Last updated on 10/25/2022
SEED Environment/Grouping Adaptations
For the 2022-2023 school year, SEED groups will be combining in order to staff before-care and after-care. In addition, children from different classes of the same age group will be able to play together on the playground and breezeway.
Beginning in October, we will have all-school Shabbat with everyone in the school together in the sanctuary to celebrate. Leading up to that, age groups will be celebrating Shabbat together in the sanctuary during the month of September.
Classes are running portable HEPA filters all day, and keeping windows at least cracked open for air turnover.
All staff at SEED and Temple Beth Am are required to be vaccinated and boosted when eligible.
When children at SEED become vaccine-eligible, we require that they get their first shot within 3 weeks of eligibility, with the remaining dose(s) at the appropriate timeline following.
Parents/Guardians and anyone dropping off/picking up from SEED is required to be fully vaccinated. We are not going to track this internally but ask that you make sure that anyone nannying for your child/emergency contacts etc. are fully vaccinated before you have a plan for that person to pick up or drop off your child.
Mask use is optional as of 8/25/22. We may ask children in 2’s rooms and older, and all faculty, to temporarily mask at times when case counts are high in the school or in the community. Although masks are not currently required, King County Department of Health recommends mask wearing as an important tool in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19. People who are immunocompromised or want extra protection should wear masks to protect themselves and others when indoors.
Following the CDC’s recommendations, there is not currently a quarantine required after travel.
Illness/Testing and Exclusion
With moving to a mask optional policy, it is more important than ever that children and faculty stay home when they are not feeling well. We will be using this updated flowchart regarding illness and exclusion.
Please note that, under many circumstances, children will be asked to be out for testing, until symptoms improve, and to be 24 hours fever-free in order to return. For children younger than 2, if the only symptom is mild congestion/runny nose, the child does not need to be out of school.
For health issues (questions, to report a communicable disease, a child out sick, etc…) please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isolation and Quarantine
When someone ages 2 or older has a confirmed case of COVID (via rapid or PCR test), that person is required to isolate for 5 days after the test date (test date is day 0). The person can return on day 6 if they are symptom free, have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications), and have tested negative on a rapid test. In addition, they must wear a KN95/surgical style mask on days 6-10.
When someone younger than 2 has a confirmed case of COVID (via rapid or PCR test), that person is required to isolate for 5 days after the test date (test date is day 0). The person can return on day 6 if they are symptom free and have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications), and have tested negative on a rapid test.
We will let families/faculty members know of known positive cases within their class or age grouping at SEED, though we will not be requiring quarantines. When a child has been in close contact with a known case, we ask families to monitor for any symptoms, and to test regularly (there is no need to submit these test results) every 24-48 hours through at least the first 5 days after exposure. If your child who is 2 or older has been in close contact with a known case, we ask that the child wear a KN95/surgical style mask to the best of their ability for the first 5 days after exposure.
For household exposures, the exposed person who comes into SEED must test every 24-48 hours until 5 days after the last positive household member’s isolation has ended. If the person who has been in close contact is 2 or older, we ask that the person wear a KN95/surgical style mask to the best of their ability for the first 5 days following exposure.
SEED Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures
Please keep drop-off and pick-ups brief (and limit the number of adults involved), so we can limit potential exposures.
Families are asked to drop-off and pick-up at your child’s classroom doorway. Of course, if your child is having a tough time navigating the transitions into and out of school, you can partner with your child’s teachers to come up with a supportive transition plan.
Although masks are not currently required, King County Department of Health recommends mask wearing as an important tool in helping to limit the spread of COVID
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