Dear Riverview Parents, Students, Staff, and Families,
Washington State Department of Health recently updated its COVID-19 school and child care guidance on August 5, 2022. Following these safety measures reduces the spread of COVID-19. This communication further explains how the updated guidance impacts your family and the greater Riverview community.
Health and Safety Requirements for this Fall:
Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home, and should get tested for COVID-19.
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for 5 days following a positive test. If symptoms improve, and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, students and staff can return to school and are encouraged to test before returning. See Page 2 of COVID-19 school and child care guidance.
Students and staff returning to school after isolation should wear a well-fitting mask from days 6 to 10. Individuals returning to school from isolation should also remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities. See Page 6 of COVID-19 school and child care guidance.
Students and staff who test positive after 5 days of isolation must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period. See Page 6 of COVID-19 school and child care guidance.
Schools must inform students, families, and staff when there are cases or outbreaks in school. Schools are no longer required to directly notify high risk students or staff. See Page 3 of COVID-19 school and child care guidance. Riverview School District will continue to update the COVID-19 Dashboard (https://www.engage.rsd407.org/dashboard). We will also communicate cases and outbreaks to families through the district's COVID-19 Dashboard and/or school newsletters.
These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools and child care facilities in Washington state. Schools and childcare facilities are required by state law to follow these guidelines.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing for staff and students at the district office, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Households are encouraged to test as needed at home. In Washington state, you can receive free self-tests from the Say Yes! COVID Test program. Most insurance covers the costs of up to eight (8) self-tests per individual per month.
COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months and older. Booster doses are also available for children 5 years or older. You are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible, in consultation with your health care provider.
You can reach out to your school nurse for help or more information. We look forward to continuing to provide safe and healthy spaces for our students and staff when they return this fall.
Molly Lutz Director of Student Services