• COVID-19 Safety Protocols

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  • Pasco School District has implemented several safety measures and protocols due to COVID-19. 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.

    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 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 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 required notifications. The district regularly meets with BFHD to review case rates, COVID protocols, and safety recommendations.

        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 complete a case investigation and notify high-risk individuals if there was a potential exposure identified. The school district will also post information about confirmed cases on this page.

        Case Investigations
        The Benton-Franklin Health District partners with the school district to conduct case investigations, when necessary, following the DOH's Guidance to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in K-12 Schools. As outlined in this guide, close contacts are generally defined as follows:

        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)

      COVID-19 Health Screening/Info

      Masks/Prevention

      • Masks
         
        Beginning March 12, masks will become optional in our school buildings and buses. Staff and students will have the choice to wear a mask at school, with the expectation that others’ choices will be respected.  
         

        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

        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. 

        Cleaning Protocols

        Custodians will perform daily cleaning/sanitizing of bathrooms, office counters, and high-touch surfaces. Additionally, custodians will routinely clean other identified/prioritized surfaces such as door push plates, door handles, sinks, water fountains, hand railings, etc. 

        An isolation room is provided for students who become ill at school where they can safely 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 following notification of a positive COVID-19 case will comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

        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 coverings
        • Hand sanitizer stations 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 PPE team. The district maintains a stock of items in the warehouse and continues to order stock as needed. 

         

         

      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 AND 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)

        Nicole Desmarias (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)

        Erin Gwinn (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)

        Meghan Jones (Nurse)

          Longfellow Elementary

          301 N. 10th Avenue

          (509) 547-2429 

        Claudia Serrano (Principal)

        Kristen Wren (Asst. Principal)

        Tricia Fotheringham (Nurse)

          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)

        Denise Lang (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)

        Eriberto Frias (Asst. Principal)

        Wendy Ramos (Nurse)

          Twain Elementary

          1801 N. Road 40

          (509) 543-6794 

        Chip Elfering (Principal)

        Hilary Wingert (Asst. Principal)

        Kimberly Sanchez (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)