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Starting March 12, masks will no longer be required in many indoor public spaces including K-12 schools and child care facilities.

Public Health – Seattle & King County follows the guidance for schools and child care from the Washington Department of Health. School districts and child care facilities may choose to have students, teachers, and visitors wear masks even though the mask mandate is ending. Any individual who chooses to continue wearing a mask in school or childcare should be supported in their decision.

Teachers, parents and caregivers have been resourceful, creative, and patient in supporting at-home learning. Child care and early learning centers have been critical in supporting workers on the front line of our COVID-19 response. We commend all their efforts! Please check this site for updated guidance for schools and child care.

Report COVID-19 cases to Public Health

Use the link above to report “new or unreported” suspected outbreaks of COVID-19 among employees/residents/students/clients in schools/childcares.

If you do not hear from a Public Health Investigator and the number of cases significantly increase and/or cases associated with your facility are hospitalized or die as a result of their Covid-19 infection, please return to this portal to submit additional information about your facility.

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Reporting Requirements:

Childcares: submit your initial report when you identify one or more staff/children who test positive for COVID-19.

K-12 Schools: submit your initial report if your school identifies 3+ staff, employees, or students in a specified core group who test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period.

Parents and guardians: if a child tests positive for COVID-19, please report the case to their school or child care center immediately. This helps to stop the virus from spreading, protect kids and staff, and keep facilities open.

People who use over-the-counter test kits and receive a positive result should call the Washington state COVID-19 hotline at 1‑800‑525‑0127, then press # (press 7 for Spanish), as soon as they receive results. The hotline is available Mondays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday (and observed holidays) 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Language assistance is available.

Guidance documents

Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) has adopted the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) schools & child care guidance. Please reference the following document: Requirements and Guidance to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in K-12 Schools, Child Care, Early Learning, Youth Development, and Day Camp Programs

Respond to confirmed case of COVID-19 in child care

  • One or more individuals who have spent time in your facility have tested positive for COVID-19 (ex: child, staff or volunteer)

To notify Public Health:

  • Call the COVID-19 Call Center between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. PST at 206‑477‑3977. Identify yourself as a child care provider. Interpreters are available.
  • OR complete a COVID-19 Intake Survey. Public Health will respond with an email or phone call.

Additional resources

Below are local, state, and national resources to support school planning process for the fall semester:

Washington state resources

Resources for school workplaces

For guidance on minimizing risk in student housing, see:

Below are local, state, and national resources to support school planning process for the fall semester:

King County resources

Washington state and national resources

Resources for school workplaces

COVID-19 vaccination outreach toolkits

This toolkit pulls together information and resources so community leader, community and faith based organizations, childcare providers, schools, and other youth service providers can use what is in the toolkit to help answer questions, provide more information, and easily share the included resources.

This toolkit includes links to:

  • Videos
  • Flyers
  • Social media graphics
  • FAQs
  • Tips on how to use these resources

Training videos

Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection in your school or child care
This short film describes the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection and illustrates the best practices during COVID-19 and beyond to choose safer products and reduce kids and staff harmful exposures.

COVID-19 Disinfection & the New Ventilation Guidance
Question-and-answer session with Nancy Bernard, MPH, REHS, CPSI, manager of Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Indoor Air Quality and School Environmental Health and Safety Programs. Discussion topics include safer practices for disinfection in K-12 schools during the COVID pandemic and some of the issues/health reactions being reported. This is an accompaniment to DOH guidance on Ventilation and Air Quality for Reducing Transmission of COVID-19.  

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