COVID-19 FAQ

What frequency of information are you planning on?

The district is working to communicate directly with parents and staff to make sure they have the most up-to-date information as we learn it. Those communications will come via ParentSquare notifications, email and Skyward channels. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Specific information about distance learning and your students will be coming regularly, directly from your school principals and teachers. They will use ParentSquare, Google Classroom for grades 3-12, Seesaw for grades K-2, and Skyward.

Where is the district getting direction?

District leadership is communicating regularly with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Department of Health, to ensure we have accurate information to share with parents, staff and students.

There are several major documents which guide our reopening plan, along with feedback from students and parents/guardians via our surveys.

When will schools switch to hybrid?

  • Grades K-3 will begin the hybrid (two day per week) learning model starting the week of January 19.
  • Grades 4 & 5 will begin the hybrid (two days per week) learning model starting the week of January 25.

 

  • Plans for Middle and High School will be available once the spread of COVID in our community declines to levels specified in the updated reopening guidance (average cases per 100,000 over 14 days below 350 for middle school, below 200 for high school).

 

 

How are you keeping students and staff safe?

The district has implemented a number of safety routines and protocols that are keeping students and staff safe as they come back to campus.  We have implemented daily health screenings, mandatory face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, additional cleaning, signage, and staff training to ensure our facilities are safe.  Our Fall 2020 Health and Safety Training Presentation, shared with the school board on October 13, 2020, offers more details about the safety planning.

Is the district office open?

Yes, but please check to see if you can do your business over the phone before coming to visit. You can reach us during business hours – 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM at 360-954-3000.  We require all staff and visitors to do a health screening, wear a mask, and to adhere to social distancing protocols.

What about building rentals? Can we still use schools in off-hours?

All events in our schools have been canceled or postponed. For more information you can contact Community Education at gary.mcgarvie@washougalsd.org

What terms are used to talk about people who have been exposed to the virus and those who may become ill?

  • Close contact:  within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before symptom onset in the infected person, (or, for asymptomatic persons, 2 days prior to test specimen collection)
  • Quarantine: A close contact to a confirmed positive case needs to quarantine at home for 14 days. Contact does not leave the house except for medical care.  Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to prevent them from exposing non-infected persons if they become sick. (CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/)
  • Isolation:  Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.  Isolation will usually last for ten days after symptom onset; AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication; AND symptoms have improved* (*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation)
  • Contagious Period: 2 days prior to symptom onset (or 2 days prior to date positive test was performed if no symptoms) to 10 days after onset of symptoms at least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication; AND symptoms have improved (or date positive test was performed if no symptoms).
  • Incubation Period: A period of 2 to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19 during which time the exposed person can become contagious if they were infected by the exposure  (This is why close contacts are advised to quarantine the full 14 days regardless of a negative lab test).

What resources are available for staff, students, and their families, who are impacted by COVID-19?

 

 

Page updated January 12, 2021

 

Where can I go for more resources and information on COVID-19

Clark County Public Health

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

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