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. To learn more about case investigations, including contact tracing and isolation or quarantine requirements and testing information, visit our Contact Tracing in Battle Ground Public Schools information page.

Coronavirus

The health of our children is important to all of us. Battle Ground Public Schools wants to assure families that it is closely monitoring the situation and working directly with Clark County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health as it does for all matters concerning public health.

How it spreads
According to Clark County Public Health, the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads largely through close contact (within 6 feet) of an infected person. Similar to influenza or other respiratory viruses, it is spread most commonly through droplets when people cough, sneeze, or talk. The proper use of masking and physical distancing has been shown to limit the spread of COVID-19 in congregate settings.

COVID Safety Requirements in Schools

The district posts information about cases in schools on a COVID-19 dashboard.

  • 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.
  • 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. These exemptions require documentation from a qualified medical or rehabilitation specialist.
  • 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 other school spaces, the close contact distance is 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.

What families can do

The state of Washington is encouraging people to get an annual flu shot, practice physical distancing, and wear facial coverings.

Clark County Public Health advises that everyday practices to prevent colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses can also protect people against coronaviruses, including COVID-19. The agency recommends people take the following actions to keep themselves healthy:

  • Stay home when you are sick. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (see the CDC’s list of COVID-19 symptoms), have not been tested for the virus, and have had no close contact of someone with COVID-19, then stay home until 10 days after symptoms started AND at least 24 hours have passed since the fever resolved without medication AND symptoms have improved.
    See Battle Ground Public Schools’ COVID-19 Student Screening Flow Chart.
  • When you report your student’s absence, please provide details about your child’s specific symptoms.
  • Wear a facial covering
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Vaccinations are available for eligible people. Information on vaccines is available from Clark County Public Health. COVID-19 vaccination is not required for students to attend school.

Talk with your family
Parents, please talk with your children about proper hand washing and hygiene techniques.

Talking With Children during infectious disease outbreaks (PDF) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a good resource for talking with your children about a disease outbreak.

Thank you

Thank you for your support as we work together to keep our students healthy.

FAQ

If you have children or family members with other medical conditions that put them at higher risk for the flu, talk to your healthcare provider about planning specific to your family.

If your child is showing a symptom of COVID-19, please

  1. Contact your healthcare provider
  2. Report the symptom(s) to and follow up with your school nurse or principal
  3. Refer to the COVID-19 Student Screening Flow Chart

We provide information to families via several methods:
Battle Ground website for updates
Email
Automated phone call
Social media
BGPS Information line: (360) 885-5343

More information about district communications is on the District Communications page.

Coronavirus information

Clark County Public Health
COVID-19 cases in Clark County schools

Novel coronavirus web page

Novel coronavirus fact sheet
(Spanish) (Russian)

Washington State Department of Health
2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)

Requirements for schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
About Coronavirus website

Protecting Yourself and Others

Help keep our students healthy

Please keep children at home when they are sick. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (see the CDC’s list of COVID-19 symptoms), have not been tested for the virus, and have had no close contact of someone with COVID-19, then stay home until 10 days after symptoms started AND at least 24 hours have passed since the fever resolved without medication AND symptoms have improved.

COVID Screening Flow Chart

COVID-19 Student Screening Flow Chart (Battle Ground Public Schools PDF)

Diagrama de Sintomas de COVID-19 para Estudiantes (PDF)

Таблица симптомов COVID-19 у учащихся (PDF)

What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Washington Department of Health PDF)

Stop the Spread of Germs poster

Stop the Spread of Germs COVID-19 poster (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention PDF)
(Spanish)

Parent Resources

Talking With Children during infectious disease outbreaks (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

When and How to Wash Your Hands (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Masks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people wear masks to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus

School requirements during the pandemic

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Department of Health have issued requirements for schools during the public health crisis.

OSPI’s COVID-19 Guidance and Resources to School Districts

Washington state K-12 COVID-19 Requirements (PDF)

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