2021-2022 COVID-19 Policies, Protocols & Procedures - St. Joseph School Seattle
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2021-2022 COVID-19 Policies, Protocols & Procedures

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, it is imperative that we all commit to staying home when ill.

When your student is ill:

  • Keep your student home.
  • Record the student absence in Veracross - noting situation and/or symptoms.
  • Get a COVID-19 test - If you would like to utilize our on-site rapid testing program at school, please contact the School Nurse to schedule a test.
  • If your student tests positive for COVID-19, your student will need to isolate at home for a minimum of 5 days. Contact the School Nurse if your student tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Students who are ill may return to school when:
    • Symptoms are improved,
    • And, over 24 hours have passed since fever is resolved without use of fever reducing medications (if applicable),
    • And, over 24 hours have passed since vomiting and/or diarrhea have resolved (if applicable),
    • And, if student tested positive for COVID-19, at least 5 days have passed since symptoms began or since COVID-19 test was administered (if student was asymptomatic at time of COVID-19 test).
  • Contact the School Nurse to assist you in determining when your student may return to school.

Before coming to campus

SYMPTOMS of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases include:

  • Fever of 100.4/38C or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Other signs of new illness that are unrelated to a preexisting condition such as seasonal allergies.
  • If your child has seasonal allergies or other pre-existing symptoms that are similar to COVID-19 symptoms (i.e.: runny nose, congestion), be mindful if the “typical” symptoms that your child is experiencing have worsened or changed. If the symptoms are worse or different keep all of your children home and contact the school nurse immediately
  • If your child’s symptoms are consistently the same you should consult with your primary health provider to confirm the suspected diagnosis and discuss medication regimens to alleviate these symptoms.
  • COVID-19 symptoms that are NOT typically present with seasonal allergies include chills and muscle aches, fever, vomiting and nausea, diarrhea, and sudden loss of smell or taste.
  • We strongly encourage teachers, staff, students and families to get a flu shot

Our school policy reflects our ongoing commitment to maintaining the health and safety of our students, staff and community. We must all work together to keep our school open for in-person learning. 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, it is imperative that we all commit to staying home when ill.

When your student is ill:

  • Keep your student home.
  • Record the student absence in Veracross - noting situation and/or symptoms.
  • Get a COVID-19 test - If you would like to utilize our on-site rapid testing program at school, please contact the School Nurse to schedule a test.
  • If your student tests positive for COVID-19, your student will need to isolate at home for a minimum of 5 days. Contact the School Nurse if your student tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Students who are ill may return to school when:
    • Symptoms are improved,
    • And, over 24 hours have passed since fever is resolved without use of fever reducing medications (if applicable),
    • And, over 24 hours have passed since vomiting and/or diarrhea have resolved (if applicable),
    • And, if student tested positive for COVID-19, at least 5 days have passed since symptoms began or since COVID-19 test was administered (if student was asymptomatic at time of COVID-19 test).
  • Contact the School Nurse to assist you in determining when your student may return to school.

St. Joseph School offers two types of onsite school based testing for COVID-19, diagnostic and screening testing. Testing is available for all students and staff using rapid antigen tests and PCR tests.

Diagnostic testing looks for infections in individuals who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. St. Joseph School offers diagnostic testing using rapid antigen tests and PCR tests.

Screening testing looks for infections when there is no reason to suspect an individual is infected as a proactive approach to minimizing the potential for outbreaks in our school. St. Joseph School uses serial rapid antigen screening and pooled PCR surveillance screening.

Serial rapid antigen screening tests students multiple days a week using rapid antigen tests spaced out 24-48 hours apart, typically testing occurs 2-3 times per week. Rapid antigen testing is provided by the WA Department of Health using BinaxNow and CareStart rapid antigen test kits.

Pooled surveillance testing is a type of screening test that allows multiple samples to be processed at once, testing typically occurs once per week or biweekly. Pooled PCR surveillance screening is provided by Atlas Genomics.

Families who would like to participate in onsite COVID-19 testing must provide parental consent.

The consent form to enroll your student in onsite Pooled PCR Surveillance testing, PCR Diagnostic testing and/or Rapid Antigen Testing can be found in the parent portal

Additional information regarding onsite COVID-19 testing:

  • Onsite COVID-19 testing is available to our community as a convenience for families and for early detection of COVID-19 in our school. Having your student tested at school is optional.
  • Families who would like to participate in onsite testing must provide parental consent.
  • There is no charge to families for testing. This program is provided and paid for by the WA Department of Health.
  • The school will communicate the results of testing with families.

In a K-12 indoor classroom setting, there are currently no recommendations for students to quarantine or test after a close contact exposure that occurs at school, unless that exposure occurs when students are less than 3 feet apart, inside, without masks on for more than 15 minutes. In the event your student is identified as a close contact at school, St. Joseph School will reach out to you directly.

