COVID Reporting

2021-2022 COVID Communication Expectations in Royal Schools

Confirmed Cases

*Refer to the COVID Notification & Reporting Process Flowchart

*Proceso de notificación e informe de COVID

If a Royal student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, our district will share the information about the diagnosis with the Grant County Health District (GCHD). Medical information will only be shared between GCHD and designated district personnel to protect the individual’s privacy. Royal School District will not share the names of individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Upon confirmation that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, trained RSD staff will immediately conduct required contact tracing. If it is determined that a student had close contact^ with a person who tested positive, they will be called directly by the school secretary with instructions about monitoring symptoms, possible quarantining, and testing. Additionally, the school will send the student(s)’ parent/guardian a printed copy of the “Student Return to School Letter” with instructions and return date indicated. If you do not receive a phone call from your student’s school secretary, then your child does not meet the close contact criteria. No further action is needed. Your child may continue with in-person instruction.

Our district will continue to track and report positive cases throughout the school district. Please refer to our COVID-19 Dashboard to view the number of positive staff and student cases by building and reported date.

** Reporting and communicating about COVID cases in ATHLETICS: Please note that any confirmed positive COVID-19 cases confined to an athletic activity/team will be communicated to student athletes and families only through FinalForms.

>^Close Contact Definitions:

  • In an indoor K-12 classroom, a close contact is defined as a student who was wearing a face covering and was less than 3 feet from another student with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over 24 hours.
  • Outside of the classroom, a close contact is defined as someone who is within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over 24 hours.
  • For more information on close contact definitions in Washington schools, please refer to page 11 of the OSPI “K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year.”

Confirmed Outbreak

Washington State Department of Health defines an “outbreak” as two or more students or staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, who are linked through a shared location, such as a classroom or school bus, and did not have significant contact outside of the school grounds. If a COVID-19 outbreak is identified in Royal schools, we may be required to suspend in-person instruction for students in the specified shared location. We will communicate with staff, students, and families accordingly.

Quarantine

Quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. Your child may be exempt from quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms. However, they still should be tested 5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. An unvaccinated student who has been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 must quarantine for at least 7 days and provide a negative test result to their school before returning on day 8. If an unvaccinated student does not provide a negative test result, he/she must quarantine for at least 10 days before returning to school. We are awaiting further guidance from GCHD on additional COVID testing options that may be available to students and staff.

Safety Expectations

Our custodial staff will thoroughly clean and sanitize the affected area based on COVID-19 exposure cleaning protocols. Please remind your child of the following health tips:

  • Do not come to school when you are sick, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often.