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COVID-19 Update: June 2022

Dear KSD Staff, Students, and Families,

In keeping with our commitment to communicate often and with transparency, we are continuing to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in our area. There is an upward trend of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Auburn, Kent, and Federal Way, which are higher than any other region in King County, and an increase in classroom closures across the district. Because of the upward trend and classroom closures, there will be no changes to the current COVID-19 mitigation strategies.  

I again applaud our students, families, and staff on their endurance and flexibility as we strive to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment in the midst of these challenging times. 

Masks remain an important tool in helping limit the spread of COVID-19 and it is strongly encouraged to wear a mask in public places. Physical distancing is another strategy in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to physically distance as much as possible. Additionally, find Kent School District supplemental requirements, along with FAQs on our website.

To support the health of students and staff, we are continuing the mitigation strategies listed below: 

  • Masks are encouraged but optional in most situations. Masks are required in the health room and isolation room per department of health requirements.
  • All staff will continue to maximize physical distancing, encourage frequent hand washing, and ensure daily cleaning and disinfecting are aligned to public health guidance.
  • Students and staff need to stay home when sick and report positive test results to their school or supervisor.
  • Students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 are required to isolate and can return to school or care following the options within the guidance.
  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least five days and can return to school or work on day six if symptoms have improved, or they are asymptomatic and are without a fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and either wear a well-fitting mask or receive a negative antigen test.
  • When a positive case is identified in the classroom or on a KSD sports team, families will be notified. Staff will continue to be notified of positive case exposure.   

We only have a few weeks left in the 2021-22 school year and after a difficult year, I am continually inspired and encouraged by the resiliency of our students and staff as we finish the school year stronger than when we began.    

In partnership,

Israel Vela