The Washington State Department of Health has released new verbiage and 'guidance' for schools heading into the 2022-23 school year.

   New 'guidance' from DOH, but nothing earthshaking

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The DOH released information Wednesday, August 10th, about their 'guidance' for K-12 schools in WA concerning COVID. Dr. Umair A. Shah, Health Secretary, said this (in part):

“We are entering a new stage of coexisting with COVID-19 in our communities, knowing that COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future..."

That having been said, here's what you need to know from DOH for this upcoming year: (from DOH information-news release)

  • "Students, children, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to stay at home and isolate for 5 days. Repeating initial COVID-19 testing will not affect this requirement.
  • Students, children, and staff returning from 5 days of isolation should wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10. Those returning are encouraged to test before doing so.
  • Schools and child care providers are no longer required to directly notify high risk individuals of exposure but must continue to have a process in place to inform students, staff, and families of cases and outbreaks.
  • Schools and child care providers continue to be required to report outbreaks (3 or more cases within a specified core group) to local health jurisdictions (LHJ) and to have a system in place to respond."

DOH went on to say vaccines are available for persons six months or older, but they said nothing about if the current vaccines are effective against the latest B.A.4 and B.A. 5 COVID variants.


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