• COVID-19 Safety Protocols

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  • As Pasco School District returns to in-person instruction for our students, we are implementing several safety measures and protocols. We want to emphasize that the most important methods of preventing COVID-19 include getting vaccinated, wearing face masks/coverings, maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others, washing hands frequently and staying home when feeling ill.

    We encourage parents/guardians and staff to review the safety information in the tabs below so that students are aware of the expectations prior to returning to school. Please click on the tabs below for more information about COVID-19 activity, daily student health screenings, masks, school cleaning and sanitizing, and more.

     

      COVID-19 Health Screening/Info

      • Each day that a student attends classes at their school, families or caregivers must conduct a COVID-19 screening. The screening must occur before school, including before the student rides the bus or engages in any school activity. 

        To complete the daily health screening, the parent, guardian or care giver must ask these questions each day the child will attend in-person classes:

        • Is the child currently waiting for a COVID-19 test result?
        • Has the child tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days?
        • Within the last 14 days, has the child been in close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with anyone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19?
        • Within the last 14 days, has the child been told by a medical professional to isolate or quarantine?
        • Since the child last attended school, has the child experienced any one of the following symptoms:
          • A fever over 100.4 degrees?
          • A cough or difficulty breathing?
          • A loss of taste or smell?
          • Headache, muscle aches, or body aches?
          • Fatigue?
          • Sore throat?
          • Runny nose or congestion?
          • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?

        If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, the student is required to stay home. Contact the school to excuse the absence and tell the school the child did not pass the health screening. A member of the school’s COVID-19 support team will contact you to determine when the child can return to school. 

        A parent, guardian, or care giver who sends a child to school attests that the answer to all of these questions is “no” and that the child has passed the daily health screening. 

        COVID-19 Signs/Symptoms (not related to pre-existing condition)

        • Fever (100.4 F or higher) or chills
        • Cough
        • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing 
        • Unusual fatigue
        • Muscle or body aches
        • Headache 
        • New loss of taste or smell 
        • Sore throat
        • Congestion or runny nose
        • Nausea or vomiting
        • Diarrhea (two or more loose stools in 24 hrs.)

        If Your Child Has or Develops COVID-19 Symptoms While at School

        As parents and guardians, we ask that you take responsibility for making sure that your child remains at home when feeling ill. If your child is sent to school while ill or develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school, they will be immediately isolated, you will be required to pick them up, and they may not be allowed to return to school for 10 days.

        Please review the latest Return to School Guidance from the Benton-Franklin Health District HERE.

        Updated BFHD guidance regarding quarantine options

        COVID-19 Testing

        One of the best ways to decrease the spread of COVID-19 is to get tested. Getting tested does NOT increase the amount of disease in our community. Adequate testing allows for early identification of cases, quick isolation and decreases transmission rates. For the latest information about testing sites and available free testing, check the Benton-Franklin Health District website.

        Note: COVID-19 information is subject to change as new guidance is provided.

        COVID-19 Online Resources

        Benton-Franklin Health District - Coronavirus Information

        BFHD: COVID-19 Reporting Guidance for Schools - Flow Chart

        BFHD: Updated Health Officer Recommendation on Reopening Schools (October 13, 2020)

        BFHD: Reopening Schools Recommendation (September 14, 2020)

        Washington State Coronavirus Information Website

        Washington State Department of Health - Coronavirus Information

        U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus Resources

         

         

      COVID-19 Dashboard

      • 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 presesnt at district locations during their infectious period.

        When there is a confirmed case, the school's COVID Support Team completes necessary contact tracing to identify any potential close contacts and makes required notifications. Any close contacts identified are notified prior to the case getting posted on the district's COVID-19 Dashboard. The district regularly meets with BFHD to review case rates, COVID protocols, and safety recommendations.

        Please refer to the Department of Health's (DOH) 2021-2022 K-12 Schools Requirements for more information on how close contacts are identified in the school setting.


        Please note, the data below is NOT an official report from BFHD or DOH and there may be positive cases not reported to the district. Data may change or be adjusted as new information is received by the district. 
        If you are aware of a positive case you believe is not included on the dashboard, please contact the building administrator.  
         

