O'Dea High School

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The purpose of this page is to share information and procedures related to O’Dea’s COVID-19 response plan in order to maximize in-person instruction and minimize COVID-19 transmission. Our goal is to provide clarity on decisions, high-level steps to take, and considerations required to prepare and support O’Dea’s operations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Key decisions outlined were made by the school leadership team. As this is a fluid situation, we anticipate response efforts may change and this website will be periodically updated.

Individual health and safety are critical. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to get vaccinated, wear a mask, clean your hands frequently, cover your cough with the bend of an elbow or tissue, maintain physical distance from others when possible, and stay home if you are sick with flu-like symptoms until you have received a negative COVID-19 test. Other layering mitigation strategies include proper ventilation, cleaning, and contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation.

If your son is positively diagnosed with COVID-19 or is a close contact of someone positively diagnosed with COVID-19 please contact Laura Weinand, Chief Financial Officer. She can also answer questions you have related to our COVID-19 Response Plan.

Vaccination

Vaccination

Vaccination is the most effective prevention strategy available for allowing schools to conduct full-time in-person instruction. Staff are required to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021 and all students are urged to be fully vaccinated in an effort to safeguard the health of our entire community.

Vaccination Verification

To be considered fully vaccinated, students are required to upload proof of vaccination through Magnus Health and staff are required to give a copy of their proof of vaccination to Josie McDonell, Administrative Assistant.

Close Contact and Travel

Fully vaccinated community members who do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine when exposed to COVID-19 or after out-of-state travel. Those who are not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine in both situations. See section Return to School/Quarantine for more information.

Further, while there is currently a mask mandate for all people inside the school building while students are present, there is the possibility in the future that fully vaccinated people may no longer be required to wear masks indoors.

Face Covering/Mask Protocol

Face-Covering/Mask Protocol 

Face coverings are required in the following situations:

  • When indoors on campus and students are present
  • When walking indoors through the school and students may be present
  • When on the school bus
  • At all times indoors for those who are unvaccinated

Fully vaccinated staff who are alone in their own office or classroom not easily accessible to the public, or meeting with other fully vaccinated staff in an office or classroom not easily accessible to the public do not have to wear a face covering when students are not present.

All individuals regardless of vaccination status will be required to wear masks during large staff meetings.

If a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained outdoors, masks are required for unvaccinated individuals and recommended for vaccinated individuals.

O’Dea supports students and staff who choose to wear a mask in all situations.

General Information

A cloth face covering is anything that completely covers the mouth and nose and fits securely on the sides of the face and under the chin. It should be made of two or more layers of tightly woven fabric with ties or straps that go around a person’s head or behind the ears.

See the CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings for more information.

Personal Hygeine
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds frequently using soap and water or use a hand sanitizing solution of at least 70% alcohol, rubbing all areas of hands until dry. NOTE: Washing hands with soap and water is preferred and should be used wherever possible.
  • Students will be encouraged to sanitize hands when entering and leaving all classrooms and spaces
  • Students will be required to wash or sanitize hands at the following times:
  • Prior to entering the building
  • Entry and exit into classrooms or other building spaces
  • Prior to and after eating
  • Personal Hygiene supplies, including hand sanitizer, wipes, etc, will be available to all staff and students to use throughout the day.
  • Staff and students should cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and immediately wash their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Physical Distancing

Physical Distancing

The Department of Health Guidelines states that physical distancing requirements should not prevent a school from offering full-time in-person learning to students this fall. As such, we will not be requiring students to physically distance from each other, except at lunch on campus when we will ask students to distance from each other as much as possible.

Student Lunch Time

  • The cafeteria will be designated for 9th grade students only to eat lunch, with a limit of 6 students at one table while masks are off.
  • The gym will be designated for 10th grade students to eat lunch, but 11th and 12th grade students are also welcome. All should be spread out as much as possible.
  • 11th and 12th grade students are permitted to go off campus for lunch.

Hallway Traffic

  • Students should not be congregating in the hallway and should continue moving to their destination.
  • Only one student at a time should be out of a classroom to use the restroom.
  • Students should not be sent out of classrooms unless necessary
  • As much as possible, students will travel up the main stairwell and down the East stairwell
  • As much as possible, students will travel on the right side of the hallway
Close Contact Definition

Generally, a close contact is someone who was within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period during the period of time when the person with COVID-19 was infectious.

In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Visitors on Campus

Visitors

Visitors will be allowed on campus at all times of the day and must use the buzzer by the elevator to reach the main office and gain access. All visitors must wear a mask before entering the building and leave it on while inside the building.

Volunteers who work with students in any capacity need to be fully vaccinated and masked.

