Covid19 Prevention and Response in UPSD

In UPSD, the safety of students and staff is always our first priority. New safety challenges have emerged over the last year due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We take these challenges seriously and have procedures in place to ensure safety.

Safety Training and Preparation
We’ve invested heavily in staff training about Covid-19 and have abundant personal protective equipment (PPE) for our schools. UPSD staff members know what to do to keep everyone safe and they have the materials and equipment needed to make that happen. Each building has a designated Covid19 Supervisor to ensure that procedures are followed. The district Covid19 Coordinator is Torey Heidelberg.

Masks are Required
We are currently under a mask mandate for all indoor public settings, including schools. This mandate includes students, staff, parents and volunteers on all district campuses. Masks are not required outdoors, except when students can’t physically distance and at events with more than 500 people.

Other Safety Measures
We are also using additional safety measures and mitigation strategies outlined in the Department of Health K-12 guidelines. These measures include physical distancing, increased hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, increased ventilation and, most importantly, ensuring that anyone who is sick or has symptoms remains at home.

Responding to Positive Cases at School
Preventative measures will go a long way to slow the spread of Covid-19. However, as long as the virus is still in our community, we know that some students and staff will be exposed or test positive for the virus. We have a plan in place to respond when a student or staff member has a confirmed case of Covid-19.

1. Anyone testing positive for Covid-19 will be required to remain at home (isolate) and will not be allowed back to school until they are no longer contagious.

2. All close contacts will be notified by phone and letter as soon as possible. Close contacts are defined by the health department as people who were within 6 feet of a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes within one 24-hour period. Students in classroom settings are excluded from the definition of a close contact if students were at least three feet away from an infected student when: both students are wearing masks and other prevention strategies are in place

3. Fully vaccinated close contacts who do not have symptoms do not have to quarantine.

4. Unvaccinated close contacts should remain at home in quarantine. Close contacts with a positive case in their home should quarantine for a minimum of fourteen (14) days (longer if isolation is not possible).  All other unvaccinated close contacts should quarantine for ten (10) days after the last date of close contact unless symptoms develop. Reduced quarantines are permitted under current health department regulations and supported by local and national data on transmission in schools.  

5. Data related to the number of cases and close contacts at each school will be available for parents to review and updated daily.

6. To protect privacy, we will not release the name- or other identifying information- of infected students or staff members.


How Parents Can Help
Parents can help keep schools safe by monitoring the health of their children carefully at home. Students with symptoms should remain home, see their health care provider and/or get a Covid19 test. When a student tests positive, parents should contact the school right away. Keeping sick students at home is one of the most important things we can do.

Covid19 Data Dashboard
We want to be as transparent as possible about Covid-19 cases and transmission in our schools. We can and will show numbers of cases and locations. However, student and staff privacy prevents us from sharing names or other identifying information on those who test positive for Covid-19. The chart below will be updated to provide staff, parents and community members information. If you have questions or concerns about Covid-19 in UPSD, please contact your child’s Principal, or contact our Safety and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Torey Heidelberg at 253-566-5600 or theidelberg@upsd83.org.


 
 2021-2022 UPSD Covid-19 Dashboard: Student and Staff Cases

Confirmed Cases (Past 14 Days) Close Contacts in Quarantine Confirmed Cases (Cumulative since August 23, 2021) Cases Confirmed to be Transmitted in District
University Place Primary  1 0 9 0
Evergreen Primary 0 0 4 0
Sunset Primary 2 8 14 0
Chambers Primary 0 0 7 0
Drum Intermediate 2 0 11 0
Narrows View Intermediate 2 1 4 0
Curtis Junior High School 1 1 4 0
Curtis High School 6 1 14 0
Support Buildings (Staff Only) 0 0 0 0