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COVID-19 Dashboard

Information will be updated every Wednesday during the 2020-2021 school year.


Statistics
  • Total number of confirmed cases in our schools requiring contact tracing notification (per health department guidance): 15
  • Estimated number of students in-person: 965
  • Estimated number of staff working on site in-person: 295

Reported Cases Among In-Person Students/Staff
Week OfLocationTotal Number of Cases - Date ReportedQuarantine Required? (Yes/No)
School Transmission? (Yes/No)
September 3, 2020 - November 30, 2021All district locationsNoneN/AN/A
November 26 - December 2, 2020Acme ElementaryOne (1) - 12/1Yes - one classroom quarantinedNo
December 2, 2020 - January 6, 2021Transportation DepartmentOne (1) - 1/4Yes - affected individuals quarantinedNo
February 18 - 24, 2021Kendall ElementaryTwo (2) - 2/22Yes - two classrooms quarantined; cases completely unrelatedNo
April 14 - 20, 2021 MBHS One (1) - 4/14Yes - no classes involved; individuals identified as close contacts were quarantinedNo
April 21 - 28, 2021NoneNoneN/AN/A
April 29 - May 5, 2021Harmony ElementaryOne (1) - 4/28Yes - affected individuals quarantinedNo
April 29 - May 5, 2021Kendall ElementaryOne (1) - 5/2Yes - one classroom and additional individuals quarantinedNo
May 6 - 12, 2021NoneNoneN/AN/A
May 13 - 19, 2021MBJH/HSOne (1) - 5/14Yes - affected individuals quarantined; initial test results indicated inconclusive (treated as positive) second test, negative; Per Health Department, no further quarantine; individuals returned to school 5/20/21No
May 13 - 19, 2021MBJHOne (1) - 5/18Yes - affected individuals quarantinedNo
May 13 - 19, 2021MBHSOne (1) - 5/18Yes - affected individuals quarantinedNo
May 13 - 19, 2021Acme ElementaryOne (1) - 5/19Yes - two classrooms quarantined; teachers and students will return to remote learning during this timeNo
May 20 - 26, 2021Harmony ElementaryOne (1) - 5/24Yes - one classroom quarantinedYes - One (1)
May 27 - June 2, 2021MBHSTwo (2) - 6/2Yes - affected individuals quarantined
June 3 - 9, 2021Harmony ElementaryOne (1) - 6/4Yes - one classroom quarantined

Dashboard shows confirmed positive cases of Mount Baker Public Schools' students or staff engaged in in-person learning or work at a district site. If a case is determined to have no contacts and no closures are required in a small in-person learning community, it may not be possible to share data and also protect confidential health information. The Washington State Department of Health small numbers reporting guidelines provides more information about data reporting and protecting confidential health information.


Quarantine Guidelines

View the district's Quarantine Guidelines for COVID-19 Close Contacts.


Notification Protocol

We work closely with the health department when there is a confirmed case associated with our schools. Here are the steps we follow for confirmed cases of COVID-19:

  1. When we learn of a case of COVID-19, we first confirm with the health department that the confirmed case is associated with our schools.
  2. Our schools each have COVID-19 site safety teams who help initiate contact tracing. If there are close contacts of a confirmed case, we work with the health department to notify staff and parents/guardians that there has been contact with a confirmed case.
  3. Next steps are determined by the health department, which may include recommendations for COVID-19 testing, isolation and/or quarantine. We communicate directly to impacted staff and families and share resources according to the guidance of the health department.
  4. In some cases, a group of students will shift to remote learning for a period of time designated by the health department.

Sample Notification Letter

Draft Template for confirmed exposure email used for contact tracing:

Dear Parent(s) or Guardians(s),

An individual at [Enter Location] has tested positive for COVID-19. Your child has been identified as a close contact.

The Whatcom County Health Department asks that you quarantine your child for 14 days after the day of last exposure which was on [Enter Day of Last Exposure], with a return date of [Enter Return Date]. Please stay home, avoid going out, and stay away from other people. As of May 25, 2021 Mount Baker School District has a second option of quarantining for 10 days pending a negative COVID-19 test that must occur on day 5 ([Enter Day 5 Date]) or later. If results are negative and student is symptom free they may return to school on Friday, June 4. Your child’s siblings and other household members do not have to quarantine unless your child or other household members develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.

A person who tests positive with COVID-19, is considered contagious 2 days prior to symptom onset and for 10 days afterwards OR 2 days prior to a positive test if tested when they weren’t having any symptoms and for 10 days after the date of the positive test. It can take 2-14 days to develop symptoms after exposure to a person contagious with COVID-19.

During quarantine stay home and watch for symptoms. COVID-19 illness can be mild to severe. Symptoms can appear anytime between 2 and 14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, body aches, congestion, sore throat, diarrhea, and loss of smell or taste. If your child develops symptoms or if anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms, we advise them to get tested. Call the Whatcom County Health Department to report symptoms and arrange testing. Health Nurse Line: 360-778-6128. For testing: testdirectly.com

Please know that the school is working closely with the Whatcom County Health Department to ensure schools are following all the current best practices for preventing COVID-19.

For more information:

Draft template for confirmed case at a school. Message goes to all families at a school beyond close contacts:

Dear Families & Staff,

This letter is to inform you that an individual at [Enter Location] has tested positive for COVID-19. We have already contacted the staff and the families of students who are impacted by this positive case. Unless directly contacted by the school, you have NOT been identified as a close contact. Close contact means being within six (6) feet of someone for 15 minutes or more, or if someone with COVID-19 coughed on you or shared utensils with you.

This person will not be able to return to the school until after the contagious period has passed. A person who tests positive with COVID-19, is considered contagious 2 days prior to symptom onset and for 10 days afterwards OR 2 days prior to a positive test if tested when they weren’t having any symptoms and for 10 days after the date of the positive test. It can take from 2-14 days to develop symptoms after an exposure to a person contagious with COVID-19. Those identified as close contacts will be home on quarantine and monitoring their symptoms.

COVID-19 illness can be mild to severe. Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, body aches, congestion, sore throat, diarrhea, and loss of smell or taste. We ask you to continue to monitor your child’s health. If your child or if anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms, we advise them to get tested. Please call your health care provider for evaluation and to ask about testing. You can also access Whatcom County mobile testing at testdirectly.com.

Please know that the school is working closely with the Whatcom County Health Department to ensure the school is following all the current best practices for preventing COVID-19.

Thank you for all you are doing as well to follow the public health recommendations.

For more information:


Why might we not report a confirmed case that doesn’t require contact tracing?

There is a legal requirement to keep protected health information confidential. If no contact tracing and no closures are required in a small in-person learning community it may not be possible to share data and also protect confidential health information. The Washington State Department of Health small numbers reporting guidelines provides more information about data reporting and protecting confidential health information.


What is Considered a Confirmed Case that Requires Contact Tracing?

An individual with a positive COVID-19 test result who may have had contact with individuals in our schools is considered a confirmed case that requires contact tracing. We collaborate with the health department to complete “contact tracing” to determine if any individuals are close contacts and need to take required next steps per health department recommendations.


Terminology
  • Exposure or contact is usually defined as being within six feet or more and spending 15 minutes or longer with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Quarantine is when someone is asked to stay home due to exposure to someone who is infected, because they could become contagious.
  • Isolation is when some is asked to stay home because of illness or possible illness, and they are contagious.
  • Outbreak  is defined as two or more cases with transmission occurring between them; one confirmed case is not an outbreak.