WSD Specific Details & Protocols
Frequently Asked Questions – Vaccine
Frequently Asked Questions – General Response
A: No, unfortunately exposure to COVID-19 requires a 14-day quarantine. This is because it can take between 2 and 14 days for the virus to incubate in the body, so you may test negative at first but become infected with the virus later.
A: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can return to work/school under three conditions:
- You receive a negative COVID PCR test and symptoms have improved and you have not had a fever in 24 hours;
- You wait 10 days from the onset of symptoms and symptoms have improved and you have not had a fever in 24 hours;*
*Note this is the option when you test positive for COVID-19, but can be followed without a test as well.
- You submit a note from your primary care physician to your supervisor that states a specific diagnosed condition or medication that is causing these symptoms, and that they are unrelated to COVID-19.
A: To return to work/school, you will need a clearance letter from Clark County Public Health (CCPH), which you can request directly from them. Factors CCPH uses when determining if someone can return include all of the following:
- 10 days since the onset of symptoms;
- Symptoms have improved;
- You have not had a fever in 24 hours.
A: No, this would be considered a secondary exposure. This would not warrant a response unless the person who you were directly exposed to developed symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive.
A: To be what the CDC considers “exposed” to COVID-19, you have to have come into direct contact with the respiratory droplets of the infected person. This can be through sharing utensils, being coughed on, kissing, sharing drinks, etc. This can also be through spending more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of an infected person, with or without a mask.
A: The school will work with parents to arrange alternate transportation home.
A: If someone in your household is positive for COVID-19, you have two options.
- Avoid any further close contact with the positive household member. This means using a separate bathroom if possible, not getting within 6 feet of them, and avoiding contact in general. In this scenario, you can return 14 days after the last contact you had with the positive person.
- If further close contact cannot be avoided, you must quarantine for the duration of the illness plus 14 days.
A: Although every situation is going to be different, and we will take direction from the Clark County Public Health Department with any and all positive cases of COVID-19, the general guidance for an outbreak is below:
Dismiss the entire classroom for 14 days if two or more laboratory positive COVID-19 cases occur within within a 14 day period.
Close school and switch to remote learning for 14 days when:
- 2 or more classrooms are dismissed due to an outbreak;
- School cannot function due to insufficient teaching or support staff
A: According to the health department, no, the other members of the household who did not have close contact with a person with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine as well. However, if the person in quarantine begins to show symptoms, everyone in the house should quarantine until the person showing symptoms can get a test for COVID-19.
A: For those who have had confirmed COVID-19 and have recovered, you do not need to quarantine after close contact with a positive case for 3 months after first testing positive. If it has been more than 3 months since your positive test, you will need to quarantine again.
A: Follow this link to the WA State Department of Health webpage on testing locations. Call your health insurance provider for information on where you can get tested.
A: It takes between 2 and 14 days for the virus to incubate in the body, which is why those who have been exposed need to quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure. Although public health jurisdictions have offered options for reduced quarantine periods by utilizing monitoring and diagnostic testing, school districts are a high-priority setting and therefore are continuing to utilize the 14 day quarantine period.
A: Visit the WA Department of Health isolation and quarantine calculator to calculate isolation or quarantine periods.
Frequently Asked Questions – Vaccine
A: Follow this link to the WA state Department of Health webpage on vaccines.
A: Yes, you will still need to complete the daily staff attestation.
A: If symptoms are consistent with vaccination (i.e. low grade fever, headache, malaise) and started within 3 days of receiving the vaccine then you may return to work after you have been fever free for 24-hours as long as you feel okay to do so. If symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 infection (i.e. cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, etc.) then you should be excluded per the COVID-19 exclusion process. When in doubt, contact your physician or a nurse help line. Click here to read further information on CDC’s post vaccination considerations.
A: As long as you are fully vaccinated (see question below) and asymptomatic, you do not need to quarantine after an exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19. However, if you notice any symptoms, you should report home and contact your physician. For more information, click here.
A: For those who have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, you are considered fully vaccinated when it has been more than 2 weeks since your second dose. For those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated when it has been more than 2 weeks since your shot. For more information, click here.
A: The CDC has released some recommendations for what has changed after being fully vaccinated. Click here to review their list of recommendations.
Comprehensive Flowcharts of COVID Response Process — Staff & Student
These charts were developed by ESD 112 in coordination with the Clark County Health Department. They provide a concise summary of the response processes that you will follow in the checklist charts found in pages 9-12. For more information, visit the CCPH Website.