        CURRENT REPORTING PERIOD                   JAN 10, 2022 - JAN 16, 2022

        POSITIVE STUDENT CASES REPORTED

        POSITIVE STAFF CASES REPORTED

        CLOSE CONTACTS IDENTIFIED IN THE SCHOOL SETTING

        480

        85

        62


        LOCATION

        POSITIVE STUDENT CASES REPORTED

        POSITIVE STAFF CASES REPORTED

        CLOSE CONTACTS IDENTIFIED IN THE SCHOOL SETTING

        Angelou Elementary

        24

        5

         

        Captain Gray STEM Elementary

        14 1  

        Chess Elementary

        7 2  

        Chiawana High School

        82 4  

        Columbia River Elementary

        6 5  

        Curie STEM Elementary

        17 2 16

        Delta High School

        17    

        Early Learning Center

        7   3

        Emerson Elementary

        9 3 1

        Franklin STEM Elementary

        16 3 4

        Frost Elementary

        11 1  

        Internet Pasco Academy of Learning (iPAL)

          1  

        Livingston Elementary

        15 5  

        Longfellow Elementary

        4 1  

        Maintenance/Print Shop

          1  

        Markham Elementary

        8    

        McClintock STEM Elementary

        2    

        McGee Elementary

        9 1  

        McLoughlin Middle School

        14 8 1

        New Horizons High School

        13 5 3

        Nutrition Services

          2  

        Ochoa Middle School

        26 3 11

        Parent Education Center & Migrant Program

          1  

        Pasco High School

        48 9 1

        PSD Administration Building

          4  

        Reynolds Middle School

        50 4  

        Robinson Elementary

        22 3 6

        RSC Offices

          1  

        Stevens Middle School

        36 2  

        Technology

             

        Three Rivers Elementary

        2 3 10

        Transportation

          4  

        Twain Elementary

        14 1  

        Warehouse 85

             

        Whittier Elementary

        7 2 3

        Last Updated: 01/15/2022 8:15 PM

        PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD                JAN 03, 2022 - JAN 09, 2022

        POSITIVE STUDENT CASES REPORTED

        POSITIVE STAFF CASES REPORTED

        CLOSE CONTACTS IDENTIFIED IN THE SCHOOL SETTING

        293

        68

        33

        Last Updated: 01/15/2022 8:15 PM

        2021-2022 DISTRICT CUMULATIVE           AUG 31, 2021 - JAN 15, 2022

        POSITIVE STUDENT CASES REPORTED

        POSITIVE STAFF CASES REPORTED

        CLOSE CONTACTS IDENTIFIED IN THE SCHOOL SETTING

        1,688

        281

        428

        Last Updated: 01/15/2022 8:15 PM

              

        COVID-19 Notification Protocols

        COVID-19 Notifications of Reported Positive Cases
        When the school district receives notice of a confirmed case of COVID-19 for a staff member or student in one of its buildings, the school district will notify the school/building staff and families at that location by email as soon as possible. The school district will also post information about confirmed cases on this page.

        Close Contact and Contact Tracing
        The Benton-Franklin Health District partners with the school district to conduct contact tracing for confirmed cases of COVID-19. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the infected person is isolated.

        Classroom or School Closure
        It may be necessary to temporarily close a classroom or school for cleaning and sanitizing. If this occurs, families and staff will be notified and further information will be provided about how classes will be conducted during that time.

        Per Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD), a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in a school when there are two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically linked, do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing.

        In case of an outbreak, the district will work with BFHD to determine if transmission is occurring in the school. The following will be considered to determine the need to close a classroom or school:

        • There is a rapid increase in cases
        • A prolonged chain of transmission (two or more outbreak generations) is believed to occur in the school.
        • School cannot function due to insufficient teaching or support staff.

        Benton-Franklin Health District COVID-19 Dashboard

        View the Benton-Franklin Health District COVID-19 Dashboard HERE (NOTE: The latest 14-day rate per 1,000 people can be found on page two of the graph)

      School Support Teams

      • Please contact a member of your school’s COVID-19 Support Team for any of the following:

        • If a student has tested positive for COVID-19;
        • If a student has had a close contact with someone with COVID-19 or if the student has COVID-19 symptoms;
        • If a student does not pass any one of the daily health screening questions; 
        • If you need to know what date a student may return to school after they quarantine. 