If a fully vaccinated student or staff member was in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case outside of school, no quarantine is required at this time. COVID-19 testing is recommended 5 days after exposure. Contact the School Nurse if you would like your student to be tested at school. Contact the School Nurse to schedule a COVID-19 test or get home testing kits.

If your unvaccinated student has been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 individual outside of school, your student may continue to come to school if they:

  • Are tested at least twice* during the 5 days of quarantine; AND
  • Are asymptomatic; AND
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others; AND
  • Continue to quarantine from (i.e., not participate in) all social gatherings and community activities for 5 days after a known exposure. They may participate in extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and can attend childcare or youth development programs provided before and after school.

On August 18, 2021, Washington Governor Jay Inslee released new COVID-19 immunization guidelines for PK-12 staff statewide. Inslee announced all PK-12 staff, including substitutes, volunteers, visitors, and others are required to provide proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. PK-12 employees will have until October 18, 2021 to be fully vaccinated. The safety-requirement mandate does not include students.

While COVID-19 vaccination is currently not a requirement for students, it is the strongest protective measure against COVID-19 available to individuals 5 years of age and older. We strongly encourage all members of our community that are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

Please review and adhere to all CDC Guidelines when traveling.

Domestic Car Travel

There are currently no recommendations for quarantine or testing upon returning home when traveling by car.

Commercial Air or Train Travel

Fully vaccinated individuals who travel are not required to quarantine or test upon returning home at this time.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated - The CDC currently recommends that unvaccinated individuals quarantine upon returning home from airline, train or bus travel for 7 days and get a COVID test 3-5 days after returning home. Please contact the School Nurse if you schedule an onsite rapid COVID-19 test for your student.

Arrival / Morning Drop-off

Middle School

Middle School students should enter and exit the building through the following doors:

  • Main Lobby entrance
  • South Cafeteria stairwell, across from the Wyckoff Gym

Primary School

Students will enter and exit through their assigned doors based on homeroom:

  • KA - Zebra Door (South Library)
  • KB - Sloth Door (North Library)
  • KC - Sloth Door (North Library)
  • 1A - Sloth Door (North Library)
  • 1B - Zebra Door (South Library)
  • 1C - Zebra Door (South Library)
  • 2A - Sloth Door (North Library)
  • 2B - Monkey Door (Advancement Staircase)
  • 3A - Giraffe Door (North Primary School)
  • 3B - Giraffe Door (North Primary School)
  • 3C - Monkey Door (Advancement Staircase)
  • 4A - Monkey Door (Advancement Staircase)
  • 4B - Giraffe Door (North Primary School)
  • 4C - Giraffe Door (North Primary School)

At this time parents will not be allowed in the building to drop-off students.

Doors Open 8:00 a.m.
Tardy Bell 8:20 a.m.

Drop-off runs 8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Arrival times are staggered by last name as follows:

  • 8:00-8:10: Last Name A-L
  • 8:10-8:20: Last Name M-Z

Walkers

Students walking to campus should enter the building through their assigned door, please see above.

Parking lot

The parking lot will maintain two lanes to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic.

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Lane 1 (Express) - West side against the sidewalk

  • Not allowed: Students unloading from 3rd row seats or getting items out of the trunk
  • All students must exit on right, passenger side of vehicle
  • Quick unloaded lane, no help from staff

Lane 2 - East side against the fence

  • Required lane for Grades K-2. If you have multiple grade students in your car, including a K-2 student, use Lane 2
  • Any students unloading from 3rd row seats, or getting items from trunk
  • Slower moving lane with faculty and staff helping students exit the vehicle
  • All students must exit on right, passenger side of vehicle
  • All students head to staff guided crosswalk at the prayer garden

Parents with scheduled meetings on campus will be able to park along the East fence. There is limited space and it is reserved for parents with meetings.

Parking available from 8:20-9:00 a.m..

Additional option for Middle School students only

Lane 3 - Front of School - 18th Avenue East - north bound traffic

  • Middle school student unloading only - no Primary School siblings
  • All students must exit on right, passenger side of vehicle
  • Drivers pull all the way up to the north fire hydrant (between primary school/parish center)
  • No unloading south of the main office doors, pull all the way up (to keep Roy Street from getting backed up)

Traffic Flow (during morning drop-off)

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  • 18th Avenue E. - No south bound traffic during drop off/pick up. South bound traffic use 17th Avenue E.
  • Roy Street from 19th - No turning west bound during drop off/pickup

Late Arrival

Parents with students who arrive late (after the allotted drop-off time, 8:00 - 8:20) to SJS campus, will bring their child to the main office door, and ring the bell for check-in procedures.

