The Washington State Department of Health has released updated guidance for K-12 schools and child care facilities that go into effect on November 1. The revised guidance aligns with Governor Inslee’s prior announcement regarding the end of the COVID emergency orders on October 31.
Once the State of Emergency expires, the only COVID-related safety requirements that remain in place for school districts are:
- COVID-19 cases, including outbreaks, must be reported to the local health jurisdiction and the district must cooperate with public health authorities regarding investigation of cases.
- For an outbreak of 10 or more COVID-19 cases in employees at a facility, the Department of Labor & Industries must be notified.
Public Health - Seattle & King County has the authority to put additional health and safety requirements in place when needed to prevent the spread of the virus.
Moving forward, it is still important to stay home when sick as well as practice good hygiene habits like hand washing.