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COVID-19 Dashboard


Information will be updated every Wednesday during the school year:

  • Total number of confirmed cases in our schools since December 1, 2020 requiring contact tracing notification (per health department guidance): 4
  • 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)
Expected Return Date
12/01/2020Acme Elementary1Yes - one classroom quarantined; no school transmission--
02/22/2021Kendall Elementary2Yes - two classrooms quarantined; cases completely unrelated; no school transmission--
April 14-20, 2021 MBHS 1 - 4/14Yes - no classes involved; individuals identified as close contacts were quarantined; no school transmission4/22
April 21-28, 2021NoneNoneN/AN/A
April 29-May 5, 2021Harmony Elementary1 - 4/28Yes - affected individuals quarantined.--
April 29-May 5, 2021Kendall Elementary1 - 5/2Yes - one class and additional individuals 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.


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),

This letter is to inform you that an individual at [Enter Location] has tested positive for COVID-19. Unless directly contacted by the school, your child has 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 two (2) days prior to symptom onset and for 10 days afterwards OR two (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 for 14 days from the last date of exposure.

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 [Enter Location] and the Mount Baker School District are working closely with the Whatcom County Health Department to ensure we are following all the current best practices for preventing COVID-19.

Thank you. Feel free to reach out with questions. The district will do its best to answer questions, but again, due to confidentiality, we may be limited in what we can share. Thank you for all you are doing as well to follow the public health recommendations. For more information:

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

Dear Parent(s) or Guardians(s),

This letter is to inform you that an individual at [Enter Location] has tested positive for COVID-19. Unless directly contacted by the school, your child has 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 two (2) days prior to symptom onset and for 10 days afterwards OR two (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 for 14 days from the last date of exposure.

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 [Enter Location] and the Mount Baker School District are working closely with the Whatcom County Health Department to ensure we are following all the current best practices for preventing COVID-19.

Thank you. Feel free to reach out with questions. The district will do its best to answer questions, but again, due to confidentiality, we may be limited in what we can share. 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.