Morning Wellness screening and what to do if your student is absent due to illness.
I want to thank all of our students, families, and staff for their collective effort to keep everyone safe. Since last spring when students returned to in-person learning we have not had a single case of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in our school. This is strong evidence that the safety procedures we have in place are working. We can’t become complacent however, so we need everyone to continue to be vigilant about staying home when sick, wearing face coverings, and washing hands. We are all in this together and each of us play an important role in the safety of our school community. At the beginning of the year, I encouraged you to make completing the Wellness Screening a part of your student’s morning routine. You will find Wellness Screening in Skyward Family or Student Access.
These important questions help determine whether a student should be coming to school or not. As we approach cold and flu season many of the symptoms that you might associate with these viral infections are the same as those of COVID-19. If someone has these symptoms there is no way to know for sure whether it is COVID or not without taking a COVID test. It is also important to recognize that the same protective measures that can prevent COVID transmission are effective at preventing cold and flu transmission. Wearing face coverings and frequent hand washing are key methods of illness prevention. Remember, keeping your student home when they are sick is a way of protecting others in our school community. If your student is showing symptoms of illness, it is important that you communicate this with our attendance office via email at RoseHillMSAttend@lwsd.org or you can call the attendance hotline 425-936-2461. If you do call and leave a message it is important to share why your student is staying home. For more information about attendance processes and policies, please visit the Attendance page on the RHMS website.
If a student is absent due to illness someone from the LWSD contact tracing team will reach out to you but it may take 48 hours for this to occur. If your child has one or more of the symptoms listed above on the Wellness Screening, they will need to stay home for 10 days from when their symptoms started. Your student may be able to return sooner if they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test, 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without medication), AND symptoms have improved. If you choose to have your student tested, please send the NEGATIVE test results to COVIDContactTracing@lwsd.org AND RoseHillMSAttend@lwsd.org.
Joe Gorder, Principal