STATISTICS FOR 2021-2022

  • Total number of confirmed cases in our schools requiring contact tracing notification (per health department guidance): 18
  • Estimated number of students in-person: 1593
  • Estimated number of staff working on site in-person: 263

REPORTED CASES AMONG IN-PERSON STUDENTS/STAFF

Week of Location Total Number of Cases
– Date Reported
Quarantine Required?
(Yes/No)
School Transmission?
(Yes/No)
9/2/2021 – 9/5/2021 All 0 N/A N/A
9/6/2021-9/12/2021 Irene Reither Elementary 1 – 9/8 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
9/6/2021-9/12/2021 Irene Reither Elementary 1 – 9/9 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
9/6/2021-9/12/2021 Meridian Middle School 1 – 9/10 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
9/13/2021-9/19/2021 Meridian High School 1 – 9/15 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
9/13/2021-9/19/2021 Meridian High School 2 – 9/16 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
9/13/2021-9/19/2021 Meridian Middle School 1 – 9/17 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
9/20/2021-9/26/2021 Meridian High School 2 – 9/20 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
9/20/2021-9/26/2021 Irene Reither Elementary 1 – 9/23 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
9/20/2021-9/26/2021 Meridian Middle School 1 – 9/23 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
9/27/2021 – 10/3/2021 Irene Reither Elementary 2 – 10/1 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
10/4/2021 – 10/10/2021 Meridian Middle School 1 – 10/4 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. No.
10/4/2021 – 10/10/2021 Meridian Middle School 1 – 10/8 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. TBD.
10/4/2021 – 10/10/2021 MP3 1 – 10/9 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. TBD.
10/11/2021 – 10/18/2021 Meridian High School 1 – 10/12 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. TBD.
10/11/2021 – 10/18/2021 Meridian Middle School 1 – 10/15 Yes – affected individuals and close contacts quarantined. TBD.

Dashboard shows confirmed positive cases of Meridian School Distict’s students or staff engaged in in-person learning or work at a district site, updated each Monday. If a case is determined to have no contacts and no closures are required in a small in-person learning community, it may not be possible to share data and also protect confidential health information. The Washington State Department of Health small numbers reporting guidelines provides more information about data reporting and protecting confidential health information.

QUARANTINE GUIDELINES

According to Washington State Department of Health guidance, found at the K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year, quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. People who may be exempt from quarantine:

  • Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine but should be tested 3-5 days following known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in all public indoor spaces for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate and follow appropriate guidance if they test positive. If they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and be tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.
  • Close contacts who had confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months, have recovered and do not have symptoms, do not need to quarantine but should watch for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop. If a close contact is neither fully vaccinated nor recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months and does not have symptoms, the close contact must quarantine unless the school has chosen to adopt a “test to stay” protocol with approval from local public health. Close contacts following a test to stay protocol must still quarantine at home away from others except for attending school (e.g., the person may not participate in extra-curricular or after-school activities and should not attend social gatherings, etc.).
  • Students who are unvaccinated and choose not to participate in Test to Stay protocol, and staff who are unvaccinated or symptomatic and determined to be a close contact, will quarantine for ten (10) days. If any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the ten (10) days, students and staff should remain in quarantine for the full fourteen (14) days and get tested. Continue monitoring for symptoms until day fourteen (14).

NOTIFICATION PROTOCOL

We work closely with the health department when there is a confirmed case associated with our schools. Here are the steps we follow for confirmed cases of COVID-19:

  1. When we learn of a case of COVID-19, we first confirm with the health department that the confirmed case is associated with our schools.
  2. Our schools each have COVID-19 site safety teams who help initiate contact tracing. If there are close contacts of a confirmed case, we work with the health department to notify staff and parents/guardians that there has been contact with a confirmed case.
  3. Next steps are determined by the health department, which may include recommendations for COVID-19 testing, isolation and/or quarantine. We communicate directly to impacted staff and families and share resources according to the guidance of the health department.
  4. In some cases, a group of students will shift to remote learning for a period of time designated by the health department.

WHY MIGHT WE NOT REPORT A CONFIRMED CASE THAT DOESN’T REQUIRE CONTACT TRACING?

There is a legal requirement to keep protected health information confidential. If no contact tracing and no closures are required in a small in-person learning community it may not be possible to share data and also protect confidential health information. The Washington State Department of Health small numbers reporting guidelines provides more information about data reporting and protecting confidential health information.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A CONFIRMED CASE THAT REQUIRES CONTACT TRACING?

An individual with a positive COVID-19 test result who may have had contact with individuals in our schools is considered a confirmed case that requires contact tracing. We collaborate with the health department to complete “contact tracing” to determine if any individuals are close contacts and need to take required next steps per health department recommendations.

TERMINOLOGY

  • Exposure or contact is usually defined as being within six feet or more and spending 15 minutes or longer with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Quarantine is when someone is asked to stay home due to exposure to someone who is infected, because they could become contagious.
  • Isolation is when some is asked to stay home because of illness or possible illness, and they are contagious.
  • Outbreak is defined as two or more cases with transmission occurring between them; one confirmed case is not an outbreak.