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Our community's physical well-being and safety come first.

 96% of our staff are fully vaccinated.

 Mask wearing is optional for students and staff

Everyone completes daily health screening 

Students are kept in grade-level cohorts at lunch and recess

Our community's physical well-being and safety come first. We will update this page as the situation evolves. Some protocols will remain, others will go away, some may adjust, and new COVID-19 prevention strategies will be implemented in response to public health guidance. We will publish updates here and share with families in Campus Updates.

COVID-19 Symptom and Exposure Flowchart

  • Contacts – Please contact our health and safety directors Josh Tate and Kaylee Strachan regarding symptoms, exposures, and any health-related questions. Please include date of symptom onset, testing dates, names of affected individuals, and any results available in your email. 

  • Informed Consent - All families re required to complete the COVID Informed Consent form. 

  • Hours - We are open from 7:30-5:30 with classes starting at 8:30 (students are considered tardy at 8:35), with before and after school childcare. Before school childcare (Extended Day) will be free while we required to screen. Classes finish at 3:00 for Kindergarten and 3:30 for 1st through 5th grades. 

  • Health training -  All staff members complete training in health and safety protocols on an ongoing basis.  

  • Screening -  CHA requires at-home temperature checks for the household, and a daily attestation to be completed.  Students will not be allowed access to the building without a completed attestation. The app we use for attestations is the My Bright Day Screening App. You can find the app directions here, and the screening questions here.

  • Masks - From Monday, March 14th, wearing of masks became optional. 

  • Vaccinations - Now that the vaccine is available to children 12 and under, we will follow the guidance of the Department of Health and the Bright Horizons COVID team regarding vaccinations for K-5 students. 

  • Daily cleaning - The daily cleaning of classrooms and common spaces continues. 

  • Classes - All classes are in-person. There will be no online classes unless an entire grade is excluded because of exposure. Staff or students who are excluded for symptoms will follow the same procedure as if they would when sick.

  • Exposure and Closure Communication - If there is a confirmed case within our community, we share reports of those cases with the local public health authority and we coordinate with that authority to make the best decisions on behalf of our school. We cannot provide personal information about the individual for privacy reasons. Anyone in our school community identified by the local public health authority as directly impacted by a potential exposure will receive an email from a member of the school management team. If you have questions or concerns about a possible exposure, you can also reach out directly to the Washington Department of Health’s COVID help number at 1-800-525-0127.

  • Closure following exposure - Depending on the timing of the exposure, and case by case guidance from the DOH/BH COVID team, we may implement REACH or offer childcare. If either of these options is offered because of an exposure that occurred at school, siblings in other grades can still come to school if they are symptom-free. If the closure is caused by an exposure that occurred outside school, siblings in other grades need to be symptom-free to be onsite. If 75% of students are fully vaccinated and the grade is exposed, we will not close or go online. The class will remain open to all students who are asymptomatic. 

  • Visitors - CHA is not permitting nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations.  Parents are able to enter the building to drop off or pick up.    

  • Morning Drop Off - Since March 28th we just have one car line for drop off at the lower entrance, Parents wishing to bring their child in can park up in the upper parking lot.

  • Afternoon Pick Up - Always remain in your vehicle. Have your child’s grade, first and last name visible on a paper in the right passenger window, students will be escorted to your vehicle. Do not park across the street and walk across to pick up. Do not approach staff who are putting students in vehicles asking to get your child.  It impedes the flow of traffic, is a safety concern, and impacts all families. Follow the traffic map to drive to your designated space:  
  • Extended Day - Students may participate in Extended Day within their grade level pod from 8:00 (7:45 for 4th, 5th and their siblings) - 8:30 and 3:00-5:00 for K and 8:00-8:30 (7:45 for 4th,5th and their siblings) and 3:30-5:00 for 1-5 grade.  Please notify your child’s teacher if they will be Early Out and need to go to carline instead of participating in PM Extended Day. If your child is participating in AM Extended Day prior to 8:00 am, please proceed to the carline where you will be screened for your child will be escorted to class.    
  • Extended Day Pick Up – If you signed up for an extended day plan, you will pick your child up between 4:00-5:00 pm at the front entrance. Please park in the upper lot and walk up to the front door. Kaylee (or someone at the front desk) will greet you at the doors, and your child will be called to the front. Please remain at the door until your child comes outside to you; children should not be walking through the parking lot alone to the car. A late fee of $10 per minute will be incurred should you pick up after 5:00.  
  • Food - AM, PM, and Extended Day Snack will be served in classrooms. School lunches for 1st through 5th are pre-plated and eaten in the cafe.  
  • Extracurricular Program - classes will resume in the fall. 
  • Parent Teacher Meetings - Curriculum Night and Goal Setting Conferences will be held online.
  • Quarantine guidelines for the 2021-22 year - Please refer to the COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure Flowchart from Washington State Dept. of Health above to see if your child needs to isolate.  Please find more information on the department of health website here.  Below is specific information if a student must stay home: 

    • As a parent, you can excuse their absence as you would for any other illness, and your student’s teacher will treat that absence like any other illness. 
    • Make-Up Work - Please refer to the handbook  'Attendances and Absences' section for our policy on making up work that is missed.

    • In the event of a whole classroom closure, our teachers will provide remote instruction to the class while students are at home. Teachers will instruct from their classrooms.  

Testing – If an individual needs to be tested due to exposure or symptoms, there are two options listed below. The results will be sent to the Bright Horizons COVID team for approval before the household can return to CHA.  

  • PCR test – please send results that include patient name, date of test, and results to Kaylee and Josh. 

  • Rapid/antigen test – test negative then complete the Early Return Certification and send to Kaylee and Josh. Please note if you are testing due to symptoms, this test may only be used 2 days or more after the onset of symptoms. 

International Travel - If students travel internationally, they will still be required to quarantine for 5 days on return if they are not fully vaccinated. Anyone who is fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks after the second dose) and travels internationally will not need to quarantine upon return. If you plan to travel internationally, please notify your child’s teacher of the dates of travel and provide proof of vaccination. 

King County  Public Health | Washington Department of Health | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - School Settings

Health and safety protocols

These have been developed based on guidance from the CDC, state and local public authorities, and in partnership with Dr. Kristin Moffitt, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Bright Horizons COVID-19 resources can be found here