Based on K-12 guidance published by the Department of Health on May 13, 2021:
“For the 2021-2022 school year, schools must plan to provide full time in-person education for all interested students with the following mandatory mitigation measures: face coverings, ventilation, cleaning and disinfecting, details of how schools will respond to cases of COVID19, and meet the reporting requirements to public health.
In addition to the required mitigation measures above, physical distancing is recommended and schools must have a plan that factors in physical distancing (3 feet physical distancing in classrooms and 6 feet elsewhere), to the greatest extent possible.”
In addition Washington State Labor and Industries determines requirements for employees who will be required to wear masks at the start of the year. These rules will be in place for all school districts. School districts cannot direct their staff to ignore regulations or fail to uphold regulations. We will continue to monitor any changes to these guidelines.
We will continue to partner with our local pharmacies and bring immunization opportunities to the students and community. We believe that students ages 5-11 will be eligible in the fall. We are hopeful that increased vaccination levels will reduce the need for masking in the fall.