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COVID-19 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 related to COVID-19.

Positive COVID Test Isolation Requirements

Any student or staff member who is positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for at least 5 days, regardless of vaccination status. If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they can return to campus when all of the following criteria are met:

  • At least 5 days have passed since symptoms began or since the date of their positive test, AND

  • They test negative on a rapid antigen test on or after the evening of day 5 since symptoms began or since their positive test, AND

  • No symptoms are present or symptoms are resolving, AND

  • No fever within the past 48 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

  • Students and staff should continue monitoring for symptoms and must wear a well-fitted mask around others through day 10 at all times.

  • Students and staff must take extra care to observe all health and safety practices through Day 10, and must eat outdoors while socially distanced or alone in an indoor space.


Close Contact/Exposure Guidelines (Updated May 10)

Students and staff do not need to quarantine after exposure, however they must:

  • Wear a kn95 mask, n95 mask or 2 surgical masks at all times when around others on campus, both indoors and outdoors, for 10 days after exposure.
  • Test 5 to 7 days after exposure.
    • If the test is positive or they develop symptoms, they must isolate according to school isolation and quarantine polices. If the test is negative, an individual must continue masking at all times through day 10.
    • Note: A PCR test 5-7 days after exposure is preferred, but any FDA-approved rapid antigen test will also be accepted. If using rapid tests, a test should be taken on day 5 after exposure and again 24 hours later.
On-Going Close Contact Guidelines (Updated May 10)

If a vaccinated student or staff member has an on-going exposure to a COVID-positive household member, the student or staff must quarantine from school for 5 days from the onset of the household member's symptoms or positive test. If no symptoms have developed for the student or staff after day 5 of quarantine, they can return to school on day 6 under the following conditions:

  • Must take a rapid test each morning before coming to school for days 6-10 following exposure. As long as the test is negative, a student or staff can come to campus. If the test is positive or they develops symptoms, they must isolate according to school isolation and quarantine polices.
  • Must wear a mask at all times around others on campus, both indoors and outdoors, through day 10 following exposure. Mask must be a kn95 mask, n95 mask or 2 surgical masks.
  • Must eat outdoors at least 6 feet away from others, or alone in an indoor space, for days 6-10 following exposure.

Weekly Covid Testing

We will continue to offer weekly COVID testing on campus until further notice.


Daily Health Screening

Parents and guardians should screen their student daily for symptoms of COVID-19. However, you are no longer required to complete the Magnus Health screening app and students will not be screened upon arrival to campus.


Travel Policy

Forest Ridge will continue to enforce the CDC’s travel guidance for our faculty, staff and students. Currently, this guidance includes different quarantine requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

  • Unvaccinated individuals who travel outside of Washington State via commercial transportation (ie plane, train, bus, etc.) must: 
    • Unvaccinated individuals who drive out of state are not required to quarantine when they return.
    • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
      • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
      • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
      Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
      • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who travel outside of Washington State are not required to quarantine post-travel provided they are not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

Visitors to Campus

To minimize our students’ exposure to COVID-19, the Forest Ridge campus will only be accessible to visitors via invitation. As such, campus will not be entirely closed, but non-essential visitors, including parents/guardians and families, will only be allowed on campus if invited by a member of our faculty or staff for an event or individual meeting. If a parent, guardian or family member must come to campus for a non-scheduled visit (to drop off materials, pick up a student, etc.), s/he should call reception for instructions before entering campus.

All visitors must check in at the Sacred Heart Center for a health screening and to receive a visitor badge. Forest Ridge reserves the right to deny entrance to campus to anyone who is exhibiting signs of COVID-19. At this time, regardless of vaccination status, visitors to campus will be required to wear masks indoors.


Stay at Home if Sick

While Forest Ridge will no longer require students to complete a daily health screening before their arrival to school, it is critical that students and faculty/staff exhibiting any signs of illness stay home, even if symptoms are not believed to be related to COVID-19. 

Parents/guardians should report illness to Christina Dyson (MS and HS) and provide updates if the symptoms persist or change. Any student who has a fever will be required to remain at home until she is fever-free for 48 hours without the use of medication.

Forest Ridge has adopted this framework for determining when you may bring your student(s) to campus, when you should keep your student(s) away from campus and the appropriate next steps.


Illness at School

If a student develops symptoms at school, the student will be isolated in a designated room 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. 


Indoor Mask Requirements (Updated March 9)

Beginning Monday, March 14, masks will be optional while indoors on campus, except in the following situations when masks will be required:

  • Indoor all-school gatherings and indoor full-division (MS or HS) gatherings
  • Indoor performing arts classes and performing arts extracurricular activities
  • On Forest Ridge buses (masks must be worn at all times while inside the bus)

Should our community COVID level move to the high category (as per the CDC community COVID levels), we will require masking for all individuals indoors (masks are not required outdoors at any time). 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.


Outdoor Mask Policy

Per the Department of Health and CDC, face coverings are not required outdoors.


Physical Distancing Practices

In accordance with the recent Washington State Department of Health update, Forest Ridge will continue to physically distance students when in a classroom and during times when masks cannot be worn, such as eating lunch. We will maximize opportunities to increase physical space to the degree possible when indoors. During exercise, singing, cheering or shouting, we will move outside or to large, well-ventilated spaces when possible.


Hand Hygiene

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. Faculty, staff and students will be required to “gel in and gel out” of all classroom spaces upon arrival and dismissal from class.


Ventilation 

Good ventilation and indoor air quality are important in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. As a result, Forest Ridge made significant updates to our HVAC systems including the addition of hospital grade MERV 13 filters and ionizers. In addition, we will continue to use our outdoor spaces throughout the school day whenever possible and we will continue to open windows regardless of the weather. Students will be required to wear the Forest Ridge uniform this year, so it is important to have the appropriate uniform layers for comfortable outdoor learning.


Bus Procedures 

Every student riding the bus is required to wear a mask for the entire ride, regardless of vaccination status.


Vaccination Policy
  • 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 (currently those age 5 and older), and their eligible family members, to get fully vaccinated as we enter the 2021-2022 school year.
  • You are considered fully vaccinated:
    • Two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series (PfizerBioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after you have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen),
    • AND have had a booster dose if it’s been six months from your original mRNA dose or more than two months after the J&J vaccine.

Vaccination Verification
  • Forest Ridge must verify the vaccination status of every member of our faculty/staff and student body. Doing so will allow us to implement the proper quarantine requirements for students post travel and/or exposure. Parents/guardians must indicate their student(s)’s vaccination status by completing this form. 
  • Proof of vaccination must be submitted to Melissa Jones, COVID-19 Site Coordinator, via email before the start of the school year. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:
    • CDC vaccination card which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date(s) administered, or
    • A photo of the vaccination card.
    • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider with the information listed above.
    • State immunization information system record with the information listed above.
    • Other school immunization record system that provides the information above
  • Please note that any student whose vaccination status is not recorded with the School will be treated as an unvaccinated student when enforcing health and safety protocols. 

Questions?

Please contact Melissa Jones, our COVID-19 Site Coordinator at mjones@forestridge.org. 

Email Melissa