COVID-19 prevention measures at school

  • The District will continue to follow requirements and guidance provided by the governor and state and local health authorities. Below are a few highlights. Here's an overview of the District's health and safety measures, which includes cleaning/disinfecting, contact tracing/case response, ventilation, bus transportation, recess, lunch, athletics and more.

    • Masks: Students, staff and visitors must wear masks indoors, except when eating and drinking. This applies regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Masks are not required when outdoors regardless of vaccination status.

    • Attestations: Quarterly health attestations and daily temperature checks are no longer required. Families should continue to keep their child home if they are sick, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19.

    • Physical distancing: In classrooms, students will maintain 3 feet of distance between each other to the degree possible. In common areas outside of the classroom, we will maximize opportunities to increase physical space and maximize distance between students to the degree possible.

    • Quarantining: SBLSD follows Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's recommendations to quarantine for 14 days. Those who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and those deemed a close contact to the infected individual will need to quarantine for 14 days. Because people can develop COVID-19 up to 14 days after an exposure, any quarantine shorter than 14 days may lead to increased spread of the virus in the community.

    • Cleaning/Disinfecting and Ventilation Plan: Complying with the state Department of Health, the District developed a detailed plan to enhance cleaning and disinfecting protocols to align with public health guidance.

COVID-19 Information

  • 14-Day Case Rate Per 100,000 in Pierce County

    Case rate as of 6 days ago from Tacoma-Pierce County Public Health Department

    484.2 per 100,000

    Updated October 21, 2021

    Youth ages 12 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • It's free. No insurance needed.
    • Pfizer vaccine is the only one authorized for ages 12 and older.
    • Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized for ages 18 and older.
    • Visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to schedule an appointment at a pop-up clinic.

    Click here or the image below to view the SBLSD COVID-19 dashboard.


    Key Terminology

    Positive - A student or a staff member have recieved a positive test result. The individual has been instructed to self-isolate by their medical services provider or the health department.

    Close Contact - A student or a staff member have been within 6-feet or less for 15 minutes over a 24 hour time period (aggregate) of a COVID-19 positive individual or individuals. The individual has been instructed to quarantine by their medical services provider or the health department.

    Quarantine - A student or staff member has been advised to quarantine if they are deemed a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or has COVID-19 symptoms themselves.

    Building/Program Quarantined - A building or program is closed for set duration of time and those in attendance instructed to quarantine by their medical services provider or the health department.

    Case Study (Negative) - Individual with COVID-19 like symtoms who have not had known close contact and have tested negative. Case has been studied by district staff and/or the local health department.

K-12 COVID-19 Requirements from State DOH

State Superintendent