March 10, 2022 Family message

Dear families,

 

We received updated guidance from Washington State Department of Health and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction this week. We appreciate your patience as we reviewed the guidance, clarified the requirements and recommendations, and made some decisions about protocols specific to our school district.

 

Masks

Beginning Friday at midnight, the statewide indoor mask mandate will be lifted. That means masks will be recommended but optional on school buses, and in schools and district offices beginning March 12. Thank you for your diligence in properly wearing masks during the past two school years. Your efforts have directly impacted local COVID-19 case counts, which are in steep decline.

 

We understand that these changes may be concerning for some. We know that some staff, students and families will decide they are done wearing masks all together, while others will continue wearing them. We support and respect people’s decisions. We’ve included a few additional resources on the district website for supporting students through this transition.

 

Masks are still recommended (but not required) in certain situations such as high-risk indoor sports and performing arts.

It’s important to note that we don’t know if or when masks may be required again. As public health experts monitor COVID-19 in our community, the guidance may be temporarily updated in the future. We will update you if such changes are necessary.

 

Symptomatic persons, positive cases, additional guidance

Please see the district website and this updated flowchart for what to do if your child has symptoms or tests positive for COVID. Several circumstances listed on this webpage will still require masks.

 

Additional changes

  • Contact tracing for COVID-19 exposure will no longer be conducted by school employees, but we will notify staff and families if there is a positive case so people can monitor for symptoms, etc. For instance, if a positive case occurs in a classroom, we will notify the families of that classroom so we are sure to reach anyone who may be considered high risk or immune-compromised
  • We are still required to report positive cases to the Snohomish Health District and track for district records. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the nurse hotline at 425-366-7745 (for elementary schools, middle schools and ACES), or your school nurse (for Mariner and Kamiak high schools). 
  • We will continue to maintain the district COVID Dashboard to show positive cases throughout the district for the previous week.

 

Testing reminder

The district testing site near Mariner High School (12310 Meridian Ave. S., Everett) is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is open to all and now provides rapid antigen and PCR tests. No appointment needed, but you can save time by registering ahead of time.

 

We know how incredibly difficult this pandemic has been for our school district community, and we appreciate your continued efforts to protect the health and safety of staff and the families we serve.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mukilteo School District