COVID-19 Updates

On March 8th, the Washington State Department of Health released updated guidance that will impact how Franklin Pierce Schools responds to preventing the spread of COVID-19. As some of the COVID-19 guidelines shift from “required” to “recommended”, we commit to supporting the decisions of all students, staff, and families as they respond in ways that are most appropriate for them. 

Please click here to view important updates on the following: 

These updates apply to all students, staff, and school visitors, regardless of their vaccination status.


Strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 

 

Masking (indoor and outdoor):  

Beginning on Saturday, March 12, masks will not be required in or around all Franklin Pierce Schools facilities (including buses). Since the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department recommends the use of masks as an effective strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we encourage staff, students and families to develop a personal approach that takes into account your own unique circumstances and the impact of your decision on those around you. 

Franklin Pierce Schools will respect each person’s choice and will not tolerate disrespect toward students and staff regarding their decision to wear or not wear a mask. Staff and students are encouraged to contact the main office at their school to request additional masks or equipment.  

Please note that mask requirements remain in healthcare settings (Nurse’s Office, Isolation Room, etc.) and may also be reinstated in classrooms, schools or other areas if advised by the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. 

Testing: 

All students and staff will continue to have access to COVID-19 testing through Franklin Pierce Schools, regardless of whether or not they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 

  • Students can access testing with the consent of a guardian through their school nurse or by appointment through the Health Services Department. Take-home test kits are also available upon request through the school office.  

  • Staff can access testing through their school nurse or by appointment through the Health Services Department. Take-home test kits are also available upon request through the school office. 

Physical Distancing:  

While there is no required measurement for maintaining social distancing, schools will continue to maximize the distance between people to the degree possible. This includes classrooms, cafeterias, high-risk activity areas and large group activities. Franklin Pierce Schools staff will maintain current room configurations based on previous social distancing guidance over the next two weeks and consider changes when appropriate. 

Vaccinations: 

Vaccination is the most effective prevention strategy available to protect people from the most severe COVID-19 illness. Please visit the Vaccinate Washington website to learn more about convenient locations to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Hygiene, Sanitization and Ventilation: 

  • Hygiene: Franklin Pierce Schools will continue to encourage regular hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer in school facilities.    

  • Sanitization: Based on recommendations from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, staff use soap and water to routinely clean high touch surfaces throughout the day and Vindicator disinfectant on specific high touch surfaces.  

  • Ventilation: Based on recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health, Franklin Pierce Schools has replaced filters with the standard MERV 10 designation. MERV 13 filters have been installed when possible. 

Response to COVID-19 Symptoms 

Students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, are required to stay home and should get tested and/or see a health care provider.  Symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.

NEGATIVE TEST RESULT 

POSITIVE TEST RESULT 

  • What if I test negative? Stay home until symptoms improve. 

  • What if I test positive? Stay home and isolate for at least 5 days. 

  • When can I return? Students or staff can return after 24 hours without symptoms; or symptoms have improved, and have not had a fever for at least 24 hours. 

  • When can I return? Students and staff can return after 5 days if symptoms have improved, and have not had a fever for at least 24 hours. 

  • What do I do when I return to school? No additional requirements. 

  • What do I do when I return to school? Students and staff are required to wear a mask around others days 6–10 OR test negative with an antigen test to return without a mask. 

 

  • What notification will the school provide after a potential exposure? Impacted staff and students will be notified if a person in known close proximity tested positive for COVID-19.