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Notification protocol

We continue to track cases and monitor for outbreaks. In the event of an outbreak, we will work closely with King County Public Health on response and communication.

Current guidance for families

Please keep your student home and administer a COVID-19 at-home rapid antigen test in the morning before school, not the night before. If the test is positive, please contact WMS Attendance & Health for next steps. Negative test results do not need to be reported.

  • Symptoms may include:
    • Fever (100.4 or higher) or chills
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Muscle or body aches
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Cough (new, changed or worsening)
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Fatigue
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose*
      • *If the student is under the age of two and ONLY has congestion/runny nose with no other symptoms, testing is not required. If the student’s symptoms worsen or persist longer than five days, it’s highly recommended to contact a healthcare provider.

If your child remains symptomatic, we recommend that they are tested at home every 24-48 hours for 5 days or until symptoms clear.

Should a student test positive for COVID-19, they are required to be excluded from school for at least 5 days, regardless of vaccination status. 

Positive test results must be shared with WMS Attendance & Health; all information will remain confidential.

  • Individuals can return to school after 5 days if:
    • Their symptoms have significantly improved, or they are asymptomatic, AND
    • They are without a fever for the past 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications, AND
    • A negative lab-based or antigen at-home test result. Tests must be completed the morning of the student’s expected return date, not the night before. Results must be sent to by 8:00 a.m.
      • If a student tests positive on the expected return date (day 6), they are required to be excluded through day 10. Students may return on day 11, no further testing is needed.
    • Students are not required to wear a mask when returning from a 5-day isolation if they test negative for COVID-19 after day 5, before returning to school. 

NO, your student may not attend school or other WMS activities with one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • If your student has a fever (100.4 F and above) within the past 24 hours
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Diarrhea or vomiting (two or more occasions in the past 24 hours)

YES, your student may attend school or other WMS activities:

  • If your student has no fever within the past 24 hours (without medication), AND
  • Symptoms have significantly improved

If a member of your household (which includes a WMS sibling) tests positive but your student remains asymptomatic, they may attend school with a negative COVID-19 test (daily at-home testing each morning until 5 days after the last positive household member’s isolation has ended). Negative test results do not need to be reported.


  • WMS will update our online dashboard (above) with exposures by level and campus. This dashboard will be updated on school days by 5 p.m. PST on an as-needed basis.
  • WMS, in coordination with King County Public Health, will notify families via email and online dashboard should there be an outbreak at school. WMS will recommend monitoring your student for symptoms for 14 days. No mandatory testing will be required.
    • An outbreak is defined by DOH as 20% of a specified core group (updated Oct. 28, 2022).

  • Testing is recommended every 24-48 hours for 5 days after exposure. Negative test results do not need to be shared with the school.
  • Exposed individuals may continue to take part in all in-person instruction and activities, including sports, performing arts, and other extracurricular activities, as long as they are not symptomatic.
  • Masking is no longer required (indoors or outdoors) following potential COVID-19 exposure for students or staff, unless required by DOH following an outbreak.
  • On-site testing is available for symptomatic students with approval from WMS. WMS is also able to provide families with at-home test kits for their student if requested (as supply allows). WMS is not able to provide access to on-site testing or test kits for family members.
  • WMS strongly recommends families keep COVID-19 rapid antigen tests at home should they wish to test their student or family members. Free at-home tests can be ordered here and here. Rapid antigen at-home tests are also available at local drugstores and pharmacies. 
  • Symptomatic individuals at school will be isolated immediately, provided with a diagnostic antigen rapid test on-site (with parent/guardian consent, if applicable), and may be sent home. 
    • Symptomatic individuals are required to wear a well-fitting mask, if age appropriate, while in the designated isolation area and on their way out of the school building.

Please email WMS Attendance & Health with all questions related to COVID-19. 

Please note: our staff make every effort to respond to emails as quickly as possible and in order of urgency. If emails are received after 4:30 p.m. or on weekends or holidays, please do not expect a reply until the next school day.