Health and Safety
Health and Safety Practices and Policies
The health and safety of our community is a top priority at Forest Ridge. This page serves as a community resource for health and safety practices.
Vaccination is the most effective mitigation strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, in accordance with the Washington State Department of Health vaccine guidance, Forest Ridge strongly encourages all our eligible students, and their eligible family members, to get fully vaccinated and stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines as we enter the 2022-2023 school year.
All employees, volunteers and indoor contractors in educational settings are required to be fully vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption per Governor’s proclamation 21-14.3.
Stay at Home if Sick
Students and faculty/staff exhibiting any signs of illness or symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home and get tested for COVID-19 (at-home rapid antigen tests are accepted). We encourage all families to take advantage of Washington State’s Say Yes! COVID Test program that provides up to 2 boxes of free COVID test per household each month.
If a student develops symptoms at school, the student will be isolated in a designated room and tested for COVID using a rapid antigen test, and parents/guardians will be called for immediate pickup. When you arrive to campus to pick-up a sick student, please call 425-641-0700 to receive further instructions about where to meet your student.
If a student tests positive for COVID, families should follow the School's COVID Isolation Protocol. If a student tests negative, but has had a fever within the last 24 hours or their symptoms are not improving, they must remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and their symptoms are improving.
Parents/guardians should report illness to Christina Dyson (email@example.com) and provide updates if the symptoms persist or change.
COVID Isolation Protocol
In alignment with the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools, any student or staff member who is positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate at home for at least 5 days, regardless of vaccination status.
- A student or staff member may return after five full days of isolation (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or positive test) if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms have improved and they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. If an individual returns before day 10 without a negative rapid antigen test, they must wear a well-fitting kn95 or n95 mask at all times, must eat outdoors socially distanced or in a designated isolation lunch space and must be diligent about COVID mitigation measures including hand washing and distancing during days 6-10 of infection.
- Additionally, individuals who choose to test and continue to test positive with a rapid antigen test after five full days of isolation are required to complete the 10 full days of isolation.
- Testing after day 10 is not recommended.
Communicate if COVID-Positive
Parents/guardians must contact Melissa Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org), our COVID-19 Site Coordinator, to report your student’s positive test results. Our ability to appropriately reduce the risk of an outbreak relies on our families’ compliance with this procedure. Your student’s and family’s identity will remain confidential. In addition, parents/guardians should email Christina Dyson, School Office Coordinator, at email@example.com, to notify the School of your student’s absence due to COVID.
Household COVID Exposure
Household exposures often result in prolonged and repeated contact with positive individuals. A student or staff member who is continuously exposed at home, regardless of vaccination status, is required to test every 24-48 hours until 5 days after the last positive household member’s 10-day isolation has ended or 5 days after the positive household member tests negative, whichever comes first.
Testing Following Exposure
Regardless of vaccination status, the DOH no longer requires exposed students or faculty/staff to quarantine if they have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19. However, to protect the community, individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms and test as soon as possible after exposure and then repeat testing every 24-48 hours through at least the first 5 days after exposure. Families do not need to notify our COVID-19 coordinator of exposure or negative test results following exposure.
While masks are no longer required in schools, there may be situations when the administration requires masks indoors. Should our community COVID level move to the high category (as per the CDC’s COVID community levels), we will require masking for all individuals indoors if it continues to be recommended by the CDC. In addition, if we were to have an outbreak on campus, our COVID team will assess the campus spread and reserve the right to require certain classes or grade levels to mask indoors for short periods of time to prevent any further spread. Please note, masks are no longer required on the Forest Ridge buses. While masks are optional, Forest Ridge supports an individual’s choice to mask or not mask (when it is not required), and will not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind related to an individual’s choice regarding masking.
While we will no longer provide weekly diagnostic testing on campus, we will administer rapid-antigen tests to students and faculty/staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. If a student presents with symptoms of COVID-19, they are required to test for COVID-19 before coming to campus. We encourage all families to take advantage of Washington State’s Say Yes! COVID Test program that provides up to 2 boxes of free COVID test per household each month. Most insurance covers the costs of up to 8 at home tests per individual per month.
Increased attention to hand hygiene is an important mitigation strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19. Students should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently throughout the day. In addition, they should use hand sanitizer to clean their hands upon entering new spaces.
Good ventilation and indoor air quality are important in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The Forest Ridge HVAC systems include hospital grade MERV 13 filters and ionizers.
Visitors to Campus
Campus is now open to visitors and parents. All visitors and parents must check in at the Sacred Heart Center to receive a visitor badge. Please do not visit campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 days. Forest Ridge reserves the right to deny entrance to campus to anyone who is exhibiting signs of COVID-19. If you test positive within 48 hours of visiting campus, please email our COVID-19 Site Coordinator, Melissa Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Melissa Jones, our COVID-19 Site Coordinator at email@example.com.