Parents with students who arrive late (after the allotted drop-off time, 8:00 - 8:20) to SJS campus, will bring their child to the main office door, and ring the bell for check-in procedures.

On Campus

  • According to the CDC, we will practice physical distancing (three feet) within each group of students as much as possible, create space between students and reduce the amount of time they are close with each other. Our ability to do this will depend on students’ ages and developmental and physical abilities.
  • In all classrooms, K-8, desks will be placed accordingly.
  • Physical distancing, mask, and handwashing signs will be placed in classrooms, hallways, and all common areas as visual cues and reminders for students. Floor markers will be used, where necessary, designating places for students to stand to wait in hallways.
  • Teachers will maintain physical distance from each other as well as maintain distance from the students.

All visitors, vendors and volunteers must enter the building through the main lobby where they will check-in and show proof of full COVID vaccination.

On August 18, 2021, Washington Governor Jay Inslee released new COVID-19 immunization guidelines for PK-12 staff statewide. Inslee announced all PK-12 staff, including substitutes, volunteers, visitors, and others are required to provide proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. PK-12 employees will have until October 18, 2021 to be fully vaccinated. The safety-requirement mandate does not include students.

All vendors and visitors are required to be masked while indoors on campus, when students are present.

At this time, Jaguar Club will be open at a limited capacity. Please contact David Sepulveda, Director of Jaguar Club, for more information.

We know there is concern about safety for students eating meals at school due to the high risk nature of this activity. Our current plan for lunch and snacks includes multi-layered mitigation strategies and is in accordance with recommendations from the WA DOH to keep our students safe:

  • Students will wash hands before and after meals.
  • Primary students will eat lunch in their classroom at their desk, while remaining socially distanced and forward facing.
  • We will minimize talking during indoor meal times by having students engaged in a story or educational video, as we did last school year.
  • Ventilation and cleaning strategies are in place for all classrooms and indoor spaces.
  • Middle school students will eat in the lunchroom or social hall and students will be socially distanced.
  • Students will remove masks for snack and lunch time and be instructed to put masks back on when their snack and lunch is complete.

Logistics for ordering lunches

  • For any purchased school lunch, students will receive an individually packed bag with their order
  • Lunch orders are placed each week for the following week
  • Order forms can be found on the Parent Portal in Veracross
  • Lunch orders are due each Thursday by 3:00pm
  • We are unable to accommodate orders placed after the 3:00 p.m.

Thank you very much for submitting your orders each week by 3:00p.m. on Thursday.

Events and assemblies will be handled on a case by case basis with the appropriate procedures communicated.

Dismissal / Afternoon Pick-up for all Students

At this time parents will not be allowed in the building to pick-up students.

Walkers are defined as:

  • Middle School: Students that have permission from their parents to walk home from school
  • Primary School: Students waiting for an older sibling or guardian to walk them home AND 4th grade students who have permission from their parents to walk home

Prayer Garden

  • Primary School students walking home with older sibling or parent/guardian

Main Lobby Exit

Middle School walkers, students on bicycles, and those not being picked up on campus

  • 3: 15 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • 2:15 Tuesday
  • 12:15 Noon Dismissal

Traffic Flow (during afternoon pick-up)

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  • 18th Avenue E. - No south bound traffic during drop off/pick up. Use 17th Avenue E.
  • Roy Street from 19th - No turning west bound during drop off/pickup

Lane 1 - West side against the sidewalk

  • Students in grades: 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7
  • All students must enter on right, drivers side of vehicle

Lane 2 - East side against the fence

  • Students in grades: Kindergarten, 1, 5 and their siblings from any grade
  • All students must enter on right, passenger side of vehicle

Front of School - 8th grade students only

Lane 3 - 18th Avenue East - north bound traffic

  • 8th grade with no siblings

Parking Lot / Drivers

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  • Parents/Drivers must be on time for pick-up
  • If picking up multiple students, come at the later time slot
  • Primary School students with Middle School siblings will remain on the parking lot to be picked up with their Middle School siblings
  • Staggered dismissal times are based on grade level and last name as shown below

No parking available in the lot until after 3:30pm.

Last Name A-L
Dismissal Days Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Tuesday Noon Dismissal
Primary School 2:50-3:00 p.m. 1:50-2:00 p.m. 11:50-12:00 p.m.
Middle School 3:10-3:20 p.m. 2:10-2:20 p.m. 12:10-12:20 p.m.
Last Name M-Z
Dismissal Days Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Tuesday Noon Dismissal
Primary School 3:00-3:10 p.m. 2:00-2:10 p.m. 12:00-12:10 p.m.
Middle School 3:20-3:30 p.m. 2:20-2:30 p.m. 12:20-12:30 p.m.

