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, 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 have symptoms until you have received a negative COVID-19 test. Other layering mitigation strategies include proper ventilation and cleaning.

If your son is 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.

We support and respect all people who choose to wear a mask.

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 and all students are urged to be up to date with their vaccinations.

Face Covering/Mask Protocol

Face-Covering/Mask Protocol 

Face coverings are required in the following situations:

  • When someone becomes sick at school and is waiting to go home.
  • One days 6-10 at school after isolating at home with COVID-19, if an antigen test continues to be positive after day 5.

O’Dea supports and respects 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. We urge all community members to wear the best quality and best fitting masks available.

See the Public Health Seattle & King County Guidance for information on types of masks.

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.
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 any symptoms 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 does not get a COVID test or see a healthcare provider and given an alternative diagnosis, they should follow the same isolation guidance as persons who test positive. See Department of Health flowchart on what to do if a person is symptomatic here.

Regardless of vaccination status, students children, and staff who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 should be encouraged to:

  • Monitor for symptoms, AND
  • Consider wearing a well-fitted mask (if age appropriate) for 10 days after the last date of exposure, especially during activities like high-risk indoor sports, performing arts, etc, AND
  • Get tested 3-5 days after their last exposure. Molecular (PCR/NAAT) antigen, and at-home tests are acceptable. If they test positive, they must isolate.
Returning to School Protocols

Isolation

Any student or staff member with COVID-19 should isolate at home. This isolation guidance applies regardless of vaccination status. If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID by a molecular or antigen test, they can return to school when the following criteria are met:

  • 5 days have passed since symptom onset, or since positive test collection date if no symptoms are present (Day 0 is the first day with symptoms); AND
  • No symptoms are present, or symptoms are resolving; AND
  • No fever within the past 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

Students and staff should continue monitoring for symptoms and wearing a well-fitting mask around others through day 10 (days 6-10) both in and out of school, unless they test negative for COVID-19 with an antigen test after day 5.

Individuals who have been in isolation may test on day 5 of their isolation period, but only if the above criteria for completing isolation have been met. An antigen test is recommended. If the test result is positive, they must continue to isolate until day 10. If the test result is negative, they may return to school and should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10.

Staff who test positive for COVID-19, or parents/guardians of students who test positive for COVID-19, should notify Laura Weinand, CFO, at lweinand@odea.org.

Testing

Students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, are required to stay home, should get tested and/or see a health care provider, and follow the return to school protocol. To ensure students and staff have access to timely diagnostic testing, antigen tests are available at school. Students must have a signed permission form.

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 

  • 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.

O’Dea follows 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 situations, Laura Weinand will notify the Response Team and ensure the community is notified following Department of Health guidelines and report the case to Public Health.