The Anacortes School District is responding to three positive cases of COVID-19 among its students linked to on-site athletic exposure.
Through contact tracing, the district determined that 13 other students may have been exposed, and they have been directed to quarantine for 14 days. The district has also recommended that the impacted students receive a COVID-19 test before returning to school or district facilities.
Because of the district’s mitigation measures, no other exposure is suspected at this time. All close contacts have been contacted by district staff. So far this year, no positive cases have been linked to classroom spread. Student athletes must also follow health department and Washington Interscholastic Activities Association guidance.
When the district is notified of a positive case, district staff conducts contact tracing in partnership with Skagit County Public Health, and contacts individual families and/or staff as appropriate. School communication protocol is linked here.
"We issue a broader community notification when an “outbreak” occurs, which is defined as two or more positive cases within a 14-day period, and the cases determined to be linked, and not in the same household, and these cases are not considered close contacts of each other in another setting," reports a school district email.