         

         School COVID-19 Support Team

          Pasco Early Learning Center

          1315 N. 7th Avenue

          (509) 416-7848 

        Kristi Docken (Director)

        Jessica Cole (Nurse)

          Angelou Elementary

          6001 N. Road 84

          (509) 543-6748  

        Diana Cissne (Principal)

        Eric Christensen (Asst. Principal)

        Lisa Shero (Nurse)

          Captain Gray STEM Elementary

          1102 N. 10th Avenue

          (509) 547-2474 

        Alejandro Ortiz (Principal)

        Amanda Wilson (Asst. Principal)

        Kimberly Ringo (Nurse)

          Chess Elementary

          715 N. 24th Avenue

          (509) 543-6789 

        Dora Noble (Principal)

        Kylee Sixkiller-Bossert (Asst. Principal)

        Michelle Herres (Nurse)

          Columbia River Elementary

          9011 Burns Road

          (509) 546-7440

        Robin Hay (Principal)

        Lana Siemon (Asst. Principal)

        Erin Hultgrenn (Nurse)

          Curie STEM Elementary

          715 N. California Avenue

          (509) 416-7810

        Armando Castrellon (Principal)

        Ines Capetillo (Asst. Principal)

        Kim Lovelace (Nurse) 

          Emerson Elementary

          1616 W Octave Street

          (509) 543-6792

        Brooke Schuldheisz (Principal)

        Blanca Sabalza (Asst. Principal)

        Leighsa Henderson (Nurse) 

          Franklin STEM Elementary

          6010 Road 52

          (509) 416-7114  

        Jennifer Melendrez (Principal)

        Linnea Banta (Asst. Principal)

        Kelly Martin (Nurse)

          Frost Elementary

          1915 N. 22nd Avenue

          (509) 543-6795 

        Yvette Tovar-Herrera (Principal)

        Ramon Ayala (Asst. Principal)

        Nora Lopez (Nurse)

          Livingston Elementary

          2515 Road 84

          (509) 546-2688 

        Joe Jisa (Principal)

        Emily Gomez (Asst. Principal)

        Denise Lang (Nurse)

          Longfellow Elementary

          301 N. 10th Avenue

          (509) 547-2429 

        Claudia Serrano (Principal)

        Kristen Wren (Asst. Principal)

         

          Markham Elementary

          4031 Elm Road

          (509) 543-6790 

        Wendi Manthei (Principal)

        Erin Kerr (Asst. Principal)

        Kelli Mitchell (Nurse)

          McClintock STEM Elementary

          5706 N. Road 60 

          (509) 416-7808

        Waylon Duncan (Principal)

        Scott Raab (Asst. Principal)

        Rayechel Treece (Nurse) 

          McGee Elementary

          4601 Horizon Drive

          (509) 547-6583

         Wendy Lechelt-Polster (Principal)

        Holly Cozad (Asst. Principal)

        Cheryl Shank (Nurse)

          Robinson Elementary

          125 S. Wehe Street

          (509) 543-6086 

        Maria Sandoval (Principal)

        Kelly Leonard (Asst. Principal)

        Todd Riley (Nurse) 

          Three Rivers Elementary

          3901 Road 84

          (509)416-8602  

        Jamie Bacon (Principal)

        Wade Barrow (Asst. Principal)

        Wendy Ramos (Nurse)

          Twain Elementary

          1801 N. Road 40

          (509) 543-6794 

        Chip Elfering (Principal)

        Hilary Wingert (Asst. Principal)

        Nicole Acock (Nurse)

          Whittier Elementary

          616 N. Wehe Street

          (509) 543-6750 

        Victor Silva (Principal)

        Kathy Crowner (Asst. Principal)

        Carla Schultz (Nurse)

          McLoughlin Middle School

          2803 Road 88 

          (509) 547-4542 

        Vikki Fogelson (Principal)

        Melissa Abel (Nurse)

          Ochoa Middle School

          1801 E. Sheppard Street

          (509) 543-6742 

        Jacqueline Ramirez (Principal)

        Chris Cardenas (Asst. Principal)

        Sarah Cram (Nurse)

          Reynolds Middle School

          9507 Burns Road

          (509) 546-6000

        Shannon Lockard (Principal)

        Barbara Pierce (Asst. Principal)

        Stephane Szendre (Nurse)

          Stevens Middle School

          1120 N. 22nd Avenue 

          (509) 543-6798

        Raquel Martinez (Principal)

        Rosemary Gilliam (Asst. Principal)

        Kippy Becker (Nurse)

          Chiawana High School

          8125 W. Argent Road

          (509) 543-6786

        Jaime Morales (Principal)

        Brian Baker (Asst. Principal)

        Kate Hetzer (Nurse)

          Delta High School

          5801 Broadmoor Boulevard 

          (509) 416-7860 

        Mike Johnson (Principal)

        Tania Guaman-Covert (Asst. Principal)

