The information on this page has been updated for the 2022-23 school year.
On October 25, 2022, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) updated its COVID-19 guidance for schools and childcare. As part of Pasco School District's ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of our students, staff, families, visitors and volunteers, the district will use this guidance and district related district procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, limit outbreaks and minimize disruptions to school life.
- Guidance to Prevent and Respond to COVID-19 in K-12 Schools and Child Cares (updated 12/05/22)
- DOH School and Child Care Guidance Talking Points (updated 10/2022)
- COVID-19 Symptom and Exposure Flowchart for Schools & Child Care (updated 02/06/23)
- Additional Languages Available from DOH: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dari, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- DOH What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 (updated 10/24/22)
- Additional Languages Available from DOH: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Chuukese, Dari, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Malayalam, Mam, Marathi, Marshallese, Mixteco Bajo, Nepali, Oromo, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese
Pasco School District's COVID-19 Dashboard summarizies data reported by staff, families, and the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) regarding enrolled students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are (or were scheduled to be) physically present at district locations during their infectious period.
When there is a confirmed case, the school's COVID Support Team completes the necessary investigation and makes the required notifications. The district regularly meets with BFHD to review case rates, COVID protocols, and safety recommendations.
All cases in schools or child care that meet the criteria below are required to be reported to the Benton-Franklin Health District as a suspected outbreak of COVID-19 (WAC 246-101):
- At least 5 cases within a specified core group meeting criteria for a COVID-19 case from a positive test;
- Multiple COVID-19 cases from positive tests comprising at least 20% of students, teachers, or staff within a specified core group;
- The following three criteria are met:
- Cases have a symptom onset or positive test result within 7 days of each other, and
- There is no evidence that transmission was more likely to have occurred in another setting (e.g., household or outside social contact) outside of the school or child care, and
- Cases were epidemiologically linked in the school or child care setting or a school-or child-care sanctioned extracurricular activity.
In the event of an outbreak, the district will work with BFHD to determine if transmission is occurring in the school setting and any mitigation steps that may be necessary.