2022-23 School Year
Below are the preliminary COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the 2022-23 school year. Please note that our plans may need to adapt depending on how the summer months progress. Changes will be considered primarily in response to updated public health guidance or other information specific to children and schools.
Questions about health and safety? Please email [email protected] and a member of the leadership team will get back to you.
This page last updated July 26, 2022.
All eligible students and employees must be vaccinated (primary series) against COVID-19 for the 2022-23 school year. Exemptions will be accepted for medical or religious reasons only. Email [email protected] to request an exemption.
We also strongly encourage families to consider ensuring their student is up to date on any boosters as recommended by public health or your healthcare provider.
Masks are optional indoors and outdoors unless otherwise directed by public health, or in the event of an outbreak or similar situation.
In the event of a known exposure, close contacts will be asked to mask indoors for ten days.
We will continue to fully support the masking choices of each family and student, acknowledging that there are still those who are immunocompromised or have other high risk factors that require additional protection while attending school.
We anticipate that public health will continue to direct schools to inform impacted families when there is an in-school exposure to COVID-19. Families of students considered close contacts will receive timely communication of these.
In the event of an on-campus exposure, families of students considered close contacts will receive an alert and the recommended guidance from public health to follow on their own using home tests or community-based testing.
If a family needs access to additional rapid tests for use at home, we can provide those.
We will have rapid tests for individuals who become symptomatic while on campus. If families need access to additional at-home tests to use following exposures or when experiencing symptoms, we have a limited supply and can distribute those on an as-needed basis.
We currently follow the WA DOH guidance for symptomatic individuals. We continue to monitor updates or changes to this guidance.
If your child begins exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms while at school, the main office will contact you for immediate pick up and next steps, including offering on-site testing.
Families will be asked to report if their student tests positive as soon as possible to [email protected], including over breaks and weekends. Individuals who test positive will be required to isolate according to public health guidance.
Students who are asymptomatic will be allowed to return to school after five days of isolation and will be required to mask indoors and outdoors through the tenth day of isolation.
Frequent hand washing and sanitizing will be part of the school day. Learning spaces feature the following:
Students in all grades will eat snack and community lunch in classrooms. See ventilation below.
The ventilation in all learning spaces has been optimized using the following measures:
Bertschi School was recently evaluated by the Seattle & King County Public Health program called COVID-19 Recovery Ventilation & Indoor Air Quality. Our school met or exceeded all recommendations and was commended for the measures in place.
Classrooms, bathrooms, and all common areas throughout campus are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly on a regular, and often daily, basis after school by the facilities and custodial staff. This includes disinfecting all classroom surfaces and bathrooms using electrostatic sprayers and vacuuming carpets. Teachers are also required to perform the following daily cleaning in all classroom spaces:
Extended day programming will allow students across grade levels to play, learn, and relax together in a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces.
We will continue to follow public health guidance around travel quarantines and expect that any ineligible/unvaccinated students will need to quarantine following certain types of travel. Following school breaks, we may ask families to test upon return, depending on the circumstances.
Bertschi does not offer a distance learning program for students in quarantine or isolation. Teachers will continue to provide or suggest school work that can be done at home, as possible, as they would any other student home with an illness.
Over the summer months, we are monitoring information and guidance for schools. We will communicate any plans or decisions with the community if there is news in these areas.
Families can expect to receive more finalized health and safety plans for the 2022-23 school year in early August. This allows the school time to monitor important information and evolving guidance while balancing the need for our families and faculty/staff to plan.