Kaleidoscope School COVID-19 Protocol Fall, 2021
This is really important information for all kids attending Kaleidoscope School in 2021/2022—please read thoroughly and understand!
We will need to be very strict about not letting kids attend who show even mild symptoms of illness.
Symptoms which will exclude children/staff from attending are:
—shortness of breath
—temperature of 100 degrees or higher
—congestion or runny nose
—muscle or body aches or chills
—new loss of taste or smell
—other signs of new illness unrelated to preexisting
condition (such as seasonal allergies)
Each child and teacher will have their temperature taken upon arrival to school daily, and parents will be asked a series of screening questions, required by the King County Health Department. If a child or teacher shows any (even very mild) symptoms of illness, answers yes to any screening questions, or has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, they will not be allowed to attend school.
All Staff are required to wear masks at school, indoors and out.
All children are required to wear masks at school, indoors and out.
All parents are required to wear masks for drop off/pick up, regardless of their vaccination status.
After the “first day open house,” the only people allowed in the classrooms will be Kaleidoscope Staff and enrolled children.
No parents, older siblings, or visitors may enter the classroom.
Children will be dropped off at the door.
- If a child or teacher attending Kaleidoscope is confirmed positive for COVID-19, we will immediately inform all families, and specify whether their child was in close contact (in the same classroom) as the child/staff who tested positive. We will close the affected classroom(s) for 10-14 days, following current advice from the King County Department of Health.
- If a family member or close contact of a child attending Kaleidoscope tests positive for COVID-19, that child will need to quarantine for 2 weeks (not attend), and have a negative test before returning. The tests must be the Pathogen Test administered at testing sites and doctors offices, NOT the Antigen Test (at home, rapid test).
We will inform all parents in that class.
- If a member of your household is sick, but has NOT tested positive for COVID, any household members showing NO SYMPTOMS do not need to be quarantined. They can continue to attend school (or work) but should monitor their health. If any symptoms arise, they should also stay home and contact a healthcare provider.
If the original sick household member tests positive for COVID-19, that person must stay home and isolate. At that time all household members would be considered close contacts and must also quarantine.
- If the governor requires a state or county wide “stay at home” order, we would close, and pivot to a distance-learning program.
- If a child/teacher is absent (or sent home) from school due to illness/symptoms consistent with COVID symptoms, they may return after:
-If they have had a negative COVID test, they may return as soon as they are fever free for at least 24 hours, and have had no symptoms for 24 hours.
-if they have not had a COVID test, they must stay home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. After that 10 days, they may return when symptoms have improved and are fever free for at least 24 hours.
-The tests must be the Pathogen Test administered at testing sites and doctors offices, NOT the Antigen Test (at home, rapid test).
Unvaccinated Persons Traveling Domestically (Outside of Washington State)
Travel increases your chances of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect others and yourself from COVID-19.
If you must travel, take steps to protect others and yourself:
- If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
- Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- The tests must be the Pathogen Test administered at testing sites and doctors offices, NOT the Antigen Test (at home, rapid test).
- Follow all CDC travel requirements and recommendations after travel.
If you are traveling within Washington State, not flying, and wearing masks while interacting with people outside your household, we will follow the CDC’s slightly less strict guidelines—you will not need to quarantine or test upon return, but strictly monitor your child for COVID symptoms.
NOTE: Children who are FULLY VACCINATED are NOT required to quarantine or test after travel, but should be monitored closely for COVID symptoms.
If your family will be traveling please notify us prior to travel for additional guidance or requirements. While making plans, please remember that the steps we each take outside the school to protect ourselves and our families (social distancing, wearing a mask, limiting travel, etc.) have the potential to not only protect our individual families, but also ALL the families and employees at Kaleidoscope School, and all the people they come in contact with outside of school. The more we do to protect ourselves and our families, the more likely it is that our school can remain open during the pandemic.
If you are attending any kind of social gathering, consider:
- Will you be with a group of five or less people outside your household?
- Will you stay outside the entire time?
- Will the group be socially distancing?
One Last COVID Precaution: We are asking all families attending Kaleidoscope School be very thoughtful about the exposures to others their child is having outside of school. While this is not something Kaleidoscope School can enforce, remember that we are all counting on each other to maintain the healthiest environment possible for our kids.
Since your kids will be with their classmates weekly, we ask:
- That you don’t schedule play dates with kids outside of your child’s class
- That you not have carpools, etc, with kids outside your child’s class
- That you limit contacts your family has, and wear masks in public.
- THANK YOU!
Note on Vaccinations:
All staff are required to be fully vaccinated.
All children 5 and older are required to be fully vaccinated by January 31, 2022.