• Basketball COVID Testing Required (DOH, WIAA)

    Posted by Donald Hay on 10/17/2021 11:00:00 AM

     

    Updated October 4, 2021

     

    Screening Testing Requirements for K-12 Athletics

     

    To ensure safe participation in athletics, schools must institute screening testing protocols for athletes, coaches, trainers, and other personnel who work with athletes who are not fully vaccinated participating in high-contact indoor sports. (Pg. 17 of DOH Guidance)

     

    "Screening testing is required for all unvaccinated athletes in high-risk indoor sports (basketball, wrestling, water polo, and indoor cheer)." Testing is NOT Required for High Contact Outdoor Sports at this time!

     High Contact

     

    DOH provides this table for testing frequency:

     Frequency

     

     

    A rapid antigen test must be performed on all unvaccinated athletes the day of competition. The WIAA has provided this list of examples:

    • If I have three games in a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, I am only testing on those three days. 
    • If I have a contest on Tuesday and Saturday, I am only testing on those days.
    • If I have only one contest during the week on Thursday, I am testing on Monday and that Thursday to be compliant. 

     

    Schools may consider screening testing for unvaccinated students participating in other co-curricular or extracurricular activities, such as those that generate aerosols, including singing and some music.

     

    Many schools will be screening the entire team whether players are vaccinated or unvaccinated, but this is each school's choice.

     

    Spectator Masking Requirements

    Updated October 4, 2021

     

    Masking is required universally for all spectators attending indoor K-12 sporting activities, regardless of vaccination status. Audience members should be seated in “family units” and those small groups should be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

     

    Masking is required outdoors for all spectators if there are 500 or more people present at the event.

     

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  • What Can Parents Do?

    Posted by Donald Hay on 10/2/2021 8:00:00 PM

     

    Everyone wants kids in school learning and involved in activities.  School is a safe place for kids.  They are watched and nurtured by caring professionals.  So far the home and school have done a fantastic job working together to keep school open. 

    Parents and school staff are naturally frustrated and disappointed when students have to miss school to isolate for 10 days or quarantine for 14 days or more.

    So parents ask, “What can I do to help keep kids in school?”

    1. Make sure we have current contact information, phone numbers, emails, addresses, etc.
    2. Encourage your household to mask and socially distance in situations where COVID is easily contracted.
    3. Please keep you student home when sick, even if they have the sniffles and call the school (even if you are sure it isn’t COVID). We are trained to help you know what to do.  Email your child’s teacher to get make up work.
    4. If symptomatic, please get your child tested. We can help you find a location where you can get a PCR test.  Then please let us know the results as soon as you get them.  We do not start contact tracing and quarantining until we know that we have a positive test.  If you do not let us know, then the chances of spreading COVID in the school are greater.
    5. Please talk to your child about the importance of mask wearing and social distancing. Wishkah Valley must follow the state indoor mask mandate, we have no choice.  While our mask compliance is very good, some students have a hard time understanding why they have to be masked.  If students are socially distanced throughout the day, then they cannot be a close contact.

    As always, if you have any questions please call the school, 360 532-3128.

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  •  Do close contacts have to quarantine the full 14 days?

    Posted by Donald Hay on 9/26/2021 1:30:00 PM

     

    There is now a test-to-return option that can trim the 14-day quarantine period for individual students. This option is not available when an entire classroom or school are directed to go remote.

     

    A student may come back to school after the 7th day of quarantine with a negative result on a PCR test, which can be taken on Day 5. That is, students may return on Day 8 with proof of a negative test. This only applies to a return to the classroom. Extra-curriculars and other activities remain at 14 days.

     

    If you want to exercise this option, it is recommended to make your appointment as soon as a quarantine is ordered as an appointment might not be available for a couple days and it can take several days for the results.

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  • Where can I get tested?

    Posted by Donald Hay on 9/26/2021 1:00:00 PM

     

    GH Public Health Department, Aberdeen

     

    • Monday-Friday 7:00 am to Noon
    • All ages, Pre-registration required
    • Results in 48 hours by text or email
    • Free, but if you have insurance you will be asked to provide it for billing.
    • Support: 1-888-702-9042
    • To make an appointment, go to www.curative.com

     

    Rite Aid on Myrtle Street in Hoquiam

     

    • Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Ages 4 and older, Pre-registration required
    • Free, but if you have insurance you will be asked to provide it for billing.
    • To make the required appointment, visit the Hoquiam Rite Aid web page.

     

    Summit Pacific (Elma) / Curative

     

    • Available 5 days a week 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • All ages, Pre-registration required
    • Results in 48 hours by text or email
    • Free, but if you have insurance you will be asked to provide it for billing.
    • Support: 1-888-702-9042
    • www.curative.com

     

    Health Mart Pharmacies (Elma & McCleary)

     

    • All ages, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Please visit DoINeedaCOVID19Test.com to register and schedule the required appointment.
    • 1(800) 635-8611 for those with no internet & printer access
    • Free, but if you have insurance you will be asked to provide it for billing purposes.
    • Elma (360) 482-2442
    • McCleary (360) 495-0700
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  • Improve How Your Mask Protects You

    Posted by Donald Hay on 9/22/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Parents ask, "What is the mask requirement at Wishkah and what is an approved mask?"

    Wishkah Valley School requires everyone to wear an approved mask correctly while in the school building. 

    Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but did you know that not all masks provide the same protection? When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.

    Please visit Your Guide to Masks | CDC to see a list of do's and don'ts regarding mask wearing.

     

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  • How Does Wishkah Valley School Decide When a Student Needs to Stay Home?

    Posted by Donald Hay on 9/19/2021 3:00:00 PM

    When a student or employee has symptoms or is a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, we use the following flow chart provided by Grays Harbor Public Health.  This decision making flow chart helps us to be objective and consistent in our decsiions.  Parents are encouraged to study the chart and please let the school know if your student is displaying any symptoms.

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  • Do close contacts have to quarantine the full 14 days?

    Posted by Donald Hay on 9/19/2021 2:45:00 PM

     

    The answer to that question changed this week. There is now a test-to-return option.

     

    As of Thursday, students who are identified as close contacts must quarantine for 14 days as directed by the Grays Harbor Health Department.

     

    However, students may come back to school after the 7th day with a negative result on a PCR test, which can be taken on Day 5. That is, students may return on Day 8 with a negative test. This only applies to a return to the classroom. Extra-curriculars and other activities remain at 14 days.

     

    If you want to exercise this option, it is recommended to make your appointment well in advance.

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  • What is a Close Contact?

    Posted by Donald Hay on 9/19/2021 2:30:00 PM

     

    The definition continues to be refined as time goes on.  Currently as of Sept. 16, the Health Department defined close contact as follows:

     

     

    • For students, a "close contact" is now defined as an individual being within 3 feet of someone who has tested positive with COVID for more than 15 minutes during the day in the classroom, or 6 feet out of the classroom (with or without masks).

     

    • No changes for adults - still 6 feet.
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  • Keeping Wishkah School Safe and Open

    Posted by Donald Hay on 9/19/2021 2:00:00 PM

     

    Wishkah School has completed two weeks of in-person learning.  Maintaining proper distance and proper mask wearing at school play a large role in our ability to manage the level of transmission, but we need your help!

    There are three critical pieces of information for our families to keep in mind:

     

    1. The district cannot reveal who in a class tested positive due to medical privacy. If you hear of a student who is quarantining, try not to speculate whether the student is ill or a close contact of a classmate.

    2. If you hear of a case at your student's school but you did not get a phone call, then your student was not a close contact and may continue to come to school.

    3. Our first line of defense is you!  Please keep a close eye on your student for any symptoms and urge them to follow the health and safety protocols. Do not send them to school if they have any symptoms. Better to be safe for a day than possibly expose others.

     Thank you!

     

     

     

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