Health and Safety

Health and Safety Information

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Ensuring the safety of students and staff is the district’s top priority and is an important focus in our schools. Safety plans and protocols are in place for regular cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing, face coverings, transportation, meals, daily routines, following health department protocols in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and more.

COVID-19 Safety and Mitigation

Learn more in our COVID-19 Safety and Mitigation Video.

Everyone has an important role!

  • Ensure you are well enough for school
  • Wear face coverings/mask
  • Frequent hand washing/hand sanitizer
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Follow safety protocols and instructions from staff members
  • Parents: It is important to notify your child’s principal if you child is sick, has been exposed to or tested for COVID-19.

Changes to COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Requirements

The state Department of Health (DOH) and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department have recommended changes that reduce the number of days for isolation or quarantine. Click on the link for more information. 

COVID-19 Protocols

Safety protocols are in place that are followed by students, staff and visitors to district facilities. In the event a COVID-19 case is reported to the district, the health department will provide guidance on contact tracing, notifications and any additional measures.

  • Individuals who are determined to have potential close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or more) will be notified regarding testing and quarantine.
  • A weekly report of confirmed cases by location will be provided on the district website.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Schools and buildings are conducting increased daily cleaning and disinfecting of high-traffic areas, doors, counters and places that are high-touch points and very public, as well as horizontal surfaces.

Restrooms, health rooms and drinking fountains are disinfected multiple times during the day. Guidelines and supplies for cleaning desks and tables were provided for each classroom, and staff members clean and sanitize high-touch areas throughout the day. Additionally, buses are cleaned and disinfected twice daily, as well as in between routes.

Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Students and staff are required to wear face coverings when on the school bus and at school. Face coverings may be removed during eating and at other designated times while outside with 6 feet of distance from others.

Face coverings are available for students and staff members. Students should bring face coverings every day, but extras are on hand if a student arrives to the bus or school without one.

In rare circumstances when a cloth face covering cannot be worn, families must contact their child's principal to determine if the student may use an alternative face shield with a drape that covers the sides and bottom. Families also have the option for their student to participate in the district's virtual learning program.

In accordance with the Secretary of Health's mask order, the Clover Park School District, with consultation and guidance from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, has elected to follow stricter guidance regarding an acceptable face covering alternative. An acceptable alternative to a cloth face covering is a face shield with a drape that covers the sides and bottom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my student have to wear a cloth face covering?
Correct use of cloth face coverings or masks helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is required when indoors at Washington state K-12 facilities for all school personnel, students and visitors.

Does my child get a mask break during the day?
At the elementary level, mask breaks are given at various times during the day and as needed or requested by the student: at breakfast, lunch, recess (if socially distanced) and during the afternoon. When outdoors at recess, students may remove their masks if they can maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Students must wear masks when playing on play equipment and maintain 3 feet of social distance from others.

At the secondary level, students may take mask breaks if they are outdoors and can maintain 6 feet of distance from others.

What if my student cannot wear a cloth face covering?
In rare instances when a student cannot wear a cloth face covering or mask, families must contact their school principal to determine if an alternative of a face shield with a drape that covers the side and bottom can be worn. Families have the option for their student to participate in the district’s virtual learning program.

Does my student have to wear a mask if they are vaccinated?
Yes. Regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, all staff, students, volunteers and visitors must wear a cloth face covering or acceptable alternative (mask or clear face shield with a drape that covers the sides and bottom) at school, on the bus and outside when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

Staff members will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) commensurate with their role and interaction with others. Information on how to properly put on and take off PPE is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: