COVID information

Symptoms and testing

Students and staff members who have symptoms are required to stay home, or will be sent home, and should get tested and/or see a health care provider.

Regardless of their vaccination status, any student or staff member who reports or has COVID-19-like symptoms at school or work is required to be isolated from others, sent home and tested as soon as possible.

While waiting to leave, the person with symptoms is required to be isolated and wear a face mask if they are 2 years of age or older and not exempted from wearing a mask.

Your child may be tested at school with consent, or families have the option to get free test kits at school and test at home. Testing will no longer be offered at the Jim Parsley Community Center.

Return to school after a positive test

Students and staff members who test positive for COVID-19 are required to stay at home for at least five days.

Repeating initial tests does not change this requirement.

People returning from isolation are recommended to wear a mask or face covering from days 6 to 10. They also are encouraged to test before returning to school.

If the person continues to test positive after day 5, they must isolate for the full 10 days.

Masks and face coverings

May be recommended during outbreaks, but in most cases they are optional.

People may continue wearing masks or face coverings if they would like to do so. We will respect everyone’s choice.

Case notification

An email notification will be sent to all VPS staff members and posted to a school’s website generally within one business day of a case being reported to the COVID response team.

Notifications will be sent when a staff member or student tests positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19 and the individual was in a VPS building or on a VPS bus 48 hours before they began showing symptoms.

The data dashboard showing all cases in the district is updated weekly.

Vaccination requirement

On September 8, 2022 Governor Inslee announced that all remaining COVID-19 emergency orders and the ongoing state of emergency will end on October 31. Starting on November 1, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be a requirement for employment or volunteering with Vancouver Public Schools.

COVID-19 vaccination is not required for student enrollment during the 2022-23 school year.

Cleaning & ventilation

Cleaning and ventilation remain an important part COVID-19 mitigation.

We will continue cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. The district will continue to monitor and maintain HVAC systems to ensure systems are functioning as intended.

Sports and after-school activities

Should follow the same health and safety practices.

Masking and testing may be recommended if there is an outbreak.

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