WSD Covid-19 Protocols and Procedures

Protocols and procedures will be updated as new guidance is released.
The health and safety of all students, staff, and families are our number one priority.

Adults Entering Building

Before/After School Supervision





Backpacks at WHS & WJHS

Breakfast After the Bell


CARE’s Rooms

Cleaning Supplies

COVID-19 Screener

Disinfecting Procedures





Outdoor Classrooms


Restroom Procedures

Social Distancing

Special Education

Water/Drinking Fountains

All staff /parents/guests entering the building will use the sign in sheet including staff that travel from building to building during the day.

Parents will be allowed to walk into the building for drop-off/pick-up. 

Unless there is an emergency that requires immediate attention, all repairs and maintenance must occur before or after school hours.

Adult staff members will be assigned to areas to supervise students for drop-off/ pick-up. 

Parent drop-off/pick-up will occur in the old elementary bus loop in front of the Tech Building.

Students that ride the bus will be dropped off in the new bus loop next to SME. 

Life Skills will be dropped off and picked up in front of the designated building.

Students must enter and exit through their assigned door.

Parents will be allowed to walk their students into the building to drop off or pick up.

See website for current Fall schedule

Teachers will take attendance daily in Skyward.

UPDATED: As of August 2021, WSD schools will continue to require visitors to sign in when entering a building. Staff, students and guests must stay home when sick and are expected to check for symptoms daily at home before coming to campus.

Students will be allowed to have a backpack with them at all times. Students should have the following items:

  • School supplies

  • Charged Chromebook

  • Mask

  • Water bottle

K-5 Breakfast will be traditional with a second chance grab and go. As well as in the classrooms, served via carts to each classroom. Each building will have a choice of which model works best for them.

6-12 breakfast will be after the 1st bell, served from a hallway cart, and eaten in the cafeteria.

Students that ride the bus will be dropped off in the new bus loop next to SME. 

Life Skills will be dropped off and picked up in front of the designated building.

Windows will be down to the first latch and the roof vent will be open. Hand sanitizer will be used when entering the bus. Buses will be disinfected after each use.

Students will have an assigned seat on the bus. The school nurse needs a copy of all seating charts.

Each building  will have a CARE’s  room or designated isolation space.  Parents will be called to come in and pick up their children and encouraged to get tested.

All PPE will be provided to any staff that is assigned to the care room.
Procedures for CAREs Room

All supplies used for sanitizing/disinfecting are on the CDC approved list.

  • 70627-60 - Oxivir Wipes

  • 70627-56 - Oxivir Tb

  • 67619-32 - CloroxPro

  • 34810-36 - CleanCide Wipes

Staff and students must stay home when sick and are expected to check for symptoms daily at home before coming to campus. Staff will advise supervisor, either supervisor or staff member will notify the nursing department of the illness. Students will let their school know they are sick and secretaries will contact the nursing depart of the illness.

Hand Sanitizer will be provided by entrance doors.

All touch services in classrooms and student spaces will be disinfected nightly. We will be using a UV Light to clean each area at least once per week. If there is a case in any classroom or space the machine will be used.

Restroom cleaning: All restrooms will be cleaned nightly and high-risk touchpoints (faucet knobs, flush handles, partition locks, ADA railings)

Definition: Cleaning vs disinfecting:

  • Cleaning removes matter/debris from a surface such as food remnants or dust;

  • Disinfecting is done to mitigate microbes on a surface. The priority response action will be to focus on ensuring disinfecting is occurring regularly. There may still be some debris noticeable.

Classroom cleaning: To create a safe and healthy environment for staff and students, we will need to take a more collaborative and team approach to sanitize our classrooms. Teachers and staff will be supplied with CDC approved disinfecting wipes to prepare and disinfect classrooms and work stations during the day. At the end of the day or early morning, depending on the area and building the general cleaning and disinfecting will be done then district wide. During the day we will have custodians cleaning the bathrooms in the buildings to keep them as clean as possible. We have UV machines and will use them for areas where we have a positive case and get each room with the UV machines at least once a week.

Hand washing is imperative in stopping COVID transmission.

Proper Hand Washing

If students/staff are unable to wash their hands due to lack of access to soap and water, hand sanitizer can be substituted. Posters have been provided to outline proper handwashing procedures in both English and Spanish. Things to Consider Hand Washing Procedures

All persons, including staff and students, will adhere to these rules when washing their hands:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

  5. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet.

  6. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Students and staff should wash their hands:

  • Each time they enter a classroom

  • Before and after eating

  • After a student/staff touches their face, sneezes, or coughs

  • Every 2 hours

  • After using the restroom

Staff will eat in their assigned area.

