COVID-19 Contact Tracing in Battle Ground Public Schools

The health and safety of our students is a top priority. To keep students, staff and families safe, Battle Ground Public Schools is following state health and safety requirements for COVID-19, including the wearing of masks, physical distancing, cleaning, ventilation and contact tracing. Visit our Coronavirus information page for more information.

What can families do to help?

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools is to keep children at home if they are experiencing any symptoms. Information on symptoms and when to keep your child home can be found in our Health and Attendance brochure and the COVID-19 Student Symptom Flow Chart

A student who comes to school exhibiting symptoms will be moved to a staffed isolation room until they can be picked up. Parents will receive information on testing and steps for the student’s return to school.

In the event of a positive case in a school building, contact tracing is done to determine if there were any close contacts. Families of close contacts will be contacted directly and provided information on quarantining and returning to the classroom.

What qualifies as “Close Contact?”

Close contacts were within a defined distance of a known or likely case for a combined total of 15 or more minutes over a 24-hour period. In classrooms, the distance is 3 feet student-to-student, or 6 feet adult-to-student and adult-to-adult. Outside of classrooms the distance is 6 feet, including on buses, in cafeterias, and in hallways.

Administrators in each school have worked to space students at least 6 feet apart outside of classrooms whenever reasonable and possible, and 3 feet apart in classrooms whenever reasonable and possible, to limit the number of close contacts.

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Contact tracing on school buses

Washington’s Department of Health requires that students and drivers wear masks while riding buses to and from school. DOH rules also mandate contact tracing for close contacts at a distance of 6 feet on buses. Whenever possible, students are spaced or grouped by family cohort. Weather permitting, windows are kept open to increase air circulation. Should there be a rider who tests positive for COVID-19, seating charts are used to determine close contacts. That would include anyone sitting within 6 feet of the positive case (see chart for example).

Returning to school

Students or staff who test positive are required to isolate for 10 days after the date they receive a positive test result. They can return to school after 10 days if they do not have symptoms or have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and other symptoms are improving.

Fully vaccinated close contacts, or those with documentation of a previous COVID-19 diagnosis within the past 90 days, are not required to quarantine so long as they do not develop symptoms; however, molecular (PCR) testing is highly encouraged within 3-5 days of exposure.

Unvaccinated close contacts are required to quarantine and will be given information on doing so, as well as a timeline for returning to school.   

  • Unvaccinated close contacts who experience no symptoms may choose to test with a molecular (PCR) test on Day 5 following exposure, and if test results are negative, may return to school on Day 8.
  • Unvaccinated close contacts who are unable or unwilling to test with a molecular (PCR) test, and are experiencing no symptoms may return to school on Day 11 following exposure.

Any close contact who develops symptoms will be considered a “likely” COVID-19 case.  Likely cases must begin a 10-day isolation period just as if they had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact, they may need to get tested. When getting your child tested for COVID-19, please note that Battle Ground Public Schools can only accept results from molecular or PCR tests (we are not able to accept results from antigen or home tests).

Clark County Public Health offers information on COVID-19 testing.

Health & Safety Protocols

  • Please keep your child home if they are running a fever or experiencing other symptoms of illness. See our Health and Attendance brochure and the COVID-19 Student Symptom Flow Chart for more information.
  • A positive case of COVID-19 in school will result in notifications to staff, and the district posts information about confirmed and likely cases on a COVID-19 dashboard maintained on the district website.
  • The state Department of Health is requiring all people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors at school and on school buses. There are a few exceptions for people with medical and developmental conditions or a disability that prevent them from wearing a mask.
  • Schools will maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students in classrooms to the degree possible and reasonable, and 6 feet elsewhere to the degree possible and reasonable without limiting the district’s ability to serve all students.
  • For the purposes of contact tracing in classrooms, close contacts are those who are within 3 feet of a person who is positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period. In all other spaces, close contacts are those who are within 6 feet of a positive person.
  • Students who are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact will not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.

If you chose for your student to be vaccinated, please send proof of vaccination to your school office. This will help during contact tracing to identify close contact students who are fully vaccinated and will not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. You can email proof to your school office or drop it by.

Learning at home while quarantining

We know how important it is for students to continue to receive educational services while at home. During the student’s quarantine period:

  • Teachers will provide work materials or post plans on Google Classroom that include assignments/homework, learning objectives and success criteria, required activities and assessments, with any associated due dates.  
  • Teachers will respond to all parent/guardian and student communications within two business days when possible.  
  • Students should check email or Google Classroom daily for assignments to be completed for each class. Complete each assignment and share with the teacher.
  • Students should reach out to the teacher if you have any questions about assigned work.
  • If you need assistance beyond what your teacher is providing, students and families are encouraged to reach out to a school administrator.
  • Families should call the school main office if you have any questions about issues around your student’s quarantining period or if they become symptomatic.

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