The health and safety of our students is our top priority
Biweekly, the District will review guidance from state and county health departments, as well as the state Department of Labor & Industries to update the District's measures as the guidance evolves.
After updated K-12 public school health and safety guidance was issued by the Washington Department of Health in July 2021, we asked for the community’s input via a ThoughtExchange survey. We answered the questions that received the highest rankings based on the 391 participants, 219 thoughts shared, and 7,009 ratings distributed as part of the survey, and turned it into an FAQ which you can access here.
COVID-19 cases in ridgefield schools 2021-2022
The Ridgefield School District has developed a dashboard that is updated on Tuesdays to include data from the previous Tuesday-Monday. It only includes people who tested positive for COVID-19 OR were considered likely positive AND were in a Ridgefield School District building during their infectious window. A case in school will result in notifications to staff and the information being available on this district dashboard. A table of COVID-19 cases in schools during the 2020-21 school year is available online here.
The dashboard does not include students or staff who have been required to quarantine, nor does it include students/staff who tested positive but were not in a school building during their infectious window (that is, no exposure occurred at school).
The dashboard does include cases of within-school spread as determined by Clark County Public Health.
Testing for COVIDIf your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact of an infected person, they may need to get tested. When getting your child tested for COVID-19, please note that Ridgefield School District is only able to accept results from molecular or PCR tests (we are not able to accept results from antigen or home tests). The following websites provide great resources for finding available testing in your area:
Per OSPl’s “Reopening Washington Schools: Safety and Health Requirements,” the District will limit capacity and implement protocols to maintain a minimum separation (36 feet) as recommended by the state and county health department.
- Keeping students in cohorts/clusters to the maximum extent possible
- Reducing the number of people in hallways at any time
- Limiting access to only essential visitors or volunteers
- Reducing congestion in the office area.
- Limiting building use outside of school hours to approved District activities
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
- District-wide protocols regarding PPE usage will be designed to comply with the guidance of all applicable public health agencies. These protocols may change as public health guidance continues to evolve.
- All staff, students, and visitors on school campuses are required to wear a cloth face covering.
- Face coverings will be provided by the District to students in the event their face covering is soiled, lost or damaged. Face shields and/or other alternatives will be provided to students who are unable to wear a mask because the individual has a medical condition or disability that makes wearing a facial covering inappropriate or because the individual is deaf or hard of hearing, or is communicating with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and expression and mouth movements as a part of communication.
SANITATION, CLEANING AND DISINFECTION
All classrooms will be provided with disinfecting supplies and hand sanitizer that have been approved by the EPA for effectiveness and low toxicity. Additional disinfecting supplies and hand sanitizer will be made available in key administrative areas. Air filters will be used to the maximum filtration recommended for the HVAC equipment and will be changed quarterly.
Cleaning and disinfection protocols for a probable case of COVID-19 will comply with CDC recommendations. Access to areas visited by a probable case of COVID-19 will be restricted until cleaning and disinfection is completed
WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
- It is a virus related to other coronaviruses that cause the common cold, but can cause much more serious health effects.
- It is highly contagious, spreading from person to person.
- In just a few months, it has infected millions of people worldwide.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF INFECTION?
- COVID-19 typically causes mild respiratory illness, but can cause severe disease, including pneumonia-like illness.
- Typical symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- Other symptoms are chills, muscle aches, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.
- Symptoms begin 2-14 days after exposure.
- Some people have no symptoms.
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?
- It is transmitted from person to person mainly through respiratory droplets from someone who is infected.
- It can be transmitted to others from coughing, sneezing, singing and even talking.
- It also can be transmitted from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
- Infected people without symptoms can transmit the virus.
WHAT TO DO IF I FEEL SICK?
- If you believe you may have the coronavirus, contact your school nurse stay home and call your healthcare provider.
WHEN TO STAY AT HOME
If you have been sick, you can return to school when:
- If you have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and you are noticing an improvement with symptoms
- At least 10 days have passed since signs first showed up
- You are fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and there is a noticeable improvement in symptoms
- a healthcare provider has certified that the staff does not have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
If a person believes they have had close contact to someone with COVID-19, but they are not sick, they should watch their health for signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID19 symptoms during the 14 days after the last day they were in close contact with the person sick with COVID-19. They should not go to work, childcare, school, or public places for 14 days.
WHO IS AT RISK AT WORK?
Extremely High Risk: Healthcare workers treating or caring for coronavirus infected patients.
High Risk: Dental workers treating patients known or suspected to be infected with coronavirus.
Medium Risk: Any job requiring you to work either:
several times a day within 6 feet of others for several minutes at a time without physical barriers or other prevention measures in place;
in a room with 3-6 coworkers providing personal services to healthy clients wearing a face covering.
Examples: grocery store stockers, public transit drivers, kitchen workers, hair salons
Low Risk: Jobs where you can mostly stay at least 6 feet away from coworkers; only needing to briefly pass by them a few times a day.
Negligible (very low) Risk: When you work alone, or work around but separate from several other people; and you only pass by them once or twice a day.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
- Keep social distance of at least 6 feet. Updated guidelines state that students are now allowed to sit 3 feet apart.
- Practice frequent hand washing for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Frequently sanitize work surfaces and tools.
- Cover coughs and sneezes and wear a face covering.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid others who appear sick.
FACE COVERINGS, MASKS AND RESPIRATORS
- All three help prevent the risk of spreading the virus to others.
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 40% of infections come from people with no symptoms.
- Depending on your job, level of risk, and whether prevention measures like physical barriers are used, you may be required to wear a face covering, mask, or respirator.
RIDGEFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT PROCEDURES FOR PROTECTION AGAINST COVID-19
- All employees must adhere to social distancing guidelines (6 feet) in order to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.
- All employees must adhere to social distance markings, such as floor markings, that indicate appropriate spacing.
- Administrator/designee will be identified as a social distance monitor at each site to ensure social distancing practices are consistently followed.
- All employees must frequently and adequately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when arriving at work, before meals/snacks, after using the restroom, after leaving workstations, after nose blowing or sneezing, after touching a contaminated surface, and before leaving for home. If soap and water is unavailable, employees must use hand sanitizer.
- All employees must refrain from touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands or gloves.
- All employees must wear a face covering at all times when around others.
- All employees must cover all coughs or sneezes.
- ABM will continue to provide a comprehensive cleaning program. Do not bring your own disinfectant or cleaning products to work. Some cleaning products may leave a toxic residue that can be hazardous to materials or when it comes in contact with skin.
- All employees must stay home or go home if they feel ill. Employees must notify their administrator if they are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.
- Any employee who has been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus must stay home and notify your administrator or department supervisor.
- All employees who have tested positive for coronavirus must stay home, notify your administrator or department supervisor and follow recommendations of your healthcare provider. Clark County Public Health notifies health services of all
If you have additional questions, please direct them to your site Administrator, Department Manager or the Human Resources Department.
You have the right to:
- Raise a safety or health concern with your employer or L & I - DOSH, request personal protective equipment, or report a work-related hazard, including COVID-19.
- Receive information and training on job hazards in your workplace.
Submitting a safety hazard concern to L & I -DOSH or call 1-800-423-7233