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COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions from the Washington State Department of Health:

In Washington State, children ages 12 years and older can now get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the federal government on May 12, 2021 for expanded ages. The same day, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup approved the Pfizer vaccine for expanded use in Washington state. This means you can schedule your children who are 12 and older for COVID-19 vaccination.

• Children ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The other two vaccines in the U.S. are only available for ages 18 and older.

• The Pfizer vaccine is given in two doses, spaced at least three weeks apart.

• Check with the vaccination site on how you will need to provide consent for vaccinating a minor.

• Follow the vaccination site rules for protecting yourself and others.

• In most cases, children can receive other required vaccines the same day as their COVID vaccination. This supports families who need to catch up on immunizations for the next school year.

To prepare for the next school year, we encourage parents to schedule wellness visits with their health care provider early. We encourage parents/guardians to plan accordingly if their child needs additional vaccines. Check what vaccines your child may be missing at the Washington State DOH’s site; MyIR. Access your Family's Immunization Information :: Washington State Department of Health

Frequently asked questions: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/VaccineInformation/FrequentlyAskedQuestions
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TRAVEL ADVISORY

 Washington State and Clallam County has new Covid-19 travel self-quarantine guidance that pertains to all staff and students:

Follow the CDC Travel During Covid-19
 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html) recommendations: 

            Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated.

If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

·         If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.**

·         Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.

·         Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.

·         Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.

·         Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

·         Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel. (The CDC’s Travel Planner has information about Covid-19 restrictions, guidance, and resources for your destination.) 

**Fully vaccinated individuals (those who have received 2 vaccine doses >2 weeks before travel commences) do not have to quarantine on return from travel out of state.

https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID-19%20Travel%20Advisory%20-%202021.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

At home COVID-19 tests

Rapid, over the counter COVID-19 tests are now widely available. These tests provide results in 15 minutes. Rapid, over the counter tests are also known as home-based self-collected COVID tests, or antigen tests, like BinaxNOW.

Below are some answers to common questions about these tests and considerations for use.

Understanding Results

What do I if I test positive with an over-the-counter home-based rapid test?

If you have a positive result, consider yourself positive and:

  • Isolate for 10 days
  • Tell your close contacts and household members you have tested positive
  • Close contacts and household members also self-isolate (if they are unvaccinated).
  • Close contacts and household members who have concerns for exposure can self-test in 3-5 days or immediately if they become symptomatic.

If you use more than one test on a single individual and one of the tests is positive, consider yourself positive and isolate for 10 days.

What do I do if I think my over-the-counter home-based rapid test is a false positive?

If you test positive and don't have symptoms and weren't exposed and are concerned this may be a false positive, consider getting a confirmatory test through your healthcare provider or at one of Clallam County’s Testing sites: HowtoGetested.pdf (clallam.net). Healthcare personnel must collect or observe the collection of a confirmatory test.

For a confirmatory negative test to override a rapid test result, the sample must be collected within 48 hours of the initial positive home-based rapid test result.

If you test positive on the confirmation test, isolate from others for 10 days (starting when you initially tested positive or when your symptoms started if you develop symptoms), regardless of your vaccination status.

What if I have a negative result but I am concerned I have COVID-19?

If you are concerned that you might have COVID-19 because you were exposed or have symptoms, then we recommend quarantining yourself and getting another COVID-19 test.

If a repeat test is positive, isolate from others for 10 days since your positive test, OR, if you develop symptoms, enter isolation the date your symptoms started, regardless of your vaccination status.

What else do I need to know if I get a confirmation test?

When getting a confirmation test, wear your mask and tell the swabber that you have either had a positive test with an at home over-the-counter BinaxNOW test OR that you have had a concerning exposure or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 BEFORE you remove your mask.


How to report positive results

If you get a positive test result, notify the Clallam County Department of Health at (360) 417-2430.

 

People with Seasonal Allergies

What is the difference between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies?

COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19). Seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen can lead to seasonal allergic rhinitis, which affects the nose and sinuses, and seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which affects the eyes.

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. The image below compares symptoms caused by allergies and COVID-19.

Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them, and you may need to get a test to confirm your diagnosis.

*Seasonal allergies do not usually cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unless a person has a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by exposure to pollen.

This is not a complete list of all possible symptoms of COVID-19 or seasonal allergies. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from mild to severe. You can have symptoms of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies at the same time.

If you think you have COVID-19, follow CDC’s guidance on ”What to do if you are sick.” If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
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Important!!

Family required to complete a student “Wellness Check” in Skyward daily.

Family must provide a daily “Wellness Screening” through Skyward before a student gets on a bus, or arrives at school each day.

This evaluation includes taking a temperature and gauging how your student is feeling, as well as answering a question regarding possible exposure to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to stay home when sick.

For the instructions on how to do this daily Wellness Screening in Skyward please click on the link below.

Daily Wellness Check Skyward Instructions

 

How long should I wait to get tested if I think I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus?

We recommend waiting 5-7 days after your potential exposure to get tested. It typically takes 5-7 days after exposure for the test to report more accurate test results.

If you have any symptoms, get tested as soon as you can. If you can’t determine the exact moment when you were exposed, or you were exposed over a longer period of time, then get tested as soon as you can. If possible, avoid getting tested any earlier than 3 days after your potential exposure to prevent a false negative result.

https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/12/04/testing-and-traveling/

Clallam County Public Health is tracking our community concerns closely. Please go to this website for the most up to date information: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/


FAMILY RESOURCES

Protecting your family from COVID-19: Information and Resources

The Sequim School District and Clallam County Department of Health and Human Serviceshttp://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/index.html wants to be sure that you have the information you need to help keep your family healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our County’s Coronavirus Information site has answers to many commonly asked questions about COVID-19, such as:

If you have concerns for symptoms (Symptoms CDC website:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) of the virus we recommend you call your medical provider for further instructions.

 

New Community Response Help Line, for more information please click on the link below:

Clallam County Offers Assistance

 


SSD Health Service Offices will close on
the last day of school, June 17, 2021
We will be back on August 23, 2021.
Hope you all have a safe and happy Summer Break!!

Sequim School District
Health Services Staff
Contact Us

School Nurse 
Sonja Bittner BSN, RN
sbittner@sequimschools.org
360-477-7728

Health Services Specialist 
Ardis Mangano
ardisann@sequimschools.org
360-670-6589

Helen Haller Health Clerk
Cherie Hendrickson
cherson@sequimschools.org
360-582-3239 

Helen Haller Health Clerk
Cassie Cobb
ccobb@sequimschools.org
360-582-3239 

Middle School Health Clerk
Jennifer Meysenburg
jmeysenburg@sequimschools.org
360-582-3509 

High School Health Clerk 
Celene Frick
cfrick@sequimschools.org
360-582-3604

Greywolf Health Clerk
Jane Sallee
jsallee@sequimschools.org
360-582-3305