As the weather turns and cold and flu season ramp up, we want to remind you to please keep your child home if they have any cold, flu, or COVID-like symptoms. Click here for more information provided by the King County Department of Health regarding illnesses and when a child should remain at home. If your child is home due to an illness, please email Carrie and Nicci with the date(s) and the reason why your child is not attending.
In that same spirit, we ask faculty to stay at home if they aren’t feeling well. This means that staffing in the school will likely shift occasionally to ensure we maintain appropriate child-to-teacher ratios. While it is our goal to minimize the number of different faculty in your child’s classroom, it may be necessary for a substitute or “floater” to be assigned, and we will do our best to inform you in advance. All faculty – whether dedicated to a classroom or “floating” – are trained in our COVID-19 protocols.
As you are aware, cases of COVID-19 are on the rise and we all have to do our part to minimize the spread.
In addition to our current measures in ECS, if we learn that a teacher or child tests positive for COVID-19, we will follow CDC protocol by:
- immediately notifying families whose child has been in close contact*
- communicating with families in the school whose children are NOT considered close contacts
- maintain confidentiality by not sharing names or identifying information
- directing all close contacts to quarantine for 14 days following the date of last contact
- strongly encouraging all close contacts to reach out to their health care provider
- closing the affected classroom through the 14-day quarantine period and deep cleaning and sanitizing it prior to reopening.
We ask our whole community to do their part by:
- wearing a mask
- staying 6 feet from others outside your household
- limiting gatherings
- washing your hands often
- following Washington’s Travel Advisory