Groups of staff are permitted to eat together and try to physically distance themselves as much as possible while eating.

Encourage eating outdoors when applicable.

All students are served on campus and follow all of the state guidelines.

Masks Image

Students and staff must wear masks at all times (excluding times when they are eating/drinking) while in the building.** This includes when students are not present. Masks should fit snugly and cover both the nose and mouth. Gators/Bandanas will not be allowed per GCHD guidance.

**building with students, school, schoolhouse building.

Wearing a mask all day is new to us, so there will be times that masks slip down, we forget to pull them back up after eating, drinking, etc. It is our collective responsibility to support each other to properly wear masks.

  • As of August 23rd, 20221: Based on recent Washington State Department of Health mask wear announcements : Every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when they are in a place where any person from outside their household is present or in a place that is generally accessible to any person from outside their household, subject to the exceptions and exemptions below.

  • People are not required to wear face coverings in any of the following situations:

    • When outdoors

    • While working indoors in areas not generally accessible to the public and when no customers, volunteers, visitors, or non-employees are present, but only if the worker is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    • While working alone indoors.

    • While actively playing or training for, coaching, or officiating indoor sports in a K-12 setting. This exception does not apply while the athlete, coach, or official is not actively engaged in the sporting, coaching, or officiating activity or to indoor gym and other fitness facilities, such as dance, yoga, and martial arts facilities

    • While actively engaged in a performing arts performance.

    • While engaged in the act of eating or drinking.

    • While showering, bathing, or engaging in other personal hygiene or grooming activities that require the removal of face covering

    • When any party to a communication is deaf or hard or hearing and not wearing a face covering is essential to communication.


How to properly wear a mask

(STAFF INFO) If a staff member cannot wear a mask, visit the link below. The form needs to be filled out, sent to, and approved by GCHD. If approved for a student, their copy is delivered to the nurse. Staff that have approved waivers need to get a copy to the nurse and HR.

Region 7 Face Mask Waiver Form

All of our processes and procedures that will be followed are in the following links.  These will be updated as we get new information from GCHD. 

Weather permitting - space is available outside for staff to utilize for learning. Elementary Greenhouses will be utilized. JH/HS Greenhouses will be used by CTE teachers assigned to those classes.

All TK-5th grade students will be offered recess during their session at school. Teachers will be responsible for taking students outside and following all health guidelines upon return to the classroom.

  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated will be able to go mask-less while outside.

Students that have access to a restroom in their classroom need to utilize their classroom restroom.

Students that do not have access can be sent one student at a time to the restroom.

  • Three (3) students will be allowed in the restroom at a time. Wash hands with soap and water after bathroom use. Only one (1) person washing hands at a time. No more than two (2) students can be waiting in line. Always maintain social distancing.

All students will be required to follow handwashing guidelines. There will be signage posted in all restrooms.

Link to Shared Folder with Signage

Physical distancing requirements should not prevent a school from offering full-time, inperson learning to all students/families in the fall.

Attempt to maintain a physical distance of three feet or more between students in classroom settings to the degree possible and reasonable, that allows for full-time, in-person learning for all students. A school’s ability to do so will depend on students’ ages, developmental and physical abilities, and available space.

Select strategies to increase physical distancing that will work for your school and the space available. There may be moments, such as passing by others in the hallway or during play at recess when students are not fully physically distanced from each other. Maximize opportunities to increase physical space between students during all scheduled activities and limit interactions in large group settings. Maximize distance between students to the degree possible for the following circumstances:

• For all students when masks cannot be worn, such as when eating lunch. Reference the

CDC’s Modifying School Spaces during Meal Times for strategies to increase distance during meal times.

• In common areas outside of the classroom.

• During high-risk activities when increased exhalation or aerosolization occurs, such as PE or exercise, singing or playing instruments, and cheering or shouting. These activities should be moved outdoors or to large, well-ventilated spaces whenever possible. 

For information on staff distancing recommendations, refer to L&I directives 1.70 and 11.80.

When it is not possible to maintain at least three feet of physical distance in classrooms (e.g. there is insufficient space compared to students in need of in-person instruction), it is essential schools layer additional prevention strategies to reduce the risk of disease transmission. This could include requiring further improved ventilation, conducting screening testing of students and staff, etc.

All services for Special Education students will be in person.

Because of health risks, all water fountains are closed except the bottle filling stations. The fountain feature of each water fountain will be turned off/or blocked off to prevent the spread of germs.

Parents will be encouraged to fill water bottles before coming to school.