Illness

Illness

Staying Home When Sick

Staying home when sick with COVID-19 is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent spread to others. Staff and students who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and seek medical evaluation, which should include testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for SARS-CoV-2 with a molecular test, they may return to school following existing school illness management policies so long as they are not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and subject to quarantine. If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for SARS-CoV-2 with an antigen test, per CDC antigen testing guidance, a confirmatory lab-based molecular test is recommended. An alternative to confirmatory NAAT testing is serial antigen testing performed every 3–7 days for 14 days.

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms does not get tested for SARS-CoV-2 or see a healthcare provider and given an alternative diagnosis, they should follow the same isolation guidance as persons who test positive for SARS-CoV-2. This is irrespective of vaccination status.

 

Student Illness during School Day 

If a student becomes ill during the school day, the teacher should call the main office and an administrator or designee will come to the classroom to escort the student outside to a covered area in the parking lot until the parent/guardian can pick him up. A school designee will have supervision of the student during this time.

Returning to School Protocols

Return to School After Illness

Seattle and King County have adopted the Department of Health Decision Tree on when to return to school after illness.

Isolation

If a person tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 by a molecular or antigen test, they can return to school when the following criteria are met:

  • 10 days since symptom onset, or since positive test specimen collection date if no symptoms are present (up to 20 days for those for those who are severely ill or severely immunocompromised), AND
  • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Symptoms have improved

This isolation guidance applies regardless of vaccination status.

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for SARS-CoV-2 with a molecular test, they may return to school following existing school illness management policies so long as they are not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and subject to quarantine. If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for SARS-CoV-2 with an antigen test, per CDC antigen testing guidance, a confirmatory lab-based molecular test is recommended. An alternative to confirmatory NAAT testing is serial antigen testing performed every 3–7 days for 14 days.

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms does not get tested for SARS-CoV-2 or see a healthcare provider and given an alternative diagnosis, they should follow the same isolation guidance as persons who test positive for SARS-CoV-2. This is irrespective of vaccination status.

Quarantine – Close Contact or Travel

Quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 or traveled out of state stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. People who may be exempt from quarantine:

  • Close contacts and people who have traveled out of state who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine but should be tested 5-7 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in all public indoor spaces for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate and follow appropriate guidance if they test positive. If they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.
  • Close contacts and people who have traveled out of state who had confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months, have recovered, and do not have symptoms, do not need to quarantine but should watch for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop.

If a close contact or out-of-state traveler is neither fully vaccinated nor recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months and does not have symptoms, they must quarantine as follows:

  • Quarantine for 10 days after the last close contact or travel day without additional testing required. However, if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 10 days, remain in quarantine for 14 days and get tested.
  • Quarantine for 7 full days beginning after the last close contact or travel day if no symptoms have developed and after receiving a negative test result. The test should occur no sooner than 48 hours (2 days) before ending quarantine. Continue monitoring for symptoms until day 14.

Close Contact

Generally, a close contact is someone who was within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period during the period of time when the person with COVID-19 was infectious.

In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Travel

Per King County Department of Health guidelines, unvaccinated community members must quarantine after out-of-state travel. If your son is not vaccinated and has plans to travel out-of-state, please contact Tim Greenan, Assistant Principal for Student Services. See the Returning to School Protocols section of this webpage for more information on the quarantine period.

Fully vaccinated community members do not need to quarantine after out-of-state travel.

Testing

Testing

Timely testing of symptomatic students and staff helps reduce days of in-person instruction lost. Additionally, symptomatic individuals with negative COVID-19 test results may be able to return to school earlier.

To ensure students with symptoms have access to timely diagnostic testing, we will have antigen tests available at school if there is any reason the student can not be tested at a community site or doctor’s office. We will also have antigen tests available for staff with symptoms.

Screening Tests

We will conduct screening tests for student-athletes, coaches, and other personnel who work with student-athletes who are not fully vaccinated and participating in high-contact indoor sports.

Ventilation
  • Merv-13 air filters are installed inside our Air Handler Unit’s on the fourth floor, annex, and gymnasium. Merv-13 filters are recommended by the CDC as they hold a significantly higher volume of dust and other airborne particles in comparison to their counterpart. They are used throughout regional hospitals and healthcare facilities.
  • Portable Medify air purifier units are in classrooms and offices in the 1923 building which are not served by the Merv-13 air filters. The air purifiers draw the polluted air in a room into the unit and force that air through the filter, capturing 99.9% of harmful particles. They then return the purified air back into the room.
  • Screens are installed on all windows to allow windows to remain open and continue fresh air circulation.
Cleaning & Disinfecting

Cleaning and Disinfecting

In alignment with public health recommendations, O’Dea High School is taking measures to prevent community spread of COVID-19, which includes undertaking enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures. Below is the enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures to follow during the COVID-19 public health situation.

