Updated K-12 COVID-19 Requirements (Jan. 10)

Updated K-12 COVID-19 Requirements (Jan. 10)
Posted on 01/11/2022

On Monday, Jan. 10 we received updated K-12 requirements from the Dept. of Health which align with the CDC on quarantine/isolation recommendations (CLICK HERE to view full requirements). Here are the changes that we want you to be aware of, which we implemented for all new COVID-19 cases in our district beginning Jan. 10:

  Isolation/quarantine requirements


Who Must Quarantine? 

- Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms, should quarantine for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after developing symptoms, or after their test date if asymptomatic.

- Students and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last close contact* with a person who has COVID-19 if they are in one of the following groups:

- Ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.

- Those who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.

- Those who are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
*For household exposures this would be the last day the person with COVID-19 is considered infectious.

For students 18 and older, this means that if they are currently eligible for a recommended booster and have not yet received both the primary series and the additional dose, they will be required to quarantine for at least 5 days if identified as a close contact, regardless of symptoms. To find COVID-19 vaccine availability near you, click here.

Recommended booster dates for 18 and older:

- Moderna: 6 months after primary round of vaccination

- Pfizer: 5 months after primary round of vaccination

- J&J: 2 months after primary round of vaccination

Who Does Not Need to Quarantine?

Students and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 AND are not experiencing symptoms do not need to quarantine if they:

- Are ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.

- Are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. 

- Had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

  When does my student’s quarantine end?

For individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19:

They can return to school when the following criteria are met:

- 5 days* have passed since symptom onset, or since positive test specimen collection date if no symptoms are present (*note: people who are severely ill or severely immunocompromised may need to isolate for up to 20 days); AND

- No symptoms are present, or symptoms are resolving; AND

- No fever within the past 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

Students and staff should continue monitoring for symptoms and students must wear a mask during extracurricular and sports activities through day 10 (days 6-10). Universal masking is still required for everyone in Tahoma buildings.

For close contacts who are required to quarantine:

They can return to school when the following criteria are met:

- After 5 full days beginning after the last close contact (the date of last close contact is considered day 0) if no symptoms have developed AND after receiving a negative test result from a test taken no sooner than day 5; AND 

- Providing the negative test documentation to the school before returning; OR

- 10 days after the last close contact without testing.

If any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 5 or 10 day quarantine period, the individual should isolate for at least 5 additional days (day 0 is when symptoms start) and get tested.

  Is my student “fully vaccinated?”

For the purposes of these requirements, an individual is considered fully vaccinated:

- Two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or

- Two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).

As noted above, quarantine guidance may require individuals 18 and older to have received a booster or additional dose, depending on age and health status.

  My student is fully vaccinated. Does their school need that record?

Students who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and are not experiencing symptoms do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact (students 18 and older need to have received all recommended doses, including booster). Providing this vaccination record ahead supports our nurses and minimizes the amount of time your student is removed from their classroom. 

Please send a copy (photos are accepted) of your student’s COVID-19 vaccination record to their school nurse at the email address below:

Cedar River Elementary: [email protected]

Glacier Park Elementary: [email protected]

Lake Wilderness Elementary: [email protected]

Rock Creek Elementary: [email protected]

Shadow Lake Elementary: [email protected]

Tahoma Elementary: [email protected]

Maple View Middle School: [email protected]

Summit Trail Middle School: [email protected]

Tahoma High School: [email protected]

  Test to Stay

You may see in the requirements that the Dept. of Health recommends that schools implement a “Test to Stay” option. We were very close to launching our Test to Stay system before these updated requirements, and these changes will slightly alter that start date. We are still in the final stages of making Test to Stay an option for: unvaccinated students, unvaccinated staff, and eligible staff who have not yet received their booster/additional dose of vaccine.

The changes to Test to Stay in the updated requirements shortened the Test to Stay period from 7 to 5 days, added staff (previously only students) and also expanded the permissions for students to continue participating in extracurricular activities during their 5-day Test to Stay period. These are changes that will benefit our district, but it does move our timeline back a few days. Please stay tuned for more information on Tahoma’s Test to Stay program later this week.

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