cases among students or staff.
- The cases have a symptom onset within 14 days of each other.
- The cases are epidemiologically linked.
- The cases do not share a household.
- The cases are not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during the investigation.
If two or more laboratory positive (PCR or antigen) COVID-19 cases occur within the group or cohort within 14 days during hybrid learning, and Public Health Seattle King County confirms this, we will dismiss the entire classroom for home quarantine for 14 days. Families will be notified via phone, email, text, and website the day of confirmation from public health when reminded the day before the quarantine ends.
At the direction of Public Health Seattle King County, during hybrid learning, KSD will close a school and switch to remote learning for 14 days when:
- 2 or more classrooms are dismissed due to outbreaks in schools with 10 or fewer classrooms.
- 10% or more of classrooms are dismissed due to outbreaks in schools with greater than 10 classrooms.
- School cannot function due to insufficient teaching or support staff.
The purpose of this data is to provide our community with a transparent summary of all known cases of COVID-19 in the Kent School District.
- Student cases reflect King County Public Health known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students on campus for limited in-person services. We are not fully tracking students engaged in remote learning.
- Staff cases reflect King County Public Health known confirmed cases of COVID-19 in all staff.
The School Status Map shows the current status of individual KSD schools
We will update this data weekly on Mondays by 6:00 p.m. This dashboard was first published on February 16, 2021; the first school day students returned to campus for limited in-person services in Kent School District.
We continue to monitor COVID activity data published by Public Health - Seattle & King County. View the King County Dashboard to see COVID-19 activity for all cities within the Kent School District boundaries.
Call your medical provider to be tested or go to a free COVID-19 testing site. If a close contact begins to show symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during the 14-day quarantine period, they must follow a new period of isolation based on the CONFIRMED or SUSPECTED guidelines above. Call the King County COVID-19 Call Center to find testing sites between 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. at 206-477-3977. Interpreters are available.
Tell your school if you or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 as soon as possible. If the test result is negative, the close contact still must quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
A negative test does not necessarily mean the person does not have COVID-19. The test result only means that they did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing, and they should continue to monitor for symptoms.
For more information about what to do if you have been a close contact, visit the King County website.