ENHANCED CLEANING FOR PREVENTION  

General guidance:  

  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, focusing on high-touch surfaces, such as classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, common spaces, handrails, tables, faucets, doorknobs, and shared keyboards. Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting with attention to these areas helps remove bacteria and viruses, including the novel coronavirus.

Safety guidelines during cleaning and disinfection:  

  • Facilities staff will wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting. Gloves should be discarded after each use. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed as outlined above.
  • Wear eye protection when there is a potential for splash or splatter to the face.
  • Store chemicals in labeled, closed containers. Keep them in the designated secure area. Store them in a manner that prevents tipping or spilling.

Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces:  

  • Use only EPA-registered disinfectant (Virex II) for use against the novel coronavirus.
  • The following products are effective for disinfection of hard, non-porous surfaces:
    • An alcohol solution or wipe with at least 70% alcohol, and/or an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against COVID-19 (Virex II).

ENHANCED CLEANING FOR PREVENTION – DAILY SCHEDULE 

Bathrooms 

  • All bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected on an hourly basis, on a rotating schedule while school is in session by the Facilities Department.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected again at the end of the day in preparation for the follow school day by the Facilities Department.

Classrooms 

  • Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day in preparation for the following school day by the Facilities Department.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol will be available in each classroom.
  • Students, faculty and staff should to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the classroom.
  • Disinfecting wipes with at least 70% alcohol, and/or an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against COVID-19 (Virex II) will be available in each classroom, for enhanced cleaning purposes.

High Touch Surfaces 

  • High touch surfaces will be disinfected on an hourly basis while school is in session by the Facilities Department to include:
  • Hand railings
  • Door handles
  • Door push bars
  • Elevator controls
  • Water filling machines
  • Water fountain spouts have been disabled until further notice
  • Touch free bottle filling option is still available in all locations
  • High touch surfaces in all areas will cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day in preparation for the following school day by the Facilities Department.

Offices

  • Disinfecting wipes with at least 70% alcohol, and/or an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against COVID-19 (Virex II) will be available in each office for enhanced cleaning purposes at the discretion of faculty and staff.
  • Offices will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day in preparation for the following school day by the Facilities Department.

Common Areas 

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol will be available in all common areas.
  • Disinfecting wipes with at least 70% alcohol, and/or an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against COVID-19 (Virex II) will be available in each common area for enhanced cleaning purposes at the discretion of students, faculty and staff.

Common areas will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day in preparation for the following school day by the Facilities Department.

Responding to Cases of COVID-19

Responding to Cases of COVID-19

O’Dea is following the Department of Public Health King County Response Toolkit for COVID-19 guidance and has set up a dedicated reporting channel for issues related to COVID-19.

We will follow the Department of Public Health flow chart, which outlines when students and staff can and cannot attend school as it relates to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Response Team

  • Lucas Dobbs (Assistant Principal of Academics)
  • Tim Greenan (Assistant Principal for Student Services)
  • Jason Kerr (Director of Facilities)
  • Monte Kohler (Athletic Director)
  • Jim Walker (Principal/Lead)
  • Laura Weinand (Chief Financial Officer)

Staff and Student COVID-19 Reporting

If staff or students tests positive for COVID-19 or have been in close proximity to someone with COVID-19, contact Laura Weinand at lweinand@odea.org.

In all student situations, Laura Weinand will notify the Response Team and the case will be triaged according to the procedures below.

Response Team Procedures

  • Laura Weinand (or another member of the Response Team if Laura Weinand is not available) will manage each report per King County Department of Health and ensure the following steps are completed.
    • Gather facts about the individual reporting the diagnosis such as onset of symptoms, assessment of onsite exposure and identification of close contacts 48 hours before symptoms started.
    • Receive close contact list from King County investigator, if available.
    • Send written notification to individual affected and all known close contacts.  Phone calls are acceptable but must be followed by written communication.
    • Contact the King County Department of Health to report the individual with a COVID-19 diagnosis.
    • Enter all information into a master document to be shared among the Response Team.
  • Determine form of O’Dea wide communication to staff, students and families.
  • Ensure that O’Dea’s cleaning is performed following CDC guidelines.

Follow-Up with Affected Individuals

For people who have reported their COVID-19 status to us, we will check-in with them to get updates periodically.  The objectives of this are:

  • Help ensure they are getting the support they need from O’Dea High School
  • Determine whether they have recovered from their symptoms
  • Find out if they have been admitted to the hospital and track them while they are in the hospital
  • Get updates on pending tests