Contact Tracing & Montlake Elementary

COVID 19 Information 

SPS has updated their policies for isolating close contacts.  The website now states:
Unvaccinated close contacts with no symptoms can return to school after 7 days from the last day they had close contact with the person with COVID-19 IF no symptoms develop AND after receiving a negative test result for COVID-19.

Message from Nurse Meg:
Please do not send your child to school If they wake up with even one of these symptoms: Stomach Ache
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Let us know when you call in the absence and we can help you plan the next steps.

Students who have one (or more) symptom of any duration will need to follow the SPS protocol calling for returning to school. Students may return when they feel better AND they have a negative Covid test. Without a negative Covid test, the student must stay home for 10 days. If your student has a positive Covid test, please let us know.

If a non-vaccinated student has a close contact with a Covid-19 positive person they will need to quarantine for 14 days from the last contact. There is not an option to use a negative test to avoid this quarantine.  Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine following a close contact with a Covid-19 positive person unless they develop symptoms.

If a student tests positive for Covid-19, they may return to school after 10 days assuming they feel better and are fever free for 24 hours without medicine.

To help us avoid sending kids home for non-Covid-19 reasons, it would be helpful if you let us know if your child has any other health conditions that could look like Covid-19, such as seasonal allergies, constipation issues, anxiety, or regular headaches. Please send a note from your doctor confirming the condition and we will make the best assessment possible.

It would also be helpful to coach your kids to use very specific wording when reporting symptoms at school. “My stomach hurts” could also mean “I am anxious about a test, friend or activity or I am constipated, or I missed breakfast, etc”. We will inquire about these things, but learning to name how we feel is a useful life skill and can help us get to the bottom of things more easily.

Please let us know if I should be aware of a health condition for your child. I am generally at Montlake on Tuesdays, but am available by email on other days. Anna Faraday will be managing the Protective Health Care Room and communications with families of sick students.

Thanks for all your cooperation to keep our community healthy!
Nurse Meg
Meg Watson, BSN RN NCSN
Montlake Elementary (Tuesdays only) Phone: 206-252-3307 [email protected]    

What constitutes a covid outbreak at Montlake?

According to King County, an outbreak at K-12 schools means 2 or more cases linked to the facility with an epidemiologic link in a non-household setting.

If there is an outbreak and a full classroom or school closure is required, students will shift to the 100% remote model used during the 2020-2021 school year. More on SPS Covid Planning 

How will families be informed of individual confirmed cases?
SPS will continue to inform families whenever there is a confirmed case in their student’s classroom or if their student is exposed to someone confirmed with COVID-19 in a variety of settings including the school bus, athletics, common area, etc.

How will I know if my student is a close contact of someone with confirmed COVID-19?
The SPS Contact Tracing Team works in partnership with school staff and Public Health – Seattle & King County to identify close contacts as part of an extensive investigation.

In spaces other than indoor classrooms, a close contact is generally defined as someone who has:
- Been within 6 feet (2 meters) of a person confirmed to have COVID-19 for a combined total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period when the person with COVID-19 was infectious
- Live in the same household as a person with COVID-19 Cared for a person with COVID-19
- Been in direct contact with saliva or other body secretions from a person with COVID-19 (for example: been coughed on, kissed, shared utensils, etc.)

In a classroom, the contact tracing team determines close contacts in partnership with school staff and consults with Public Health in response to several determining factors including:
- Students being less than three feet away from an infected student for a combined total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period when the person with COVID-19 was infectious
-Students within 3 feet of distance to the infected individual were not consistently wearing face coverings/masks
-Vaccination status for students 12 years and older
-Other layered mitigation factors present (e.g. ventilation)

If your student is determined to be a close contact, the SPS Contact Tracing Team will contact you directly, often via a phone call. The contact tracing team will let you know when your student may have been exposed to COVID-19, if and for how long they will need to quarantine, and when they may return to school.

How will I know if someone has confirmed COVID-19 at my student’s school?
SPS goes beyond state requirements and notifies families when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in their student’s classroom. This communication does not mean that your student is a close contact. Please see the close contact definition and notification process above.

SPS does not notify the full school community, except in rare cases, to protect student privacy. Families can view the COVID-19 dashboard to view cases in their school buildingsData represents both student and staff confirmed cases.
- Notify your school’s front office - School staff will notify the SPS Contact Tracing team, who will begin the investigation process and notify close contacts.
- Work with the SPS Contact Tracing Team to determine the next steps. - The SPS Contact Tracing team will contact you directly via phone or email and determine when your child can return to school. This information will also be communicated to your child’s school.

What is the status of covid in SPS? 
Click the button below to go to the SPS COVID-19 dashboard.

SPS COVID-19 Dashboard