Last Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
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Data as of 1/23/2022 11:59PM PT from Washington State Data Dashboard
Cowlitz County is seeing an unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases, presumably due to the more contagious omicron variant. Families, students, and community members are advised to wear KN95/JF94 masks whenever out in public to help mitigate the spread of the virus as well as observe other mitigation procedures including limited social gatherings and social distancing.
Masks required for all students and staff. N95/KN95/KF94 masks are preferred to cloth masks as they are more effective at preventing spread.
Social Distancing in effect. Students must maintain 3 feet of distance between one another.
Masks and open windows are required on buses. Students must wear masks, sit in assigned seating, and windows must remain open while on school buses.
Keep sick kids home. Children exhibiting even mild flu-like or cold-like symptoms must be kept home in order to avoid potential spread of COVID-19.
Isolation for five (5) full days following exposure with a negative rapid test upon return. Works out to six days as the initial day of exposure is considered "day zero."
Test-to-Stay protocol is now in effect for both staff and students. Unvaccinated students and staff identified as close contacts may continue to learn in-person while monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and participating in serial testing for COVID.
Free rapid COVID tests are available for students and staff. If you have been exposed to a person with COVID and do not have symptoms, you will need to wait 5 days after exposure to get tested. Families of students may receive a PCR test as rapid tests are in limited supply.
Click here for more information about free COVID testing through Woodland Public Schools.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Due to complications from COVID-19 affecting supplies of rapid tests for the virus nationwide, Woodland Public Schools must suspend middle school athletics starting Friday, January 14, 2022. The shortage of available tests prevents the district from remaining in compliance with the testing requirements of the WIAA which requires student athletes to be tested three times a week.
The district has several unfulfilled orders placed weeks ago still being processed by suppliers, currently waiting for new shipments of tests from the manufacturers. Due to the contagious nature of the omicron variant, manufacturers have fallen behind in their shipments of rapid tests as factories have been closed due to virus caseloads increasing across the country.
“We know our student athletes and their families are disappointed, and we will continue doing everything in our power to obtain supplies of the required tests,” said Superintendent Michael Green. “We will restart suspended athletics once we have enough supply to meet the WIAA testing requirements.”
Currently, test manufacturers have been unable to provide dates for when shipments of tests will restart.
Monday, January 10, 2022
On Friday, January 7, the Washington State Department of Health released new school requirements and supplemental considerations for K-12 staff and students. The major changes are summarized below, however, you can review the school requirements and supplemental considerations by clicking the respective highlighted links.
Over the past few weeks, Woodland Public Schools has seen a number of students who attended school with mild symptoms and later tested positive for COVID-19. These students exposed others who had to be quarantined and missed out on school, too.
Additionally, some students have attended school after an out-of-school exposure to a person known to have COVID-19. These students ultimately tested positive for COVID-19 and exposed other students to the virus, too.
As challenging as these times have been, it’s important that we remain vigilant. By taking symptoms seriously regardless of their severity, you’re not only protecting your own child but other children, too.
COVID-19 symptoms can include some or any of the following:
By working together, we can beat COVID-19 and return our schools to normalcy sooner rather than later.
The DOH has released a COVID-19 symptoms flowchart for families to use to determine next steps should family members develop symptoms of COVID-19:
This section contains the current status of mandates and requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants currently affecting Woodland Public Schools. More details can be found further down, but the key details will be summarized and updated as they change in this section.
Washington State has mandated universal mask wearing for all students and staff in public schools regardless of vaccination status. Research studies continue to demonstrate that mask-wearing dramatically reduces the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.
In addition to wearing masks at all times, students must sit in assigned seats. The reason for assigned seating is that doing so permits contact tracing. In the event of a student testing positive for COVID-19, we can contact anyone who the student may have come in contact with them so they can also get tested. Students who refuse to wear masks or sit in assigned seating will not be permitted to ride school buses.
All contact tracing is done confidentially - individuals are informed they came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but the identity of that person is not shared.
Woodland students who stay home from school with certain symptoms must provide a negative test for COVID-19 before being permitted to return to school. Unfortunately, COVID-19 symptoms are similar to many forms of illness and include the following:
Woodland Public Schools understands that arranging for a COVID-19 test may be costly or difficult, so the district provides free testing to all Woodland students, employees, and verified close contacts of Woodland students including parents and caregivers.
Testing hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and appointments can be made online here.
Eligible families should still apply for Free and Reduced Meals Program. Despite meals remaining free for all students, there are many other benefits available to families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Meals Program. You can determine if you qualify and apply using the following documents: Download the English Version by Clicking Here -or- Download the Spanish version by Clicking Here.
INTERNET ACCESS PROGRAM: The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program offers internet service for families in need. Click here to learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program.
P-EBT IS BACK! If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals and missed meals due to remote learning, you may qualify for the Pandemic Electronic Balance Transfer Program. Click here for more details.
Woodland Public Schools' Information Technology department has given access to GoGuardian software which allow parents and guardians to restrict the access their students have on Chromebooks including limit time use and website access. Click here to visit the home tech support website for more information.
Both breakfast and lunch are provided free-of-charge to students in in-school learning. In addition, the district will continue to offer meal delivery and meal pickup at Woodland Middle School. For more details, please visit our Food Services webpage.
Families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program may also qualify for free internet access. Click here for more details.
Many mental health providers are offering free services to those who need them. Please visit our dedicated Mental Health Services webpage to find a provider who may be able to help you and your family. For a downloadable list of Mental Health Services available to residents of Clark and Cowlitz counties, click here to download a printable PDF.