        Kelli Mitchell (Nurse)

          New Horizons High School

          2020 W. Argent Road

          (509) 543-6796  

        Seth Johnson (Principal)

        Becky Hitchman (Asst. Principal)

        Billie Wensveen (Nurse)

          Pasco High School

          1108 N. 10th Avenue 

          (509) 547-5581

        Jake Stueckle (Principal)

        Greg Domingos (Asst. Principal)

        Rachael Stubblefield (Nurse)

      Masks/Prevention

      • Masks
         
        All staff, students, volunteers and guests must wear a mask while inside school buildings:
        • Masks are required in class and non-instructional times like on the bus to and from school and during passing times. Masks are not required when students are outside for recess or other outdoor activities. 
        • The only exceptions to wearing a mask are those with medical exemptions documented with a note from their health care provider (MD, DO, ARNP, PAC).
        • In addition to protecting you, wearing a face covering helps protect others in case you are infected but do not have symptoms. 

        A mask is: a tightly woven cloth face covering that covers both your nose and mouth. It can be:

        • A sewn mask with ties or straps that go around the head or behind the ears.
        • Made from a variety of materials like cotton, fleece or linen.
        • Factory-made or home-made.

        CDC: Your Guide to Masks

        Wearing a mask is easy once you know how:

        • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
        • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
        • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
        • Make sure you can breathe easily.
        • Try not to touch the face covering and hold by elastic around the ears instead. If you do accidentally, wash your hands. 

        CDC Infographic: How to Wear & Take Off a Mask

        Physical Distancing

        Each school will implement protocols to maintain a minimum separation between students and staff of 6 feet when students are inside, and also when they are outside at recess or physical education classes. Building-specific strategies to increase physical distancing may include:

        • Rearranging desks/tables to maximize the space between students
        • Keeping students in cohorts/clusters to the maximum extent possible
        • Reducing the number of students in hallways/restrooms and locker rooms at any time
        • Limiting access to only essential visitors or volunteers
        • Reducing congestion in office areas
        • Limiting building use outside of school hours to approved district activities

        Hand Washing & Hygiene

        Teachers will communicate, educate and reinforce appropriate hygiene, frequent handwashing and social distancing practices in ways that are developmentally appropriate for students. Hand sanitizer will be available if hand washing is not possible. 

        Water Bottles

        For safety reasons, all drinking fountains in the schools have been disabled at this time. Water bottle filling stations are available for student use. Students should bring their own water bottle to school marked with their first and last name. All bottles should have a lid or closure. 

        Daily Cleaning Protocols

        Custodians will perform daily cleaning/sanitizing of bathrooms, fixtures, office counters, and entryway touch surfaces following the typical morning visitor traffic. Throughout the day, custodians will sanitize other identified/prioritized common touch surfaces such as door push plates, door handles, sinks, water fountains, hand railings, etc. 

        Cleaning When There is a Report of Illness

        If a staff member or student leaves due to feeling ill, their workspace will be sanitized. An isolation room is provided for students while they wait to be picked up by a parent/guardian. Once empty, the isolation room will be sanitized. Staff members will leave the campus if they are feeling ill. 

        Confirmed case of COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols

        Cleaning and disinfection protocols for a probable case of COVID-19 will comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Access to areas visited by a probable case of COVID-19 will be restricted until cleaning and disinfection is completed.

        Classroom Tools and Materials 

        Schools will develop protocols for limiting shared teaching materials to those that can be easily cleaned and disinfected.

        Every building in the district is being equipped with ample PPE and cleaning supplies for staff and students to return to hybrid learning. The district has a plan in place to restock supplies when necessary. 

        Personal Protective Equipment

        Available school PPE includes:

        • Plexi-glass shields for all public-facing /walk-up secretary service windows 
        • Disposable masks at building entry points for individuals in need of face coveringsHand sanitizer station close to the walk-up service window(s)
        • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in the office area, health room and isolation room
        • Hand sanitizer stations placed at multiple locations throughout the school buildings, including dry portable classrooms. 
        • Every classroom is equipped with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes

        Restocking Classroom Supplies

        If a classroom teacher needs to replenish their classroom supplies, the teacher will contact the designated building secretary or administrator. Each building has a stock of gloves, disinfectant wipes, sanitizer and spray to replenish classrooms. When a building needs to replenish their building stock, the building secretary will contact the district purchasing manager. The district maintains a stock of items in the warehouse and continues to order stock as needed.