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Teacher Appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize and honor all our outstanding teachers who are the heart and soul of education. Thank you, teachers, for working hard each and every day to elevate our students to become successful in school and beyond. We celebrate you today and every day!

One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from Character.org, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.

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    Too Sick for School

    Go to Pathway Forward for the latest updates on the 2021-22 school year.

    COVID-like symptoms

    If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours PLEASE keep them home and contact your school nurse. If they show any of the following symptoms at school, it is necessary to pick your student up as soon as possible. Return to school must be approved by the nurse after going home sick.

    • Fever of 100.4 or above
    • Headache
    • Cough
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Sore throat
    • Chills
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Muscle pain or body aches
    • Diarrhea

    Contact your medical provider if your student is experiencing any other symptoms that are concerning to you.

    Isolation

    If a person with COVID-19 symptoms does not get tested for SARS-CoV-2 or does not see a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis, they should follow the same isolation guidance as persons who test positive for COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2. This is irrespective of vaccination status.

    A student, child, or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate at home, regardless of vaccination status. The isolation period is 10 full days from the start of symptoms or the date of positive test.

    The individual may return to school/care after 5 full days of isolation if: 

    • Their symptoms have improved or they are asymptomatic, AND 
    • They are without a fever for the past 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications. 

    AND IF returning to school/care days 6-10, the individual is required to: 

    • Wear a well-fitted mask or face shield with a drape during days 6-10 of their isolation period, consistent with CDC guidance, OR 
    • Test negative with an antigen or at-home test any day after day 5 before returning without a mask. Testing beyond day 10 is not necessary. 

    If the individual is not able to wear a well-fitted mask or face shield with a drape, AND does not test negative, they are required to continue isolating through day 10.

    Updated 4/11/22.
     

    Quarantine

    Regardless of vaccination status, students, children, and staff who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 should be encouraged to:

    • Monitor for symptoms
      AND
    • Consider wearing a well-fitted mask (if age appropriate) for 10 days after the last date of exposure, especially during activities like high-risk indoor sports, performing arts, etc.,
      AND
    • Get tested 3-5 days after their last exposure. Molecular (PCR/NAAT), antigen and at home tests are acceptable. If they test positive, they must isolate.
      • For individuals who have been recently infected (within the past 90 days), antigen testing should be performed as PCR results may remain persistently positive and not be indicative of a new, active infection.

    DOH quarantine guidelines

    Updated 4/11/22.

    Additional too sick for school symptoms

    If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home and contact your school nurse.

    • Scabies
    • Rash
    • Ear infection
    • Eye infection