We were recently informed that a staff member at The Bear Creek School tested positive for COVID-19. This person had limited exposure to students and faculty. We would like to reassure you that in partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County, the Health Team quickly completed contact tracing, and determined this staff member had no close contact with anyone at The Bear Creek School. Further, we discovered that the virus was not contracted at school but instead through community spread. We are thankful that this individual was vigilant in following our health and safety protocols for COVID-19 and stayed home at the first onset of symptoms, thereby preventing additional exposures within our school community. Please join us in praying for their full recovery.
We understand your concern about the possibility of future cases of COVID-19 at The Bear Creek School and want you to know we are taking every possible precaution to protect our students, staff, and faculty members. We also realize the inevitability of additional cases on our campus and want to be transparent about our communication and notification process going forward.
Individuals who are considered to be a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in their cohort (grade level) or work area will be notified by phone, followed by an email. We will provide information on when the exposure may have occurred and include instructions and guidance for next steps, as per health department recommendations.
We will also send out a Health Alert identifying the affected division to those who subscribe to the Health Alert notifications. This procedure follows our standard protocol for notification about health issues in the school community. If you wish to receive Health Alerts via email or text message, please subscribe by following these how-to instructions.
In all cases of suspected or confirmed COVID-19, the affected classroom or work area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The decision to shift a cohort, grade, or division to fully remote learning will be made in consultation with public health officials.
In keeping with our privacy policies, we will not release detailed information about positive cases. We ask your cooperation in only contacting the Health Team if you have questions about symptoms you or your child are experiencing, or if you have received a notification email or phone call about a risk of exposure for your family. This will allow our nurses to focus on caring for our students and families with immediate health needs.
We are grateful for your care and concern for our Bear Creek community as we place our trust in the Lord and walk in faith, not fear.
Lea Hysom, RN, BSN