Any students whose parents have not picked them up after the allotted pick-up time will be brought to the main office to wait for their parents. Parents will be instructed to ring the doorbell upon arrival.

General Information

  • CYO after school sports- For all students participating in CYO athletics, we ask that families follow the COVID-19 policies and procedures for participation per the Seattle Archdiocese.
  • For households participating in club sports outside of school- We ask that all members of the household follow current CDC and WA DOH guidelines for sports participation including all applicable testing and screening guidelines and travel guidelines for sports related travel.

We ask families to monitor household members daily for symptoms. Please email our school nurse, if any member of your household develops symptoms of COVID-19 or if your student will need to quarantine after sports related travel.

  • The recommendation from the Washington State DCYF (Department of Children Youth and Families), is that families should have the same adult drop-off and pick-up for child(ren) each day and to avoid carpooling when possible.
  • When necessary, as may be the case with SJS families, we urge parents to limit carpool partnerships and maintain consistency with masking and open windows en route.
  • We are following the WA DOH and CDC policy on masking.
  • Per CDC, when case counts in King County are high, we will require masks to be worn at all times while on campus.
  • All students are required to wear masks while indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All staff members, parents, visitors, and volunteers are required to wear masks while indoors when students are present, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Any staff member who works directly with students is required to wear a disposable surgical mask or KN95.
  • CDC guidelines and features:  
    • Must fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • Completely cover the nose and mouth
    • Masks are secured to the face with ties or ear loops
    • Includes multiple layers of fabric
    • Allows for breathing without restriction
    • Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
    • Gaiter masks are not allowed
  • Students may remove masks to eat and drink and while outside
  • Parents must provide two back-up masks for each child (to be kept in their backpacks) 
  • If your child uses one of their back-up masks, you must send a replacement the following school day 

  • SJS will intensify cleaning of all spaces and high touch areas, including restrooms
  • Children will be provided with individual sets of materials and supplies where possible. Shared spaces and supplies will be cleaned regularly
  • Students will wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer after outdoor play

  • Restrooms have touchless faucets, toilets, and dispensers for soap and paper towels
  • Adequate ventilation provided in all restrooms

SJS will continue communication with families through Veracross.

Our intention is to use in-house substitutes

Facilities Response

Middle School

  • Each classroom has a fresh air intake and exhaust system
  • Dampers fixed to 100% fresh air on the intake unit ventilator
  • Smart switches installed to allow scheduling of system to turn on 2 hours before occupancy and off 2 hours after
  • Air filters replaced with higher efficiency MERV rating

Primary School

  • All classrooms have operable windows for fresh air
  • 16” window exhaust fan installed in each classroom
  • Smart switches installed to allow scheduling of system to turn on 2 hours before occupancy and off 2 hours after
  • 20” window exhaust fans installed on the 3rd floor to draw fresh air from the opposite side of the building.

LRC/Main office

  • HVAC system connected to centralized controller for scheduling
  • Scheduled system to turn on 2 hours before occupancy and off 2 hours after
  • Air filters replaced with higher efficiency MERV rating

Common areas

  • Portable HEPA air filtration units set up in common areas
  • Rooms without air ventilation will not be used

General
Daily

  • Disinfecting of door handles, railings, high touch surfaces, etc.
  • Shared/common areas when used: desks, chairs, tables, floors, etc.
  • Deep clean/disinfecting of the restrooms: sinks, toilets, counters, walls, etc.
  • Mopping and disinfecting the restroom floors
  • Confirming all soap and paper dispensers are completely full and always working for the high demand

Weekly

  • Mopping and disinfecting hard floors in hallways and common areas
  • Vacuuming carpet with HEPA filter equipment

Carpets

  • Area rugs were removed from classrooms and offices
  • Vacuumed when children are not present, using a vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter – or using HEPA vacuum bags

Outdoor Areas
Following CDC and King County Health Department recommendation:

Outdoor areas, like playgrounds in schools and parks, generally require normal routine cleaning, but do not require disinfection.

  • Do not spray disinfectant on outdoor playgrounds—it is not an efficient use of supplies and is not proven to reduce risk of COVID-19 to the public
  • High-touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, such as grab bars and railings, will be cleaned routinely
  • Cleaning and disinfection of wooden surfaces (play structures, benches, tables) or groundcovers (mulch, sand) is not recommended

Disinfecting Products

  • Disinfection using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19
  • Trained custodial staff on the proper mixing ratio and application of disinfecting products, wet contact time, personal protective equipment, etc.

Products:

  • Oxivir Tb Cleaner Disinfectant
  • Oxivir Tb Disinfecting Wipes
  • Brighton Professional Hepastat 256 Disinfectant Cleaner