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

 96% of our staff are fully vaccinated.

Only essential personnel and students are permitted in the building

Temperatures of staff and students are checked daily

Everyone completes health screening at drop-off

 Students and staff wear masks at all times and transitions are carefully mapped to avoid congestion

Our large classrooms and small class sizes permit us to have desk spaced three feet apart

Students are kept in grade-level cohorts, and snack and lunch is served in classrooms rather than the Café

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.

  • 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 7:45-5:00 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 will complete training in health and safety protocols on an ongoing basis.  

  • Screening - Although daily health attestation screenings are no longer required by DOH, 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 directions here.  

  • Masks - All staff and students must continue to always wear face coverings/masks indoors and outdoors (unless eating/drinking), regardless of vaccination status.  Students should come in their own mask, which should be washed daily if it is a cloth mask, and we recommend that students have some practice at home prior to wearing one for a full day and bring several masks with them that they can change into if needed.  Masks with vents/valves and gaiters are not permitted. A student must have a medical exclusion signed from their doctor on file to wear a face shield only. Students who do not have a medical exclusion are required to always wear a mask. Learn More     

  • 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 will continue.   

  • Physical distancing - All individuals within the CHA building should maintain a physical distance of at least three or more feet between people to the degree possible. DOH and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have been clear that social distancing requirements cannot and will not prevent any or all student(s) from attending all day in person.  

  • 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.

  • 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 and fully vaccinated to be onsite. 

  • Closure Communication - In the event of a closure due to exposure, families in the grade affected will be notified via email and text. 

  • Student Rotations - Students will rotate within their grade level pod for academic and for specialist classes in the specialists' classrooms.  They will remain with their homeroom group for Specialists classes. Students who participate in Extended Day will do so within their grade level pod.  

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

  • Morning Drop Off - Always remain in your vehicle.  Have your child’s grade, first and last name visible on a paper in the right passenger window, Health Checkers will approach, ask you to confirm you have completed the attestation, and escort your child into CHA.  

  • 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 will be delivered already plated and all grades will eat in their classrooms, not in the cafeteria, to reduce the size of the group they are exposed to when they take their masks off to eat.  
  • Extracurricular Program - classes are on pause for now as we look to reduce outside vendors entering our school and mixing up student pods. This will be revisited later in the year and updated for Spring should requirements change. 
  • Parent Teacher Meetings - Curriculum Night and Goal Setting Conferences will be held online.
  • Quarantine guidelines for the 2021-22 year - The Washington Department of Health have made changes to the definition of close contact for K-12 education. Students may not be considered a close contact if they are wearing their masks and maintaining the new physical distancing guideline of three feet from one another to the degree possible. We will, of course, continue to consult with public health officials, but this means we will likely have fewer students required to quarantine because they are determined to be close contacts in our school.  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. 

Washington Department of Public Health requires that a school must offer one of the following two options, or a combination of these options which require testing to shorten quarantine, and  reduce days out of the classroom while balancing the need to limit transmission:  

  1. CDC Option 2 - 7 Day with Negative Test (Students and Staff)  
  2. 7 Day Test to Stay Modified Quarantine (Students only, not Staff). This option does not apply to students who have been identified as having close contact from a community-related transmission (e.g., household, social activity, or event). This option must be submitted and approved by the local health authority. 

At CHA, most concerns are not on-site; exposure is occurring at after-school activities. Therefore, CHA is not seeking to implement the Test to Stay program listed above as number two. The first option above is the option we will follow moving forward. In this update, in accordance with the CDC, we have removed the household exclusion for exposure, if the household is symptom-free and the exposed individual is following the CDC Option 2 Return. If the exposed individual becomes symptomatic or positive, the household would be excluded.   

If a student (the “exposed student”) is in close contact (as defined by CDC) with a positive individual: 

  • Their parents need to inform the school.   

  • The exposed student must stay out of school and can return when meeting applicable return criteria. 

  • Enrolled siblings of the exposed student can continue to attend provided the exposed student is following the 7 Day Test Return Option  

If a household member (“exposed household member”) of an enrolled student is in close contact (as defined by CDC) with a positive individual: 

  • Their parents need to inform the school 
  • Enrolled students can continue to attend provided the exposed household member(s) is following the 7 Day Test Return Option 

7 Day Test Return Option: 

  • Quarantine for at least 7 days from the date of exposure. 

  • Test immediately upon learning of the exposure. 

  • Test again between day 5-7 following the exposure.   

  • Provided tested negative and still asymptomatic, return on Day 8; and 

  • Continue to mask, social distance, and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. 

International Travel - If students travel internationally, they will still be required to quarantine for 10 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.

Exposures - As part of our response process 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. While 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

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